Ormiston Parish Church
Every year the congregation has to complete an annual report for the Scottish Charity Regulator. The following excerpts are from the report for 2019
Objectives and Activities for year ending on 31st December 2019
The Church of Scotland is Trinitarian in doctrine, reformed in tradition and Presbyterian in polity. It exists to glorify God and to work for the advancement of Christ's Kingdom throughout the world. As a national Church, it acknowledges a distinctive call and duty to bring the ordinances of religion to the people in every parish of Scotland through a territorial ministry. It co-operates with other Churches in various ecumenical bodies in Scotland and beyond.
Particular activities include:
- Public worship every Sunday morning and a monthly evening service with additional services at Christmas and Easter.
- Celebration of Communion at Easter and on the first Sunday of February, June, September and December.
- Bible study and prayer group meetings.
- Youth activities through Sunday Club and Youth Group.
- Guild meetings which are held once a fortnight.
- Working in partnership with the local primary and secondary schools.
- Various social events during the year.
- Inviting visiting speakers to bring information about missionary activities overseas.
- Weddings, funerals and other events marking significant occasions in the life of the community.
- Pastoral care – visiting the sick, bereaved, housebound and in hospital.
Achievements and Performance
- Overall numbers in attendance at Sunday morning services have remained broadly unchanged over the course of the year. Members of the congregation continued to participate in Sunday Worship, by reading the Bible and, on occasions, taking a part in leading some aspects of the service.
- The numbers of children attending Sunday Club has remained steady. The older ones operate the sound system and the younger ones enjoy spending part of each service together in the Balcony Room. During the Easter and Christmas periods the children were involved with appropriate activities and the performance of seasonal dramas.
- The evening service, held on the first Sunday of each month, takes the form of a worship celebration led by singers and musicians.
- A Sunday evening Youth Group continued to meet weekly during the school year.
- In Advent, a joint Memorial Service was held for those who have been bereaved, with invitations given to families who may have lost loved ones recently.
- The church building continued to be used as a venue for groups from the local and wider community. This included:
- Presbytery Committee meetings.
- Fortnightly meetings of the Guild.
- The Tuesday Bible study group, which included members from Pencaitland, met throughout the year
- A Scripture Union group has continued to meet weekly at Ormiston Primary School.
- In conjunction with Scripture Union a Fun Day was held in May, and also a holiday club in August for primary age children which involved games, crafts and biblical based dramas.
- The use of ‘WhatsApp’ communication with Todey, our twin in North East India on the border with Bhutan has been regular and enhanced with photographs of activities and Christmas Greeting videos were exchanged between the two congregations.
- The fund-raising efforts of the previous year were continued, with coffee mornings on the first Saturday of each month, which helped sustain outreach to the wider community. Two Gift Days, in May and October, kept the momentum going.
- Various social events were held during the year including a film afternoon and a presence at the Village Gala Saturday where ‘the church tent’ was prominent.
- Three editions of the Kirk News were distributed to members over the year and it continues to be an important vehicle to inform the wider congregation about church life.
- The use of social media has continued during the year to keep members and others in the local community appraised of church activities.
- Ormiston Church was selected by Lammermuir Festival as a venue for one of their concerts in September.
- We purchased a new digital sound system to replace the original, in order to improve the quality of sound reproduction.