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Today (Sunday 2nd December) we welcomed Dean Robert Macintosh Allard for his baptism. He was joined by his parents Paul and Shona, and Godparents Kirsty and Benjamin Davey, family, friends and the Lyle Kirk congregation. We were also treated to a lovely rendition of May God Hold You written by David Lyon with Kirsty & Sarah singing and Gordon & Benjamin on guitars.
Photographer and Reporter Adrian Howlett

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Rev Janet Foggie, a Pioneer Minister at University of Stirling preached the sermon today Sunday 7th October. Photo attached shows her with another Mrs Foggie -  her Mum and our own Elder Margaret Foggie. 

Janet was delighted to preach to her childhood home congregation.  She is one of 5 Pioneer Minsters appointed by the Church of Scotland.  The others are working in a housing estate in Edinburgh,  a drop in addiction centre in Paisley, an art community in Glasgow, and in the agricultural community in Ayr.  Janet is also the Chaplain at the University and one of her many initiatives involves matching up students with local host families to entertain them and welcome them to Stirling, and arranges for local volunteers to take students to churches to join in Worship and meet Stirling residents.

 

Rev Foggie told us about the woman in the Bible known as Tabatha or Dorcas. She was a Disciple doing good work and helping the poor. She sewed to make clothes.  Janet then referred to the beautiful handmade banner Rev Lydia presented to us earlier in 2018 when she came to see us from Zimbabwe. The point of reference was that it was made by hand, and Dorcas in the Bible made things by hand. We are all capable of doing this to help people in need. 

 

Janet finished her sermon by referring to a Canadian student who came to her own Sewing group at the University. She didn't have a great impression or memory of the Church due to a bad experience in earlier life whilst at boarding school.  But she enjoyed the Sewing group, the friends she made, the chat and fellowship.  But was shocked to learn at the end of the semester that Janet was a "pastor" . Luckily for Janet she must have learnt from the Dorcas story as this students view of Christianity had been revived due to her good experience of the Sewing group.

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The "  harvest mice" Betty Terris, Margaret Duncan and Heather Reid have been busy getting the church ready for the  Harvest theme "The Bread of life".

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Today(Sunday 5th August) we welcomed Charlie Workman for his baptism. He was joined by his parents Pamela and Claire Harper Workman, Godparents Alison Workman and Peter Harper, family, friends and the Lyle Kirk congregation. Anna Workman joined us for the photo. Charlie was very well behaved and loved being the centre of attention!
Photographer and Reporter Adrian Howlett

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More Picnic Photos - Many thanks to Photographer Hugh Gilliland for his great photos

Saturday 23rd June, What a Day Out we all had at the Lyle Kirk Sunday School picnic! Lots of us turned up, there was a tasty picnic (thanks to helpers), fun & games, and the sun came out!

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We had two beautiful baptisms this morning at Lyle Kirk (Sunday 10th June).

 

We welcomed baby Thomas Michael Peat with his mum and dad, Stephanie and Roddy Peat, and Thomas' perfectly behaved big sister.  Thomas and his family were joined by his godparents, Eilidh Peat and Jamie Blair.

All the way from McKinney, Texas, for a holiday with family and to be baptised in Lyle Kirk, we were delighted to welcome Sienna Marie Taylor Service.  Sienna's proud mum and dad are Lety and Stuart Service who were accompanied by Sienna's grandparents, Jock and Christine Service.

 

What a lovely warm, sunny, morning we all enjoyed!

Photographer Hugh Gilliland and Reporter Liz Howlett

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We all had a great afternoon last Wednesday (6 June), with tasty food prepared by the Social Committee, and enjoyable company. And to top it all the guests raised £630 for Church funds. A BIG thank you to everyone involved in ensuring the lunch was a great success.

Photographer Peter Reid

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Today (Sunday 6th May) we welcomed Phoebe Cox for her baptism.  She was joined by sister Aimee, Mum & Dad Marilyn and Mark, Godparents Nicola Cox and Chris Bonnar, family, friends and the Lyle Kirk congregation. Phoebe looked lovely and was on her best behaviour! She then joined all the kids at Sunday School, who all enjoyed telling their news and getting involved with the activities.


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Today (Sunday 25th March) we welcomed Maggie Gillian Dalrymple for her baptism.  She was joined by her Mum & Dad Kate and Ian, Godparent Janet Jardine, family, friends and the Lyle Kirk congregation. Maggie certainly stole the show, as she was smiling at everybody when she went for her tour with Rev Owen! She then joined all the kids at Sunday School

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Today (Sunday 25th February) Lyle Kirk Sunday Worship was a wee bit different. The service, being held at our Union Street campus, kicked off with an introduction to Rev Lydia Neshangwe who is on a visit from our sister church St Andrew's in Bulawayo Zimbabwe. Our Minister Rev Owen Derrick then explained the purpose of "Souper Sunday" - to raise awareness of the Church of Scotland HIV programme to help rid the world of AIDS. 

Our Sunday School lead the congregation in the first hymn Welcome Everybody with the inaugural performance of their big band - some future music stars in the making thanks to Ian Armour. 

Emilie Adele McCallum then took centre stage with her Baptism.  When the kids had left for Sunday School the sermon took the form of an interview between the two Ministers. Lydia gave us an insight to life in Zimbabwe and let us know that 1 in 10 Zimbabweans is HIV positive (although not all of them have full-blown AIDS).  Lydia finished of with a message of hope, saying that the number of people suffering from AIDS in Zimbabwe has fallen by half since 2013.  This is largely due to the work being done to get the complicated and expensive drug regimen to those most in need, as well as to better education for everyone about prevention.  

Lydia and her husband Paul run an international AIDS orphans organisation which seeks to help the children who have been orphaned by HIV/AIDS.

Following the service the baptism party headed off to Cruden Hall and over 80 moved through to the Large Hall for a Soup and Bread lunch with Lydia saying grace. Jessie Crawford and Margaret Foggie made very tasty Lentil Soup and Mushroom Soup - a BIG thanks to them, and to all their helpers not forgetting the back room male staff!!

Reporter and Photographer Adrian Howlett

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Today (Sunday 25th February) we welcomed Emilie Adele McCallum for her baptism. She was joined by her Mum & Dad Angela Smith and Derek McCallum, Godparents Jane and Peter McGonigalfamily, friends and the Lyle Kirk congregation. The kids then had a good time at Sunday School telling their news and taking part in the activities.
Reporter and Photographer Adrian Howlett

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Today (Sunday 11th February) we welcomed Isla Claire Cameron for her baptism. She was joined by her brother Rory, Mum & Dad Laura & Ewan, God parents Claire Hamilton & John Robertson, family, friends and the Lyle Kirk congregation. The kids then had a good time at Sunday School telling their news and taking part in the activities.
Reporter and Photographer Adrian Howlett

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Today(Sunday 19 November) we welcomed guest preacher Rev Teri Petersen. Teri hails from Chicago USA, and is currently serving as Associate Minister at Marchmont St Giles in Edinburgh, where she is undergoing  a period of familiarisation as part of her transition from the USA to Scotland. Teri gave a lovely address to our Sunday School entitled Growing Disciples. The photo shows some of our children with Teri.
Reporter and Photographer Adrian Howlett

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Today(Sunday 5th November) we welcomed Aylah Stevenson for her baptism. She was joined by her brother Cole, Mum & Dad Ashley & Colin , God parents Shiliane Wright & Blair Allenby, family, friends and the Lyle Kirk congregation. The kids then had a good time at Sunday School telling their news and making autumn crafts - family trees & photo frames
Reporter and Photographer Adrian Howlett

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Today (Sunday 5th November) we welcomed Emily May Helen Patrick for her baptism. She was joined by her sister Olivia, Mum & Dad Jennifer & Stephen, God parents Sam McShane & David Patrick, family, friends and the Lyle Kirk congregation. The kids then had a good time at Sunday School telling their news and making autumn crafts - trees & photo frames.
Reporter and Photographer Adrian Howlett

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Today (Sunday 29th October) we welcomed Maisey Carolyn McArthur for her baptism with Mum & Dad Caroline & Graeme. She was joined by her Godparents Caroline Hazell and Sharon Heggie, family, friends and the Lyle Kirk congregation. Maisey and mum then had a good time at Sunday School joining in with the children.
Reporter and Photographer Adrian Howlett

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Today(Sunday 8th Oct) we welcomed Lucas Paton Brown for his baptism with Mum & Dad Lindsey & Will, all the way from New Zealand. He was joined by his Godparents Robbie and Dacy Paton, grandparents, friends and the Lyle Kirk congregation. Lucas and his parents then had a good time at Sunday School joining in with the children. Lucas took everything in his stride and was the best behaved wee boy.
 
Reporter and Photographer Adrian Howlett

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Autumn Lunch

Message from the Minister:

Thanks to everyone who attended the Lyle Kirk Autumn Lunch, and a big thanks to the social committee who put it all together.  We raised £702 raised for Church funds. 

Photographer Heather Reid

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Baptism

Today (10 September) we welcomed Pippa Williamson for her baptism. She was joined by her brother Harry and Mum & Dad Ainsley & Harry, God parents Allan & Santina Jess, family, friends and the Lyle Kirk congregation. The kids then had a good time at Sunday School singing and making family trees.
Reporter and Photographer Adrian Howlett

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Young people enjoyed an action-packed week at Lyle Kirk's annual  Summer Holiday Club in early August.
The children learnt about the app Scripture Union developed and which can be downloaded free onto mobile devices. Following last year’s theme, Guardians of Ancora brought out Treasure Seekers which helped the children learn stories from the birth of Christ through to his resurrection. Each day the children were told a story and then they had an activity book to answer questions on what they had learnt. The younger children would make a craft at this point like like cupcake sheep or music makers. Each day the children had a quest to do. They had to find a christmas bauble that matched their group colour, they had to find stories or pictures in bibles of shepherds and angels, they were to find hearts that had words written on them from the memory verse and get themselves in the correct order so everyone could read it and then the hearts were broken into pieces and they had to put them back together. Each day the children made a craft relating to the bible story - sheep banks, praying hands, angels, crosses and flower pots. We would finish the morning off with a dance off where the leaders had to show off their best dance moves for the children to choose a winner. Everyone loved the dance to our theme tune “Guardians of Ancora”. Jessie kept us fed and watered as usual. Wednesday evening was the BBQ, with a fantastic turnout of family & friends who all joined in with the singing, dancing and family challenge. Holiday Club leader, Pam Stewart: "We had 70 children registered this year which is a new record! It is a great opportunity for children starting Primary 1 as they get to meet others joining with them.” She continued "Why Am I Still Doing This? Watching the children having great fun answers my question. And to top the week off, we had a cafe style celebration at Sunday Worship when the children performed songs & dances, and we all shared joy & fellowship. Our children learnt about the bible in a modern way which was great.” A special thanks goes to Katie Howlett - who definitely made Pam's life easier. For more information on what's on offer for Children & Youth at Lyle Kirk, contact Pam Stewart on tel: 01475 710158, or email: pamela.stewart3@ntlworld.com, or go to the Lyle Kirk Messy Church page on www.lylekirk.org and you can link to their Facebook.

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Today(18 June) we welcomed Kyle MacDonald for his baptism, along with his parents Ross &  Fiona and brother Brodie. Also in the photo are Godparents Alan and Jillian McMenemy. Kyle loved the limelight and gave big smiles when introduced to the congregation!
Reporter and Photographer Adrian Howlett

 

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We were delighted to have the company of members of Greenock Burns Club "The Mother Club" at worship on Sunday 7th May 2017. Jamie Donnelly, senior vice president and front middle in the photo, was our reader.

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Today(7th May) we welcomed our Sunday School regulars Alex and Anna Kerr, and their parents Lorraine and Scott, for their baptism in front of family, friends and the Lyle Kirk congregation. Also in the picture are Godparents Louise Antoniou and Colin Beaton. We were the joined by our Minister Rev Owen Derrick.
Reporter and Photographer Adrian Howlett

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The Lyle Kirk congregation today (Sunday 12 Feb) witnessed Carole Chamberlain and Hugh Gilliland being ordained as Elders; and Carole, Hugh, Caroline Shaw and Helen Thomson being admitted as Elders to Lyle Kirk Session. Congratulations! Photo left to right: Rev. Owen Derrick, Helen Thomson, Caroline Shaw, Hugh Gilliland and  Carole Chamberlain.
Reporter and Photographer Adrian Howlett

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Today(Sunday 5 Feb) we welcomed Corey Graeme Ross for his Baptism, along with his parents Libby and Craig and his Godparents Rebecca Mooney and Mark Ross. The Lyle Kirk congregation were joined by lots of his family and friends, and pride of place his sister Amy.

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Today(Sunday 15 Jan) we welcomed Rory Ewan Cameron for his Baptism, along with his parents Ewan and Laura Cameron and his Godparents. The Lyle Kirk congregation were joined by lots of his family and friends. And Rory was so well behaved, probably because he was fascinated by Rev Owen Derrick's new specs.
Reporter and Photographer Adrian Howlett

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Photos of the front of Newark Street Church with the Rhododendrons cut back.
Photographer Gordon Spence

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Paul and Stacey - the new Mr & Mrs Coulter - on their wedding Saturday 17 September 2016.
Photographer George Munro

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Baptism from the service on Sunday 18th September 2016
Reporter and Photographer Adrian Howlett

 

Baptism from the service on Sunday 11th September 2016
Reporter and Photographer Adrian Howlett

Baptisms from the service on Sunday 28th August 2016
Reporter and Photographer Adrian Howlett

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"Cheryl Boyle Rolph from USA arrived in Scotland to walk in the footsteps of her ancestors, one of whom was baptised in the Old West Kirk on the 15th January 1809 when it was situated in it's original site on the shore. Cheryl and her friend Margaret were met at the Esplanade site by a small group who were able to show her round and tell her about the history of the church. Her Grandfather Andrew Hill (pictured with his wife) emigrated to America in 1882 but it was his grandfather, also named Andrew Hill, who was baptised in the Old West.
Cheryl was fascinated to hear the old stories and took very many photographs of the church which she can add to her collection gathered during her Scottish Pilgrimage.
Cheryl left a Connecticut quarter dollar with us which had been minted in 1999 and the reverse features an Oak tree, an integral part of Connecticut's heritage and existence. How appropriate when her journey had taken her to the Wellpark Mid Kirk, Greenock where she enjoyed morning worship, the entrance to this building originally overlooking where Greenock's famous Oak tree once stood."

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Lyle Kirk came together on Sunday 28th February to support the Church of Scotland HIV programme "Changing the world one spoonful at a time". The service was led by members of the congregation and then we were treated to a simple lunch of soup and bread. Those present were then invited to make a donation to the HIV programme.

Thank-you to all those who were involved in running the service and helping with the lunch, and a special BIG thank you to Margaret Foggie who organised the whole event and made the Mushroom soup, and Liz Howlett who made the Lentil soup. Anyone for seconds....

Reporter Adrian Howlett & Photographer Fiona Rushton

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Love Always Wins. Yes that was the message from the Youth Service on Sunday 21st February 2016 at Lyle Kirk.  It was great to see so many young people in church - they came from the ATC (Air Training Corps), Boys Brigade, Scouts, Guides, Brownies, Cubs, Beavers and of course our own Sunday School. We all had fun with the balloons - what a new experience for our congregation! And at the end of the service we all watched the ATC hold their passing out parade for new cadets. The parents all looked so proud, and the celebration cake was very tasty... See you all soon!