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Blairgowrie Advertiser - - CHURCH NEWS -

Parish Church Morn­ing wor­ship on Sun­day, De­cem­ber 31, was con­ducted by Rev Mike Ersk­ine. Next Sun­day morn­ing wor­ship will take place at 11am fol­lowed by a Ser­vice of Holy Com­mu­nion. 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 [email protected]­parishchurch.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 [email protected] 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 gor­don­bar­[email protected]

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Church Sun­day’s ser­vice was con­ducted by the Rev Andy Gra­ham. Rose­mary Pat­ter­son gave the read­ings which were Psalm 98 and John ch 1 vv 14-18. 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.

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Church The joint watch night ser­vice at Cargill/Bur­rel­ton on Christ­mas Eve was led by the Rev Ste­vie Thom­son with Lynne Mitchell as or­gan­ist. The joint Christ­mas wit­ness ser­vice at Col­lace on Christ­mas morn­ing was led by the Rev Ste­vie Thom­son. Morn­ing wor­ship on Sun­day, De­cem­ber 31, was led by the Rev Ste­vie Thom­son with Lynne Mitchell as or­gan­ist. Sandy Duthie read from Isa­iah ch 61 v 10 to ch 62 v 3 (the year of the Lord’s favour) and from the Gospel of Luke ch 22 vv 22-40 (Je­sus pre­sented in the tem­ple). Of­fice­bear­ers on duty were Mavis An­ton, Jean MacDiarmid and Jim Mackay. Teas and cof­fees were served by Mar­garet Alexan­der. 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 an­nual Bur­rel­ton and Wood­side Seinor Club Christ­mas party was held in the Red House Ho­tel, Coupar An­gus on Thurs­day, De­cem­ber 21. The right left game, pass the par­cel, the sit down game and the usual Christ­mas quizzes were all en­joyed by the mem­bers. Prizes were awarded to the win­ners. Tom Clark pro­vided the music for the af­ter­noon. The Christ­mas ham­pers raf­fle was drawn. This year there were 23 ham­pers of food and toi­letries all do­nated by the Se­nior Club mem­bers. There was also a mem­ber’s free raf­fle. Two vol­un­teers, both who have long ser­vice medals from RVS, have re­tired and Marie Milne thanked Nan McGre­gor and Mab­bie Con­sta­ble for their years of ser­vice to the se­nior club and hoped they would en­joy their well-de­served break and looked for­ward to them re­main­ing mem­bers of the club. Gla­dys Laing and Doreen Rob­bie pre­sented them with flow­ers and choco­lates as a to­ken of ap­pre­ci­a­tion. Marie Milne pro­posed a vote of thanks to ev­ery­one who had made the Christ­mas party a suc­cess. The next meet­ing is on Thurs­day, Jan­uary 18, when the Wil­lie Syme knock-out domino con­test will take place.

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Knit and Nat­ter 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.

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Abbey Church Sun­day’s ser­vice was con­ducted by the Rev Andy Gra­ham. Irene Hen­der­son gave the read­ings which were Psalm 98 and John ch 1 vv 14-18. Rev Gra­ham spoke about St Nicholas who was born of wealthy Chris­tian par­ents about 275 AD, was or­phaned at age 13 and then turned to the Church and God for so­lace. He gave away all he owned to the Church and the poor and be­came Bishop of Myra in mod­ern day Tur­key at the age of 24. In this role he was much loved and re­spected by the peo­ple for his ser­vice to God and for his many acts of gen­eros­ity and kind­ness. Within 100 years of his death his leg­endary gen­eros­ity and piety had led to the emer­gence of the char­ac­ter we now recog­nise as Santa Claus. To­day, the Christ­mas sea­son has be­come highly com­mer­cialised and St Nicholas, no doubt, would be hor­ri­fied at the de­mo­tion of the true mes­sage of Christ­mas that re­lates to the gift from God of a baby, born in a sta­ble who was to be­come our Saviour through His sac­ri­fice on a cross. The fo­cus of our at­ten­tion needs to re­turn to this won­der­ful gift from God that is there for the whole year, not just for Christ­mas. We can trans­form our lives by kneel­ing be­fore the Christ child and de­vot­ing our­selves to His ser­vice. Af­ter all, there are char­ac­ter traits of ‘Santa’ in all of us that we draw on when us­ing our God-given gifts in help­ing oth­ers. We have a chal­lenge to meet as we ap­proach a new year with our own hopes and as­pi­ra­tions for the fu­ture. We should re­mem­ber St Nicholas and fol­low his lead in serv­ing God, in ful­fill­ing the Gospel mes­sage through prayer and our ac­tions in help­ing oth­ers by shar­ing the love of God in all we say and do. Then, the true mes­sage of Christ­mas will re­main with us through­out the year. Austin Wilkie, or­gan­ist, played Pre­lude in C by F V Mel­lon, Twi­light Musings by John Guest and Short Vol­un­tary in G by John Wor­gan. 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 em­cgib­[email protected] com or tele­phone 07541 009398 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.

Do­na­tion Steve and Sara Ed­wards from Har­low’s Help­ing Hand with Jim Dun­can from the Ardler Tav­ern

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