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Parish Church

Last Sunday, the leaders of the Sunday Schools, Triple S and Flaim led the Family All Age Service at 11 a.m. At the start of the service it was intimated that Malcolm Smith was retiring next Sunday after 14 years faithful service as the Church Officer. The Minister and the Session Clerk, Ian Baillie, presented Malcolm with a cheque on behalf of the congregation and a small tree for his garden. Flowers were presented Malcolm’s wife, Anne and to Joyce Owen, who also wished to retire after assisting Malcolm every Sunday throughout his service by updating the worship service boards. Our thoughts and prayers were with Gwendoline Johns following the death of her mother earlier this week. The service included the Beginners’ Sunday School singing the first verse of Away in a Manger; all children verse two and the congregation the final verse. The Junior Sunday School presented a play called Anna’s Story. Credit is due to Edna Oliver and Annabella Nimmo for their time and input into directing and rehearsing the children in this play. Brent Haywood, a leader in Triple S led this group in the Angels’ Story. Keith Wansbrough, a leader in Flaim introduced a video presentation made by the group called “God is….”. The recently formed Junior Choir led by Morag Lang sang Christmas Day. During the offering Victoria Fulton sang the first verse of In the bleak mid-winter and the congregation joined in the remaining verses. Megan Kerr from Impact read the scripture reading. Iris Martyn and Jonty Haywood from Wait For It led the prayer and Stuart Barclay from the Junior Sunday School the offering dedication prayer. Heather Haywood, a leader in Triple S gave the Christmas address and at the end the minister warmly thanked all for their leadership and contribution to the worship. 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. This Sunday the minister will conduct the worship at 11 a.m. and will include a baptism during the service. Tonight (Wednesday) the Christmas Eve Family service at 6.30 p.m. will be led by our Session Clerk, Ian Baillie. The Christmas Eve Watchnight service at 11.15 p.m. and a half hour Christmas Day Family Service at 10.30 a.m. will be conducted 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 last Saturday raised £715 for the Group’s chosen charity - The Compassionate Friends (TCF). Many thanks to all contributed. The recent Communion Services retiring collection for the National Bible Society of Scotland raised £195.25. Door duty this Sunday will be by John Anderson, Eric Smith, Alan Oliver, Jason Glass, Tom Grieve and Margo Graham. The crèche resumes as normal this Sunday and will be manned by Lorraine Campbell, Nancy Lees and Elspeth McCallum.