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SUNDAY WORSHIP (Unless intimated otherwise)...
From first Sunday in January till last Sunday in June - 10:00am.
From first Sunday in July till last Sunday in December - 11:30am.
(PLEASE NOTE - Remembrance Sunday Service will also start at 11:30am)
The information on the following pages is given in good faith. However, some things such as times of meetings can and do change. Please be aware of this, especially during the Summer months (July & August) when some groups and organisations may stop for a well earned break.
Our Church has many groups, organisations and committees meeting either in the Church Halls or at a place of their own choosing.
NEW - Our Child & Family Worker Gillian Graham runs events far too numerous and changing to list here. PLEASE REFER TO THE 'INTIMATIONS' PAGE ON THE MENU BAR ABOVE FOR THE LATEST INFORMATION - INCLUDING TIMES FOR MESSY CHURCH!!!
KIRK SESSION (Currently 2nd Wednesday of each month at 8:15pm except July)
Although perhaps currently fewer in number than we would like, ours is a dedicated group of 15 working Elders (8 women / 7 men), committed to keeping our church alive in our community. As well as district duties, most Elders are also appointed to one of the church groups mentioned on these pages and most also have other important jobs to fulfil such as Presbytery Elder, Safeguarding Officer, etc..
CONGREGATIONAL BOARD (Currently same nights as Kirk session at 7:15pm)
Comprising of the Kirk Session plus 11 others (ten women and one man), ‘The Board’ look after the fabric and financial affairs of our church through the smaller teams reporting to it. ‘The Board’ also have the important function of welcoming worshippers to church services.
SUNDAY SCHOOL (Sunday mornings, same time as worship)
Aged from 0 – 12 years, a small but enthusiastic group of children and an important part of our church life. Active and responsive, they sing, dance, draw, colour and add sparkle to all activities under the supervision of a team of equally enthusiastic teachers.
MIDWEEK WORSHIP (Every Wednesday at 12:15pm)
This group has evolved over the years. Once minister led, with minimal input from those attending, it is a great wee group of people with diverse backgrounds who have gained in confidence to the point where they let the minister get on with other things as they take it in turns to lead worship. A thought, an insight, a prayer, who knows what it will be? It may only take 15 - 20 mins on a Wednesday lunchtime, but is much appreciated by those who attend. One of our church's greatest success stories!
As a gathered community, it is important for us to meet regularly and to find ways to encourage folks on the edge of the congregation to become more involved. Our hard working Social Committee is responsible to the Kirk Session and their remit is to organise the social side of the church. Sunday lunches, bus runs, theatre trips, coffee mornings, concerts etc., are all on their agenda.
We enjoy being able to meet for a chat and a cuppa after worship. The Tea Bar rota, with willing teams of three from across the congregation, enables us to do this each week.
Donations given by the congregation provide flowers to decorate the worship space. Following the service, they are distributed to the elderly, sick and bereaved by a team of volunteers.
WORSHIP GROUP (Meet as and when required)
An energetic and fun group always up for a challenge; this group comes together to assist and support the Minister where necessary throughout the year. The group have had input to creative communions and have led Holy Week, Harvest and Solstice Services as well as organising and leading our fun filled ‘Carols-Round-the-Christmas-Tree’.
WEDNESDAY GROUP (Every Wednesday after Midweek Worship)
An active and interesting group which meet following Midweek Worship; discussion over a cup of tea (with the occasional wee fish supper or a roll 'n' sausage), on issues arising from Sunday Worship or items in the news. A light, informal discussion group to which all are welcome when able to attend.
A strong group of readers who add colour and flavour to Bible passages each week.
ORGAN / ORGANISTS / PIANISTS
Within the church we have a Binns Pipe Organ (two manual + pedal) which can really rattle the rafters, and a piano. Both organ & piano can be utilized during worship. To take full advantage of this, we are extremely lucky to have a dedicated and talented group of organists to lead the music for worship, each bringing something different to our services and leading the congregation in learning new hymns and songs.
Bookends is our book club which meets one evening each month to discuss the latest read over a cup of coffee. The Group challenges its members to read widely, but discussion is not too serious.
‘CRAFT DAFT’ (Monday Evenings at 7:30pm)
A creative group comprised of people with an artistic streak (and those who once thought that they couldn’t even hang a picture!), their untiring work is much appreciated by those entering our church. Ever-changing banners on the walls and a triptych in the chancel, both of which are normally themed on the church season, bring an extra dimension to worship.
BOYS BRIGADE (Tuesday Evenings from 6:30pm)
Abbotsford is home to 2nd Clydebank Boys Brigade which offers Anchor Boys, Junior & Company Sections. The Company is very well supported by both the congregation and parents and plays an integral part in the Church Remembrance Service. In 2013 they were recognised by BB HQ for increasing their numbers in the previous session. The Company is looking to enhance the training of new Officers to enable more activities to be undertaken.
RAINBOWS / BROWNIES / GUIDES
(Thursday Evenings - Rainbows & Brownies at 6:30pm and Guides at 7:30pm)
Abbotsford has a long association with Guiding in Clydebank and continues to host flourishing Brownie and Rainbow Units. Rainbows & Brownies are running with maximum numbers and the 5th Clydebank Guide unit re-launched in September 2013 after a few years absence.
MIDWEEK BADMINTON (Wednesday Mornings at 10:00am)
A 'smashing' good morning. Badminton, always laced with a cup of tea and plenty of laughter.
A group of four who look after the fabric of our church and, in conjunction with the Fabric Committee at Dalmuir Barclay, the linked manse.
WEST DUNBARTONSHIRE FOODBANK
A recent initiative brought to the Session’s attentionby one of our Elders and immediately given their full support. The congregation donate non perishable foods on a monthly basis and this is then taken to a central receiving point for distribution to those in need.
This is in addition to donations of food and clothing to Glasgow City Mission at Harvest and Christmas, which our congregation has now been doing for many years.
‘Ad hoc’ teams normally set up in response to particular needs of the congregation such as fund raising events, which have been highly successful over the 10 years since they were introduced.
Our church magazine, ‘Jigsaw’, is produced quarterly to coincide with the delivery of Communion Invitations in March, June, September & December. Each issue is normally 16 to 20 pages, in colour, and reports on the life of the church locally, nationally and internationally. The magazine is self funding through its advertising space.
OUR CHURCH - If you haven’t already done so, please check out our 360˚ virtual tour of the inside of the church.