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 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 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.