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Friday 18th April at 2pm - Good Friday service at Seaton Grove Care Home
Sunday 20th April at 8.30am - Sunrise service at Arbroath Abbey followed by breakfast at the Old & Abbey
Sunday 20th April at 11am - Family service in the Old & Abbey followed by a Congregational lunch and Easter Egg Hunt for the children.
Please support as many of these services as possible!
The latest edition of the O&A Factor along with our Eco Newsletter is now available for download from the Congregational News page.
The next round of Book Group titles is listed below:
- 23rd March – Wild Swans by Jung Chang
- April – The Martian by Andy Weir
- May – Date and title to be confirmed
Copies of the titles are available from your local library or bookshop. New members will be very welcome!
If anyone has any suggestions for future titles, please email Vicky Fraser at firstname.lastname@example.org
Future titles already submitted:
- Bring up the bodies by Hilary Mantel (9 copies in the library, 1 audiobook, e-book available, sequel to Wolf Hall)
- Big brother by Lionel Shriver (3 copies in the library, 1 audiobook on order, Kindle and other editions available on Amazon to buy)
- Silver darlings by Neil M. Gunn (6 copies in the library, Kindle and other editions available on Amazon to buy) Recommended by a book group
- The book thief by Markus Zusak (9 copies in the library, 1 large print, Kindle and other editions available on Amazon to buy) Recommended by a book group
- The unlikely pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce (4 copies in the library, Kindle and other editions available on Amazon to buy)
- World Book Day/Night – March 2014
- World War I Commemoration – it has been suggested that book groups in Angus could read a book written at the time of the war and/or set around the time of the war. We read Michael Morpurgo’s “Private Peaceful” a few years ago.
From the first Sunday in Advent when 98-year old Bill Rae lit the first candle in the Advent wreath through to the celebrations following the Christmas morning service, members of the Old & Abbey joined in a wide range of festive activities.
Early in December the children from our Abbey Playgroup delighted a large audience at the weekly coffee morning with their Carol singing and later that week we were entertained once more when they performed their version of the Nativity story in the Church.
On Saturday 14th December the children of the senior Sunday School and their teachers travelled to Edinburgh to visit the National Museum of Scotland and then go ice skating in Princes Street Gardens. The weather wasn’t exactly kind but everyone had a great time – hot chocolate at Jenners helped us all to dry out!
During the morning service on Sunday 15th, Alastair, our minister presented the finished ‘cake’ that he and the Sunday School children (with ‘some’ help from wife Mary) had made week by week during advent. Alastair had used the ingredients of the cake to explain the meaning of Christmas to the children and everyone was delighted (and amazed!) by the finished master piece.
On the afternoon of Sunday 15th the annual Service of Quiet and Reflection was held. It was well attended and much appreciated by everyone present. We were very grateful to Jenny Lyon and Ian Townsend for their thoughtful, beautiful service and to those who helped with the much appreciated refreshments afterwards.
Saturday 21st December saw the younger Sunday School children join together for an afternoon of games, bouncy castle, lots of party food and a visit from Santa. Everyone had a fun time!
The Sunday School Nativity play was presented to the congregation during the morning service on Sunday 22nd December, the older children reading the script with the younger ones playing the parts of Mary, Joseph, the angels, shepherds and wise ‘people’.
On Christmas Eve a very large congregation gathered for the early service conducted by our minister, Alastair. Sophie Cargill was our soloist and the older Sunday School children assisted by taking up the Advent offering in aid of the work of the Presbyterian Church in Kyrgyztan where Alastair and Mary worked for many years. It was the first service at which we had used our new battery-operated candles purchased with donations from the congregation during our recent ‘Sponsor a Candle’ appeal. They were a great success and added a real ambience to the proceedings without the worries associated with hot dripping wax. Alastair’s very meaningful service ensured that everyone left with a feel for the real meaning of Christmas.
The Christmas Eve Watchnight Service was very ably led by Jenny Lyon with the help of Ian Townsend, Sandra Ferguson and others. Sophie Cargill returned to join with Sarah Forge in singing a duet.
A good number of people returned on Christmas morning to join with Alastair in a celebration of the birth of Christ. Freyja and Ellie brought their scooters, Alastair brought his new golf sweater and everyone enjoyed the relaxed but meaningful time together. Sarah Forge was soloist with sister, Lauren, reading the lesson. After the service everyone adjourned to the Gallery for mulled wine and mince pies.
What a wonderful time we had! Thanks to everyone who made it all happen – to those who decorated the Christmas trees, baked and provided refreshments, arranged trips and parties, sang and acted, led or helped with services – you made it a Christmas to remember! If you would like to see more of our Christmas pictures, have a look at the gallery on the ‘Congregational News’ page.
Sunday 15 December at 2.30pm
A Service of Quiet and Reflection for those who would like to escape the busyness of the festive season, remember loved ones or just reflect on the past year. Refreshments will be served in the Gallery after the service.
Sunday 22 December at 11.00am
Tuesday 24 December at 6.30pm
A candlelit Family Service of Carols for everyone.
Tuesday 24 December at 11.15pm
A Watchnight Service of readings and Carols to welcome in Christmas Day.
Wednesday 25 December at 10.30am
A short Family Service for Christmas morning. Mulled wine and mincemeat pies in the Gallery after the service.
Please join us at one or all of these services – you will be made very welcome!
What a week we’ve had! It has been wonderful to get to know Albert, Charles and Nelson and to find out about their work with the Elom EP Church in Ghana. We will look forward to developing our special relationship over the coming years and to visiting them in Ghana very soon.
The group thoroughly enjoyed their visits to Ladyloan PS and Arbroath High School and to the Abbey, Signal Tower Museum and the farm and smokehouse. A big thank you to our local friends who made all of this possible.
On Sunday 29th September their visit concluded with worship followed by a congregational lunch which was enjoyed by all. Many, many thanks to all members who contributed to the success of the lunch whether by providing food, setting up or clearing up or just being there - we are so grateful for all your support – you are wonderful!
Special thanks, however, are due to the three hosts, Dr Andrew Dawson, Mrs Olwen McNeill and Mrs Helen Muir for welcoming the Ghanaian guests into their homes and to our Twinning Coordinator, Ian Townsend, who made all of this possible by working tirelessly over the last year to identify a possible partner church and then dealing with all the issues relating to the visit including the week’s itinerary and then acting as the group’s chauffeur.
We hope you enjoy the images below.
A warm welcome to our three friends from Ghana. We are looking forward to getting to know you this week and to showing you our Church life, our town and the surrounding area.
On Monday 23rd September three representatives from the Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Elorm Parish in the Ho region of Ghana will arrive in Arbroath to begin exploring the possibility of a Twinning Agreement with the Old & Abbey.
Throughout the week they will join in many of the church activities and also visit local schools and some of the town’s interesting attractions. The day before they leave, Sunday 29th, they will participate in morning worship – that should be exciting! After that service the congregation is invited to meet our guests at a buffet lunch in the hall.
Hope to see you all there.