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We opened our service on Sunday 15th with a time of silence, reflecting on the horrendous evil acts of Friday 13th in Paris when terrorists gunned down innocent people from all ehtnic, cultural, and religious backgrounds, in an act of barbaric murder.

By complete contrast we later saw and heard of true acts of kindness and help to those in need, through the act of Christian fellowship.     

Hats Gloves and Scarves  - 15 November 2015

Congregation amazed at the selection and colours of items on display
The blaze of colour from the selection of hats gloves and scarves on display during the service on Sunday 15th November took many by surprise at the sheer number and variety of items.

The congregation members and friends had been busy throughout the year clicking their knitting needles furiously to create the woolen hats, gloves, mitts, scarves and cardigans that we saw on display. So great was the response we had to bring in not only extra tables to lay the items on, but commandeer the piano top as well. Our organist Eileen Marchant played one of the hymns on the piano, so I hope the sound was not too 'woolly' for the congregation. 

Christine Jackson, who organised this years event, announced to the congregation that a total of 461 items had been created and donated to the Blythswood Care Shoebox Appeal.  

But where do these items all go?

We presented the Blythswood Care video to the congregation showing just how the items go to make a huge difference, and how much they are appreciated. We were invited in to see the boxes being filled, transported, the giving and opening. The look on the children's and adults faces said it all.

After the service the hats gloves, scarves and cardigans were taken to Blythswood Care to be added to their Shoebox gifts going this year to poor and underprivileged children in Romania and Eastern European states. In 2014 thse gifts were delivered to Albania, Bulgaria, Hungary, Kosovo, Moldova, Pakistan, Romania, Serbia and Ukraine.

While these gifts will not solve poverty, they are a simple but practical gift at Christmas, from someone in a far off country who cares for those less fortunate than themselves, enough to hold out the hand of friendship and support.

A huge thank you to all who contributed, be it melting those knitting needles to make these scarves, gloves and hats, or purchasing items to add to the collection. They are all welcomed by those who receive the boxes.


Penicuik: St. Mungo's Parish Church (Church of Scotland). Scottish Charity No SC005838