MID ARGYLL Churches MALAWI TWINNING GROUP (MTG) a group of churches working together in partnership with Kasamba church in Malawi
Fundraising activities to support Kasamba Church in purchasing and distributing food to those facing hardship and hunger in their parish continued in September, October and November. We would like to thank all who support these fund raising activities.
Kasamba Church friends have asked for prayers as the country faces severe food shortages.
Pray for the government, NGOs and church leaders as they seek to ensure fair distribution of food
USED POSTAGE STAMPS
Thank you to everyone who has supplied used postage stamps to help support the Church of South India’s Othara Eco-Spirituality Centre. See below for details of project
‘God created all living and non-living things to coexist in a rhythm and equilibrium, which we often call ecological balance. Ecological disasters befall us when this balance is lost’, Bishop Thomas K. Oommen, Deputy Moderator of the Church of South India
The Church of South India (CSI) has recently opened the Othara Eco-spirituality centre near Thiruvalla in Kerala. It is a place where people can come to learn about climate change and the importance of conserving the earth God has given us.
This past year (April 2016 – 31st March 2017) the Stamp Project has been supporting some of their ecological innovations including the harvesting and re-use of rain water, the establishment of a biogas plant to power the kitchens and the development of a small dairy and chicken farm for native breeds.
Through retreats and conferences, CSI hopes that the knowledge people gain at the centre will inspire them to live sustainably and encourage others in their community to do likewise. They want to encourage people to appreciate and understand that ‘caring for the earth is not only a calling, but a lifestyle.’
How to contribute to the forthcoming 2017 World Mission Council Stamp Appeal
- Post your stamps to World Mission Stamp Project, PO Box 9191, Wishaw, Lanarkshire, ML2 0YB
- Hand stamps in to any member of the congregation or deposit them on the entrance table in Kilmartin Church for uplift. Thank you
Hand stamps in to any member of the congregation or deposit them on the entrance table in Kilmartin Church for uplift. Thank you
THE PARISH CALENDAR
EACH SPRING PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE GLASSARY KILMARTIN AND FORD PARISH AREA ARE SOUGHT TO GO INTO THE PARISH CALENDAR
A new venture was introduced with the publication of our first parish calendar in 2009. This calendar comprised photographs of the local area and was tremendously popular with visitor and local alike. Each year since then calendars have been available to purchase in the Kilmartin Village Shop and in the Kilmartin Church.
From time to time fund raising events are arranged. A Heritage Evening this May starting at the Clachandubh Bridge, listening to the young pipers, and viewing vintage farm machinery at Stroneskar with refreshments at Ford Village Hall and viewing of historical documents proved fascinating and fun.
In an earlier year an evening visit to nearby Carnasserie Castle was arranged to hear some of the history of the castle and enjoy the playing of a number of young, local pipers. This event was open to the the local community and was well supported. Similarly, a heritage evening was held at St Columba’s, Poltalloch.