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Minister: Rev. Raheel Arif

 

Tel: 01324 819149


Link Magazine Spring 2022 now available to download from this link


The use of masks and hand sanitisers will still be required.

Intimations

August 2022

Note:  No services at Haggs during the month of August, all sevices held at Denny Old - at 10.30 am
The service can be viewed on the following Facebook page, Minister Denny Old and Haggs at 10.30 am
A facebook account is required to access.
Link
: https://www.facebook.com/groups/815604555526629
For transport to Denny Old contact John Fenney on the usual number

Denny Old are running a Holiday Club jointly with Haggs from Monday 8th - Friday 12th August.
From 10.00 am till 12.15 pm
Children under 5 years old should be accompanied by an adult

 

Looking to the Future.

 

As we move forward into 2022 I feel there is more of a sense of ‘hope’ in the country. Hope that the worst of the Covid-19 epidemic has passed, hope that our politicians can now focus on serious events at home and abroad and hope that the Church of Scotland can develop into a stronger force for Mission; bringing the love of God into more people’s lives.

In all the doom and gloom dominating our news it is wonderful to witness the fresh new Spring life in delicate snowdrops peeping out of the winter soil, the songs of birds as they start to build their nests and the sight of a beautiful rainbow in the sky after a rainstorm. These are small symbols of ‘Hope’ from God to remind us that as He cares for even the smallest flowers or creatures, how much more He also cares for us, even with all our imperfections.

Later this year Falkirk Presbytery, of which Haggs is a member church, will be disbanded and amalgamated into a larger Presbytery including Hamilton and Lanark that will be called ‘The Presbytery of Forth Valley and Clydesdale’. This plan aims to make the church stronger and more relevant as it moves forward to play its part in the ongoing Mission of God. To make this a reality there will need to be changes, with reductions in the number of churches and the number of ministers. There is the recognition that Ministers, Kirk Sessions and Congregations will need to be consulted and included in this decision making. We will be asked to reflect on the past of our church, how it is fulfilling God’s work in our communities today and how we can plan with care and innovation for the future.

The hope and challenge for the future is that our church here at Haggs can become more welcoming, transforming and nurturing to the people in our community, so we can stand in solidarity with the poor and the marginalized and challenge violence and injustice and work for peace.

God Bless you all,                                    Sue Storrar (Session Clerk)

School Visits

Over the past two years primary school visits have been stopped. Jean Duff   from Denny Old and myself representing Haggs in conjunction with our Minister, Raheel, have maintained a relationship with the head teachers of the three schools by sending PowerPoint presentations to be used alongside the school curriculum.

The latest one is entitled “Starting again”   In the first slides we talk about learning to do something. Perhaps its learning to swim or ride a bike. We may have to go over and over it, getting annoyed at our lack of ability but practice helps.

We often have to start again from the very beginning, whether it’s in our personal life, relationships with friends or in a game of Jenga.

We can learn from our mistakes so not to make the same ones the next time.

Then we go on to tell the story of Noah.

When the ark finally came to rest on dry land, Noah and his family had to start again. They had to rebuild their lives but the first thing that they did was thank God for their safe deliverance.

We need to “start again” and bring the good news to as many people as we can, because God has called us to follow him.  

Moira Martin

Sunday Club

The Haggs Sunday club will, restart from 3rd October 2021 and be held in the Mclean Hall.
ALL young people will be made most welcome.
PLEASE GO STRAIGHT TO THE MCLEAN HALL WHERE YOU WILL BE MET BY ONE OF THE TEAM.
Adults should collect the children from the mclean hall after the service

DONATIONS TO CHARITIES IN 2021

VINE TRUST…………………………………………………….£30.00

CHRISTIAN AID…………………………………………........£1,356.00

POPPY SUNDAY………………………………………..…….£195.00

FALKIRK FOOD BANK………............................……...3,193.95KGS OF FOOD

MACMILLAN CANCER CARE…………….....……………..£555.00

STRATHCARRON HOSPICE………………...……………..£425.00

BLYTHSWOOD CARE………………………...............…..54 SHOE BOXES

UNICEF……………………………………………………….£222.00

CROSSREACH………………………………………………£1,250.00

FALKIRK SOCIAL WORK DEPT…..............................80 CHRISTMAS PARCELS

TOTAL DONATIONS FOR 2021…………........………….£4,033.00

THANK YOU EVERONE FOR YOUR TREMENDOUS GENEROSITY AGAIN IN 2021 – EVEN THOUGH IT WAS SUCH A DIFFICULT YEAR FOR US ALL.

 


A Message from your Treasurer

 

On behalf of the Kirk Session may I thank you for your continued support to Haggs Parish Church.

Can I just remind you of the different ways in which you can make your offering?

By Weekly Freewill Offering envelopes. Please see the Treasurer if you wish to have envelopes or ask your elder.

If you pay Income Tax please Gift Aid your offering – this allows Haggs Church to claim back the tax which you have already paid (approx. 20% more – at no extra cost to you). Please see Marion Campbell for a form to complete (this does not tie you to a fixed amount or a fixed term but allows the Church to claim back tax on however much you give) or again ask your elder. On average over the last few years we have recovered between £5000.00 and £6000.00 per year from Gift Aid. Without this money would not have been able to pay all our bills…………..so please – the more we can claim in Gift Aid the more money we can get back.

Either of the above methods can be made by Standing Order directly from your bank account to the Church’s bank account. Saves the number of WFO envelopes we have to buy and saves you remembering to make up the Sundays you have missed for whatever reason. It is really important to Haggs Church that you do make up the weeks you have not managed to get to Church so that we have a more accurate assessment of what monies are coming in to be able to budget for the expenditure.

We are most grateful for your generosity to all the charities we support – for a small congregation you do give very willingly to others – so thank you.

Thanks for all your loyalty and support and PLEASE ………don’t change!

Marion