Today is Sunday 17th December 2017.

Moments of note in 2016

These photographs represent special moments in the life of our church


Getting into the Christmas spirit

The service on Christmas morning traditionally starts at 10.00am and is shorter than the usual Sunday service. This year (2016) Christmas Day fell on a Sunday and we were welcomed into the santuary with two pipers playing an assortment of familiar Christmas tunes.

A few had brought in their already opened Christmas gifts to show and some were dressed a little more extravagantly...

L to R, Ray, Allison and Sheila


Stars

Members of the congregation, family and friends were busy knitting with the lead up to the Big Sing (below). Last year they had knitted angels, which were given to the children as they left the service. This year they were given stars lovingly crafted by the volunteers; each tagged with the Christmas message 'Star of wonder Star of Light'. We hope that they are as much appreciated as the angels were last year.


The annual Churches Together Big Sing, raising awareness of Christian Aid

Excellent turnout for Churches Together Big Sing in aid of Christian Aid. £552.94 raised for their Christmas Appeal "Lighting the way for people fleeing violence this Christmas".

Well done to all the schools participating - and their supporters for singing out the well known carols. 


A Wedding to remember!

Emma-Jane Lee and Karl Wilkinson from Tweedmouth were married in St Andrew's Wallace Green on 5th November 2016. Their wedding had an element of the novel when the wedding rings were delivered to the chancel by a trained Barn Owl! - not only novel, but also significant – it was a reminder of Karl’s late step-father, who had a passion for drawing owls. As you can see from the smaller pictures below, the minister (Adam) and organist (Rena) took the opportunity to enjoy a close encounter for themselves!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Tuesday Group (name is still work in progress!)

The group met on Tuesday 18 October 2016 to hear Ray Nicholson talk about the technique of iris folding and its application for card making. It takes an hour or so to create a single card but each one can be completely personalised and promises to be a very rewarding pastime. Some 20 folk responded well to Ray’s input, with five purchasing starter kits. We look forward to seeing some cards at our Christmas Fayre, perhaps!

 


The congregation of St Andrew’s Wallace Green has been raising funds over the last year for the 'Let's Build a House’ initiative, which aims to raise enough money to build at least one earthquake proof house in Nepal at £500 each. Fundraising efforts were led by Rita Inglis and the final total raised was £3032.67, enough to home six families safely! The photo shows Marianne Karsgaard, Duns Presbytery’s Church of Scotland World Mission Representative, thanking Rita and the church members for this amazing effort.


The Biggest Sing-along

Sunday afternoon (16th October 2016) probably could have been promoted differently, and the weather was certainly against us in the end, but 41 people managed to make it along and we joyfully sang 12 hymns, each introduced by the person who nominated it, explaining why it was special to them. Everyone came through for tea and cake after this service with a difference and most agreed that it might be worth considering again. The photographer failed sadly and the picture below is the only record.


HARVEST FESTIVAL (9 October 2016)

The congregation celebrated this year’s harvest with a family service. As with the last couple of years, we had a retiring collection for what was felt to be an appropriate cause, so this year we decided on Tearfund’s ‘Toilet Twinning’ initiative, a unique way to do something about the 1 in 3 people worldwide living without decent sanitation.

Every minute, three children under the age of five die because of poor sanitation or dirty water, something we all take for granted. We watched a short film about the difference funding a toilet block at a school could make to the children, so asked folk to dig deep and see if we could fund a block at £240.

The minister and Session would like to thank everyone who did just that and the amazing sum of £766.74 was raised meaning that more than three schools will benefit. We look forward to hearing more about it soon.


Tuesday Group (name is work in progress!)

The new group met on Tuesday 22 September 2016 to hear what Bill's Ministry of Magic was all about. 

Experienced at ministering to young and less young alike, Bill brought his unusual talent to help the group's launch. Around 25 people enjoyed tea and cake first then settled to listen and participate. Bill had an excellent line of patter, all focusing on the Gospels. This was intermingled with some magic tricks and also a couple of appropriate songs.

A very enjoyable gathering and we look forward to the future Tuesday Group programme.

 


On Saturday 25th June 2016, we hosted the annual Drumhead service before a parade to the Town Hall. This included a very special ceremony where the banners of the two British Legions (Berwick upon Tweed and Crookham) were presented for permanent safe keeping and the new combined North Northumblerland British Legion banner was blessed.

The Berwick banner will reside in St Andrew's Wallace Green Church of Scotland and the Crookham banner will reside in Ford church. Both in perpetuity.


June 5 2016: We enjoyed a visit from Cati and Malcolm Ramsay who had just come home from service in Nepal on behalf of the Church and shared something of their experience there as part of our morning worship. They also provided more information about the Build a House Project. After the service there was a sandwich lunch allowing us to meet them more informally.

This photo shows Malcolm & Cati Ramsay, our Mission Partners, Rita Inglis who has been key in fundraising for 'Let's Build a House' and our minister Rev Dr Adam Hood who has kept our focus!  


Soup & Social: Tuesday afternoon on 17 May 2016

Thanks to the soup, tea and cake makers, plus the re-heater and serving folk, a lovely relaxed afternoon was enjoyed by approximately 30 of the church members. Special thanks to Susan, Neil, Eva and Nancy who ensured that all were served and refilled!

After everyone had eaten there was an informal discussion about possible future gatherings. These will be collated and published soon.


March 30 2016: Prayer Shield visits Berwick. As a visual symbol of the prayer call, and to connect the nation over the initial 40 days, a Shield displaying a Cross with ‘As One!’ across it will be taken round the nation (see image). As it travels from town to town and local Council area to area, our prayer is that local Churches will be encouraged to come together to pray for their communities and the nation. As part of the tour, a prayer of blessing will be said by one area over the next, creating a ‘river of blessing’ throughout Scotland.

 


 

 

March 2016: One of our members (Lizzie) whose son ‘died’ for 40 minutes four years ago, recently battled the North Sea to raise money for the charity, The Sick Children's Trust, that kept her by his hospital bedside more than 60 miles away.

Her feat raised over £150 for the charity. Lizzie told me that didn't intend to go for total immersion but tripped once in the water.

In recognition of her involvement, the Kirk Session have agreed that this charity will be nominated for the November 2016 communion retiring offering.

 

 


Sunday 17th January 2016

Baptisms are always a joy, when the congregation is privileged to welcome a baby, child or even adult, into Christ's family. This morning was no exception when Leah Mary was brought by her parents Liga and David. Friends and family had come along from places as far apart as Latvia, Lanark and Coldstream to help celebrate this very special day.