Brightons news from Thursday, December 18

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Parish Church

Last Sunday, Rev. Murdo Campbell conducted the morning and afternoon communion services at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. At the Kirk Session prior to the 11 a.m. service Michael Fyall was baptised and admitted into church membership by profession of faith. His wife, Moira, son Alexander and his parents, witnessed the ceremony and at the start of the service Michael was also introduced to the congregation. This Sunday the service will be an All Age Family Service. The Sunday Schools, Triple S, Flaim and Wait for It will all participate. The Sunday Schools, Triple S, Flaim and Wait for It will resume after the festive break on Sunday, January 11, all at their usual times. Our Christmas Services details are a Christmas Eve Family service at 6.30 p.m. led by our Session Clerk, Ian Baillie. A Christmas Eve Watchnight service at 11.15 p.m. and a half hour Christmas Day Family Service at 10.30 a.m. led by the minister. There will be a retiring offering at these services for the Christian Aid Appeal – ‘Deliver Hope this Christmas’. The annual Christmas Concert by the Praise Group will take place in the church this Saturday (December 20) at 2 p.m. Afterwards refreshments and mince pies will be served in the halls. Admission is free but there will a collection for the Group’s chosen charity - The Compassionate Friends (TCF). Many thanks to all who supported the Boys’ Brigade Christmas card delivery service, around 1800 cards were delivered over the weekend (December 13-14) raising £450. Half of the proceeds will go to BB funds and the other half will be used to help buy food for local families in the Braes area who are finding it difficult to make ends meet at the present time. Door duty this Sunday will be by Karen Fulton, Irene Cameron, Heather O’Neill, Robert Wilson, Norma Thompson and Keith Wansbrough. There will be no crèche this Sunday but the crèche room will still be available if required.

Masonic News

Despite the inclement weather last Wednesday (December 10) there was a good turnout of brethren and visitors present at Lodge Polmont’s last meeting of 2014 where they witnessed a fine rendering of the Third Degree by the new RWM, Bro. Allan Simpson, and his new team of Office Bearers. Visitors from sister lodges were warmly welcomed into the Lodge and were asked to convey fraternal greetings from Lodge Polmont to their own respective lodges. Bro. George Robertson, PPGM of Forfarshire, replied on behalf of the visitors. On the previous Friday (December 5) many brethren and guests had enjoyed a memorable evening of excellent speakers and first class harmony at the annual Festival of St Andrew dinner. The next Regular Meeting of the Lodge will be on Wednesday, January 15, 2015 at 7.30 p.m. when the business of the evening will be minutes, accounts etc and a First Degree. All members and visiting brethren will be most welcome.