|Time and Date||Event|
Oxnam Village Hall
|OXNAM INDOOR BOWLING CLUB
Oxnam Village Hall
|OXNAM VALLEY VOICES
Venue - Village Hall
|Sunday 12th January|
Meet at 9.45am Oxnam Village Hall
|OXNAM WALKING GROUP
Walk - A gentle start to the 2020 season with a 6 mile circular, Oxnam Neuk - Mossburnford
Meet at 9.45am Oxnam Village Hall
Bring a Packed lunch
|Friday 21st February||Kirk Fundraising Event
GIN TASTING EVENING
Oxnam Village Hall
7 for 7.30pm
Tickets £10 from Morag McKeand on firstname.lastname@example.org
Oxnam Kirk Wins National Church of Scotland Video Competition
Oxnam Kirk has won the Church of Scotland’s ‘Show and Tell’ short film competition with an entry that was praised for showing “God’s love for the community.”
The Moderator the Rt Rev Susan Brown, who presented the prize in person at an event at the beginning of March, described Oxnam Kirk as “fantastic”.
“Thanks to the film that they have made for the competition people can see everything that’s going on in the church”, she said.
“I don’t think that our congregations across Scotland have ever been as busy as they are now.
“They are doing amazing things – whether it’s getting folk out walking; whether it’s doing things for children like pantomime or plays.
“Our churches are busy and active and that’s what God calls us to be.
“Our vision is to share God’s love for the community around us and that’s exactly what’s happening at Oxnam – in so many different ways.”
Those featured in the video include church members of all ages from the walking group, the Sunday School, the community choir, as well as Henrietta, a three-year-old hen.
The church plans to use the prize of a £350 voucher to buy a projector and blackout curtains for the windows.
Rev Marion Dodds, who has been the interim minister of Oxnam for the last three years, praised the deep sense of community saying: “Everybody works together and everyone has their particular job.
“In a community like this they know which farm in April is lambing. They know everything about each other and support each other.
“It’s a tremendous group of people – I’m just delighted to be associated with them for a wee while.”
Oxnam’s winning entry which was created by Moira Land can be viewed on the Church of Scotland’s website at : https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news_and_events/news/2019/winning_film_shows_gods_love_for_the_community
Pantomime January 2019 – The Little Maid Who Danced To Every Tune
This year’s panto filled our church with joy as all ages thoroughly enjoyed the magical world of live theatre with a visit from Northumberland Theatre Company.
The children’s giggling was a delight and the adults loved it too, we were fewer but it was no less important, for as a church we are blessed to be able to offer wonderful opportunities to provide memories and happiness that will stay with “our” families and children especially.
There was a wonderful sense of “belonging” present in the church, to foster love and faith in this way, to “feel” the warmth of God, is such a profound gift to give.
The pews were filled with awe at the closeness of the characters brought to life; children and adults were enchanted by the interaction, and the wonderful experience of it all.
It was very cool to have our Minister dressed up as a flamingo and serving ice cream in the interval! Marion always enters into the spirit of the occasion and encourages everyone to join in.
As we shared the journey of the “little maid” we learned a lot too, about growing up, changes, friendship, happiness, courage, as well as disappointment, and the importance of making our own decisions.
It was a lovely way to finish the year and begin a new one.
We are blessed with dedicated elders and helpers who provide such a lot of different activities for our children and the “young at heart” at Oxnam Kirk, and we look forward to lots more adventures in 2019!
RING OUT FOR PEACE – A NATION’S TRIBUTE 100 Years of Remembrance
On Sunday 11th November Oxnam Kirk joined more than a 1000 cathedrals and churches across the nation, and beyond, by taking part in this historic event and ringing our church bell at 7.05pm in tribute to the millions of men and women who died or were injured in World War One. Around 30 folk came along to share in this unique event enjoying a glass of Prosecco and nibbles in the Kirk before taking a turn ringing the bell.
FAMILY WALK & PICNIC
A super time was had by all at the Family Walk and Picnic at Harestanes on Sunday 9th September 2018. We were blessed with the weather and it was great to see happy children (and adults!) having a good time. One group of hardy walkers headed off on a longer walk to Penielheugh while the rest of us enjoyed a walk exploring around Harestanes ending up with a play in the sandpit. The children’s play park proved a great spot for our picnic where we enjoyed sharing a few home bakes and juicy apples from the church apple tree.
Border Union Show – 28th & 29th July 2017
Moira Land and Francis Armstrong represented Oxnam Kirk In the Kelso Churches Together Tea Tent at the Borders Union Show where the fine china and home made biscuits seemed to be much appreciated again this year. Donations over the 2 days came to £768 (Friday £256, Saturday £512).
Sunday 25th June 2017 – Open Garden at Ladfield
As part of our ‘Talents’ fundraising Val is invited visitors to Ladfield on Sunday 25th June to explore her beautiful garden and woodland followed by a delicious cream tea. The weather was kind and a wonderful time was had by all!
Pantomime January 2017 – Little Red Riding Hood and Other Stories
On Sunday 8th January, the Northumberland Theatre Company came to Oxnam Kirk and performed a modern production of Little Red Riding Hood and other stories .
Usually on a Sunday afternoon, Oxnam Kirk sits quietly and is a sanctuary for anyone visiting . But this Sunday how happy was our church to see loads of children and adults rushing up the pathway to fill the church with chatter and laughter – changing the quiet sanctuary into a living vibrant building. Loads of fun, deep in the dark wood with Red Riding Hood and Wolf and Granny and ice cream. We could feel Oxnam Kirk smiling and a whisper was heard around the walls, ” Please all come back next year. ” Moira Land
The monthly film nights in the village hall continue on the 3rd Friday of the month (normally).
The most recent film shown was “The Imitation Game” about the cracking of the enigma code by Alan Turing and his team. Thought provoking in a number of ways and highly entertaining. We have also shown “Paddington” which was equally thought provoking (well funny anyway) and appealed to the child in all who were there. Sticking with a comedy theme “The Hundred Foot Journey” starring Helen Mirren (somewhat dodgy French accent) amongst others the film provided much entertainment judging by the laughter from the audience. On a completely different note “Open Range” was a modern version of a classic Western with the good overcoming the bad after lots of mayhem and shooting. It was really well done and clearly deserved its plaudits.
The next few months films will include “12 Years a Slave”, “The Theory of Everything”, “Of Mice and Men”, “Calvary” and James Bond in “Spectre”. Get yourself on the email@example.com mailing list and check out the Oxnam Village Hall Facebook page if you want to know when these are showing.
Pantomime – The Ugly Duckling
Thank you to all the elders and congregation who helped with the food, setting up and clearing away.Moira Land
Plenty of cakes at the coffee morning! About £500 was raised for Oxnam Church. Well done everyone!
The coffee morning on 2 December raised £100 for the Multiple Sclerosis Society.
We had a very successful harvest supper on Friday. Well attended & delicious supper, kindly organised by Jayne, Beryl & Rachel. Many thanks to them. The “Riddle Fiddles” entertained us afterwards to some singing & dancing, led by our session clerk! A good night was had by all. The evening made £750 for church funds!
A new group is currently meeting to plan a Worship Group service to be held on May 17th. The service promises to be really interesting, as we are focusing on the earliest men from the valley, who were killed in the First World War and what it must have been like for their families, and also for those who did come back. Anyone who has any information on the families (descendants still living would be specially good) of James Queenan, Geo Smith and Adam Telfer should contact Colin Hogg. The children will be involved in the service, we’ll be hearing what happened at Gallipoli, and we’d like to hear from anybody who has any memorabilia from either war. If you are curious, do let us know! There is a meeting on Tuesday 17th at 7pm in the Vestry. Please contact Marion Dodd if you would like to come to a future meeting.
Roxburgh Singers Concert
The collection from this raised £500 for Combat Stress, plus a donation for the church.
Northumberland Theatre Company
On Jan 11th 2015 Oxnam Kirk welcomed The Northumberland Theatre Company in the church . They performed Rumplelstiltskin to a delighted audience of children and adults . So much fun was had that we have asked them back next year to perform the Ugly Duckling — watch this space.
Macmillan Cancer Charity
Carrie Scott hosted a Big Coffee Morning for the Macmillan Cancer Charity at her home. The event was very well attended & raised the sum of £655.
Coffee Morning, Saturday 14th February 2014
Many thanks to everyone, especially Fiona, for organising another successful coffee morning.
With road closures & dreadful weather, we did very well to raise over £500. Thanks to all contributors, bakers & helpers & buyers.
Crisis in the Philippines
At our service on 17 November the collection of £200 was donated to the crisis in the Philippines.
This took place on Friday night, before our Harvest Festival in church on Sunday 20th. Many thanks to Francis, Morag & Anne especially and to all those who helped & cooked a delicious supper. The entertainment was provided by the Oxnam Valley Voices and Henry Douglas & Tommy Herdman. Both were thoroughly enjoyed & appreciated.
‘Roaring Reptiles’ – Sunday 22nd Sept 2014″
A very successful afternoon in the church, with about 70 children admiring, touching and handling various reptiles! Quite an unusual activity, but bringing many families into the church. Thank you to Moira Land for organising it.
On Wednesday 18 December a Christmas Special was held in aid of MS society, with a full attendance, who enjoyed festive cakes, accompanied by Jamie Mackenzie & some of the Oxnam valley Voices choir. Donations came to £116.
Margaret & Frank Clayton, of Shibben, Rennieston, very kindly opened their garden in aid of church funds on 21 July 2013. The garden was much admired and the weather was lovely; thanks go to them and the tea ladies who served a delicious tea. (Francis is getting quite a reputation!)
The sum of £345 was raised.
On Sunday 19th May, the Sticky Kids Funky Monkey Singalong Show came to Oxnam Kirk.
The action packed show was advertised for 2 – 6 year old children living in the valley and surrounding area.
Molly Muddle, the human equivalent of a party popper and her friend Mac performed songs and dressed up, providing great entertainment for the children.
The boys and girls were all eager to get up and join Mollie and Mac at any given opportunity and had an absolute ball singing along with them and performing the actions.
The hour long show closed with a final song and a stage full of children beaming with happiness and who had all thoroughly enjoyed their afternoon.