Heavenly Pieces, Knockando Kirk's Wednesday afternoon teas, continues to draw in the crowds, sometimes with over one hundred people attending including parishioners, Moray fowk fae a' the airts, and visitors from all over Britain and the world. Everyone receives a warm welcome and the atmosphere is one of good fellowship and friendship, with church members making a special effort to speak to strangers, while they enjoy their tea, coffee and home bakes. Often organ music can be heard and it is still possible to sit at the front of the church and enjoy a time of peace and reflection. Our hard working bakers, welcomers, tea-pourers and helpers help to ensure that that the ancient Christian practices of hospitality and welcome on the one hand, and positive action for the poorest of the poor on the other (through our Traidcraft Stall - see below), are alive and well in the Parish of Knockando, Elchies and Archiestown.
KNOCKANDO, ELCHIES & ARCHIESTOWN KIRK NEWS
Moray Food Bank: There is a Blue Box in church for items for the Moray Food Bank. Emergency food donations can be placed in the box. These should be non-perishable (dried or tinned) in date and not high in salt, sugar or saturated fat.
Following the sad passing of Iris Robertson, one of our faithful members, members of her family have donated to the Church a new Pulpit Bible for use in public worship. In dedicating the Bible the Minister thanked Iris' family on behalf of the congregation. Iris had been a member for many years having lived at the Leakin and then latterly Cardnach Cottage.
Winter Warmer soup and bread lunches are being served in the Church on the last Thursday of the month from 12:00 - 2:00 during the winter months. The Guild meets immediately afterwards and there is a warm and open invitation to join their meetings and activities if you wish to do so.
As part of our Stewardship programme a number of starter events have taken place with great success. There were sessions on Photography, Golf, Woodwork, and Cookery and these have been greatly enjoyed. People have really enjoyed the sessions and the fellowship of coming together. WATCH THIS SPACE!
Knockando Kirk periodically holds retiring offerings to support worthwhile causes whose aims are compatible with our own. At Christmas retiring offerings were made for the Aberdeen Cyrenians whose work with homeless people makes a real difference. We were glad to be able to support them and their work.