December Notices

9 Dec – 15 Dec                       Sun 9               10.00am  Choir practice

                                                                        10.30am  Morning worship

    Sunday school & Creche

                                                                                        Tea and coffee after worship


                                                                        8.00pm   Music in Lyle Kirk – a Peal of Carols


                                                Tues 11           10.30am  Lyle Gateway  (US)


                                                Wed 12            7.00pm   Bible study in Union Street


                                                Thur 13            10.30am  Lyle Gateway (US)


                                                Sat 15              7.30pm    Philharmonic Choir concert in Newark St



A Peal of Carols - Presented by David Murray and John Bell with the Da Capo Singers directed by Archie Shearer. They will do a selection of Christmas Carols and there will be plenty of opportunity for audience participation.



16 Dec – 22 Dec                           Sun   16           10.00am Choir practice                                                                                                                                                          10.30am Morning worship

   Sunday school & crèche

   Tea and coffee after worship


                                                Tues 18           10.30am  Lyle Gateway Christmas party in (US)


                                                Wed 19            7.00pm   Bible study in Union Street



                                                Sat 22              11.00am  Messy Church & Sunday School Christmas party(US)





23 Dec – 29 Dec                     Sun 23             10.00am  Choir practice

                                                                        10.30am  Morning worship

                                                                                         with Sunday school nativity play

                                                                                         Tea and coffee after worship


                                                Mon 24            6.00pm    Family carol service

                                                                        11.30pm  Watchnight service


                                                Thur 27            Gateway trip to pantomime



Christmas services – the minister and Kirk Session have agreed that there will be two services on Christmas Eve as shown overleaf but no service on Christmas Day.  In recent years this service has not been well attended.  The offering at both services on Christmas Eve will be taken during the service and will be in aid of Inverclyde Family Contact Centre.


Sunday school – the Sunday school will be on holiday on Sunday 30th December


Guild – Guild meetings for the coming month in Union Street at 2.00pm as follows:


Tuesday 4th Dec        Inverclyde Guilds Together Christmas Celebration at 2 pm in St. John's Gourock

Thursday 13th Dec     Carols and Mince pies in Union Street at 2pm


The Guild would also like you to save your stamps from Christmas cards for the Leprosy Mission Box on the table at the back of the church.


Gateway are planning an outing to the Beacon panto, Sleeping Beauty on Thursday 27th December for the 1pm matinee performance and would like to include anyone in the Congregation who might be keen to go along.  If you are interested, please speak with Carole Chamberlain.  Following the Christmas party on Tuesday 18th December, Gateway will be on holiday resuming on Tuesday 8th January 2019.


Social & Fundraising – If anyone can help with the tea/coffee and mince pies at the two services on Christmas Eve please contact Jan Duthie as soon as possible.


Inverclyde Foodbank – an appeal for special items over the Christmas period, please leave any of the following in the usual place at the back of the church: tinned ham, tinned veg/potatoes, tinned fruit, Christmas pudding, boxes shortbread, boxes chocolates, selection boxes, snacks/nibbles, festive treats, UHT milk, fizzy juice, Fray Bentos pies, box festive biscuits. Christmas crackers would also be welcome as an optional extra.


Edward Kerr Trust – one of the flats in our property at 34 South Street is available for rent.  If anyone knows of someone who may be interested in renting this two bedroom apartment, please speak with Randal McLean, trustee, in the first instance.


Scout Christmas Post - The Scouts are offering a Christmas Post to deliver cards to the west end of Greenock and Gourock. Stamps available from Kenny Paton, cost 30p(cheaper than the Post Office) on Sunday the 2nd 9th Dec. Final uplift of cards on the 16th before the start of the service. There will be a box to deposit cards in the vestibule and also in Halls Newsagents on Finnart Street.


Church Office - The church office is usually open each Thursday afternoon between 2.00pm and 4.00pm for anyone in the church who needs assistance with admin work/printing etc.  However, the secretary will be on holiday on Thursday 27th December and Thursday 3rd January