Overall, attendances were still lower, and income from collections was down again. The annual workshop for new developers on 6 October was much later than normal. Stephen Wakeling ran an earlier workshop on 4 August, in his own inimitable style. His visit was a real highlight. Fortunately accommodation for Stephen and Lynn was provided by the College of Parapsychology. We had to book a guest house for John Spence from Belfast in October. His enthusiasm and dedication provided a boost for many of us. Accommodation is still a major consideration that limits us in booking mediums from further afield.
Paula Rowe took on membership. Jill Scott bravely accepted
Treasurer’s duties. Our web site was kept ticking over, without any real
technical expertise. The healing information page was re-instated. Regular
e-mail enquiries were continually answered.
Special events in 2012 included a special demonstration from Ruth Baruch in March; and a beautiful flower delineation from Nita Saunders in June.
On 24 May our purchase of the front path went through. Our neighbour at no. 20 still has full right of access. We now have responsibility for maintenance of the path and our share of the boundary wall. Pressure on this Committee member’s day job prevented us progressing the new path lighting. We hope to get the lights installed later this year.
The SASH AGM for healers in Livingston on 16 August saw some significant changes. Maureen Nichol stood down, and David Wilson was elected as chairman. Peter Fairbrother volunteered and was elected Secretary. Peter has been particularly successful in redesigning their web site and application forms. Congratulations to Mary Amos on passing her long overdue assessment on 6 February to become a Full Healer.
Healing on Tuesdays was no longer practicable, due to the pressure on Committee members after the Tuesday evening services. However Dr David Wilson embedded the Friday lunchtime healing service as a regular alternative, as this seems a more popular time for people.
After some intensive meetings long-overdue revisions to our Constitution were agreed, and subsequently typed up very professionally by David. Although our Constitution remains a stable resource behind the scenes, defining the framework and remit of our activities, it’s updating and renewal is a real achievement to stand us in good stead for many years ahead.
David’s PhD thesis was published in December. A milestone for
our Church, as our traditions and practices are described in detail for future
academic reference. Unfortunately David moved south to England last month. While we will really miss his calm presence and steady support, we wish him well on the next phase of his journey of discovery
Despite the miserable damp summer, Gordon and Anne Wilson
managed to transform our front garden into a tidy paved are with a nice bench to sit on. They also kept our back garden pretty and pristine. The sign above the front gate fell off, last month, as the corner fixings were hardly adequate; but was rapidly replaced more securely thanks to Gordon Wilson. The central heating boiler started cutting out intermittently for no apparent reason from last autumn. Eventually after many abortive visits, the Scottish Gas engineer
discovered that a part had come loose inside the flue. Since it was repaired, it seems to have been running OK. However we were recommended to replace it, as that model is known to be unreliable, and is over 13 years old.
Replacement vacuum cleaners were bought recently. Cleaning continues to be done regularly every week by Joyce and Laurina, to whom we are eternally grateful.
Joyce and Laurina also organised the Christmas Fair on 3 November, along with Helen Morgan. It raised £1050. Helen was presented with her Honorary Membership Certificate at the Christmas Service, in recognition of her support and commitment over the years.
At our annual Members’ night on 26 October, Nita Saunders gave
an amazing demonstration of mediumship. A very convivial and enjoyable gathering.
Our Committee decided that one of the Vice-Presidents should
remain longer term, to provide continuity in deputising for the President,
including some of the Minister’s duties. Mae has courageously agreed to continue in this supporting role. The two year cycle will remain for the other Vice President, currently Mary Amos. Mary with her husband Dod has been very active in maintaining our kitchen supplies, and laying on many elaborate finger buffet spreads which everyone has enjoyed.
June conducted funeral services for Mrs Elizabeth Walker on 5 November, and Mrs Willamena Thomson on 16 November. June also took Wilma Batten’s funeral service on 7 December. One of our regular mediums, Wilma had a heart of gold and was a good friend of the Church. She will be sadly missed. We heard that Myra Kolber (John Weir’s partner) had passed in January. Professor Archie Roy had also passed in December.
On a lighter note, a new selection of carols spiced up the Carol Service, with expert organ backing from Jonathan. Thanks to Peter for preparing new carol sheets. Further spice appeared in the form of the Sisters of Perpetual Enjoyment (vocally and visually extrovert members of the development circle). Unforgettable scenes and sounds to warm the hearts of the children of all ages who filled the Church.
Two new glass cabinets have been bought to display the stones and jewellery more attractively. A plinth is being built to keep the glass doors clear of damage from shoes.
Forthcoming special events in 2013 include Ruth Baruch’s special on Friday 19 April, she has agreed to do a workshop on the Saturday; then Nita Saunders’ Taoscope demonstration on Monday 3 June. Both highly recommended.
In 2013, our Church’s vitality and growth depends on you.
We need every Member to:-
1) Tell us what more the Church can provide
to meet people’s various spiritual needs;
2) Get actively involved in supporting our activities.
Even if this summer is another disappointment, the rest of the year can be really memorable in its warmth and brightness if we all work together.