22 March 2017
Why don’t I always feel the presence of God?
The Cafe and hall are also known as Monkton Community Church and is on Main Street, Monkton. The Cafe is open from 10.00 am until 3pm Monday to Wednesday and provides a focal point in Monkton where people can meet and enjoy home made soup, freshly made sandwiches and home baking in addition to Fairtrade tea and coffee. It has also proved popular with aircraft enthusiasts due the excellent views over the main runway at Prestwick Airport.
Monkton Community Church has been extending and expanding services and facilities. Church groups and training and specialist groups are more and more using the facilities for day conferences, evening events and Saturday celebrations. The halls are fully equipped for audio visuals to meet modern requirements and the Tower room can also cater for small groups of up to 6 people.
If you would like to book for a function or require more information about the facilities available, please ring Robert Gibson (Hall Let Co-ordinator) on 01292 479248. If the date you require is available he will then put you in contact with the person who deals with catering.
The cafe is also the hub for some of our church activities such as Messy Church, the Gathering and Alpha.
For further information on the Pioneer Café and the Monkton Community Church please contact the church office (01292 678810).
Each year the volunteers who serve in the cafe give away all of the tips they receive during the year to charities with a particular emphasis on those which work locally. This year £1000 was donated and was divided up as follows:
£200 to Strathyre House – (Ayr Action for Mental Health)
£100 to each of the following :-
Ayrshire Young Carers, Ayrshire Cancer Support, Malcolm Sargent House, Crossroads, Turning Point (Supports handicapped people to live independently), Seascape (Help with housing), Sutherland House and Christ in Action Foodbank.
The green of the land reach across to the left window from where strong wheat sheaves grow up to the sky. In the background we have the patchwork of fields that are familiar in the surrounding land. Historically the Community of Monkton depended heavily on farming. The Monks were sent to the area by the Lord High Stewart to cultivate the soil, which was more fertile than that of the surrounding land. The monks divided the land into strips and Monkton developed into a prosperous farming community. The bright sun that shines in the sky symbolises the growth and the fertility of the local area.
The central window has an image of the world with longitude and latitude lines spinning round to give the feeling of movement and to indicate that life always carries on forward. In the foreground of the window I have a dove with its wings out in flight. This represents hope and peace for the future to all communities throughout the world. In the sky we have two airplanes, which represent the nearby airport that has a strong presence in Monkton. In the blue sky above we have St. Andrews cross, the national flag of Scotland. This gives reference to the nearby old St. Cuthbert's Church and Monkton's close connections with William Wallace. While resting in the St Cuthbert's grounds, William Wallace had a dream of Scottish Independence. The vision started historical events which now leaves us standing beneath a Scottish sky.
Monkton is a coastal town and the community was founded on the richness and fertility of the earth and the sea. The lower part of the window is where the two elements of land and sea meet.
The right hand window represents the costal region of Monkton. The blue waters of the west coast reach across the window and into the crests of waves. The waters are rich in fish, which leap from the waves. The clear night sky is there to balance the bright day sky on the left window. It reminds us that the whole world is under the same sky. While we have daylight somewhere else will have night, but the days always keep moving forward. This feeling is enhanced by all three windows. I also feel that this reflects the open hillsides and coastal views we can enjoy in the Monkton area.
The stained glass windows were made using traditional methods of cut glass, lead and solder. After the panels were built, they were filled with lead light cement for added strength and sealant. The glass was manufactured in France and Germany and is of the highest quality. It has great colour and every sheet is unique. We have incorporated the use of clear lenses and faceted jewels to add light and a different dimension to the window, and also acid etch areas of glass and incorporate glass painting to add detail to the design.
Moira Parker, designer of the stained glass windows
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