Killermont Parish Church was 75 years old on 2nd October 2010.
The Kirk Session and Congregational Board discussed how best to celebrate this important milestone in our Church’s history.
We believed that the focus of our celebrations should be on what we are doing today and will do tomorrow to take the Good News of Jesus Christ not only to our own community but to neighbouring communities and out into the wider world.
This was our mission and here are some ways in which we celebrated our anniversary, always to the Glory of God:
Our ‘75 Fund’
“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me … whatever you did for the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.” Mt 25:35-36&40
We wanted to offer real support to 3 wonderful projects that care for people who would otherwise be written off as ‘the least.’
One close by us in our city of Glasgow, the second in Europe and the third in India.
We planned to provide each with a chunk of money which would make a real difference to real people.
Here are the 3 projects we chose (click on the name to be taken to their web site):
- Findlay Family Network works in the St Georges Cross/Maryhill area of West/North Glasgow.
By building up and supporting parents and families – and tackling the trauma of family breakdown – the Network believes that healthy and confident communities can be built.
This is front-line caring for folk in great need who live very close to us.
- Harvest for the Hungry works in Eastern Europe as part of the Eurovangelism group of Christian charities providing food for children and adults who would not otherwise have enough to eat.
Food is bought locally and distributed in Christ’s name to those who are hungry.
Take a look at this project and many others on the “eurovangelism” web site.
- India Ministries Fellowship works among children and young people who are the poorest of the poor in India.
Through education and training it offers hope and purpose in lives oppressed by poverty and prejudice.
Now, more details about the 75 Fund:
- Everyone was invited to contribute
- No contribution considered too small
- As a guideline, £75 was suggested for a special 75th Birthday, and this was bettered by many people.
- Our target of £7,500 was comfortably exceeded.
- We were finally able to give £4,900 to each of the three chosen Projects.
“Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.” Luke 4:8
Here’s how we celebrated through our worship:
Sunday 9 May 2010 – Kirsteen Cowling of Eurovangelism shared her amazing stories of caring for ‘the least of our brothers and sisters’ in Eastern Europe.
Sunday 6 June 2010 – Open-air service in King George V Park. This was an opportunity to show our confidence in Jesus Christ and to stand up for him outside our church walls.
Invited friends, family and neighbours joined us for worship – and tea, coffee and donuts afterwards!
Sunday 29 August 2010 – Shirley Berry of Findlay Family Network brought us up to date with its work. Shirley is known to many, as she and her family live here in Killermont.
Sunday 12 September 2010 – Rev Dr Martin Fair and his wife Elaine, much loved when here at KPC, now leaders of a vibrant and visionary congregation in Arbroath, returned to share with us.
Sunday 3 October 2010 – Rev Dr Fred Drummond, National Director of Evangelical Alliance Scotland, addressed the large turnout, who then shared entertainment and a super soup and sandwich lunch, as you can see below.
Just click on the thumbnail pictures to make them bigger; and spot yourself, if you were there.