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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 fhp@alyth­parishchurch.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 gor­don­bar­ton@mac.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.

Coupar An­gus

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 em­cgib­bon@sky.com 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.

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