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Parish News Round-up

Thursday May 10 2018

Our regular round-up of news received from churches.

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The Busy Hands Group of Banff Parish Church have launched their "Knit-a-Poppy" campaign which will run until September. This is a church and community project to commemorate the centenary of the First World War. They hope to create a cascade of poppies in or outside the church.

Following on from their popular 24-hour knit-a-thon last year when they knitted blankets for the local Chalmers Hospital, they hope that as many people as possible from Banff and beyond will grab their needles and knit or crochet poppies for this project.

They are encouraging those making a poppy to have their work sponsored £1 a poppy (optional) with all donations going to the Earl Haig Poppy Appeal. They would also welcome any individual or business to sponsor some poppies or even donate wool.

Anyone who would like to support them can contact Janet Simpson on 01261 818211 or email

Uniformed organisations at St Andrews and St Nicholas Church in Glasgow have received parliamentary recognition for their work collecting food and toys for families in need last Christmas.

Back in December, Local MP Christopher Stephens raised an Early Day Motion in the House of Commons praising the 167th Glasgow Company Boys’ Brigade, 4th Cardonald Brownies, 5th Cardonald Brownies and 3rd Cardonald Girl Guides, thanks to whom he said ‘some families and children will have a better Christmas than might otherwise have been the case’.

The Motion also notes that ‘the hard work and dedication of (volunteers) Rhona Boyle, Stewart Boyle and Dorothy Steven… is a fine example of community service and spirit’.

The MP visited the church on Sunday March 18 to present a copy of the Motion.

Pictured from left: Stewart Boyle, Victoria Gibson, Christopher Stephens MP, Rhona Boyle, Dorothy Steven.

On Saturday April 28, around 40 Christian churches and agencies from across Aberdeen hosted a ‘Meet the MPs Day’ where they put on exhibitions displaying their work in the local community. This was not only an occasion to show the work done to politicians, but also one where churches could learn from each other about what is being done in the city in Christ’s name.

Around 20 local politicians – MPs, MSPs and councillors - attended the morning.

Presbytery Moderator, the Rev Keith Blackwood, is pictured with Ross Thomson, MP for Aberdeen South. Mr Thomson said: "It was great to talk to churches from across South Aberdeen about the work they are involved in locally as well as internationally."


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