Parish Morning worship on Sunday, December 17, was conducted by Rev Mike Erskine. There was a bereavement service at 2.30pm and at 6pm a service of lessons and carols. This Sunday, December 24, morning worship will take place at 11am, the nativity service will take place at 6pm and a Watchnight Service at 11.30pm with carol singing commencing at 11pm. On Christmas morning there will be morning worship at 11am. During term time the Sunday school welcomes children to the front pews of the church. A creche for underthrees 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 now closed until Easter. Genealogy enquiries are welcome by email on firstname.lastname@example.org. uk or through the project’s Facebook page. 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 elaine@ 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 email@example.com. Church For details of the service and further intimations see Coupar Angus Abbey Church. There will be carols in the church on Chrismas Eve Carols at 7pm. Everyone welcome. The Sunday service at Bendochy is from 10am to 10.45am, all welcome.
Church Morning worship was led by the Rev Stevie Thomson with Lynne Mitchell as organist. The Advent Candles of Hope, Peace and Joy were lit by Harriet Juma, James McLean and Elizabeth McLean. The Sunday Club was led by Caroline Mackay and Alison Martin. Sheena McNaughton read from Isaiah ch 61 vv 1-4, 8-11 and from St John ch 1 vv 6-9 and 19-28. Officebearers on duty were Ann Baxter, John Baxter and Sheena NcNaughton. Tea and coffee were served by Donna Lamont. The minister also welcomed members and friends to the joint lessons and carols service at Collace. Readers were Marion Bickerstaffe, Iona Morrison, Isla Morrison, Ruth McLean, Sheena McNaughton and Naomi Penny. Organist was Barbara Murray and refreshments were served by Collace ladies. The retiring collection will go to CHAS. Christmas Services On Thursday, December 21, there will be a service to remember loved ones from 7pm to 7.30pm at Cargill/Burrelton. On Sunday, December 24 there will be morning worship at Cargill/Burrelton at 10am and at Collace at 11.15am. There will also be a nativity and Christingle service for children and the young at heart from 6pm to 7pm at Cargill/Burrelton. At the close of the service mulled wine, juice and nibbles will be served in the Church Halls. The Watchnight Service on Sunday, December 24, will be from 11.40pm to 12.10am. The retiring collection will be for the Erskine Hospital. On Monday, December 25, there will be a service at Collace at 10am. Guild The next meeting is an update on CHAS on Thursday, January 11, in the Church Halls, Woodside at 2pm. All welcome. Senior Club The usual whist and dominoes were played in the first part of the meeting on Thursday, December 7, followed by afternoon tea. The home baking was kindly donated by Margaret Linley. Later in the afternoon Marie Milne introduced and welcomed Callum Wallace who entertained with his singing, guitar playing and a few stories. Carole Beal proposed the vote of thanks. The next meeting is on Thursday, December 21, and is the Christmas party in the Red House Hotel in Coupar Angus. Members are asked to meet at 12 for 12.30pm and are reminded to bring their Christmas cards for other members at this time. The fundraising Christmas hampers raffle will be drawn at this meeting and there will also be a free raffle for members. Anything for the raffle table will be greatly appreciated.
Knit and Natter There will be no knit and natter group in December. The next meeting will be on Wednesday, January 17. The group meets in Clunie Hall on the third Wednesday of every month from 2-4pm. Whist The next whist in Clunie Hall is on Friday, January 12 at 7.30pm. All welcome.
Abbey Church The service at the Ab- bey on Sunday was taken by the Rev. Andy Graham. The third candle on the Advent ring was lit representing joy. The hymns were ‘The Holly and the Ivy’, ‘Hail to the Lord’s Anointed’, ‘Tell out my Soul’ and ‘O come o come Emmanuel’. Musical offerings from Austin Wilkie were ‘All my heart this night rejoices’, Pasturale based on Ebeling, ‘God rest ye merry gentleman’ and ‘Voluntary No 11’ from a collection of 20 by T Pattison. In his sermon, Rev Graham spoke of the prophecy made by Isiah about the birth of Jesus. His promise was a vision of how the time will come when all atrocities will be reversed and souls will be restored and illnesses eradicated. This was a radical promise and we often ask ourselves when this will happen. The reality is that we don’t know but this is where our faith allows us to live as God wants us to until that glorious day arrives. Isiah believed in the Word of God and that these things would come to pass. Advent is a time of waiting. The Sunday service at the Abbey Church is from 11.15am to 12.15pm, all welcome. The Children’s Ministry nativity will be held on Thursday, December 21, at 7pm in the Abbey Church. Tickets are £3 and are on sale now. Services on Sunday, December 24, will be morning worship at 11.15am and a Watchnight Service at 11.30pm. On Monday, December 25, there will be a Christmas Day service at 11am. Morning worship on Sunday, December 31, will be at 11.15am. The Children’s Ministry will resume on Thursday, January 11. The Prayer Group and Bible Study meetings will recommence on Wednesday, January 24 at 2pm and 7pm respectively. The next Friendly Friday at the Abbey will be on February 2 from 1.30pm to 3pm. All welcome for beverages and cake. Intimations for next Sunday to Ellen at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 07541009398 by Thursday. Heritage Association The association meets on the first Friday of each month at 7.30pm in the St Anne’s Church hall on Forfar Road. Tickets for the Christmas meal on January 12 in the Red House Hotel at 7pm are available at the Heritage Centre or by telephoning Sheila Legge on 01828 628886. Thursday Friends Ann Campbell welcomed about fifty people to the Christmas lunch at the Red House Hotel on Thursday, December 14. The Rev. Andy Graham said grace and those gathered all enjoyed a lovely Christmas meal. Entertainment was from Callum Wallace who played a good selection of tunes and songs. Ann thanked everyone for attending and supporting the Thursday Friends throughout the year, and also the Red House Hotel and staff for a lovely afternoon. The Thursday Friends resume their parties in January and meet on the second Thursday of each month at 2pm in the town hall. Everyone welcome.
Church The service was conducted by Rosemary Patterson, Reader in Training. Organist was Margaret Davidson and Charlotte Laing read from Isaiah ch 61 vv 1-4 and 8-11 and Luke ch 2 vv 8-15. This Sunday, December 24, there will be a service of nine lessons and carols at 9.45am. The Christingle service will be in Clunie Church at 6pm and the Watchnight Service will be in Kinclaven Church at 11.30pm with carol singing from 11.15pm. On Christmas Day there will be a joint service in Caputh church at 10am. This will be a short service and children are invited to bring their toys from Santa.