Afternoon Tea

IMG_3568 (2)IMG_3569IMG_3576 (2)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.

Wartime Supper and Singalong

IMG_3524IMG_3516IMG_3512Seventy 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.

Junior Church Christmas 2016

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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.

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Soup and Pudding Lunches

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.

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New Nativity Panel

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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.

 

 

Inter Church Quiz

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.

Christmas Shoe Box Appeal

Helping Hands are happy to announce that church members have provided 25 boxes for the Show Box Appeal, and other people are filling their boxes independently.

Some people have very generously given us money towards the cost of postage.img_3334

Autumn Fayre 2016

img_3315Another successful fundraising day, with great weather for the event. Guessing the name of Bertie the Scarecrow was a popular attraction.

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Cuban Visitors

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.

Everyone agreed that the visit was successful and enriching for all concerned, and strengthened our relationship with the church in Cuba.IMG_2890IMG_2780