Twechar Parish Church
The Church was opened in 1902 celebrated its centenary in 2002. It is an elegant building of red stone built in early Gothic style. The church includes many beautiful fittings not least of which is the recently renovated 'Willis' organ, much admired by visitors, which was originally powered by water pressure but later converted to electricity.
Weekly services are held at 10.15am with the Sacrament of Holy Communion being held in May and November. Members of the Church of Nazarene join us in our annual Christmas Eve Service. Each Remembrance Sunday members of the congregation join with members of St. John of the Cross R.C. Church, The Nazerene Church, Miners Welfare and Lodge Barrhill for a service at the village War Memorial at which a wreath from our congregation is laid, normally by our Session Clerk. The hymn repertoire, whilst modest, is broadening and includes a number of items from Common Ground.
Twice a year there is a joint service with Banton and Twechar congregations getting together to worship.
In October 2011 a Women's Fellowship was formed and met on the first and third Thursdays of the month running through to April. This proved to be a very successful venture. The women were entertained by speakers from a variety of agencies, a play by a theatre group and also had a workshop and Christmas Meal. An outing is planned for the summer and this will be the format of the Fellowship in the coming years.
Next Session syllabus has been prepared and we would welcome any new members who wish to come along and join us.
For further details - contact Mrs M McIntyre on 0141 777 6401.
Our Sunday School continues to blossom and meets in "The Ark" each Sunday with the children enjoying a range of age related activities, and several outings through the year. They have also been very successful at fundraising in different ways and this has helped to cover the cost of their outings and the much look forward to Christmas Party.
The children continue to amaze the adults with the width of their knowledge and obviously enjoy meeting each Sunday with their teacher's Mrs McIntyre and Mrs Caldwell. They frequently either recite poems or sing for the congregation and this is always well received. They have also produced a book of Poems, written by Mrs McIntyre, which have been sold in aid of Sunday School Funds.
Any children wishing to join us would be made more than welcome.
The congregation is made up of 76 members of whom most live within the parish. Sunday worship has an average attendance ofbetween 35 to 40, Communion attendances being slightly higher. The congregation numbers in the past 6-7 years have increased. There are on average 4/5 weddings per year with baptisms and funerals as required.. The congregational board meets monthly and is assisted by congregation members and parishioners when required at various fund raising events. The Kirk Session consists twelve elders (6 male and 6 female) and great emphasis is laid on the important role each plays in the Church's life.
There is a worship group at Twechar which consists of 3 members of the congregation who assist and participate on a regular basis. In addition there is a rota of readers.
Pastoral Care Group
Some members of the Congregation have joined together to form a Pastoral Care Group and they go out and visit member's of the congregation who are ill at home or in hospital or who are no longer able to attend the service on a Sunday.
As well as a long established Clergy Fraternal in the Kilsyth area, Kirks the Gither, which was born out of the Glasgow Presbytery Mission Plan has been in existence since 1996. Kirks the Gither gives support to all Church of Scotland churches within theKilsyth area with the mission aim: To proclaim the gospel and increase the followers of Christ.
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