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Avendale Old    Avendale Extended Teal      Drumclog Memorial Church


The congregation of Strathaven: Avendale Old Parish and Drumclog Memorial is currently in vacancy and in the process of seeking a new Minister to lead us, following the retiral of our former Minister, Rev Alan Telfer in February 2021. 

This page will be kept up to date with all the information that the congregation will need to be aware of during the vacancy process, as well as the information relating to the church for any prospective applicant for the charge.

John CarswellDuring the vacancy period, our Interim Moderator is Rev John Carswell who is the Minister at Cadzow Parish Church in Hamilton.  John will be leading us through our vacancy and leading the office bearers through the necessary procedures.  John can be contacted in the following ways:

Tel:
(+44) 01698 426682

Email:
JCarswell@churchofscotland.org.uk

For all other enquiries please get in touch with us via the 'Contact Us' page of the website.
 

Induction Service - Rev Calum Stark

28th November 2021

The Presbytery of Hamilton have confirmed the following arrangements for the Service of Induction for Rev Calum Stark as the new minister of the charge of Strathaven: Avendale Old & Drumclog:

Date:  Thursday 16th December 2021
Time:  6.45pm for 7pm
Venue: Avendale Old Parish Church, Strathaven

Further arrangements for this service will be updated here shortly.


Presbytery Of Hamilton - Notice Of The Decision Of The Vacancy Procedure Committee

19th November 2021

VACANCY PROCEDURE ACT (Act VIII 2003) (as amended)
Notice of Decision of Vacancy Procedure Committee
AVENDALE OLD AND DRUMCLOG MEMORIAL PARISH CHURCH, STRATHAVEN


Notice is hereby given that the Vacancy Procedure Committee of the Presbytery of Hamilton proposes that:

1. A Call to and the Appointment of the Rev. Calum M Stark to the charge of Strathaven: Avendale Old and Drumclog Memorial be sustained in terms of section 30 of the Vacancy Procedure Act (Act VIII 2003) (as amended).

2. The Rev. Calum M Stark be released from his present Charge of Bellshill: West and translated to Strathaven: Avendale Old and Drumclog Memorial.

This action will proceed unless at least four persons, who are either communicant members of the congregation of Avendale Old and Drumclog Memorial, Strathaven or full members of Presbytery, together or separately submit to the Presbytery Clerk a request for this proposal to be considered at the next meeting of the Presbytery. Any such request must set out the relevant reasons.

You should submit any such request in writing to Presbytery Clerk, Presbytery Office, Rex House, 103 Bothwell Road, Hamilton, ML3 0DW by 27 November 2021. If four valid requests are received then the Call to and the Appointment of the Rev. Calum M Stark to the charge of Strathaven: Avendale Old and Drumclog Memorial and his translation from his present charge will be suspended and the approval of Presbytery will be required.

David J Watt
Depute Clerk to the Presebytery of Hamilton


Subscribing The Call


7th November 2021

SUBSCRIBING THE CALL – Section 26(1) 

Notice is hereby given that this congregation of Strathaven: Avendale Old and Drumclog has elected Rev Calum Stark to be our new minister and a Call to the said Rev Calum Stark has been prepared. This Call will lie in Avendale from Monday the 8th day of November 2021 until Wednesday the 17th day of November 2021 between the hours of 12 noon and 2pm. During that time any person whose name is on the Electoral Register of the congregation may sign the Call in person or by means of a mandate.

If a mandate is to be used, the relevant form may be obtained from the Session Clerk.

A paper of Concurrence will also be available for signature by any person who is connected with the congregation but whose name is not on the Electoral Register of the congregation. Children are also welcome to add their names to this paper.

Rev Dr John Carswell Interim Moderator

 

Declaration of Election


7th November 2021

DECLARATION OF ELECTION RESULT – Section 24(6)

I hereby declare the results of the voting for the election and appointment of a minister to the vacant charge of Strathaven: Avendale Old and Drumclog to be as follows:

FOR          Electing Rev Calum Stark:       153                                                                                
AGAINST Electing Rev Calum Stark:           1


Therefore, Rev Calum Stark has accordingly been elected and appointed as the new minister subject to the approval of Presbytery.

Rev Dr John Carswell, Interim Moderator

 

Notice Of Nomination

 
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24th October 2021

At a meeting held at Avendale on 30 September 2021, the Nominating Committee chose the person who they wish to propose to this congregation of Strathaven: Avendale Old and Drumclog to be our new minister. The name of the person proposed is Rev Calum Stark

Arrangements have been made for Rev Calum Stark to conduct public worship in this Church on Sunday, 7 November 2021 at 9.30am at Drumclog and 11am at Avendale.

Immediately after those services, there will be a vote on whether or not Rev Calum Stark should be appointed as the new minister of this congregation of Strathaven: Avendale Old and Drumclog.

Anyone whose name appears on the Electoral Register of this congregation of Strathaven: Avendale Old and Drumclog shall be entitled to vote. No-one else shall be entitled to vote.

Rev Dr John Carswell, Interim Moderator
 

Parish Profile

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You can view our Parish Profile by clicking on the image above or by clicking here.

You can view our most recent Local Church Review Report from 2019, prepared by the Presbytery of Hamilton, by clicking here.

You can view our most recent Presbytery Property Report from 2019, prepared by the Presbytery of Hamilton, here.
 

Nominating Committee


The members of Avendale & Drumclog elected by the congregation to serve on the Nominating Committee are:
 
Ian Gibson (Convener)   Anne Herbert
David Moreland (Vice-Convener)  Chris Macrae
Neil Spence (Clerk) Andrew Meikle
Sandi Allan Muriel Mitchell
Hugh Campbell Janette Smith
Hannah Chapman James Struthers
Heather Ewart  
                          
         

20th and 27th June 2021

Intimation Regarding The Vacancy 

You can view a video of this important intimation for all members and adherents of Avendale & Drumclog Church, below.

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6th and 13th June 2021

Intimation Regarding The Vacancy 

You can view a video of this important intimation for all members and adherents of Avendale & Drumclog Church, below.

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2nd May 2021

Citation From The Presbytery Of Hamilton


"The congregation of Strathaven: Avendale Old and Drumclog Memorial Parish Church is hereby cited to attend for their interests at the meeting of the Presbytery to be held on-line on Tuesday 4 May 2021 at 7 p.m. o’clock, when the Planning and Implementation will report to the Presbytery the outcome of the voting and Congregation on the proposals to adopt a Reviewable Charge basis for the congregation in relation to its right to call a Minister and to propose that Presbytery approve the Basis of Reviewable Charge.

Rev. Dr. Gordon A McCracken
Clerk to the Presbytery of Hamilton
30 April 2021"


16th April 2021

Intimation Regarding The Vacancy - Basis Of Reviewable Tenure

As you may recall, the voting period ended yesterday. The votes were counted this morning by Rev Dr Gordon McCracken, Presbytery Clerk. The result was:

IN FAVOUR - 232
AGAINST - NIL    


You can view the Presytery's Clerks confirmation letter here.  There were 461 ballots issued, which means a 50% turnout - doubtless much higher than we would have got at a normal Congregational meeting.

The vote will now allow the matter to progress as per the  previous intimation (which you can watch in the video below - 28th March 2021), firstly to the Planning & Implementation Committee, and then to Presbytery. We should then be given permission to call on the restricted basis.

May I thank everyone involved in preparing and distributing the intimation and the voting papers, particularly May Spence. Despite the fact that we are the first Congregation in Hamilton Presbytery to need to go through this type of voting process, it all went very smoothly.

David Moreland - Session Clerk


28th March 2021

Intimation Regarding The Vacancy - Basis Of Reviewable Tenure

You can view a video of this important intimation for all members and adherents of Avendale & Drumclog Church, below.

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7th March 2021

Intimation From Hamilton Presbytery Planning & Implementation Committee

You can view a video of this important intimation for all members and adherents of Avendale & Drumclog Church, below.
 

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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.
 
Name:
Telephone:
Email Address:
Comments / Questions or anything you would like to say?

Next, we will contact you by email to say hello and help arrange anything necessary for your visit.
 

Leadership 

No Photo icon   David Moreland
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