This year’s Summer Holiday Club – ‘Catch the Post’ – written by our minister, Rev Dolly Purnell, was a huge success. During the week over 50 children participated in the games, crafts and songs while they explored the bible stories of Jesus’ Birth, Jesus at the Temple, Jesus’ Baptism, The Wedding at Cana and The Feeding of the 5000.
Mid-way through the week we went on a trip to the Dundee Science Centre which everyone thoroughly enjoyed and on the Friday evening we held an extra session for the children and their families which concluded with a buffet supper thoroughly enjoyed by about 100 people.
Many thanks to Dolly, Gavin, Neil and all the volunteers along with members of the congregation who through their donations helped to make all of this possible.
The photographs below will give you a flavour of our activities and fun:
On Tuesday 21st June the children of the Abbey Playgroup made their summer visit to the Tuesday Coffee Morning to entertain a large audience with their delightful action songs. Their twice-yearly visit is always a highlight and this was no exception. The children were a delight and Mums, Dads, Grans, Grandads, …., along with Tuesday Coffee regulars were enchanted by their antics. Thank you boys and girls (and leaders) – we look forward to seeing you again at Christmas time!
This year we decided to bring our Prizegiving and Church Picnic & Barbecue forward by a couple of weeks to coincide with the national celebrations for the Queen’s 90th birthday.
Mary Anderson, who recently retired as a long-serving Sunday School teacher, presented the children with their books. Fay Forge, our Sunday School leader, made the usual arrangements for the Picnic & Barbecue with activities and games for the children along with some entertainment for the adults. In addition, Helen Muir and Flora Steven, our Pastoral Care Conveners, set about issuing individual invitations to all our members who are also 90 in 2016 and it was so good to see a number of them attend. A thoroughly enjoyable afternoon as the photographs below show:
At the beginning of June we were delighted to welcome the P5 children from Ladyloan and from Hayshead primary schools to Popcorn & Cake – a morning session that, through drama, crafts, stories and song, is designed to explain Pentecost.
The pictures below show the Wednesday session with Ladyloan:
and these were taken at the Hayshead Friday session:
The last Messy Church before the summer break was held on Friday 27th May and, once again, brought 60 people together for the evening’s activities. ‘Rocky Rescuers’ – the story of the Good Samaritan – was the theme, with crafts reflecting this and even an opportunity to learn a little first aid. We very much hope to see our Messy Church families back with us on Friday 23rd September.
Have a look at everyone engrossed in the various activities!
On the evening of Thursday 12th May, eighteen children and the leaders of this year’s African Children’s Choir arrived in Arbroath for their concert the following evening. The children, all from Uganda, spent two nights with six host families to whom we are very grateful. During Friday they worked diligently on their schoolwork before resting prior to the very energetic evening concert. Meals were cooked in the church kitchen by a hardworking team and thoroughly enjoyed by our guests.
The concert was well attended and thoroughly enjoyed by all. We were delighted through ticket sales, donations and gift aid to have raised in excess of £2000 for the charity ‘Music for Life’ which will ensure that these eighteen children are guaranteed an education to allow them to fulfil their dreams.
The pictures below were taken during the concert and also at the West Links on the Saturday morning where one of the host families took their visitors to enjoy the play park.