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The Sun­day School’s Christ­mas Story was per­formed dur­ing morn­ing wor­ship at Blair­gowrie Parish Church on Sun­day, De­cem­ber 17, the fourth Sun­day in Ad­vent.

The ser­vice was con­ducted by the Rev Harry Mow­bray and af­ter his wel­come and in­ti­ma­tions, the ser­vice com­menced with the carol, ‘Once In Royal David’s City’, fol­lowed by prayer. The third Ad­vent can­dle, rep­re­sent­ing the John the Bap­tist, was lit by Sun­day School mem­ber Si­mon Crighton, fol­lowed by the singing of the first three verses of hymn 282, ‘Christ­mas is Com­ing!’ Af­ter the uplift­ing of the of­fer­ing the Sun­day School pre­sented their na­tiv­ity play, The Great­est Jour­ney, led by Pam Howat with nar­ra­tors Alexan­der Gra­ham and Fer­gus Mackey, and par­tic­i­pa­tion by mem­bers of the con­gre­ga­tion at ap­pro­pri­ate points.

Hymns sung dur­ing the pre­sen­ta­tion in­cluded ‘O Come! All Ye Faith­ful’, ‘O Lit­tle Town of Beth­le­hem’, ‘Away In a Manger’, While Hum­ble Shep­herds Watched Their Flocks’, and ‘We Three Kings of Orient Are’. Af­ter prayer the ser­vice con­cluded with the hymn, ‘Vir­gin Mary Had a Baby Boy’, and the bene­dic­tion. Mr Mow­bray com­mended the ef­forts of the chil­dren and Sun­day School staff for an­other ex­cel­lent pre­sen­ta­tion and ex­tended his praise to or­gan­ist Lex Dun­lop, sound desk Ken Dow and stage man­ager Jimmy Tay­lor and his team who helped to erect the stage and dis­man­tle it af­ter the ser­vice.

A soup lunch held af­ter morn­ing wor­ship the pre­vi­ous week raised £180 for Churches Ac­tion for the Home­less in Perth and Kin­ross (CATH). The Guild thanked every­one for their loyal sup­port dur­ing the year dur­ing which the sum of £2250 was raised for var­i­ous projects.

Up­com­ing ser­vices in­clude: Thurs­day, De­cem­ber 21, 7.30pm - Ser­vice of read­ings and Christ­mas praise; Fri­day, De­cem­ber 22, 11am - School ser­vice; Sun­day, De­cem­ber 24, 11am - Christ­mas Eve ser­vice, and 6.30pm - Christ­in­gle Ser­vice; Christ­mas Day, 10.30am - Christ­mas Day fam­ily ser­vice; Sun­day, De­cem­ber 31, 11am - Morn­ing wor­ship; Sun­day, Jan­uary 7, 11am - Morn­ing wor­ship fol­lowed by the Sacra­ment of Holy Com­mu­nion in the side chapel. The next praise ser­vice will be on Sun­day, Fe­bru­ary 4, 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 - David Howat bea­dle, Rod Chignell, Ruth Brand, Sheila Watkins, Brian Web­ster, Dr Phil Theaker. Tea rota - Anna Gra­ham, Mary Dow, Tracy Thom. There will be no crèche for the Christ­mas Eve ser­vice this Sun­day when chil­dren of all ages will be wel­comed to morn­ing wor­ship at 11am.

River­side Methodists

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.

Scot­tish Epis­co­pal Churches

Sun­day was the third Sun­day of Ad­vent. In the morn­ing there were cel­e­bra­tions of the Eucharist at St Catharine’s, Blair­gowrie, St Anne’s, Coupar An­gus and St Ninian’s, Alyth.

There was an af­ter­noon carol ser­vice at St Michael’s, Ballin­tuim and an evening carol ser­vice at St Ninian’s, Alyth at which all the con­gre­ga­tions were rep­re­sented.

The carol ser­vice at St Ninian’s in­cluded mu­si­cal in­put from Ge­of­frey Bridge on the oboe, Luke New­man on the or­gan, Jan­ice Cameron and Jane Early on recorders and a singing group brought to­gether by Roz ArnoBut­ton, who led them from the key­board. Mem­bers of the con­gre­ga­tion en­acted the Bible read­ings which told the na­tiv­ity story. Very Revd Kenny Rath­band, who led the ser­vice, thanked all those who took part and par­tic­u­larly thanked Charmian Pater­son, who had planned and en­abled this Christ­mas act of wor­ship. Teas, cof­fees and home­made mince pies were served af­ter the ser­vice.

The par­ent and tod­dler group held in St Anne’s church hall, Coupar An­gus, will be closed over the Christ­mas hol­i­days. When it restarts in Jan­uary it will be held on Thurs­days rather than Mon­days. This week will be the fi­nal ses­sion of the Ad­vent dis­cus­sion group, which will be look­ing at the theme of ‘be­long­ing’ and singing a hymn suit­able for Christ­mas Eve.

Mem­bers of the con­gre­ga­tions have do­nated enough fes­tive food to pro­vide Christ­mas ham­pers for sev­eral lo­cal fam­i­lies who would oth­er­wise not have a cel­e­bra­tory Christ­mas meal. This ac­tion is part of the ap­peal or­gan­ised by EPACTS, in which lo­cal churches of dif­fer­ent de­nom­i­na­tions all act to­gether.

Next Sun­day is the fourth Sun­day of Ad­vent as well as Christ­mas Eve.

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 for Christ­mas Morn­ing in St Ninian’s, Alyth , at 9.45am, in St Michael’s, Ballin­tuim, at 11am and in St Anne’s, Coupar An­gus, at 11am.

This year there will be no Christ­mas morn­ing ser­vice at St Catharine’s, Blair­gowrie.

On Sun­day, De­cem­ber 31, there will be a joint ser­vice for all the con­gre­ga­tions in St Ninian’s, Alyth at 10.30am.

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 Saints.

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