During Advent Junior Church children have created the Nativity scene. They did a wonderful job creating a stable with straw, colouring the figures, and placing them on sticks so they would stand up. We also have a very colourful camel which can be clearly seen in the photo below.
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.
In March 2016 our church welcomed two visitors from our sister church in Caibarien Cuba, Edelberto Valdes, who is the pastor at the Prince of Peace church and one of the Elders there, Mrs Adela Rojer.
As well as joining or congregation in worship and fellowship, our visitors spent two days visiting the EU URC church in Bathgate, and were taken on sightseeing tours including a visit to Cairngorm National Park.
We had a very productive day today sharing thoughts and ideas from around the North Link. Some of the questions we looked at were:
If my local URC did not exist in 5 years time, what would be missing in my life?
What are the core activities which my local congregation runs/does?
What does your local community uniquely get from the work of your local URC congregation?
What would you be prepared to change to achieve closer links with your community?