A large number of families enjoyed our March Messy Church when the theme was Palm Sunday. Dolly told the story of Jesus’ arrival in Jerusalem before everyone joined in a wide range of craft activities as you can see from the photos below. We finished the evening, as always, enjoying tea together. In April we will finish the Easter story.
On Tuesday 28th March, in conjunction with our local M&Co store, we held a very successful Fashion Show. A number of Old & Abbey members starred on the catwalk with others running successful tombola, raffle and ‘Sweet Treats’ stalls. The show was a sell out! Thank you to all who helped to make this venture a huge success but especially to Rachel Clarke, Manager of Arbroath’s M&Co and to our own Maria Christison, who works there along with all the other staff – we could not have done it without all of you.
These photos give you a flavour of a brilliant evening:
Just before the school Easter holidays a team of volunteers from the Old & Abbey led by Dolly and Gavin spent two mornings working with the P6 pupils from Ladyloan and Hayshead Primary schools taking the pupils through the activities of ‘The Easter Code’ that is designed to teach them the Easter story. As you can see from the photos below both pupils and adults thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Other churches were involved with their associated primary schools on different days and so the resources were centralised in St Andrew’s Church.
On Sunday 4th December the Pastoral Care Group had organised an Afternoon Tea with Carol Service for the older members of the congregation many of whom find it difficult to attend regular services. Music was provided by Lyla Martin and Neil Purnell; Dolly and Gavin led the worship with Dolly delivering a very meaningful monologue in which she portrayed the thoughts of the servant girl at the Inn where Jesus was born. Many people had contributed to the wide array of goodies on the cake stands. A big thank you to all involved!
A large gathering of families met on the last Friday of November for our last Messy Church of 2016. The story was, not surprisingly, the Birth of Jesus and the crafts were all Christmas decorations and gifts. The pictures below will give you a flavour of the fun we had on the night.