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New Laigh Kirk A caring welcoming church at the heart of Kilmarnock reaching out to you

1st Sunday of Advent 1st December 2019

Welcome A very warm welcome to our Advent worship this morning from all at New Laigh Kirk. We are delighted you are here today and hope you enjoy worshipping with us. Please make yourself known to those sitting beside you.

The Short monthly communion service will be held immediately after our service this morning, all are welcome to remain and participate. May God richly bless you in your worship today.

Order of Service Choir Introit:

Lo, he comes with clouds descending

Welcome and Intimations Call to worship Hymn 475

Christ is coming! let creation

Prayer Light the first Advent candle We lift the light of hope, O God, Your presence burning bright. In praise we sing the gift You bring: Our hope complete in Christ. In praise we sing the gift You bring: Our hope complete in Christ. All Age address Hymn 279

Make way, make way, for Christ the King

Children leave for Kingz Kidz Reading:

Isaiah 2:1-5 page 687

Choir Anthem: Come, Emmanuel Reading:

St Matthew 24:36-44 page 994

Hymn 273

O come, O come, Emmanuel

Prayer of Intercession Hymn 456

Christ is the world’s true light

Sermon Offering/ Doxology (Hymn 807

Praise God from whom all blessings flow)

Prayer of Dedication Hymn 476

Mine eyes have seen the glory


Church news and activities Worship on Sunday, 8th December is the second Sunday in Advent and will be conducted by the Minister beginning at 11.00am. Kingz Kidz and Trekkers should meet at 10.50am in church and sit together. Tea and coffee will be served in church immediately after the service. We require volunteers to deliver a copy of the Christmas flyer to every household in our parish and to approach retail businesses in the town centre to ask if they would be willing to make them available to customers. If you can assist with this, please contact Stephen Brown. Leaflets available TODAY. Elders should collect December Magazines from their pigeonholes. If you would like to be included in the rota for Bible Reading at Sunday worship for 2020, please give your name to Helen Colman. Both new and existing readers should add their names to the list. Some new minibus drivers are required on Sunday mornings. If you are able to help with this, please contact Iain Sherry, Tel: 07399 584831, Email: Guild will meet on Monday, 2nd December at 7.15pm in lower hall. Christmas Crafts with Miriam Patterson. Tots Praise will meet on Tuesday, 3rd December at 10.15am in lower hall. Music and Movement Christmas lunch in Troon on Tuesday, 3rd December. Bus will leave from outside Tannahill's in John Finnie Street at 12noon. Prayer Group will meet on Wednesday, 4th December at 7.00pm in the church. All are welcome but if you cannot come in person, please leave a prayer request in the box in church or on our Facebook page. Fellowship of Kilmarnock Churches. UK Parliament Election Hustings Debate will be held on Friday, 6th December at 7.00pm in Howard Centre. Candidates for the Kilmarnock and Loudoun Constituency have been invited to state their case and answer your questions. Everyone welcome. There are still tickets available for the pantomime - Cinderella - for all adults in the church and their friends on Saturday, 7th December at 2.00pm in Palace Theatre. Tickets cost ÂŁ15 for members and ÂŁ17 for non-members. Please complete form in Magazine and place in the offering plate on a Sunday in an envelope addressed to Margaret Paterson, and marked "Friendship Group Pantomime." Please contact Margaret Paterson, Tel: 551288, if you wish to attend pantomime only or pantomime and tea. If you are going to the pantomime, please be at the Palace Theatre no later than 1.45pm as the pantomime starts at 2.00pm.

There will be a Christmas Tea in lower hall after the pantomime which is open to all adults. If you wish to attend the tea only, please contact Betty Johnstone, Tel: 542448 or Roberta Sinclair, Tel: 542884. If you can assist with driving on that afternoon, please speak to Betty or Roberta. Donations of baking will be greatly appreciated. Highlights Klub. Travelling Treats Christmas Afternoon Tea (in the evening) on Monday, 9th December in upper hall. Guild of Friendship on Thursday, 12th December. Christmas Party Triple M. Christmas Decorations - volunteers are required to assist with decorating the church on Friday, 6th December, starting at 10.00am.

Advent and Christmas Services ‘Remembering at Christmas’ service on Sunday, 8th December at 7.00pm, is a reflective service for those who walk into Advent feeling the loneliness rather than the joy of the Christmas season. Tea and coffee will be served among friends after the service. Come and know that you do not journey through Christmas on your own. Christmas Gift Service on Sunday, 15th December at 11.00am. Toys marked girl or boy and age will be gratefully received and will be distributed through EACHa. Christmas Music for All @ New Laigh Kirk on Sunday, 15th December at 7.00pm - Christmas Stories, Poetry, Music and Carols, with local talent Daniel Mackin and Hollie Robinson, New Laigh Kirk Choir and an enthusiastic audience singing favourite Carols. Just the spirit leading into Christmas. Carols at the Cross, opposite Burns Mall, is on Saturday, 21st December from 11.00am to 12noon followed by tea, coffee and cake in New Laigh Kirk. Christmas Nativity Service is on Sunday, 22nd December beginning at 11.00am. Led by Kingz Kidz and Trekkers. A special family service for all - our Christingle Service is on Sunday, 22nd December. Come to New Laigh Kirk at 6.30pm to make your Christingle Candle for the service beginning at 7.00pm. See the Bethlehem Experience once again. The service concludes with singing carols of your choice sitting around the Christmas tree. 12 days of Christmas is a favourite. Christmas Eve Christmas Carol Singing begins at 11.00pm leading into our Watchnight Service beginning at 11.30pm. Enjoy tea or coffee or mulled wine, mince pies and Christmas cake served immediately after the service as you wish family and friends of New Laigh Kirk ‘Merry Christmas’. Worship on Christmas Day will begin at 11.00am. Children, please bring your toys to show us. Come and begin your Christmas Day celebration with worship. The church will be open mid day during Advent and volunteers are required. If you are able to help cover the period of opening, including on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 12noon to 2.00pm, please give your name to Helen Colman. If you have any used postage stamps, please give them to Esther Douglas as they are passed on to the Blind Club to be sold to deserving charities. It would be greatly appreciated if you could leave a border of about 8mm (1/2 inch) as this is needed. If you know of anyone in hospital please let the minister know by telephone, email or the pew cards provided. Intimations for Sunday's Order of Service and the Standard should be with Helen Colman, Email:, by Wednesday. Postcode is KA1 1BL.

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