church groups

Unlocking the Word - Bible Study Group

This study group meets fortnightly, on Tuesdays at 10.30am in the Session House, and provides an informal and relaxed forum in which to deepen our understanding of the bible's relevance to our daily life and work.

The discussions may focus on a particular passage or book of the bible chosen by members of the group, or may be topic based.
All are welcome.

The group provides a supportive environment where members can develop the confidence to examine, question and talk freely about the Christian faith and the relationship of the bible to their daily lives. No prior theological knowledge is required, only an open and enquiring mind.

Lenten Study Programme

Our Lenten study programme this year will once again use a course prepared by Hilary Brand, based on a well known, popular film. The course is entitled Christ and the Chocolaterie and uses the film Chocolat as a starting point to stimulate thought, discussion, and reflection relevant to the period of Lent. The study guide is available from @£5.95 and from @£4.95. However, amazon can also provide very cheap second-hand copies. These meetings are open to all and take place at 8 p.m. on Wednesday 14 & 28 February, and Wednesday 7, 14, 21 March. It is recommended that all those intending to take part in the programme should view the whole film beforehand.

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St John’s-Renfield volunteer gardening team get together every Thursday morning, 9am-12noon, from March to mid-November to maintain the extensive church grounds.

Anyone who is prepared to lend a hand will be made most welcome, and as well providing an opportunity for fellowship and teamwork, you will also be rewarded with a mid-morning cup of tea!

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Book Group

The church book group meets on the first or last Monday evening of the month when women of all ages who are interested in books get together to discuss the latest “read”.

A book is chosen a month in advance, and discussed at the next meeting; anyone can recommend books. Past choices include “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett, “The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox” by Maggie O’Farrell and Janice Galloway’s “This Is Not About Me”. Those who wish can also bring a poem related to the theme of the book or a relevant issue.  On occasion the group arrange a visit to the cinema to see 'the film of the book.

There is no pressure to speak, nor to be erudite! The pleasure is in the sharing, the laughter, and the fellowship as much as the discussion and you don’t need to be involved in the church to join.

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Craft Group

The craft group meets on a Tuesday evening between 7 and 8.30pm every week. So far the group has only women coming along but men would be welcome too!

We knit, sew, embroider, and make cards, etc whilst chatting and from time to time have a guest speaker from a particular craft area.

This is a good opportunity to meet new friends and have fellowship with people of all ages from the area. New members would be made very welcome.

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Walking Group

The St. John’s-Renfield Walking Group meets approximately once per month throughout the year, on a Saturday at 10am.

Walks are typically around 4 miles in length, and aim to cater for all ages and abilities of walker. We travel to destinations around Central Scotland, and try to take in a variety of locations and landscapes, both rural and urban. Recent destinations have included Lochan Spling by Aberfoyle, Maidens and Culzean on the Ayrshire coast, and Calderglen Country Park near East Kilbride. A coffee and cake stop at the end of the walk is compulsory!

The group provides an opportunity to enjoy a leisurely walk in good company, and a chance to savour our beautiful and varied Scottish landscapes. New members are always welcome, and you don’t have to be involved with the church to join us.

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