We are now planning and preparing for Bubblegum 'n' fluff which is our Christmas programme for P5 children. We have 261 children booked in which is a fantastic number and we can't wait to share the Christmas story with them.
We cannot run these sessions without volunteers to help the children move around the church, help with craft, story & worksheet sessions, serve snacks etc. THERE IS A ROLE FOR EVERYONE - whether you are new to working with children or not.
Please do consider and let me know if you could volunteer at one or more of the following sessions:
Wednesday 6th: 9.45-11.45am
Thursday 7th: 9.45-11.45am AND 1-3pm
Friday 8th: 10am-12noon
MDS Children & Family Worker, Arbroath
The Church of Scotland - Scottish Charity Number SC011353
Voting, in person, on Sunday 3rd December 2023.
The Filling Station Arbroath invite you and your congregation to join with us to hold an open
air Christmas Carol Service in the town on Sunday the 17th December between 2:00 pm and
Last year we met in Macdonald Park slightly later so dusk was falling. This year we want to
be more inclusive and more central so have asked permission from Angus council to meet in
Kirk Square before processing along the High Street, enjoying the Christmas lights and
ending up in Morrison’s carpark where we hope to have a stable complete with sheep and
donkeys. We plan to stop off along the way to read parts of the Nativity story then sing
relevant carols as we walk.
The main story will be told by narrators with characters in costume at each station and we
need to have a core group of carollers to hold the tune. We would welcome volunteers for
any of the roles to get dressed up, speak, sing or steward so if you know of anyone that
would want to get involved please pass this on to them. There are permissions to be
completed and to aid that process it would be most helpful if you could encourage those that
will attend, even as spectators, to let us know so we can plan the number of stewards and
how much space (and mince pies) we will need.
We hope to promote this as a full family event and encourage all the children and young at
heart to dress up as Shepherd, Angels, Wise men / Kings or Sheep! and to bring along
torches to light the way. We will provide song sheets and QR code to access the words for
those that attend.
The route will start at the Christmas tree in Kirk Square as we hear from the prophets. At the
Abbeygate entrance we will hear from the Angels as they speak to Mary and Joseph. We
will meet up with the wise men on the grass outside the Abbey and the Shepherds (and
angels) will join us at the garden beside Crossreach. We will then cross the main road (via
the pedestrian crossing) and enter Morrison’s carpark. There we will meet the Inn keeper
with no room and be directed to the stable to find Mary and Joseph and hopefully some
festive animals, where the last of the carols will be sung. There will be hot drinks (and
possibly mince pies) served at the Town Mission afterwards to warm folk up.
We know that this is a very busy time of year and congregations will be planning their own
festive services but we hope some will find the time to join with us and take our Christmas
hope and cheer onto the streets of Arbroath.
Please let us know if you want to be involved or will simply be coming along at
Ian and Ruth Martin
8th December: Seniors Party in the Hall at 2.30pm
10th December: Morning Service, Gift Sunday
17th December: Family Nativity followed by mulled wine and mince pies. Presentation of Long Service Certificates
Christmas Eve: Morning Service at 11am
& Christingle Service at 6pm
Christmas Day: Joint Morning Service at the West Kirk at 11am
31st December: Joint Morning Service at St Andrews Church at 11am
The Joseph Long Concert, scheduled for the afternoon of Sunday, 22nd October, 2023, has been cancelled due to the adverse and dangerous weather and travel conditions. All tickets will be refunded. Please contact the person who sold you your ticket to get your money back. If we have your contact details, we can get in touch with you. Otherwise, please contact:
Helen Rosie 01241 870852, William Lawrie 07774 688 271 or the church office 01241 230300. It is hoped to reschedule the concert in the spring, but all current tickets are to be refunded.
Harvest Thanks Giving 22nd October 2023.
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