A selfless act of kindness from one East Kilbride church to another brought some seasonal good humor at the most wonderful time of the year.
Mossneuk Parish Church won the Village Music Store’s annual Christmas piano competition this year after garnering the most votes from the local community.
But, a twist in that festive tale saw its elders, who already own a digital piano, graciously give a gift after learning that West Mains Church finalists were renting one for Christmas worship.
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Village Music Director Jamie Finn said Lanarkshire Live West Mains Church was “blown away” by Mossneuk’s selfless act of kindness.
He said: “Mossneuk won the votes and then in a gracious last minute decision The Kirk Session of Mossneuk Parish said they would prefer to donate the piano.
“Kirk’s alumni discussed and decided that since they already have a digital piano, they would prefer our donation to go to West Mains Church – which came second in the votes but currently does not have a piano.
“From the rumors, the church in West Mains has been struggling lately; their minister left not long ago, so the church is without a permanent leader and they recently had to sell the presbytery of the church to pay for roof repairs.
“West Mains is absolutely blown away by this act of selflessness from Mossneuk. This beautiful, selfless gesture is truly the true Christmas spirit! We really hope West Mains enjoys their brand new Casio AP270 digital piano.”
For the past five years, Village Music has donated a brand new digital piano to a church in East Kilbride every Christmas.
This generous initiative is a small gesture from the independent company to show its gratitude to the townspeople for their support over the past 28 years.
St Bride’s, Claremont, Moncrieff and Calderwood Baptist parish churches have already received a donation.
Thanking both Village Music and Mossneuk Church, West Mains Church alumnus David MacDonald said: “We were delighted when we got the call from Jamie from Village Music telling us they wanted to gift us a brand new piano. .
“When we learned that it was originally intended for the Mossneuk Parish Church, we couldn’t overcome their kindness and generosity by giving us this gift.
“The church in Mossneuk knew that we didn’t have a piano and that we had to borrow a keyboard for our Christmas services this year. They had heard that we had to replace our church roof this year, so they wanted to donate the piano to help us.
“We are very grateful to Jamie and the team at Village Music for their kindness and look forward to starting to use our piano during our services.”
Commenting on this year’s giving campaign, Mossneuk Church Minister George Sneddon said: “It was an amazing gift to be won, but we did not receive it in a good spirit, instead of this we felt a lot of guilt because we already have a digital piano.
“We heard that West Mains didn’t and was renting one for Christmas, so our seniors were unanimous in their decision to give them the piano.
“Jamie was thrilled too, it was a really nice gesture, especially around Christmas time – after all, that’s Christmas.”
The minister added, “I think it’s important that people see churches helping each other. The more you give, the more you receive – this is actually a biblical commandment.
“And now their worship has changed forever – it is a privilege for us. As a minister, my priority is for our congregation to be known for its grace, kindness and goodness.
“It’s a beautiful thing that Village Music does every year and inspires others to do good things, it just takes one and an act of kindness spreads.”
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