Win­ners of raf­fle

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The win­ners of the raf­fle held in aid of the restora­tion fund for St Stephen’s Church in Blair­gowrie have been an­nounced.

Jack Gil­li­son from Alyth won the doll’s cot, Sheena Sigsworth from Tib­ber­more won the bo­gie, Shona John­ston from Blair­gowrie the bird ta­ble and Joe Han­lon the sledge.

The raf­fle was drawn in front of 75 in­vited guests at the Par­ish Se­nior Cit­i­zens’lunch held in the Royal Ho­tel on Sun­day.

It raised £528.70 for the church restora­tion, which is an es­ti­mated £500,000 pro­ject sup­ported by the Her­itage Lot­tery Fund, His­toric En­vi­ron­ment Scot­land, a range of other bod­ies and a pro­gramme of fund-rais­ing ini­tia­tives by parish­ioners.

The Rev. Harry Mowbray con­ducted morn­ing wor­ship on Sun­day, De­cem­ber 10, the sec­ond Sun­day in Ad­vent and also a gift ser­vice.

The ser­vice com­menced with the choir sing­ing the in­troit, ‘From Heaven to Earth I Came’ by Bach, fol­lowed by the min­is­ter’s wel­come and in­ti­ma­tions.

Dur­ing the hymn, ‘Hark the Glad Sound! The Saviour Comes’, chil­dren of the Sun­day School en­tered the church with gifts to be dis­trib­uted lo­cally.

Prayers of ap­proach and con­fes­sion were fol­lowed by Sun­day School mem­ber Alexan­der Gra­ham light­ing the Sec­ond Ad­vent Can­dle, re­call­ing the Old Tes­ta­ment prophets who an­nounced the fu­ture com­ing of Je­sus, the great­est Christ­mas gift of all. The con­gre­ga­tion then sang the first two verses of the Ad­vent Hymn 282, ‘Christ­mas is Com­ing!’

In Chil­dren’s Time Mr Mowbray en­listed the help of the Sun­day School chil­dren to re­place the pul­pit fall with one with a new de­sign rep­re­sent­ing all four sea­sons.

The hymn, ‘Make Way, Make Way, for Christ the King’, was fol­lowed by scrip­ture read­ings by Brenda Kerr from Isa­iah ch 40 vv 1-11, Words of hope, and St Mark ch 1 vv 1-8, the preach­ing of John the Bap­tist. Be­tween the read­ings the choir sang the an­them, ‘Come to Beth­le­hem’ by Peter War­lock.

The hymn, ‘Tell Out, My Soul, The Great­ness of the Lord!’ was fol­lowed by Mr Mowbray’s ser­mon.

The de­vel­op­ment of a new road, like the A9, re­quires all kinds of work from sur­veys to con­struc­tion across po­ten­tial hos­tile ter­rain which can cre­ate spe­cial chal­lenges. Our world is frag­ile and full of crises and, like the A9 con­struc­tion, re­quires spe­cial chal­lenges and John the Bap­tist had the ini­tial task to pre­pare the way to Je­sus.

The wilder­ness of poverty and hunger makes it dif­fi­cult for refugees to re­turn home and we must do all we can to map out a way to try and ef­fect this.

The hymn, ‘Peo­ple Look East, The Time Is Near’, was fol­lowed by the up­lift­ing of the of­fer­ing, prayers of thanks­giv­ing and in­ter­ces­sion, led by Jim Gibb.

The ser­vice con­cluded with the hymn, ‘Come, Thou Long-Ex­pected Je­sus’, and the bene­dic­tion.

Mu­si­cal of­fer­ings by or­gan­ist Lex Dun­lop in­cluded Pre­lude From Heaven Above To Earth I Come, words by Martin Luther, mu­sic by Friedrich Zachar; Cho­rale Pre­lude From Heaven Above To Earth I Come by Jo­hann Pachel­bel, and Fugue on the Cho­rale, From Heaven Above by Bach.

At the start of the ser­vice Dr Alis­tair Shaw, co-or­di­na­tor of the sound sys­tem ar­range­ments, ad­vised mem­bers of the con­gre­ga­tion on the best ways to get the full ben­e­fits form the church sound sys­tem.

A soup lunch was held af­ter morn­ing wor­ship with pro­ceeds go­ing to Churches Ac­tion for the Home­less in Perth and Kin­ross (CATH).

A Time to Re­mem­ber ser­vice was held in the church on Sun­day af­ter­noon.

Next Sun­day morn­ing’s ser­vice will be the na­tiv­ity ser­vice when we will tell the story of the birth of Je­sus, helped by mem­bers of the Sun­day School.

On Satur­day, De­cem­ber 16, at 10am there will be a Jump for Joy ses­sion.

There will be a ser­vice of read­ings and Christ­mas praise on Thurs­day, De­cem­ber 21, at 7.30pm and on Fri­day, De­cem­ber 22, at 11am it will be the school ser­vice.

A Christ­mas Eve ser­vice will take place on Sun­day, De­cem­ber 24, at 11am and at 6.30pm there will be a Christ­in­gle Ser­vice.

On Christ­mas Day, the fam­ily ser­vice will be at 10.30am.

Morn­ing wor­ship will be at 11am on Sun­day, De­cem­ber 31, and again on Sun­day, Jan­uary 7, when the ser­vice will be fol­lowed by the Sacra­ment of Holy Com­mu­nion in the side chapel.

A Messy Church will be held in Rat­tray Hall on Sun­day, De­cem­ber 17, from 9.30am.

The next praise ser­vice will be on Sun­day, Jan­uary 7, at 7pm.

The prayer group recom­mences on Tues­day, Jan­uary 9.

There will be an early ser­vice on Sun­day, Jan­uary 28, at 9.30am.

Ush­ers this Sun­day - Mar­garet Nicoll bea­dle, Mar­jorie Fer­gu­son, Wilma Gibb, Mary Macdon­ald, Nancy Richard­son, Archie MacLauch­lan, Lawrence Hill.

Tea rota - Eve­lyn Chi­garo, Kathryn Web­ster, Mau­reen Mowbray.

Crèche - Mar­garet Drum­mond and Mar­garet Conroy.

This Sun­day, De­cem­ber 17, the ser­vice for the third Sun­day in Ad­vent will take place at Ash­grove Court on Haugh Road in Rat­tray.

The ser­vice will be­gin 15 min­utes ear­lier than usual time at 10.45am and will fin­ish at 11.45am. The preacher will be Rev. Nik Wooller.

Methodist ser­vices for Christ­mas Day and De­cem­ber 31 will be held in Perth and Dundee.

On Jan­uary 7 the con­gre­ga­tion will be back at the usual lo­ca­tion in the Wellmeadow Café on Blair­gowrie’s Gas Brae. All are wel­come to join the con­gre­ga­tion for the ser­vice and for a cup of tea or cof­fee af­ter­wards.

Cof­fee morn­ings are held on the first Mon­day of the month at the Wellmeadow Café. The next cof­fee morn­ing is on Mon­day, Fe­bru­ary 5, from 10am to 11.30am. All wel­come.

Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion can be found on the web­site at www.river­side-methodist-church. co.uk. On Sun­day two can­dles on the Ad­vent wreath were lit in cel­e­bra­tion of the sec­ond Sun­day of Ad­vent.

The Eucharist at St Catharine’s, Blair­gowrie was fol­lowed im­me­di­ately by the an­nual church meet­ing in St Catharine’s Cen­tre and there were also cel­e­bra­tions of the Eucharist at St Anne’s, Coupar An­gus and at St Ninian’s, Alyth.

All are wel­come on Mon­days to the par­ent and tod­dler group held in St Anne’s church hall, Coupar An­gus, from 9.30am to 11.30am.

Last week the Ad­vent dis­cus­sion group dis­cussed the topic of dreams af­ter read­ing a pas­sage from the cho­sen book, ‘Lighted Win­dows’, by Mar­garet Silf. We also con­sid­ered the words of the Ad­vent hymn, “Long­ing for light, we wait in dark­ness” which was in­cluded in Sun­day wor­ship. This week the group will be look­ing at the Mag­ni­fi­cat, Mary’s song of praise.

There will be a Christ­mas ser­vice in Beech Manor care home in Blair­gowrie on Thurs­day, De­cem­ber 14. All are wel­come to join in this time of wor­ship.

The Moth­ers’ Union will be meet­ing to en­joy Christ­mas lunch to­gether on Thurs­day, De­cem­ber 14 at 11am in St. Catharine’s Cen­tre.

Next Sun­day is the third Sun­day of Ad­vent. The Eucharist will be cel­e­brated at 9.30am in St Catharine’s, Blair­gowrie, and at 11am in St Anne’s, Coupar An­gus and St Ninian’s, Alyth. There will be carol ser­vices in St Michael’s, Ballin­tuim, at 3pm and St Ninian’s, Alyth, at 6pm.

Morn­ing ser­vices on Sun­day, De­cem­ber 24, will fol­low the nor­mal pat­tern, cel­e­brat­ing the fourth Sun­day of Ad­vent.

There will be a Christ­mas Eve Christ­in­gle Ser­vice in St Anne’s, Coupar An­gus at 6pm and a Mid­night Eucharist in St Catharine’s, Blair­gowrie, start­ing at 11.30pm.

On Christ­mas Day there will be a Eucharist in St Ninian’s at 9.45am, in St Michael’s at 11am and in St Anne’s at 11am. This year there will be no Christ­mas morn­ing ser­vice at St Catharine’s, Blair­gowrie.

The Rec­tor, Very Rev. Kenny Rath­band, can be con­tacted via the church of­fice on 01250 874583. For more de­tails see www.abc­saints. org.uk or find search on Face­book for ABC

Top prizes Four lucky win­ners are now the proud own­ers of the sledge, bird ta­ble, bo­gie and doll’s cot

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