The Friendship Circle

Do you enjoy the company of others, but prefer small, quieter gatherings? Then the Friendship Circle might be your cup of tea! A warm welcome is waiting for you in the church hall on various dates throughout the year. Around 30 to 35 people gather, usually on a Tuesday afternoon from 2.30 – 4.30pm, to hear from invited speakers and to join in singing hymns of praise.

This long-running initiative was started in 1998 by Winifred McCullough, who handed responsibility on to Phyllis McMurray before Pamela and Melvyn Hamilton took charge last autumn.  At the last meeting the Friendship Circle heard about the wonderful and vital work of the Gideons from Church member and stalwart Gideon, Tom McKay. After the slightly more formal aspect of the meeting had concluded the gathering enjoyed tea and treats as well as a chat.

Meetings are open to everyone and are attended by Church members and non-members alike. A voluntary offering is usually lifted and often contributes to the work of the person who has spoken. Pamela and Melvyn would love to welcome new faces from all age groups to join with regulars in having the opportunity to hear interesting speakers and enjoy some company. Last year, in addition to hearing from Tom, the group heard about the work of Exodus from Bobby and Elsie Boyd; learnt about Ted Harrison’s work which includes collecting teddy bears for Uganda; met with Janice Barr who spoke about Charlene’s Project and listened to Billy Patterson as he talked about the Church Mission held last March.

The next Friendship Circle meeting is on Tuesday 5th December at 2.30pm. Come along and hear the Salvation Army Band followed by afternoon tea and a chat!