Blairgowrie Parish Church
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.
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.
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The Greatest Journey