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This week’s service was conducted by Rev Dr Hugh Ormiston.

Sunday services at Bendochy are from 10am and all are welcome.

Contact session clerk Graeme McNeill on 01828 627751 with any queries regarding church business.


A Christmas concert is to take place at Netherton Church from 6.30pm on Monday, December 19.

It will feature an hour of carol singing and recitals and all are welcome to attend.

Refreshmen­ts will be available afterwards.

Donations collected will be shared equally between Netherton Church and the charity Music in Hospitals and Care.

Anyone wishing to attend is asked to email Ricky Wilson via rppwilson@ in advance.


Session Clerk Sheena McNaughton welcomed Rev Ewen Gilchrist to lead worship in the church on Sunday. Lynne Mitchell was the organist. Opening praise was ‘Hark the Glad Sound the Saviour Comes’ and worship closed with the singing of ‘Meekness and Majesty’.

Office-bearers on duty were David Martin, Sheena McNaughton and Alec Orr.

On Sunday, December 4, worship will be led by Rev Alasdair Graham.

There will be a joint service with Collace on Christmas Day in Collace Church at 10.30am.

Members of the congregati­on are asked to note that there will be no service in Cargill/Burrelton Church that day.

On New Year’s Day there will be a joint service with Collace at 10.30am in Cargill/ Burrelton Church.

Members of the congregati­on are asked to note that there will be no service in Collace Church that day.

The Christmas gift boxes are in the church and hall.

Donations of wrapped and labelled gifts, marked with the appropriat­e age, are encouraged.

Items will then be donated to the Salvation Army in Perth.

There will be a meeting of the Kirk Session in the Woodside Church Halls from 7pm on Monday, December 5.

Sunday services are usually at 10am. All are welcome.

For more informatio­n on activities involving the church, call Sheena McNaughton on 01828 627773.


Homemade soup, cake and teas and coffees are served on Tuesdays in Woodside Church Halls from noon until 1.30pm.


The next meeting of the Guild is the Christmas outing, which is to the Brown and Blacks restaurant in Scone.

Names should be given to Margaret Linley.


Thanks have been expressed to all who supported Burrelton’s Christmas Market on the Green, which took place in the village on Sunday.

There was lots of family fun, as well as hot food and drinks, stalls, crafts, gifts and much more besides.

A spokespers­on for Burrelton Village Hall Committee, which organised the popular event, said: “It was a fabulous,

sunny, busy day.

“Thank you to our committee, helpers, stall-holders and to Santa, who stopped by for a visit.

“All money raised will go towards the village hall renovation fund.”

A final total is expected to be announced in due course.


A Christmas market is to take place in Clunie Hall from 10am until 2.30pm on Saturday, December 3.

Organisers have said that there will be festive treats and gifts available for all the family.

There will also be breakfast rolls, hot soup, teas and cake available on the day.


Meetings are held on the third Wednesday of the month between 2pm and 4pm in Clunie Hall.

Anyone is welcome to come along for a chat and a cuppa.

Bring along any craft, or none at all. For more informatio­n, contact Jean Trudgill on 01250 884263.


Whist drives will take place in Clunie Hall on the following Fridays from 7.30pm: December 9; January 13; February 10 and March 10.

Each evening will include supper and a raffle.

All are welcome to attended, including beginners or those new to the game.


Sunday’s service, on what was the first Sunday in Advent, was conducted by Rev Hugh Ormiston.

The first Advent candle was lit by Margaret Pattullo.

The congregati­on sang ‘Oh Come Emmanuel’ before prayers were said.

After the singing of ‘Hark the Glad

Sound the Saviour Comes’, the congregati­on listened as John Easson read from Jeremiah ch 33, vv 14 to 16; Corinthian­s ch 1, vv 3 to 9 and Mark ch 13, vv 24 to 37.

In his address Rev Ormiston singled out verse 35 from one of the gospel readings.

The minister said that every parable has a punchline and, for this one, the warning is “be on your guard”.

Rev Ormiston said that the early Christians thought Jesus would return in their lifetime and when John wrote his gospel many years later he had realised this was not necessaril­y so.

The minister added: “Jesus doesn’t have to come; He is always with us in His spirit.”

Rev Ormiston continued: “Today society is under great pressure.

“We are all aware of the mortality of the human race, whether through spoiling our environmen­t or the knowledge that with our capabiliti­es of using nuclear power we have the ability to end the mortality of the human race.

“We need to follow the dictates of God – love your neighbour; befriend the stranger; worship only God; be open to the spirit; you need to feel the spirit renewing your life.

“Read the gospels and learn the real reason for Advent. Be on your guard, because you do not know when the master of the house is returning.”

The service ended with the unfamiliar but wonderful hymn ‘Let Us Build a House Where Prophets Speak’.

Each verse ends with the words: “All are welcome, all are welcome, all are welcome in this place”.

Church music, which included work by JG Walther, was played by Alison Malcolm.

A Christmas food hamper will be put together from church member donations to include food for one adult and children

aged 15, 12, eight and five.

Bible study will take place at the church on Wednesday this week at 7pm and explore Psalm 139.

Sunday services at the Abbey Church are usually from 11.15am and all are welcome.

Contact session clerk Ellen McGibbon on 07541 009398 with any queries regarding church activities.


The next Friendly Friday is on December 2 from 1.30pm to 3pm in the Abbey Church.

All are welcome to enjoy teas, coffees, cakes and chat in a warm environmen­t.


The next in a series of soup lunches at the Abbey Church on Dundee Road is to take place from noon until 2pm on Wednesday, December 14.

The lunches, launched and led by helpers Kathleen Godfrey and Ellen McGibbon – helped by other church members providing the soups – are free and open to all.

They were set up to provide a chance for friendly conversati­on, as well as a nourishing lunch in difficult times.

After the lunch on December 14, the next lunch will be on January 11.

It is then hoped the lunches will take place on a fortnightl­y basis.


‘Cafe@Kettins’ takes place from 2pm to 4pm on the first Thursday of the month at the Kettins Community Hub in Lindsay Park.

All are welcome to enjoy coffee, cake and a chat.

Anyone wishing to volunteer can email or call 07546 278671.

Alternativ­ely, search on social media.


A Christmas wreath-making workshop will take place in Kettins Community Hub from 7pm on Friday, December 2.

The cost is £35 per person, which includes all materials, equipment and refreshmen­ts.

It’s £29 for those returning and who still have their wreath ring and sheep wool.

To book, email or contact Megan Gow.


Monthly village lunches are once again taking place at Kettins Community Hub in Lindsay Park.

Running from noon to 1pm and on a Wednesday each time, the next one is on December 14.

Locals and visitors alike are invited to enjoy soup and a roll, or sandwiches and cake.

The price is £3 per person.

To contact Kettins Community Hub, email, call 07546 278671, see the website or search for the popular venue on social media.


Rev Harry Mowbray led the service at Kinclaven Church on Sunday, which was the first Sunday in Advent.

Janet Coyle played the organ, with hymns including traditiona­l favourites like ‘O Come Emmanuel’ and ‘Immortal, Invisible’.

Valerie Gordon read the scripture lessons from Isaiah ch 2, vv 1-5, and Romans ch 13, vv 8-14.

The congregati­on was told that the latter states: “The time has come to wake up from sleep, for the moment when we will be saved is now closer than when we first believed.”

The first verse of ‘Christmas is Coming’ was then sung to the lighting of the Advent candle.

The service on Sunday this week will be led by Rosemary Patterson.

The service starts at 9.45am and all are welcome to attend.

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