Deacons News


Christmas is such a special time for us all as we remember God’s greatest gift to all the world. It is a time to share gifts with friends and family – a reminder of that wonderful gift God gave to us, as well as a reminder of the gifts given to Jesus by the wise men from the east.

Sometimes in our own community there are folk who find this giving time very difficult because of the circumstances in which they find themselves.
On Sunday 13th December we will have a Gift Day Service and invite you to bring a small gift for a child or for a woman and these will be taken, along with gifts from St John’s and Sandbank, to the Women’s Aid Project. The workers there will be able to make sure that the appropriate gifts go to those who will benefit from them. In order to help them do this, could you bring your gift unwrapped and the folks from Women’s Aid will wrap them once they decide which gift is appropriate for which family. We have done this for many years now and I know how very much these gifts are appreciated by the folk who work with Women’s Aid as well as those who receive the gifts. Thank you for your donation. It will make a huge difference to someone’s life at a very difficult time.

On Sunday 6th December we join together with the congregation of St John’s and Sandbank and enjoy the worship led that morning by the Salvation Army. The bank will be there to lead us in our carol singing and a Christmas message will be shared by the Captain of the Greenock Citadel. This is a wonderfully joyous service and provides us with an opportunity to worship together and to support the work of the Salvation Army as any money in the plate that morning is given for the Army’s work.

The next Ecumenical Service is also on 6th December at 5.30 pm, details of that service and the Christmas Eve and Christmas morning services are on page 4 of the magazine. I hope you are able to join in some or all of these services.

May I take this opportunity to thank those of you who have been an encouragement and a support to me over the last year. I appreciate your care, your friendship and your prayers very much indeed and may I wish you and your families a very Happy Christmas and God’s richest blessings in the coming year.

Glenda Wilson

Parish Profile

The recently updated Parish Profile can be found here.


COG resumes with an open meeting on 14th September when our guest speaker will be from the R.N.L.I. All are welcome and invited to attend (including men!) to show our support to a worthy organisation. Meetings take place in St John's Church Hall, Wednesdays at 8pm.

Molly McNair’s 100th Birthday

See here for photographs from Molly McNair's 100th Birthday tea in the Church.

Mission Partner Update

We have an update on the work of our Mission Partner - Dr Ruth Shakespeare. Read more on our Mission Partner News Page

Community of Faith Conferences

At the beginning of 2016, the Community of Faith Conference will be running in Glasgow, Dumfries and Inverness for those that are involved in ministry with children and young people all over Scotland. The theme for the 2016 events will be 'for churches with few or no children'. See here for more details.

Our Wee Shop

Click here to see an update on "our wee shop" from Lawther.

Interim Moderator

A letter from the new Interim Moderator can be found here.


We meet every Sunday at Kirn Parish Church at 10.30 am see our Location page for details of where we are

Sunday School

We have an enthusiastic Sunday School who meet every week during morning service. At present there are about 15 children aged 3-12 who enjoy singing, stories, making things and participating in services. There is a rota of 6 adults who lead the Sunday School activities in discussion with the minister and deacon. We have a prizegiving service for our children in June every year and we always organise a barbeque or picnic at around the same time. In recent years this has been a joint celebration with the St. John’s Sunday School. The children also lead a nativity service in December each year and this is greatly enjoyed by the whole congregation.