Volunteer Appreciation

Our Volunteers Appreciation Event took place on Saturday 2nd June in the Large Hall. This evening came about because two events coincided. This is the Year of Young People and so we wanted to celebrate those who work with our young people. The week of 1st – 7th June is set apart as Volunteers Week and it provided a great opportunity for us to celebrate everyone who helps us to help others at St. Mark’s.

We had a great evening as we gathered in our Large Hall to share in our pot-luck supper that our team served up with some of Jean’s home made chilli which was superb! Not to mention the rest of our buffet.

Volunteers help on Sunday mornings; operate our Music Box and take part in our service; they help plan and organise our Family Church once a month and also lead our Evening Service. Throughout the week, our volunteers look after our buildings and deal with the Church Hall lets. They plan and organise St. Mark’s @ Sainsburys; lead or help at SuperGroup.

They are our Board and Session members dealing with the work of the congregation and members of our Nominating Committee helping us to look for a new minister. They lead our Friday Club and arrange the flowers for our services and other events.

Our Holiday Club is led by members of our Church Family along with members of other congregations. We are blessed in having the Salvation Army and St. Margaret’s folks help us organise the annual Remembrance Day Service; World Day of Prayer Services and Christmas events. Plus our folk volunteer across the community.

Sadly, we could not give everyone a certificate, though everyone who helps us deserves one. So we asked people to nominate those Volunteers who have gone the extra mile in thoughtfulness, kindness, willingness to help and sheer, hard work.

Those receiving certificates were:

Morag Letford: for always being willing to help and for her support of Family Church.

Mary McKinlay: for creating beautiful floral displays in our sanctuary and leading the Friday Club.

John Murie: for all his hard work and willingness to help.

Sylvia Said: for always being willing to help at SuperGroup.

Jean Shaw: for her kindness and generosity in supporting our children’s work.

Hugh Stewart: for fixing and mending and making St. Mark’s a better place to be.

Lynne Swanston: for all she does for the children.

Zara Wilson: for taking responsibility for tasks and being a willing helper.

Thanks to all our Volunteers – we could not do all that we do without U!