Our Easter celebrations began at 6.30 am on the beach. This is our 14th beach service and is open to all. For such an early start it is always well supported, and this year was no exception. Forty eight of the beach worshippers came back to the Church and enjoyed a cooked breakfast. This was followed at 11 am by our family service of music, singing and a wonderful message for us all. This was certainly an Easter Sunday to remember.
An Old Time Music Hall was held in the church halls. The evening was supported by seventy people who enjoyed a supper of mince and tatties or macaroni cheese, home baking, and teas and coffees. This was followed by everyone singing songs from the good old days. It was wonderfully compered by Iain Nalder, who produced some very corny jokes and even conjured up a little magic. The music was led by our musical director Jo Baird, who not only played the piano for us, but also gave us a solo, singing ‘All I Want is a Room Somewhere.’
Everyone said what a wonderful evening it had been and how much they had enjoyed it. So not only was money raised for charity, but people went home very happy after enjoying an evening of good food, singing and fellowship.
On Christmas Day a full three course Christmas dinner followed by mince pies and coffee was served to twenty people who would otherwise have been on their own or would for various reasons have not been able to enjoy a Christmas dinner.
Jo, our organist, came along and played Christmas carols which everyone enjoyed.
All who came said how grateful they were and how much they had enjoyed the meal and the company. As usual we had enough food for an army so they were all able to take home a meal for Boxing Day.
This was a wonderful end to a very busy Christmas fortnight for the church.
On Friday 8th December the Pastoral Visitors Group provided a lunch f or forty people, fifty were invited but because of the snow ten sent their apologies.
Once again everyone enjoyed the company of people they hadn’t seen for a while. After enjoying a lovely lunch we were entertained by Jimmy Urquhart on his accordion providing the music for carol singing etc.
On Saturday 24th June our Junior Church were invited to join St Ninian’s Church on their Sunday School outing. We accepted their invitation and what a wonderful day we all had at Brodie play area. A wonderful lunch was provided with ice cream to follow if desired. When it was time to go home some of the children were very tired but I can honestly say that the only ones that were ready to go home were the adults. A huge thank you to Nicola Selek for organising the day.
Then on Sunday it was our prizegiving followed by our end of year party. We had two birthdays to celebrate, Mason who was to be ten, and Eve, one of our leaders, who will be eighteen. Eve has been a very dedicated leader for the past three years and we are all going to miss her very much when she goes to university in September. We wish her lots of success and hope that she achieves all her dreams.
My grateful thanks also to Pat Fraser, who is also another dedicated leader of Junior Church. Junior Church will resume after the summer holidays, all children from the age of three are welcome to join Junior Church. Many thanks to Derek and Babity Innes for all their support throughout the last year.
Angela Quinn, Junior Church Leader. 01667 456557 07920195142
Monday 15th May saw the Pastoral visitors providing an afternoon tea for 40 people. The tea was enjoyed by everyone who was able to attend. Apart from enjoying the wonderful spread they were catching up with people and friends who they had not seen for some time. Then they were entertained by Jimmy on the accordion, many of them joining in the singing.
A similar event will hopefully take place later in the year.