Sixteen Elders and volunteers attended Saturday’s Safeguarding training. Also in attendance was a second safeguarding officer. The course was very informative and well worth attending.
Although our own safeguarding officer is on the ball, she still came away with lots to think about and some ideas to implement.
Another successful lunch was provided by the Pastoral Group to those who are lonely or unable to get out as regularly as they used to do. It gave them an opportunity to catch up with friends old and new.
Many had to call off because of illness but it was well received by the 32 people who were able to come. The afternoon was rounded off by everyone singing Christmas Carols. It was a very happy and enjoyable afternoon.
We, the Nairn URC, started the Nairn Inter Church Quiz and this year we hosted our 12th yearly event. It is still as popular as ever.
This year we had twelve tables representing eight churches, and only one of our regular churches couldn’t make it this year.
The Free Church was the lucky winner of the ‘coveted’ trophy and table money. This year’s money will go towards helping children from poorer backgrounds attend the Free Churches’ annual camp.
Everyone enjoyed the evening and it was nice to see all the churches mingling during the break.
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.
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.