Parish Church Morning worship on Sunday, October 22, was conducted by Rev Mike Erskine. This week, October 29, the morning service will take place at the usual time of 11am. All welcome. During term time the Sunday school welcomes children to the front pews of the church. A creche for under-threes is available during Sunday morning service. The prayer group meets on Thursdays in Burnside Court lounge at 10.30am. Choir rehearsal is every Friday at 6.45pm. New members welcome. The church website at www.alythparishchurch.org.uk is updated weekly and contains details of the Family History Project, Kirk news, and lots of photos. All events and services are open to everyone. Family History Alyth Family History Project is open at Alyth Parish Church on Sundays from 2-4pm until Remembrance Sunday. The archive includes thousands of photographs of people, events, schools, businesses, weddings, bairns, views, etc. Admission is free. Genealogy enquiries are welcome via email@example.com or Facebook. Pipe band Alyth and District Pipe Band practice on Wednesdays from 6pm in Alyth Town Hall. For more information contact Elaine Sturrock on 01828 640312 or email elaine@ alythpipeband.org. The band is on the lookout for a lead tip, drummers and pipers of all abilities with the intention of entering competitions for 2018 season. The lead tip will be expected to teach the learners. For more information contact Pipe Major Gordon Barton on 07971 485893 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Animal welfare An animal welfare sale is being held on Friday, November 3, from 10am to 4pm in St Martin’s Public Hall, Balbeggie. Items for sale include Christmas gifts, bric-a-brac, books, CDs, toys, jewellery and plants as well as a tombola and raffle. The Brownies will also have a stall. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be available.
Church Sunday’s service in Bendochy was led by Rev Andrew Graham, where the Sacrament of Holy Communion was celebrated. Bible readings were taken from Psalm 807-15 and Matthew ch 21, vv 33-46. See the Coupar Angus section for details.
Hall A basket whist will take place in the hall on Friday, October 27, from 7.30pm. There will also be a raffle. A quiz night will be held from 7.30pm on Saturday, November 4. Teams of four. There will be a licensed bar and raffle. Contact Pam Cameron 882352 or Morag Houstoun on 882241 for details.
Church Morning worship was led by the Rev Stevie Thomson with Lynne Mitchell as organist. Officebearers on duty were John Baxter, Jean MacDiarmid and Sheena McNaughton. Flowers were provided by Pauline MacAskill and refreshments served by Ailsa Freya and Graham Mitchell. The Harvest Thanksgiving service will be celebrated on Sunday, October 29. It will be followed by a soup lunch and cake stall from 11am to 1pm. Proceeds will go to Mary’s Meals. Communion will be celebrated during morning worship on Sunday, November 19. Guild Marjorie Clark gave members a most enlightening presentation on the work of Christian Aid in Bolivia which was followed by a discussion and a vote of thanks by Moira
Ormiston. Devotions were led by Moira Ormiston who also accompanied praise. Tea hostess was Edith Walters. The next meeting is at 7pm in the Church Halls, Woodside, on Thursday, November 2. Caroline McKay will speak on emotional freedom techniques. All welcome. The harvest supper is on Friday, October 27, at 7.30pm in the Church Halls, Woodside. Live music with Tommy Newcomen. Tickets £10, available from Mavis Anton on 01250 798941 or Moira Ormiston on 01828 670539. Proceeds to Guild projects and RNLI (Anstruther and Arbroath). Remembrance Following worship on Sunday, November 12, there will be an act of Remembrance at the war memorial on the Green. Senior Club Burrelton and Woodside Senior Club fundraising events this year are the Christmas hampers raffle, which will be drawn on December 21, and a whist drive on February 9. Raffle tickets for the Christmas hampers are on sale now.
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Craft fair The annual Christmas craft fair will be held in Bridge of Cally Hall from 10am-12.30pm on November 18. There will be Christmas crafts, cards, treats and other stalls. Activities also include a ‘guess the weight of the cake’ competition, Christmas tombola and raffle. Entry is £2.50 for adults, with children free. The fee includes teas, coffees and mince pies.
Knit and Natter The group meets in Clunie Hall on the third Wednesday of every month from 2-4pm.
Abbey Church The service in the
Abbey Church on Sunday, October 22, was conducted by Rev Andrew Graham. The hymns were Praise the Lord, ye servants of the Lord, Jesus hands were kind Hands, The Church is Wherever God’s People Are Praising, O For A Thousand Tongues. The readings were taken from Exodus ch 33, vv 12-23 and 1 Thessalonians ch 1, vv 1-10 and were read by Rev Graham. Musical offerings were provided by organist Austin Wilkie and included Diapason Movement in D Major by John Bennett, Somewhere My Love from Dr Zhivago – requested by Kathleen Pirie of the congregation – and Recessional Voluntary in C by T Pattison. In his sermon, Rev Graham spoke on the theme of how the presence of God is always with us. We have all been chosen by God despite us not being “beautiful enough”, “clever enough” etc, but in terms of our faith, do we feel that we’ve been chosen by God and set apart. Sometimes in the hustle and bustle of daily living we can lose sight of this fact, we don’t write on our calendar each day “chosen by God” as a reminder. We should always remember that God is with each of us every day in life no matter what our circumstances. The Church in Thessalonika listened to Paul and lived in Joy. We can do the same, we can outstretch our hand to others and be the one who is there for others just as God is there for us. Copying someone else might not seem appealing or perhaps even insulting, but if we copy Jesus and live our lives as best we can the way that He did then we will have life in all its fullness. The Prayer Group will meet on Wednesday, October 25, at 2pm in the Abbey and all are welcome to come along. The Bible Study will resume on Wednesday, October 25, at 7.15pm in the Abbey studying Luke ch 7 and all are welcome to come along. The next Friendly Friday will
take place on Friday, November 3, from 1.30-3pm where everyone is welcome to come along and enjoy tea and coffee and tasty bites amongst friends. The Sacrament of Communion will be celebrated in the Abbey on Sunday, October 29, at 11.15am. The Session will meet prior to worship at 11am. There will be a retiring offering in aid of Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance. All are warmly invited to the Lord’s table to share in communion. A Silent Auction will be held in the Red House Hotel on Friday, November 24, at 7pm. This is to help raise funds towards the cost of installing a new heating system in the Abbey. Tickets will be priced £3. For more details, contact session clerk Ellen McGibbon. A letter was received from the Perth and Kinross Foodbank expressing thanks for the food parcels donated by the Abbey at the Harvest Thanksgiving. An appeal has gone out for Christmas gifts, especially clothes for all age groups. For more details please speak to Helen Pithie. EPACTS is producing a 2018 calendar depicting photographs donated by local photographer along with a bible verse priced at £3. Heritage Association The association meets on the first Friday of each month at 7.30pm. As the bowling club has closed down the new venue for the group is the St Anne’s Church hall on Forfar Road. Remembrance A Remembrance service will be held at the Abbey Church on Sunday, November 12, at 10.45am. This will be followed at noon by a parade led by Coupar Angus Pipe Band from the Cross to the war memorial at Coupar Angus Primary School, where there will be a short service by Rev Andy Gray. Coupar Angus and Bendochy Community Council and local councillors will lay wreaths. Organisers want as many people as possible to represent local groups
and veterans at the service.
Coffee morning A coffee morning in aid of the Renal Unit at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee will be held in Kettins Parish Church Hall from 1011.30am on Saturday, November 18. Donations would be welcome and can be handed in to either Margaret Johnstone and Eleanor Nicoll. For more information, call Margaret on 01828 628353.
Church The service on Sunday was conducted jointly by Rev Peggy Ewart-Roberts and Rosemary Patterson. Organist was Janet Coyle and Valerie Gordon read from Isaiah ch45 vv1-12 and John ch2 vv13-17. Parishioners are reminded to bring their filled shoe boxes for the Blythswood appeal to the church this Sunday. Next week the church will remember the beginning of the Reformation 500 years ago. Services are held every Sunday at 9.45am and tea and coffee served in the hall afterwards. All welcome.
Session House There will be a talk at the Session House on Wednesday next week, November 1, offering hints and tips on how to get your house winter ready and save money this winter. The talk, which gets under way at 7.30pm, will be given by Noeleen Chapman and Martin Mathers from the Rattray and the Glens HEAT Project and will cover quick and easy ways you can save money and energy, including what to look out for when switching utility providers, advice on easy measures to draft proof your home and how to find funding for larger projects.
Fayre A Christmas fayre will be held in Kinloch Hall on November 4 from 10am to 1pm to raise funds for the hall. To book a table call Doris Scott on 07765 018758.