Coylton / Schaw Kirk : Ochiltree / Stair : Dalmellington / Patna-Waterside
Following the formulation of a plan for ministry by the Church of Scotland,
the Presbytery of Ayr divided its territory into areas.
At the first area meeting in Cumnock representatives from each congregation in the East area then divided themselves into groups. A group including Coylton and Drongan, Ochiltree and Stair, Dalmellington and Patna Waterside established itself as one of the groupings.
The purpose of these groupings is to allow congregations and office-bearers to share experiences and resources with a view to strengthening and encouraging each other.
Sunday 30th October 2016 : Our C6 Group held a Songs of Praise at Patna Parish Church. Suggestions for inclusion in the Order of Praise were submitted by Group members.
Sunday 15th June 2014 : Patna Parish Church played host to a Songs of Praise Service.
Friday 31st January 2014 : A Christian Aid Quiz Night was held in the Schaw Kirk. A pleasing 50 or so participants representing the Group enjoyed the varied array of questions, and the tea which followed.
Sunday 1st December 2013: Advent Service took place in Patna Church with participation by local school children.
Offering from the service will go to Children 1st (Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children).
Informal Fellowship with tea and coffee followed the service.
Friday 6th September 2013 : Session Clerks of C6 churches were invited to meet for an evening of fellowship recently, at the Savoy Park in Ayr. This was an opportunity to exchange ideas, discuss topical matters and encourage mutual support over supper.
The C6 committee organises similar events for other office bearers such as treasurers, fabric convenors and board clerks.
Friday 6th September 2013 : Band NIght in Drongan Schaw Kirk attracted over 100 young people, from Sec.2 upward
to hear 3 musically talented Bands from our district.
Wednesday 5th June 2013 : An Open Air Communion Service conducted by the Rev Bill Johnston was held at Stair Church and attracted a fair representation of members from the Group of 6 Churches. The brief time of fellowship that followed included tea and biscuits..
Wednesday 1st May 2013 : C6 Committee meeting in Dalmellington Church Hall.
Saturday 8th September 2012 : Almost 50 young people aged from 10 - 14 years old met the challenge of
'THE GAME' at Ochiltree Church. Our thanks to all who helped in the success of the event.
Saturday 19th May 2012 :19 people from different churches took part in the walk from Knockroon to Dumfries House.
All enjoyed a picnic or lunch in the Coach House Cafe and a visit to the refurbished sawmill, now a traditional skills centre.
A plan showing all the other ongoing projects on the estate and further walks, was given to all walkers , so they could visit again at their leisure. The weather was dry and bright, although cold on occasion.
Around 24 people were there for the presentation by Anne Hope and all enjoyed tea and strawberry tarts as well as a visit to 5 unfurnished and 3 furnished homes.
Thursday 26th April 2012 : Session clerks of all C6 churches met in the Kylestrome for an evening of
fellowship. They shared experiences and ideas and talked about the good things that were happening in their own churches. A most enjoyable evening was had by everyone. The new minister,Rev Fiona Wilson from Dalmellington and Patna Waterside Churches also attended. This gave everyone the opportunity to meet her if they had not already done so.
Friday 9th September 2011 - The Italian Evening was attended by members of the congregations of all 6 churches, in which around 70 people enjoyed the event. A delicious selection of pastas, pizzas, salads and breadsticks were served, followed by Mancini’s ice-cream with chocolate flakes and sauces, tea and coffee and amaretto biscuits. Rachel and Rebecca Whiteman decorated the hall with Italian flags.
Dave Whiteman was compere for the evening whilst entertainment was in the form of singing along to Dave McLarty’s accordion playing and food tasting quiz questions. A great evening was had by all. Thanks go to all those who helped in any way.
Sunday 3rd July 2011 -C6 Fellowship Walk took place, leaving from the car park in Straiton. Walks for people with different abilities were available.
Sunday 5th December 2010 - Members of the six churches gathered with pupils from Patna Primary School for an Advent Service of Carols and Readings in Patna Parish Church. A brief time of fellowship followed the service.
Saturday 11th September 2010 Those who ventured to tackle Lady Hunter Blair's Walk starting from the car park in Straiton were rewarded with a bout of sunshine to help them along the way. The walk took around an hour to complete before the party enjoyed their packed lunch, in fellowship, back at the car park.
Wednesday 19th May 2010 - Because of the cooling of the evening air the Open Air Communion Service for the C6 group held at Ochiltree Parish Church was moved into the Church Hall. A congregation of approx 100 attended. Readings and meditations were from members of the Churches in the Group. Accompaniment was by David McClarty. A time of fellowship was shared after the service.
Sunday 13th December 2009 - Carol Service with C6 churches and St Xavier's RC took place in Dalmellington Church and included Bellsbank, Dalmellington and St Xavier's schools. Dalmellington Band accompanied the Carol singing.
Thursday 29th October 2009 - A flavour of Scotland was in evidence from the start of the Homecoming Ceilidh held in Drongan Schaw Kirk, with a serving of Haggis neeps and tatties in an evening.of Scottish music and dancing. Winners of the Strictly Come Dancing competition were Billy & Christabel Poole.
Monday 11th May 2009 - A large representation of Elders, Board Members and Youth Leaders in the C6 Group attended the Get Together in Patna Church Hall. Yvonne McCorkindale was the guest speaker with her theme of "involving/working and encouraging young people"
Sunday 5th April 2009 - A large congregation representing the 6 Churches was treated to an inspiring evening of Songs of Praise in the Schaw Kirk. The items of praise were chosen and introduced by a C6 committee member from each congregation and these were interspaced by a presentation in sound and vision by the Rev Arthur Christie with Liz and David Geddes, giving a facinating insight into the activities and experiences, including the humorous, of their visits to Malawi. Tea/Coffee was served after the service.
The following e-mail has since been received by the Drongan Schaw Kirk/Coylton minister.
Dave, I'm over the moon and want to shout a BIG thank you to you and all the churches of the six grouping.
The sums raised were £373.14 minus gift aid and £485.50 gift aided.
This is a grand total of £859.64 with the gift aid claim taking the offering to over £900 WHAT A MAGNIFICENT EFFORT!
Can I ask you to pass on this great ressurection news to the churches, - it has marked our hearts with joy and humility.
Every Blessing in Christ - we are truly serving him and his people together.
Monkton and Prestwick North Parish Church of Scotland.
Sunday December 14th 2008 - Carol Service in Coylton Parish Church feaured Trumpet soloist Rachel Jones, Galston Brass Band, Ayr Academy Choir, Coylton P.S. Choir. The evening was finalised with tea and fellowship.
Friday September 26th 2008 - Pot Luck Supper . Ochiltree Church Hall was the venue for this unusual 'moveable' feast and proved a credit to all who were involved in the organisation and execution of the evening. The 6 Churches provided an appetising selection covering the 3 courses and finishing with tea/coffee. The short quiz organised by David McClarty was either : Dead Simple, Quite Tricky or Wow! What Did You Think Of That - depending on your score. The success of the evening was underlined by the quality of the entertainment, Tom & Sheila Adams from Kilmarnock.The very listenable and very pleasing voice of Tom singing songs from Burns to the Beatles to Matt Munro was further added to by the sympathetic accompaniment of Sheila on the keyboard.
The large assembled audience from the 6 Churches voted the evening a resounding success.
Wednesday 14th May 2008 - Open Air Communion Service : In the freshness of a beautiful sunny May evening, and accompanied by the sweet sound of birdsong, the service took place on the grassy field behind Stair Parish Church. Truly a wonderful new experience. The opening hymn really set the scene.
For the beauty of the earth, for the beauty of the skies
For the love which from our birth over and around us lies
Christ our God, to thee we raise, this our sacrifice of praise.
Each church in the Group was well represented and praise was led by a choir of members from the churches under the leadership of Mr Colin Baker [keyboard] and Mrs Kathleen Terras [violin]. The evening was completed on a return to the Church for tea and fellowship.
Thursday 28th February 2008 - C6 Elders gathered at The Hollybush Inn, for an Evening of Fellowship. The Rev. Carolyn Baker (Ochiltree/Stair) hosted this light-hearted event of 'getting to know you' , sharing knowledge and experiences
Sunday 2nd December 2007 - A Joint Service for Advent was held in Ochiltree Parish Church with a congregation in excess of 150. The varied programme included Carols and other musical items accompanied by members of Dalmellington Brass Band, singers from Ochiltree Primary School, a quartet from Ochiltree Church as well as readings and meditations. A sum exceeding £300 was raised for a forthcoming Youth Project within the C6 Group. A time of fellowship was appreciated after the service with tea and the customary Christmas Fare - mince pies and shortbread in the adjacent Church Hall.
Friday 28th September 2007 - The music, singing and comedy readings/sketches which followed a meal in the Elms Court Hotel in Ayr was well received by the many representatives of the 6 churches who attended and aptly demonstrated there are many talented people within our communities.
Sunday 15th April 2007 - During the 'Easter Songs of Praise' for Malawi held in Patna Church. Rev Arthur Christie enlightened the mixed congregation from the 6 Churches to a fully detailed presentation on the work of his Mission Team in Malawi. The gratifying sum of £981 was raised in response to the appeal.
Sunday 4th June 2006 : An event with a difference - A choice of short or longer walks around Craigengillan Estate near Dalmellington, followed by a barbecue (cooked by the Rev Ken Yorke) proved to be a most enjoyable afternoon suitable for all ages.
Sunday 30th April 2006: A full, and very appreciative, congregation attended the Songs of Praise Service held in Drongan Schaw Kirk. The praise list was made up from favourite Hymns of the congregations and was led by the Dalmellington Youth Silver Band . The service was also part of Schaw Kirk's 50th Anniversary year of celebrations.
Sunday 19th February 2006 : The first worship activity took place at Stair Church when ministers and office bearers shared in leading the worship including some opening remarks from Rev O So Jolly, (Nancy Lafferty from Dalmellington)
At the service the purpose of C6 was outlined, some suggestions on how we might co-operate were given and a Biblical basis for it all was given along with some stimulating praise. Tea, shortbread and fellowship were enjoyed afterwards.
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