On Christmas Eve Susan Henderson conducted our Christingle Service. This was well attended and is always popular with the children.
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.
Seventy four people were taken back to the 1940s (although not everyone had a first hand experience of this decade). Those in the kitchen even dressed for the occasion but it was hard to know how to stop the turban style headdress from slipping!
When the lights went out and the sound of the bombs dropping was heard, the company did not run for the shelters, as they had been told that they need not leave their seats in the event of an air raid.
The lights came back on and everyone enjoyed a corned beef hash and cloutie dumpling supper, followed by tea and shortbread. Everyone had a wonderful evening and a substantial amount of money was raised for Helping Hands, our church’s Mission Fund.
Our six week run of soup and pudding lunches has been another very successful fundraiser for the Church. Not only was money raised for the church but the fellowship was also good. Wonderful soups and puddings are made every week by a team of ladies from within the church, to whom we are grateful. Our next soup and pudding lunches begin mid January. All are welcome.
In March of this year we had the minister Edelberto Valdez and Adela Rodrigues visit us from our sister church in Cuba. During their stay we presented them with our nativity panel which had been made by Harriet Main and had hung from our altar table for the last few years. Harriet said that she would make another one for the church, which would then enable both churches to be reminded of each other at this special time in the Christian calendar. Above is a picture of our new panel which is now displayed in the church. We also have two lovely hangings, one of the shepherds and one of the wise men, plus a fall for the lectern which Harriet also made. We are grateful to Harriet for all the work she has done making these beautiful hangings and panels.
The 10th Inter Church Quiz was held on Friday 4th November with a good turnout of 13 tables. It was an evening of good fun and fellowship and it is always an excellent ecumenical event.
The winning team this year was the Old Parish Church. Once again Nairn URC was in second place, this seems to be our favourite placing. We have only won it once and every other year we have been second, but there is always next year.
The trophy and all the table money went to the winning team who will donate it to a charity which their church supports.