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Haggs linked with Denny Old is now a vacant charge

and is able to call a minister without restriction.

Details on the Vacancy and Parish Profile
can be accessed on the Vacancy page

 

Locum Minister: Rev. Derek Gunn BD
He can be contacted on

01324 610349

 

Interim Moderator: Rev. Aftab Gohar
He can be contacted on
01324 482109
email: rev.aftabgohar@yahoo.co.uk

 

The Spring 2019 edition of the LINK Magazine is now available on the Link Magazine page.
 

March 2019

Denny Old Guild is holding an afternoon tea on Saturday 2nd March from 2.00 to 4.00 pm.
Tickets at £3 for adults and £1 for children are available from Denny guild members.

Sunday 3rd March – Communion Service Haggs 11.15 am - the Sunday Club will take place in the Church hall – This will be a Joint service with Haggs and Denny Old.

Monday 4th March - the Kirk Session and Congregational Board will meet at 7.00 pm in the MacLean Hall.

Sunday 10th March - Service Haggs 11.15 am which will include the Sunday Club.
A.S.M. for Haggs Church will take place after the service in the Church Hall.

Sunday 17th March - Service Haggs 11.15 am which will include the Sunday Club.

Sunday 24th March - Service Haggs 11.15 am which will include the Sunday Club.
There will be a Soup and Sandwich Lunch in the Church Hall after Church.

Sunday 31st March - Service Haggs 11.15 am which will include the Sunday Club.

 

MOVING TOWARDS A UNITARY CONSTITUTION

An edict was read to the congregation on the 13th and 20th January informing everyone that Haggs Kirk Session has decided to move towards establishing a Unitary Constitution.At a Special Congregational meeting on 17th February, the congregation voted unanimously for a move to a Unitary Constitution. This will streamline the business affairs of the church in the future and hopefully make us in more attractive position to attract a new minister to the joint charge of Haggs Parish Church and Denny Old.As encouraged by the leadership of the recent LCR visiting team from Falkirk Presbytery, we must take up the mantle of being ‘Living Stones’ (1 Peter 2:4-5) at Haggs Church and build upon the faith and determination of our forefathers to continue to move forward and to ensure meaningful Christian worship is maintained in this place.The proposal to adopt a Unitary Constitution will now proceed to Falkirk Presbytery for confirmation before being sent to the law department at the Church of Scotland for ratification and issue of our Unitary Constitution..
Haggs church members will be notified when a Unitary Constitution has been successfully adopted.

CrossReach

Maisie Mortimer has received a lovely letter of thanks from CrossReach – saying – “the throng of angels is jumping for joy at the generous response of Haggs Parish Church to the CrossReach Christmas Appeal!  The generous gift of  £504.00 from Haggs Parish Church following a Beetle Drive on 16th January 2019 will help make the dark, dreary days of the early months of 2019 so much brighter for those who find this time of year particularly difficult.  Thank you so much to everyone at Haggs Parish Church for sharing, with CrossReach your concern for the welfare of people.” 

Signed by Rebecca Tennant , Angels’ Support Officer. 

UNICEF

Thank you for responding so generously to the UNICEF ‘Jar of Grace ‘appeal during the Advent period. A total of £394.00 was raised from the jars and the ‘Soup & Sandwich’ lunch on the 3rd February.

God Bless - Your donations helped to keep some poor and vulnerable children warm this winter.

 

 

Below a selection of pictures displaying our tribute
to the men and women involved in WW1 and WW2

 

 

Haggs Knitters

Thanks again to all our busy knitting, crocheting and sewing members who have responded so generously to the appeal for poppies for our Remembrance banner and jumpers, hats and blankets for babies in Malawi.Our new Remembrance banner was dedicated in church on Sunday 4th November and will be on display throughout the month.Some of the knitting for Malawi will be shown at church at the Gift service on December 9th prior to the collection for dispatch to Africa in the New Year.Thank you for giving your time and talents to make such wonderful gifts.

Sue Storrar

Outreach

Over the past year we have been fortunate to have access to the three local primary schools in our parish.
Myself, Jean Duff from Denny Old and now the Rev Gunn take part in the school assemblies
where we give a Christian story through fun and interaction with the pupils.
We are grateful to the schools for this opportunity to do this and look forward to our end of term
theme with the title “The big Picnic”

Moira Martin

 

Prayer Tree
Prayer Tree

 

Our Prayer Tree is positioned in the vestibule at the entrance to the church.

Requests for prayers can be written on the labels provided, then hung on a branch,
these will be forwarded to our locum minister to be included in future services.

Hearts can also be placed on the tree in memory of loved ones.

HAGGS KNITTERS

Just before Christmas two large boxes and numerous bags of beautiful knitted and crocheted jumpers, hats and blankets were passed to the charity for distribution by the Orphan Care programme in Livingstonia, Malawi. Word was received early in January that everything had been taken to Dundee for loading into the next container going to Africa.

So thank you for all your efforts, please keep up the good work and keep those fingers active! We will collect in the finished work twice a year in the future – at the end of June and December.

So.......keep knitting!!

Haggs Parish Church – Charities Supported 2018
Thank you all for being so generous & helping your neighbours                                                                            

Bible Scotland                                            £  63.15

Blythswood Trust                                       Shoe Boxes

Knitting for Malawi                                    Hats, Jumpers & Blankets

WMN (Build a House)                                £1450.41

Christian Aid                                               £2520.00

Falkirk Food Bank                                      Food

MacMillan Cancer Care                             £  600.00

Poppy Scotland                                         £   69.65

Souper Sunday  (HIV Project)                   £  215.40

Vine Trust                                                  £  437.00

Strathcarron Hospice                                 £ 725.00

UNICEF (Jar of Grace)                                 £215.00

                                       Total   £6295.61

 

A Message from your Treasurer

 

On behalf of the Congregational Board may I thank you for your continued support to Haggs Parish Church. During the current vacancy it is important that we keep our finances in order and we need you to allow us to do this. 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 Marion Campbell 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 Murray McCheyne or 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