The first shoeboxes for the 2017 Blythswood Care appeal have been handed into the church. Thanks to everyone who have donated so far, filled shoeboxes, or any donations, can be handed into the church until 19 November.

For more information on the amazing work done by Blythswood and their Shoebox appeal, check out www.blythswood.org.

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Rev Amanda MacQuarrie
The Manse
Dundas Street



Session Clerk
Ken Rae
45 St John's Way
EH51 9JD



Eric Gilfillan
21 Braefoot Road
EH51 9TX

01506 510511


Holiday Club

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Monday 24 to Friday 28 & Sunday 30 July 2017 

Each summer the Old Kirk hosts a non-denominational holiday club for primary school aged children. While we’ve become one of the biggest holiday clubs in our area (and probably the noisiest!), our aim remains simple: to communicate the love of God in Jesus in a fun and exciting way.

Over the last eleven years, we’ve grown in size (and noise!) thanks to the fantastic support of our Kirk Session, Congregation and the families of the children. And that’s not forgetting our amazing team of leaders who make it all possible..


Pyramid Rock: Monday 24 to Friday 30 July, 10.30-12.30 (doors open at 10.15 each day)

‘Pyramid Rock’ kicks off on Monday 24 July at 10.30am in the Old Kirk (We recommend coming slightly early on Day 1 as registration takes a wee bit longer). If your child has a place booked then we look forward to seeing them and would ask that they please bring a plain white t-shirt for one of our crafts (please note: it’ll be getting covered in paint prior to return!).

Holiday Club runs from 10.30am to 12.30pm Monday to Friday with doors opening at 10.15am. As always, admission is free (any donations received go towards the costs of crafts, materials and snacks).

If your child is unable to attend Pyramid Rock then please let us know as soon as possible so that we can reallocate their place to someone on our waiting list. 


The Pyramid Rock-Fest, our end of Holiday club celebration and BBQ event, will take place on Sunday 30 July at 10.30am.

Our annual celebration event is always massively popular (and full of surprises!) so remember to bring your family and friends so they can find out more about what we’ve been doing. It’s nothing like a normal service (our presenters previous entrances have included water pistols, shopping trolleys and scooters!) so expect videos, music, mess, mayhem but but most of all, expect the unexpected! And don’t worry if it rains, we have wet weather plans in place just in case!


How do I book a place at Pyramid Rock?

Online bookings opened on Saturday 3 June at 9am and we were fully booked within 2 hours! A massive THANK YOU to everyone who’s booked a place – with over 110 children, our 2017 Holiday Club is all set to be one of our busiest (and loudest!) yet.

If you didn’t get a place this year then we hope you’re not too disappointed, the dates of for our 2018 Holiday Club (including when our booking window opens) will be announced in January/February. While we can’t guarantee that extra places will come up after the booking window closes, we always try to make more available if possible.

Most importantly, if your child is no longer able to attend Holiday Club then please let us know so we can reallocate their place.


What will we be doing at Pyramid Rock?

As you might have guessed, Pyramid Rock will see us travel back in time to ancient Egypt! We’ll be discovering the incredible story of Joseph in our own “unique” way so expect games, crafts, videos, music, mess, mayhem and much more! But most of all, expect the unexpected!

For the last couple of years we’ve had a theme day and by popular demand it’s back! Our team don’t need much excuse to dress up so we’re having a trip to Potiphar’s Party on Tuesday. This is your chance to dressed for a party – or maybe you’d like to come as an egyptian, mummy, animal or anything else which you can think of. But don’t worry if you don’t like dressing up, you could make a craft or draw/bring an egyptian related picture. Let your imagination run wild!

If you’ve been to Holiday Club at the Old Kirk before then you’ll know that anything can happen and we promise that this year is no exception! As we like surprises, most of our plans remain under wraps but we guarantee a week packed with laughs, action and surprises!

In general, our Holiday Club programme runs as follows:


Team Time: Taking place in their team’s dedicated area, some small craft activities.

Hall: All teams in hall. Songs, videos and general mayhem!

Team Time: Team area. Including some time to learn about today’s bible story, our main craft activity and to participate in some games. Snacks and juice are provided (including fruit).

Hall: All teams in hall. More songs, more noise, more mayhem!

Departure: Children will receive their daily newsletter and have the opportunity to take home any crafts etc before leaving.



We’re running daily competitions will be announced via our newsletter ‘Pyramid Post’. These will be handed out each day but will also be available to download below. There’s BIG prizes to be won!

Pyramid Post: Monday

Pyramid Post: Tuesday

Pyramid Post: Wednesday

Pyramid Post: Thursday

Pyramid Post: Friday

As Tuesday is Potiphar’s Party, we want you to come dressed in style – we’re looking for Egyptians, Archaelogists, Cats, Crocodiles or anything else you can think of (maybe you could come as a Rock star!). Party clothes also very welcome – it’s up to you!

Wednesday’s competition is to make a pyramid. It can be from anything you can think of – card, paper, lego, face paint (it could even be 3D!).

On Thursday, we’d love you to make something with your name on it written in hieroglyphics.

On Friday we have not 1 but 2 BIG competitions! As it’s a Joseph theme, come with a coat, cloak or anything else decorated with many colours (we’re hoping for crazy colourful outfits – the leaders are taking part too! We’ll also be judging the best decorated Pyramid Group Areas!

There’s lots of prizes to be won! But don’t worry if you don’t like dressing up or making crafty hings, it’s just some added fun and you dont need to take part if you don’t want to.


Pyramid Providers!

Inspired by last years Hollywood Harvest event, on the Thursday, children are invited to bring items for Storehouse (our local food bank).  These will be distributed to those in need in our community.


But there’s more!

We’ll be updating our Facebook page every day with all the latest pictures and videos from Holiday Club – so check it out!


Any questions?

Our Holiday Club 2017 information pack is available below 

If you have any queries or would like further information then please contact Diane.

Here’s just some of the things we’ve got up to over the past few years:

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Join us this Sunday at 10.30am for the Pyramid Rock Fest! It’s our end of Holiday Club celebration and BBQ event but don’t worry if it rains, we have a wet weather plan so we guarantee you’ll stay dry!. This special event includes all your favourites from Holiday Club including the finale of Dr Potty’s adventures, a special Tutanquack challenge and so much more!

It’s nothing like a normal service (previous events have included custard pies, shopping trolleys and water pistols!) so bring your family and friends for this rocking occasion!