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Par­ish Dur­ing term time the Sun­day school wel­comes chil­dren to the front pews of the church. A creche for un­der-threes 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 Sun­day’s ser­vice was con­ducted by the Rev Andy Gra­ham and the read­ings were by Graeme McNeill (He­brews ch 1, vv 1-12 and John, ch 1, vv 1-14). For de­tails of the ser­vice and fur­ther in­ti­ma­tions see Coupar An­gus Abbey Church. 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. Jean MacDiarmid read from 2nd Samuel ch 7 vv 1-11 and 16 (God’s promise to David) and from the Gospel of Luke ch 1 vv 26-38 (The Birth of Je­sus Fore­told). Of­fice­bear­ers on duty were Susan Christie, Rus­sell Martin and Ian Riches. Sun­day Club was led by Anne Baird and Jean MacDiarmid. Tea and cof­fee was served by Mavis and Bill An­ton. The Rev Ste­vie Thom­son also wel­comed every­one to the Christ­in­gle Ser­vice. The Youth Group per­formed A Na­tiv­ity with Dif­fer­ence pro­duced by Claire Beattie, Lynne Mitchelll and Susie Thom­son. Each child re­ceived a Christ­in­gle. Mulled wine and mince pies were served in the Hall at the close of the ser­vice.

Guild The next meet­ing is an up­date on CHAS on Thurs­day, Jan­uary 11, in the Church Halls, Wood­side at 2pm. All wel­come.


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 Sun­day’s ser­vice, the fourth in Ad­vent, was con­ducted by the Rev Andy Gra­ham and the read­ings were by David Chinn (He­brews ch 1, vv 1-12 and John, ch 1, vv 1-14). Rev Gra­ham spoke about the ‘X Fac­tor’ tele­vi­sion pro­gramme won­der­ing why peo­ple vol­un­teer for it know­ing that only one con­tender can suc­ceed and all the oth­ers will be re­jected. In per­form­ing be­fore the judges, they wish to stand out as be­ing ‘special’, per­haps be­com­ing a su­per­star and achiev­ing some sense of peace, joy, hope and love, which, in fact, all of us need for a con­tented life. But, as Chris­tians we al­ready have our own su­per­star in Je­sus who was hu­man but also divine. His mes­sage was all about peace, hope, joy and the un­con­di­tional love that God has for all of us. All we have to do to achieve a more con­tented life is to ac­cept Je­sus into our hearts, and shar­ing the good news with oth­ers. In giv­ing us His Son, God gave us the best present ever which is there for every­one and for all time, not just for Christ­mas. Austin Wilkie, or­gan­ist, played a medley of Christ­mas songs and ‘We Wish You a Merry Christ­mas’. The Chil­dren’s Min­istry held their na­tiv­ity on Thurs­day last week and it was well at­tended by par­ents, grand­par­ents, aunts and un­cles. The chil­dren were ex­cep­tion­ally good which was down to the hard work that the lead­ers and helpers put into the pro­duc­tion. At the end of it the Min­is­ter di­rected the au­di­ence in a ren­di­tion of ‘The 12 days of Christ­mas’ which was much en­joyed and fully par­tic­i­pated in. A good night was had by all. The Chil­dren’s Min­istry will re­sume Thurs­day, Jan­uary 11. Or­gan­is­ers would like to thank all who help set up for the groups on a Mon­day morn­ing and for the Church on a Thurs­day night. If you are able to give a half hour on a Mon­day morn­ing or a Thurs­day evening please speak to Donna Hindmarch for Mon­days and Irene Hen­der­son for Thurs­days. The Prayer Group will meet again on Wed­nes­day, Jan­uary 24 at 2pm at the Abbey. All wel­come to come along and join in prayer with oth­ers. The Bi­ble Study Group will also meet on Wed­nes­day, Jan­uary 24, at 7.15 pm in the Abbey. All are in­vited to come along and join in the dis­cus­sions, laugh­ter and fellowship. The next ‘Friendly Fri­day’ will be on February 2, from 1.30pm to 3pm in the Abbey. The Sun­day ser­vice at the Abbey is from 11.15am to 12.15pm, all wel­come. In­ti­ma­tions for next Sun­day to Ellen at em­cgib­bon@sky.com or tel. 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 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.

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