Belarus visit

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Once again the children from Belarus are visiting Nairn. Tanya, their leader and eight children arrived on the 1st July for a three week holiday. Although no one from our church is directly involved this year, we still provided an evening meal for the group and their hosts. They were a lovely group of children, very polite and grateful for the meal and the gifts they received. Their parents can be very proud of them. I am sure that is what all parents want to hear when their children are away from home.

The group have had a varied programme but a favourite is still the baths and the sea. Children from Belarus have been coming to Nairn for about fifteen years now and the baths always tops the list of activities.

Easter Celebrations

IMG_3961IMG_3956IMG_3954Our 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.

Old Time Music Hall

IMG_3934IMG_3931IMG_3930Helping Hands is a group of people within Nairn URC who organise fundraising events to help charities overseas and locally. The group held their first event of the year on 9th March.

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.

 

 

Christmas Lunch

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.

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Christingle Service

On Christmas Eve Susan Henderson conducted our Christingle Service. This was well attended and is always popular with the children.

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Pastoral Lunch

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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.

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Inter Church Quiz

IMG_3707 (002)IMG_3706 (002)IMG_3705 (002)On 27th October Nairn URC hosted the 11th Inter Church Quiz. It was well supported and once again everyone had a good evening of fun and fellowship.

For only the second time in eleven years the URC came away with the trophy and table money, which was donated to Commitment for Life.

Junior Church Outing and Prizegiving

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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