RETIRAL OF CHURCH ORGANIST
Donald Kennedy has been Church Organist at Sherwood Greenlaw for over twenty years. He started off by helping with the praise band, and on retiral of the previous organist Donald was asked if he could step in until the new organist was appointed. However, Donald continued in post, and brought to it a variety of musical styles and traditions, from the organ, to piano, keyboard and accordion. From classical music and choral pieces, to modern contemporary Christian praise, and the old gospel favourites. Donald has brought his passion for music and his love of God into his musical ministry at Sherwood Greenlaw.
3He led our choir, with good humour, and a gentle touch, encouraging them to give their all, and was always encouraging choir members to sing sols as well as great choral music. He was always ably supported by his wife Anne, and he was never afraid to give things a try, and often practiced with our young folk or the Session to help polish their songs and music when performing before the congregation. He handled wedding couples and guided them through the musical minefield, and brought dignity and solemnity, and inspirational music at some of the difficult and harder times in the life of our congregation, at funerals, memorial services and Remembrance Day. He kept me right with the hymns, and sometimes suggested that we might choose an alternate tune, or even another hymn altogether, when my lack of musical talent misjudged a song for congregational singing. I know that Donald got to know people and at times played their favourite music on occasions, and he brought so much to the post, it will be difficult to replace him. Donald plans to retire at the end of December, and we wish him a happy retirement, although I am sure he will still bring many of his gifts and talents to the life of our congregation.
There are now 3 meetings. Mondays at Colin and Joyce McNaught in Elderslie, Tuesdays at Winnie Duncan in Barrhead and Wednesdays at George and Norma Murray in Ralston.
Dates for future meetings are:
Study 5 2nd & 4th December Reading Luke 19 1-10
Study 4 3rd December Reading Luke 10 v 27
The Tuesday group will meet on 10th December and look at Study 5.
TIME OUT GROUP
This get-together at the manse will continue throughout the autumn/winter months. We shall meet on Friday 27th December
As always, the timing is 8pm until 9.30pm. Should you wish to attend and would appreciate a lift then please do not hesitate to contact me.
SHERWOOD GREENLAW WALKING GROUP
We now meet on the first Saturday of each month at a new starting time of 9.30am. Our walk usually lasts around two hours, including a break for tea or coffee. In November we had a very enjoyable walk exploring Bellahouston Park and our December 7th walk will be around Paisley town centre. We have some beautiful and interesting buildings in our town which we take for granted and usually do not have time to appreciate. Please come along, have a chat with friends, and take some healthy exercise.
If you have any ideas for future walks, please let me know.
Alan Laing 07919 828035 firstname.lastname@example.org
JUNIOR CHURCH AND CRECHE
We would gladly welcome any children aged 3 and up for fun, stories, crafts and DVD’s. Please feel free to bring children or grandchildren who are visiting even if it’s just on an occasional basis.
Our creche is available in the Lower Hall for under 3’s.
If you have any questions, please call
Jan Morrison – 07450 223288
Louise Watson – 07825 446224
Jan Bell - 07976 583373
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