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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 protected]­parishchurch.org.uk 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 [email protected] 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 gor­don­bar­[email protected]


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.

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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.

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