Winners of raffle
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