Our annual Christmas Fayre took place in the Town Hall on Saturday 18th November. There were various stalls selling cake and candy, craft items, tombola etc, and we were entertained by some amazing young singers from the Forefront Theatre. The total raised was £4,426! Grateful thanks are due to all who contributed in any way.
David MacKintosh was inducted into the eldership on the 26th November during the Sunday service.
As part of out Heritage Programme, we held an exhibition in the church from the 2nd-14th October. The exhibition focussed on Alloa harbour, Victorian Alloa, Paton's Mill, St Mungo's and Alloa Glass. It was opened by The Right Honourable Phillip Brodie, the eldest son of one of our previous ministers, The Right Reverend Peter Brodie. Around 300 visitors came to see this interesting display of Alloa's history, including children from Redwell and Park primary schools.
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During our Conservation work, we are open on the last Tuesday of each month from 2-4pm for guided tours. These will continue until June 2019 when we have our 200th Anniversary. All are welcome to come along and explore our church, getting the opportunity to see parts which are not usually seen.
One of our young Sunday School pupils, Jessica, was lucky enough to win the opportunity to walk across the new Forth Bridge with her parents. There was a ballot held for those who would like to do this walk and they were some of the lucky ones. Jessica brought her invitation and medal into church to tell us all about it. She raised the magnificent sum of £487. An All Age Group, consisting of Morris, Brian, Andrew, Nina and Lucy managed to climb Ben Nevis, weather on Saturday 16th August. A staggering £630 was raised for our Conservation Project. Well done!
In celebration of our 200 years, an album of 12 songs, including 2 original compositions, will be recorded and published. A permanent recording studio and sound stage will be set up in the manse living room with diffusers installed on the walls beginning in October. Rehearsals and recording sessions will be carried out from 2017 and throughout 2018. Musical leadership will be provided by Ian Paget in partnership with 3 or 4 different sets of Christian musicians with whom Ian works presently. We will rehearse and record 3 songs at a time. If you are interested in getting involved, please speak to the minister who will be serving as the producer for the album.
As part of our Conservation Project, we are compiling a list of our ten favourite hymns. These will be recorded onto a CD entitled "Raising the Roof." If you have not yet taken part, you can fill in a survey form from the church porch and then put it in the blue box in the porch.
Published on 18 July, 2017 A landmark church in Clackmannanshire has been applauded for “nurturing tolerance, understanding and belonging” in the community it serves. Mid Scotland and Fife MSP Alexander Stewart expressed admiration for office bearers at St Mungo’s Parish Church in Alloa, which he described as the "hub" of the town. He said it was vital that the Scottish Parliament highlighted all the good work being carried out by Church of Scotland congregations across the country. St Mungo's Parish Church is led by Rev Sang Cha, a former Hollywood actors agent who swapped a multi-million dollar celebrity lifestyle for the pulpit in 2011. A total of 16 MSPs have signed a motion lodged at Holyrood which welcomes a 19-week conservation project currently underway at the historic building, which will soon celebrate its 200th anniversary in its current guise. Repairs are being carried out to the neo-perpendicular Gothic building, Session House and Porch roofs, external walls and a number of internal alterations are being made. A ramp to give comparatively easy access to the Session House, kitchen, minister's vestry and additional toilets to those using wheelchairs or pushing buggies and prams has been installed. The motion states: “The parliament welcomes the news that St Mungo's Parish Church in Alloa is to be fitted with a new stained glass window ahead of its 200th anniversary in in 2019.” It noted that it will be installed by O-I glassworks and symbolise the journey that the church has made and the importance of the River Forth and glass-making industry to the town. The church, which has a rectangular plan with low square towers at each angle, has received £248,000 in Heritage Lottery funding. The initial designs for the window are expected to be ready by the end of this year with installation complete in early 2018. Ruins of the original church, which dates back to the 16th century and named after the patron saint and founder of Glasgow, lie around 300 yards away from the existing building. Mr Stewart said St Mungo’s Parish Church “means so much” to Alloa. “It is the hub of the community and is instrumental in encouraging and nurturing tolerance, understanding and belonging,” added the Conservative MSP" Led by a minister who is prepared to get out and engage with the community, Rev Sang Cha is immensely charismatic and engaging. “This is immediately apparent when you first meet him. “Under his leadership, St Mungo’s actively fosters this sense of sanctuary, support and belonging which I believe is essential in maintaining, retaining and sustaining the church’s popularity within the community.” South Korean-born Mr Cha, said he was “humbled” that the historic church, which has a 207ft spire, has been recognised in the Scottish Parliament. "We are pleased that the work of the conservation project is now under way with the total amount of £600,000 having been secured in the last two years,” he added. “As a pre-Reformation church, St. Mungo's has served as a beacon of light not only for Alloa, but for the Wee County. “I cannot say it often enough - we may be the smallest county, but we are good one too.” Mr Cha is the first Korean to be ordained by the Church of Scotland, 100 years after the New Testament was translated into his native language by Kirk missionary, Rev Dr John Ross. Dr Ross, who was an elder at Mayfield Salisbury Church of Scotland in Edinburgh and is buried in the city, is regarded as the Father of the Korean church.
Some of the inmates at Glenochil prison created a beautiful weather vane in their metal workshop as a memorial to the late Rev Alan Downie, who was their prison chaplain. This has been waiting for the roof to be repaired and then it will be installed as a reminder of the high regard in which he was held.
During July and Up to August 25th, we are holding a prayer space in the church from 10.30-11.30am finishing with Communion. Please come along and enjoy some space to sit quietly in the "Big Room."
On the 10th June, a coach load of parishioners and friends had a day trip to Luss. Unfortunately, it was a very wet day but everyone enjoyed themselves. Luckily we had been given the use of the manse for the day and Billy and Marie Campbell had catered magnificently for us so, despite the weather, a good time was had by all.
For its summer outing this year, the guild had a half day trip to Craigie's farm near Kirkliston, which is a lovely farm shop and cafe, followed by high tea at the Elgin Hotel in Charlestown. We were lucky with the weather and all enjoyed it very much. The Presbytery Rally was held at the beginning of June in Strathblane. St Mungo's Guild along with Ludgate and Sauchie hired a coach. It was a very uplifting service with a talk highlighting future ways of spreading the gospel. Strathblane Guild then provided us with light refreshments.
Our annual Mini Market was held in the Session House on Saturday 18th March. A coffee morning was also very well attended and the great sum of over £500 was raised. Grateful thanks are due to all who took part or helped out.
If you want to become healthy in body, spirit and mind, the church has been running the Daniel Plan which looks at issue of faith and what causes us to have unhealthy habits. If you are interested in taking part speak to Michelle McAdoo. Sang is looking to run a Christianty Explored group which will examine what it means to be a Christian.
On the 16th April, Elizabeth Ramsay and Roberta Maxwell were ordained and inducted as elders in St Mungo's. We wish them both well at the start of a new chapter in their life of faith.
In March, we welcomed Marie Campbell in her new role as Session Clerk. We wish her every success for the future.
On Saturday 25th February from 2pm - 4.30pm, we held an exhibition of St Mungo's memorabilia involving the Craft group, the Guild, the Girls and Boys Brigade and the Bible Class. There was a beautiful display of wedding dresses worn in the church over the years and lots of old photographs of past events. The old statue of St Mungo which used to be on the old Greenside Church is in pride of place in the Sanctuary. People were given the opportunity to look at the remit for our new stained glass window and the children could create their own designs. There was also a quiz booklet to find items throughout the church. Afterwards, we enjoyed tea and coffee and home baking in the Session House with a lovely Celebration cake made by Jennie and Ian Syme from Heavenly Bakes and Cakes. Sunday 25th February at 11.15am, we celebrated the 200th anniversary of the laying of the Foundation Stone of our church with a Family Service. Our own Praise Band were joined by Ian Paget and his Praise Band. Our guest preacher was the Rev Dr Daniel Chae from Amnos Ministries and the Principal of Amnos Church Planting School. He has travelled on ships to over 90 countries along with 350 volunteers, sharing the gospel and in some countries, planted churches which are still growing and are establishing new churches.
Stained Glass Window A representative group has met to discuss plans for the commemorative stained glass window. The chosen theme for the window is “A Journey of Faith and Hope- over the last 200 years.” This will include iconic symbols of Alloa and the heritage of St.Mungo`s. The church has commissioned Rainbow Glass to undertake the work. Once we have designs you will have an opportunity to contribute to the discussions and the final selection of the design the artist will use. O.I. who now run the "Glass Works" in Alloa, will fund the cost of the new window.The glass plant and St Mungo's have been neighbours for 200 years and share in Alloa's heritage. Joyce Ferguson
Our long serving Treasurer John Carruthers and his wife Cath recently celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary in Inglewood House hotel. Congratulations to both!
If you shop online, you can raise money for our Church at absolutely NO cost to yourself. Simply register with easyfundraising.org.uk, then sign in before you start shopping. A wide range of online retailers participate in the scheme. So far, St. Mungo's have raised over £656 from just 32 supporters!
We are always grateful for people who donate flowers for church on a Sunday.This would involve putting your name on the rota for one Sunday a year. It is a lovely way to help the church, and perhaps to remind you of a special date in your life. At the end of the service, the flowers are delivered to someone who is in hospital or has been bereaved, or perhaps is celebrating a special anniversary. If you know of someone who would appreciate some church flowers, or you would like to add your name to the rota, please speak to Ann Anderson.
'The current church was designed by architect James Gillespie Graham. The building, in droved ashlar, is one of his finest neo-perpendicular Gothic hall kirks. It has a rectangular plan with low square towers at each angle and an advanced gable centred on the north front. A spectacular 207 ft (63m) crocketed Gothic louth-spire tops the building, so called because it was based on a fifteenth-century design at Louth, Lincolnshire. The spire is centred on the south front and dramatically supported by corner turrets and flying buttresses. The tower is furnished with a four-dial clock and a finely toned bell, weighing about fourteen cwt.'
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St. Mungo’s Parish Church of Scotland
10 Bedford Place,
Tel: (01259) 723004
Minister: Rev. Sang Y Cha
Registred Charity: SC007821