Our church is involved in various mission activities.
To find out more, contact Lesley Balaj,
Fairtrade Fortnight 2017
27th February to 12th March
Used Postage Stamps
Save your used postage stamps and put them in the box at the rear of the church or post them to World Mission Stamp Project, PO Box 9191, Wishaw, Lanarkshire, ML2 0YB.
Proceeds go to a different charity each year.
A stall is usually available during the monthly snack lunches from where items can be purchased. Proceeds go to the Nyumbani children's homes.
Save all your loose change for the Leprosy Mission. Ask Jean McPhail for a collection pot Tel 01241.
Twinning: Proposed visit to Czech Republic-early October 2017
There are opportunities for the church to make contact with Syrian Refugees who are being integrated into our society. Members of our congregation, who wish, can assist the Syrian families improve their conversational English. If you have a little free time and you would like to befriend a family and spend time speaking with them, please contact Angus Refugee Care on Tel: 07446 129176 email:firstname.lastname@example.org
In November we were delighted to welcome four members from the Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren in Cesky Tesin. Marcin, Zdnek, David and Petra were very easy house guests. Their English was very good and conversation was much easier than we had expected.
Our new friends enjoyed a busy few days with us. On their first day Nelu took them along to visit Toddlers and then they enjoyed meeting the children at Inverbrothock over lunchtime. In the afternoon they had a lovely time at the Wednesday Club and indeed they were so impressed that they hope to be able to set up a similar club within their own church. They also spent time with the young people at the Youth Club. On the Thursday they spent the day visiting the harbour area. They particularly enjoyed hearing how Smokies are made and were delighted to taste them fresh off the barrel courtesy of Stuart Scott's. They had a visit to the Signal Tower Museum and a very tasty lunch at The Bell Rock Chip Shop. On Friday Jim Menzies gave them a tour of St Vigeans and treated them to a bagpipe recital before taking them along to Knox's to join the weekly Soup Lunch and a tour around the church. On Saturday they went to Dundee where Marcin was especially keen to see the Tay Railway Bridge because he had based a sermon on The Tay Bridge Disaster without realising that it was right on our doorstep. Late in the afternoon we walked along the cliffs with Petra, whilst the men finalised the presentation for the services. We were treated to some fabulous views as the sun began to set and we were reminded how lucky we are to live in such a beautiful place.
Throughout their visit our new friends enjoyed dining with members from both congregations. They were eager to try all our traditional dishes from a full Scottish breakfast to apple crumble and custard ( a favourite of David's). They were very grateful for all the hospitality shown to them and always had lots of questions about how we did things. They were very interested in how we are trying to reach out to our community by providing for their needs with Toddlers, Wednesday Club and support with English for the Syrians.
All too soon it was Sunday. Our visitors took an active part in our services, with David resplendent in the kilt (he was quite delighted and so excited to have the chance to wear one). Their presentation helped us to see a little of what their town and church is like and we were treated to some lovely singing and piano playing.
Even although the visit had been short it felt as though we were saying goodbye to old friends.
It would be lovely to be able to organise a visit to Cesky Tesin later on in the year. If you might like to be involved please contact Alison Christie (Knoxs) or leave a message on our Twinning page on Facebook.
Date of proposed visit to be early October 2017
contact is Elaine Taylor, 01241 877277
CHRISTIAN AID COLLECTION AT TESCO
Tesco Superstore in Arbroath are allowing a collection for Christian Aid on Friday 21st April 2017
Anyone willing to help with this please let me know.
CHRISTIAN AID WEEK 2017
This year Christian Aid Week is from 14th May – 20th May.
The Christian Aid Coffee Morning will be held in the Town Mission from 10 am – 12 noon on Saturday 20th May
The stalls are as follows:
Books, Crafts & Jewellery - Knox's Grocery & Sweets -
Old & Abbey and St Mary’s
Fruit, Flowers & Vegetables - West Kirk
Baking - St Vigeans & St Thomas
Coffee - St Andrews
Stall holders are asked to bring suitable table covers, money boxes, price labels etc. Stalls can be set up on Friday evening from 7.30 pm – 9 pm. The Town Mission will be open from 9 am on the Saturday. Two members from each congregation are asked to serve coffee. Please bring two tea towels.
As usual I will be looking for volunteers for the baking stall and serving the coffee.
Door –to-door collection – anyone willing to do this please let me know. Elaine Taylor
The group is now formed. The Chairperson is Eleanor Brown and the Secretary is Myra Scoular.
The Church of Scotland now have a Co-ordinator for refugee work. Also, Angus Solidarity for Refugees are looking for warm clothing and footwear and have set up a Facebook page for more information on it.
Send A Cow
As usual, the Sunday school requested that our congregation gave a donation to Send A Cow at Christmas 2015 instead of sending Christmas Cards to other members within our congregation.
Contact is Heather Goodbody,