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Music News May 2012


Dear friends at Williamwood

As I write this music article for the Summer Inspire magazine we are preparing for our Jubilee Event on Saturday 2nd June.  This will have taken place by the time most of you read this.  I hope that it will have been an exciting and joyful evening when we’ve looked back and celebrated Williamwood 75 and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Thanks are due to the various people who have taken part and helped in their own way, but specifically we need to thank all the singers and musicians from our community who have worked hard and enjoyed sharing music for what is a one-off special event.

Adult Church ChoirOur session ended in May but we have continued to meet in preparation for the Jubilee. Our end of session dinner takes place on 14th June at Williamwood Golf Club where we and our partners relax and have fellowship (and a good meal also) away from the busyness of our weekly work.

It’s been a remarkable session during 2011-12.   We’ve achieved far much more than I thought possible.  I would go as far to say that we have not only improved our repertoire, but also improved our quality and our enjoyment.  I am very lucky indeed to be at the helm of such a competent church choir, and it has been said in this past year that we have one of the best soprano sections (if not “the” best) in the Southside.

Through the internet we have been heard as far afield as the USA.  This is through our on-line recordings of services and also through our YouTube channel – just look for wmwoodmusic.

The new session will begin at the end of August (probably on Thursday 23rd August) or the beginning of September – all depending on when the choirmaster takes his holidays! We would welcome any one who is interested to come along.  You will find a warmth and friendship that is only found in church choirs – come along to experience it. Look out for weekly intimations for more information.

Church Music Groupa group of around 8 (or so) singers, some guitars and a flute (plus some bongos – thank you Carole) have taken part in some of the services in 2012.  I think that people have enjoyed both our “sound” and the items of praise we have lead or introduced.  We have said good-bye to Ann McCormick our flautist, as her placement here at Williamwood has come to an end.  We say thank you Ann for immersing yourself in all aspects of our music.  We hope you’ve had as much fun as the rest of us!

Likewise, Music Group will resume in the new session (Aug/September) and anyone who plays an instrument is welcome to come along.  Even if you don’t play an instrument you are welcome to come along to sing, or utilise the box of percussion instruments we have but rarely use.  Look out for weekly intimations for the first meeting of 2012-13.


It’s that time of the year when summer choir resumes. We start meeting in the session house on Sunday 3rd June at 10:15am.  Summer Choir will meet weekly at 10:15am throughout June (with the exception of Communion Sunday) July and August.

We will look at the hymns and learn anything that may be new, and also each week try to prepare a simple, yet effective, item from CH4 or other sources as either a call to worship, a meditation, anthem or something to end our worship. You do not need to be in the church choir to take part and you can come as often as you are able.  All we ask is that you enjoy your time with us.

Williamwood Singers - The Williamwood Singers have just completed their 25th year as a group of enthusiastic young singers, giving a concert at Christmas and in the Spring.

At our concert a few weeks ago we displayed some of the many photos taken over the years – from the early days when we often went out and about singing in different places through rather lean years when we just managed to keep going.  We now have a very able choir with a large repertoire of uplifting songs.  It is wonderful to hear these young voices developing – some have now been with us for 10 years.  As to age there is no upper limit, we’re always ready to welcome new members.  The choir, with excellent instrumentalists from our own church and beyond has given great pleasure to a great number of people – if you can sing (age 10 and upwards) do come and join us on Sunday 26th August at 6.00pm.

Meanwhile many thanks from me to the choir, for giving their best at the concert, to our past accompanists – Aindrea McKay who was with us for 17 years, followed for a short time by Gail Alexander, and now to Mairi McIntyre, for all their hard work and to our many supporters who make it all worthwhile.  Norah F Gray

Music Makers – like the regular music groups we don’t meet during the summer months.  However, we met rather intermittently during 2011-12 and that has been disruptive to everyone who is keen for Music Makers to really lift-off.  Starting in September we will meet regularly, but only once a month.

From September, we will meet on the 2nd Sunday of each month from 12:30pm to 1pm.  Kids and/or parents should come to the Church and meet in the front pews.  Ailie and I will prepare something with the kids and/or mums and dads that we can sing at Christmas-time.

Looking forward to 2012-13

  • Williamwood Singers resume on Sunday 26th August at 6pm in the Session house.
  • Adult church choir resumes (23rd August) – look out for weekly notices
  • Music Makers resumes – 2nd Sunday of September at 12:30pm
  • Music Group resumes Aug/Sept – lookout for details

Friends of Williamwood Music

As we move through another year I would like to get together a proper list of “friends of Williamwood Music”. You may like to help serve tea after church for us, or help steward at a concert or serve tea.  Please, just pass your name to me.


The Trumpet Shall Sound – Sunday 14th October, 7pm

A Special concert in the Church with Organ and Trumpet, featuring Matt Edwards (organist) and Grant Golding (trumpet) – this is a special event taking place as part of our 75th anniversary celebrations.  Mark the date in your diary and prepare to be amazed at the wonderful sound combination of organ and trumpet.  Keep an eye out for more details in weekly notices for what promises to be an excellent evening of music.

I do hope that your summer holidays are good and that the weather keeps up for us – hope I’ve not gone and put my foot in it! I do look forward to seeing you at Church during the summer to take part in the music of each morning service and enjoy the fellowship of Williamwood Church.



Christmas Eve Services

Carols around the Crib @ 6 o’clock
HYMN 315 Once in Royal David’s City [Verse 1 Ailie – ALL SING from verse 2]
PRAYER & LORD’S PRAYER (see below)
READING Luke 2: 1 – 7
HYMN 312 Away in a Manger (children sing verse 1, everyone sing v2 & 3)
READING Luke 2: 8 – 16
HYMN 302 It was on a starry night
HYMN 321 Come and join the celebration!
HYMN 301 Hark the Herald Angels Sing

Watchnight Service @ 11:30pm
Welcome and First Reading
HYMN 304 O little town of Bethlehem [Verse 1 solo – ALL SING from verse 2]
READING John 1: 1 – 5 & 10 – 14 (Ann McCormick)
THE CHOIR O Holy Night (solo from Ailie Ferguson)
Christmas Eve Message
HYMN 309 Still the night, Holy the night T
he Church in darkness
The Midnight Bells for – The Light Shines in the darkness
MAKE WAY – Tonight while all the world was sleeping
PRAYER & LORD’S PRAYER (see below)
GIRLS GROUP – Saviour’s Day
HYMN 306 O Come all you faithful (all verses)

The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name; Your kingdom come, your will be done; on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours now and forever. Amen

A VERY WARM WELCOME TO OUR CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES – if you are a visitor please sign our visitor’s book in the vestibule. Our church has something for all ages and activities go on throughout the week.

CHRISTMAS EVE – 11:15pm – Carol Singing (choir/singers meet at 11pm) then at 11:30pm – The Watchnight Service – tea, coffee& mince pies afterwards!

CHRISTMAS DAY – an informal service for the WHOLE family at 10:00am

NEW YEARS DAY – morning worship at 11:00am

CHRISTMAS CARDS – please check the pigeon whole system in the vestibules and collect any Christmas Cards and Greetings that may have been left for you.

WORSHIP ON THE WEB – our morning services are available on line at www.williamwoodparishchurch.org.uk at “Worship on demand”.

CHURCH CHOIR – resumes in the New Year on Thursday 5th January

WILLIAMWOOD SINGERS – resumes on Sunday 15th January

KATIE & FRIENDS has been set to help Katie (a little girl from Carolside) who has an inoperable tumour. We hope you would help by buying wristbands at £2 each or 2 for £3. Calendars for 2012 are also now available. See the Minister or Mgt Robertson for more info.



Session Clerk – Margaret Robertson, 638-5521, or margaretctrobertson@gmail.com
Property Convenor – Stuart Young, 577-5707
Key Register – Stuart Law, 01355 302941
Church Heating – Evelyn Wallace, 638-3490 or  evelyn.wallace@ntlworld.com
Have you noticed a bulb out etc? Then report it in the book in the vestibule.
Hall Lets – Fiona Gunning, 577-5761  gunning4@hotmail.com  Send requests in plenty of time!
Prayer Circle – (Confidential) 17 people who will pray for a person or situation. Contact Lorna on 571- 8821 or Anne 644-4776.
Events committee – Carole Lyons phone 620-2333/07971 794091

Intimations for inclusion in the weekly notice sheet should be sent to Alan Mathew by 12 noon on Thursdays at the latest  williamwood.organist@gmail.com or  07852 908166. If you wish, the order of service can be recycled – the door stewards will be happy to take them from you. Song sheets should be left behind.

Minister: Rev Iain MA Reid, B.D.
Ordained Local Ministry Student: Ann McCormick
The Manse 125 Greenwood Road, Clarkston, G76 7LL
Telephone 0141 571 7949 E-mail reviain.reid@ntlworld.com
Visit our web-site: www.williamwoodparishchurch.org.uk
Scottish Charity No: SC009939, Congregation No: 160892
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Christmas Services 2011

Come and celebrate Christmas at Williamwood Parish Church

Sunday 27th November – 1st in Advent
Morning Worship at 11 o’clock

Saturday 3rd December
Williamwood Christmas Fair from 10am till 12.30pm

Tickets available from Events Team or at the door. Donations, (bottle stall, unwanted treasures, toiletries, DVDs, books, CDs, Christmas crafts), very welcome and appreciated from 2-3pm and 7.30 – 9 pm on Friday 2nd December in the large hall. Baking will be gladly received by the ladies of the Guild from 2.15-3.15pm on December 2nd in the Session House or from 9am on the 3rd. Please if you are donating baking on the morning of the 3rd could you price your items as this will greatly save in prep time prior to open doors at 10am.

Sunday 4th December – 2nd in Advent
Morning Worship and Children’s Gift Service at 11 o’clock

Thursday 8th December
7:30pm – “Songs of Joy” a celebration of Christmas with the Williamwood Singers

Sunday 11th December – 3rd in Advent
11 o’clock – Morning Worship with our Church Choir (A Service of Lessons and Carols)
7 o’clock – Evening Worship with our singers (Make Way for Christmas)

Sunday 18th December – 4th in Advent
11 o’clock – Morning Worship with our Children’s Nativity Service
4 o’clock – An Afternoon Service of Carols by Candle-light (or Torch!)

Saturday 24th December – Christmas Eve
6pm – Carols Around the Crib (Children’s Service)
from 11pm – Community Carols – come along and sing your favourites!
11:30pm – Watchnight Service – bring in Christmas Day!

Sunday 25th December – Christmas Day
10 o’clock – Christmas Day Family worship (Children, and adults, can bring a present!)