Jim's poem commemorates Freeland's heritage.
members of the church, past and present,
came together to celebrate
the 275th Anniversary
of the establishment of Freeland.
To mark the occasion
accomplished local poet, Jim Carruth,
penned and read this poem
which movingly captures
a sense of Freeland's
history and heritage.
Anniversary Celebrations Weekend - 21st & 22nd September
To mark Freeland's
members of the congregation,
past and present
gathered in the large hall
to enjoy a buffet meal
and a time of fellowship together.
Former Pastoral Assistant, Derek Peat, Inducted To His First Charge!
In a simple, traditional and very moving ceremony, representatives of the Presbytery of Ayr welcomed Derek to their ranks and wished him and the congregation he would now serve God’s richest blessings for a long and fruitful ministry together.
Following the service everyone retired to the church halls to enjoy some refreshments and to meet their new minister informally. Then a Welcome Social was held in honour of the manse family where tributes were paid to Derek by Rev. Douglas Cranston and presentations were made to Derek and Eileen his wife and his children, Beth and Callum.
We congratulate Derek on his first charge and we wish him and his family every blessing in the years to come.
Open Air Service
ARK WEEK 2013 - AN OUT-OF-THIS-WORLD ADVENTURE!
Adapting Scripture Union's materials and retelling the story of Daniel in an outer space environment proved to be a great hit with the 50 children who took part in SPACE MISSION this July as the photos demonstrate.
Many thanks to everyone who contributed in any way to the planning and running of Ark Week. Roll on 2014!
For a full picture gallery visit the Ark Week page.
GOLDEN WEDDING COUPLE REVISIT FREELAND
where they were married on 21st June 1963
they were extremely surprised to find we knew they were coming!
Bill and Florence (née Hill) were on vacation from Port Hope, Ontario, Canada
to celebrate their 50th Wedding Anniversary.
the minister was able to welcome them
as special guests at Morning Worship on 7th July 2013.
After the service Bill and Florence cut a celebration cake
and enjoyed a time of fellowship with members of the Freeland Church family.
Kenneth's 25 years of faithful ministry celebrated
Alistair Mackay's sermon on the faithfulness of God the Father complemented the special musical contributions of the choir and the praise band which, together with heartfelt tributes and prayers, made for a moving and memorable occasion.
Kenneth was presented with three gifts from the congregation:
- a presentation folder of cards from members of the congregation expressing in 'one-liners' individuals' comments on what Kenneth's ministry had meant to each of them.
- a cheque
- a comprehensive Bible Commentary chosen by Kenneth
After the service current and former members of the congregation as well as friends of the manse family enjoyed a time of fellowship in the hall where Kenneth cut a celebration cake baked in his honour.
(Highlights of the service can be listened to on the Audio page).
Open Air Service 2013
There was a lot going on at our recent Open Air service as many took a very energetic part in illustrating Kenneth's message: we spend a lot of time trying to improve our outward appearance but God sees what's inside. We should therefore put every effort in to having hearts that are pure and pleasing to God.
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GALA DAY FLOAT
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As part of the celebrations to mark our church's 275th Anniversary Freeland took part in the local Gala Day procession with a special float.
A number of the ladies of the church dressed in typically 18th century costumes and processed behind the float as it drove along the Main Street and on into Houston Rd park.
The Freeland Church stall provided a special anniversary exhibition of photographs depicting maps and other documents recording the history of the church over the past 275 years.
Ugandan Children Bring A Message Of HopePlaying to a packed Linwood Church the Watoto Children's Choir delighted and inspired members of the 4Churches Together congregations on Sunday Evening, 17th March. Read more here
NEW SCOTTISH HYMNS TOUR GETS OFF TO A FLYING START!
Following the success of their 2012 release "New Scottish Hymns" album, the New Scottish Hymns Band are touring Scotland during March 2013. They are presenting an all-star line-up including solos from Emily Smith, Steph Macleod, Yvonne Lyon, Ellyn Oliver, Greg de Blieck and Lydia Maciver.
A group of 25 from Freeland attended the Glasgow leg of the tour which took place in St Silas Church on Wednesday 13th March 2013 before a large audience that filled the church. The varied programme and engaging presentation provided an inspiring and enjoyable evening for all present.
For more information on New Scottish Arts click
MOLLY's CONCERT A MUSICAL TREAT
Delighting their audience with a wonderful display of their musical expertise and versatility the young musicians were performing to support Molly in her fundraising efforts.
The concert had been arranged to raise funds towards Molly's planned mission trip to Rwanda with Urban Saints and SU this summer.
She expressed her sincere gratitude to the audience and all who had contributed to the event for the boost of over £900 to her funds.
Sunday School Nativity
Weather Kind To CarollersThe rain stayed away as 20 of us gathered in the Piazza on Saturday morning, 15th December to sing a medley of favourite and familiar Christmas carols.
Afterwards we returned to the church for a most welcome mug of hot soup.
'JOLOMO' VISITS FREELANDWe were privileged to welcome
Dr John Lowrie Morrison OBE
as Guest Preacher at our Morning Service
on Sunday 25th November.
He gave a stimulating and
thought-provoking talk on
'Art & Christianity'.
Dr Morrison's talk can be listened to here
A video recording of this special event is now available on Youtube in 2 parts. To view part 1 click on http://youtu.be/Je6CtIhU-Gw To view part 2 click on http://youtu.be/Y9znakQYhDU
Quiz Night raises over £400 for Oxfam's Farms For Africa Project.
together with some of our Hall User Groups
enjoyed curry and conversation on Saturday evening 17th November.
After the tasty food 16 teams battled it out to
score points in the Quiz.
Who'd have thought that BB stands for 'Brain Boxes!'
A fun night was enjoyed by all and our thanks
are extended to the Outreach Group
for organising the event, to Jim & Paul Carruth and
Ronnie Miller for running the quiz,
to the Catering Team for the delicious food
and to everyone who contributed in any way
to making the night so successful.
Coffee & Crafts Morning raises £1201 for the Farms for Africa Project!
Well done to everyone who contributed in any way to the success of the Coffee Morning and Sale of Work on Saturday 3rd November. The magnificent sum of £1201 raised will pay for 2 additional farms for Africa with the remainder, added to whatever is raised by the Curry & quiz night on 17th November, being sure to pay for at least one more farm. A great effort and an amazing array of talents displayed by all who supported this event.
For other past events take a look at the Events Archive page
Mon 23 of Sep., 2013 12:38
Open Air Service
Wed 19 of June, 2013 07:39
Open Air Service
Sat 15 of June, 2013 07:47
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BB Coffee Morning
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Jack's Prayer Blog
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