2011-12 seemed less eventful than previous years. Our volunteers
continued to maintain the regular programme of four public services every week. Overall, attendances were lower, and income from collections was certainly down, perhaps this reflecting the harsher economic climate.
A workshop planned for June had to be cancelled, when the medium
decided not to continue with her mediumship. Stephen Wakeling’s annual visit was also cancelled reluctantly, as we could not provide accommodation. David Wilson, who had very kindly provided free accommodation for Stephen and Lynn for the last few years, had sold his house and moved into a flat. However this year, the College of Parapsychology has agreed to provide free accommodation in August, otherwise the cost would have been £270, plus fuel costs !
In July we struggled to find good B&B for Sharon Bell from Belfast on her first visit. Her two night stay was£70. Accommodation is a major
consideration that limits us in booking mediums from further afield. Sharon’s
Sunday demonstration was a breath of fresh air.
On the plus side, Bernice ran the experimental “open circle”, on the first Thursday of the month from April to June. This provided an opportunity
for potential mediums developing elsewhere, to take part in conducted meetings. A coffee morning on 21 May raised £275 for the Japan earthquake appeal. Glynis Dailly also ran a very informative and enjoyable workshop on 10 September.
Peter Fairbrother carried on looking after membership. David Wilson took over as Treasurer, one of the most demanding jobs on the Committee.
Jill Scott continued to give valuable support in the background. Mark
Kennedy-Stewart took over our web site in the autumn. He persuaded lots of people to contribute, added pictures and videos, and greatly expanded the members’ section. Regular e-mail enquiries were continually answered. Special events in 2011 included an excellent demonstration from Ruth Baruch in March; and a psychic art evening from Monty Havelock in
Belated congratulations to Dr David Wilson who gained his PhD in
the summer. David gave a very interesting presentation of his thesis in October. Although his qualification won’t let him diagnose your aches and pains, he will welcome you to the new Friday lunchtime healing sessions. The SASH AGM for healers in Livingston on 18 August again had a much smaller attendance. A training workshop in the BAHA Code of Conduct took place in the Church on 29 October. This should give our healing leaders validation to train new healers. Basic first aid training for Healers is also still to be arranged.
June , Mae and Nita Saunders ran our annual introductory
workshop for newcomers on 20 August. Another enjoyable and successful day, encouraging a number of new people to join the Development Circle. A
particularly sad milestone was Betty Quinn’s untimely passing in May. Betty had shown great promise as a communicator, with a strong link to Spirit. Our Minister June also conducted funeral services for Yvonne Walker in June, Hugh McMillan in July, and Linda Mackay in September. A happier duty was the wedding of Louise Mackay and Kevin Severton in September.
Improvements were again limited last year. Gina’s husband replaced slipped slates. Gordon and Anne Wilson have done wonders in the garden. Negotiations continue with Mrs Brown at no.20 for us to purchase the front path. Once it is our ownership we intend to put in better lighting and repair the wall. A sign was put up above the west door. A new desk was bought for a computer. The nearly new computer was very generously donated by Marion Baird’s son Ronnie. Mae arranged a replacement photocopier costing £1027 +VAT. (This will appear in next year’s accounts.) It was badly needed.
Our annual members’ evening on 18 November was a very happy
gathering, with Nita Saunders giving a wonderful demonstration of mediumship. Another beacon for developers.
The Christmas Fair on 5 November raised £1412. Thanks to the hard work and dedication by Joyce, Laurina, Helen, and many others. HelenMorgan has to stand down as vice-president this year. Her two year stint is over, but she is staying on the Committee. Her support has been amazing, not only in buying kitchen supplies but also laying out very tempting finger buffet spreads, which were also fantastic value.
At the Carol Service, the braver members of the development
circle presented a humorously quirky version of A Partridge in a Pear Tree.
Their infectious enthusiasm certainly warmed our hearts in the relentless
pre-Christmas rush. The special collection raised £305 for Mary’s Meals. So a
big thank you to all who made the effort over the year and helped create the
warm convivial conditions that makes the Church a warm and welcoming place.
Forthcoming special events in 2012 include Ruth Baruch on Friday 23 March, then Nita Saunder’s Flower Delineation on Monday 11 May. Both are highly recommended. Stephen Wakeling will be making a welcome return on 3
August. He will be doing a Friday special demonstration, some private sittings and a workshop.
There is still scope for other new activities this year. We rely not only on the Committee but all Members to promote the vitality and growth of the Church, by becoming more actively involved.