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Health Help International 

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HHI was founded by a native of Strathaven, Ron Prosser, who as he approached retirement in 1999 set up the charity. HHI provides medical care, education, supplies and equipment for destitute communities in Zambia and India helping them to become self sufficient. The committee members and Trustees of HHI UK are all volunteers and receive no fees for their work and overheads are minimal so that every pound donated goes directly to the work overseas. Ron’s incredible story is recorded in the booklet “Journey of Faith” and more information about HHI can be found on its website.

Perhaps we feel there is little we can do to help relieve poverty and hardship throughout the world but even small amounts of money received by HHI can make life changing opportunities to these people. Ron says, “It is better to light a small candle than curse the dark.”

Avendale & Drumclog have supported the charity since their union with Strathaven West Kirk and for the last three years we have funded tuition groups in Kerala, India. In 2018 many members of our congregation made a New Year’s resolution to support the Banyan Tree Tuition Groups helping them to provide additional education free of cost for the most needy children by donating £1.00 per month over the twelve months of the year. Initially we had hoped to support one of these tuition groups throughout the year but we have been able to support three tuition groups for each of the last three years. More information about the local support can be found here. Tom Sutherland and Philip Mathew are the two men who spearhead HHI operations in India. Philip is the dedicated and hard working organiser of the Tuition Groups.
 
Group Snap

Iain Park photographed this group on one of his trips with HHI to India.
It shows Philip at the left and Tom sitting at the right with the students and their tutors.

Tom’s remarkable story of a lifetime of service is recounted in Iain Park’s biography “In The Shade Of The Banyan Tree” published recently and available from the SFHHI website.

You can access a link to watch the recent HHI Supporters Evening here.

You can read the latest Tuition Group Support Update here.

You can view the October 2021 Certificate here.

You can view a recent update from the HHI here.

You can view the booklet 'A Story of Four Schools' here.  This booklet tells the story of four schools, two in Zambia and two in deprived areas of India,
 

HHI Christmas Cards


For more information on how to order the Hand Painted Leaf Cards, please click here.

You can view the overall 2020 Certificate here.

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Hello and welcome to our church. If you are a new visitor, we have a page for you to get to know us and learn more about planning a visit.
Click here to see more.

Planning your Visit

A Warm Hello 

The following information is specifically for those planning a visit, so that you know, beforehand, what to expect on a Sunday morning.

Where and When

The church meets every Sunday at 9.30am at Drumclog and 11am at Avendale.

**Please note - Due to current COVID-19 social distancing restrictions in place, we have had to limit the number of people that can attend worship services at both Avendale and Drumclog.  No prior booking is required though.** 

Sunday worship continues to be live-streamed from Avendale each Sunday at 11am on the Avendale & Drumclog YouTube Channel

At Drumclog we meet at:
Drumclog Memorial Kirk
Drumclog
South Lanarkshire
ML10 6QG

At Avendale we meet at:
Avendale Old Parish Church
59A Kirk Street
Strathaven
South Lanarkshire
ML10 6LB


For your first visit, we recommend arriving 10-15 minutes early to ensure you get a parking space and find somewhere to sit before the service begins. When you arrive, you should be greeted by someone on our Welcome Team.

Accessibility: There is wheelchair access, and a sound loop for anyone who needs it at both Avendale & Drumclog. Please let one of the Welcome Team know on your arrival and they will help you to get set up and show you where the disabled toilet is located if required.

Our Service - Drumclog Memorial Kirk

                                        Drumclog

At Drumclog, the service begins at 9.30am with a warm welcome from our Minister, or the person leading the service. During the service we usually sing 2 or 3 songs/hymns. The Minister or a member of the Worship Team will usually read aloud from the Bible and lead the congregation in prayer. This might seem strange the first time you hear it but it’s all part of our connecting with God. The Minister, or person leading the service, will then give a sermon that is Bible based and that we can apply to our everyday life. We then share news and notices, usually about what’s going on in the life of the church.

The service lasts approximately 45 minutes.  Sometimes there is an opportunity to receive prayer at the end of the service.  After the service we serve refreshments (tea, coffee and biscuits) in our church hall.  This is a great way to meet people and enjoy fellowship together.  We would love to chat to you there!

Our Service - Avendale Old Parish Church

                                       Avendale Wide

At Avendale, the service begins at 11am with a warm welcome from our Minister, or the person leading the service.  Before the service begins, we will show a loop of news and notices on the screens in the church.  This is a good way to find out what's going on in the life of the church.  During the service we usually sing 3 or 4 songs/hymns, often led by our church praise band 'The Elastic Band'.  The Minister or a member of the Worship Team will usually read aloud from the Bible and lead the congregation in prayer.  This might seem strange the first time you hear it but it's all part of our connecting with God.  The Minister, or person leading the service, will then give a sermon that is Bible based and that we can apply to our everyday life.  Throughout the service, we may also show videos on the screens in the church to help us reflect on what is being shared during worship or in the sermon.  We then share news and notices, usually about what's going on in the life of the church.

The service last approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes.  After the service we serve refreshments (tea, coffee and biscuits) in our church hall.  This is a great way to meet people and enjoy fellowship together.  We would love to chat to you there!

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What about my kids?

At Avendale, we have a great programme lined up for kids of all ages:

  • Creche (0 months to 4 years). Children under 6 months are welcome but must be accompanied by their parent/carer at all times.
  • His Kids (5-10 years)
  • Yoof (11-18 years)

Children stay with their parent or carer at the start of the service for the welcome, songs and short Children's Talk. We really value worshipping God all together as a family. At the end of the Children's Talk, someone will announce that it’s time for the younger members to go to their various groups. You will need to go with your children to their groups and register them as part of our child safety policy the first time you come along to church.

The kids group activities vary depending on the age but usually there is a friendly welcome, Bible stories, testimonies, praying, music, craft, drama, fun games and free play. Please pick your children up as soon as the service finishes.

For more information about what happens in the children's and youth work please visit the Children's Ministry page and/or the Youth Ministry page.

N.B. - there is no children's programme or youth programme during the service at Drumclog.

Children

Getting Connected


Home Groups

While Sundays are a great way to meet new people, it is often in smaller gatherings that you can really get to know someone. Being part of one of our Home Groups allows you to make new friends, share together and support each other. We have a variety of groups that meet throughout the week, some afternoons and some evenings. Check out our Home Groups page and see if there’s one that you could join, or we can put you in touch with a Home Group leader who will be more than happy to invite you along to their group.  If you would like us to put you in touch with a Home Group leader, please let us know via our Contact Us page.

Serving and Volunteering

If you want to get involved in the life of the church and help us make Sundays run smoothly, you can sign up to serve on a team here

Other Ministries

We also run the following ministries:

Other Groups in the Avendale & Drumclog Community

The following groups are also part of the life of our church:
 
Get in touch with us to plan your visit
If you would like to come and visit the church beforehand you are more than welcome! Get in touch and we can arrange a time that suits you.
 
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Next, we will contact you by email to say hello and help arrange anything necessary for your visit.
 

Leadership 

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Vacant - Minister   David Moreland - Session Clerk
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To find out more about our staff and leaders, please visit our Staff & Leadership page.
We hope that whoever you are, you will feel at home at our church.

Best Wishes

David Moreland - Session Clerk