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Special Events

May 6th, 2017


6 years ago the Presbytery of Angus held the first Big Day Out in Arbroath with a range of speakers and seminars to give folk the chance to find out more about the church in its widest sense. Over the years the programme has developed and for the third one in 2015 there was a theme of “Pilgrimage” for all the seminars and the Keynote Speaker. This year the event takes place on Saturday 6th May 2017 in the newly refurbished Forfar East & Old Church. The keynote speaker is Rev Jim Stewart from Perth, an inspirational speaker and the theme of the day is “Connecting at the Margins”. Seminars include Prison Chaplaincy, Dementia, Workplace Chaplaincy, the Castlemilk Church Carpentry Project, Mental Health Care with Crossreach and Accessible Worship. The day begins at 10am and Closing Worship is at 4.00pm. It costs £10 for the day (including a sandwich lunch – and mini Forfar Bridies!). Booking forms are in the vestibule. Come along for a Great Day Out at the Big Day Out.

Special events

November 24th, 2016

Service of Quiet Reflection

This service will take place on Sunday afternoon, 4th December at 4.00pm in Newton Church, Arbroath Road. Those who have been bereaved since the last service will receive a personal invitation to this service, but anyone is welcome to come along. Indeed, since the first service of this kind in 2003, a number of people have come along each year. The service lasts about 40 minutes and includes some hymns, prayers, a short reflection and an opportunity for an act of remembrance where candles are lit. You are most welcome to join us.

Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebration

April 20th, 2016

As mentioned in the February Newsletter, plans are in hand to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday. Although the actual date is 21st April the Lord Lieutenant of Angus has invited congregations and other groups to hold some event on 12th June (the weekend of the main celebrations in London).

What has been planned is that there will be the morning service as usual at 11.00am in Panbride Country Church. Following this, you are invited to bring a picnic lunch to the Manse Garden at 12.30pm. There will be a Marquee (kindly loaned by the Gala Committee) but if you want to bring a gazebo of your own, please do (It might depend on the weather!). Chairs are available, but again you may wish to bring your own. Tea, coffee and juice will be available. In the event of non-picnic weather, we will use the halls.

After lunch, from 2-3pm there will be activities such as games which will be suitable for both adults and youngsters and we are planning to end the afternoon with a sing-song. We look forward to seeing you at the Garden Party of the year! Sunday 12th June 2016.


Christmas Special

September 9th, 2015

Christmas 2015

For the second consecutive “summer” newsletter the word Christmas is being mentioned – as well as another Christian Festival. I mentioned in June the plans to have a Chrismon Tree in Church for Christmas this year. The Tree is decorated with Christian symbols in white or gold colours and the lights on the tree are white. There will be craft workshops on Saturdays 28th November and 5th December in the   Panbride Hall where the various symbols will be made. If anyone would like to start now with cross stitch patterns or crochet, please contact me as  templates are available. Just remember all the symbols must be in gold or white colours.

I mentioned in June that after the festivities are over, something is done with the tree and that I would let you know in the next newsletter. What happens is this – the tree is dismantled, the branches are removed leaving the trunk which is then formed into a cross, which is placed in church during Lent. For Easter Day it is decorated with Spring flowers. A powerful reminder that Christmas is only part of the story.


Christian Aid Collections

April 29th, 2015


Christian Aid Week, door to door collections begins on Sunday 10th May.

This year there are fewer collectors so if you would be able to help, please contact Beth Lee-Smith or Frances Bicket.

There will be envelopes at the church door over a couple of weeks at that time. If you don’t receive one through the door during the week and would like to contribute please use one of these envelopes.

The amount collected during the week is augmented by the proceeds from the recent coffee morning which raised £450. Thanks are due to all who helped and to those who supported it. There will be another coffee morning at the end of August and these proceeds also added to the Carnoustie contribution for 2015.

A Special Event

April 29th, 2015

CONGREGATIONAL OUTING – Saturday 27th June 2015


COST:   £15



Earth Hour 2015

February 18th, 2015

Earth Hour 2015. 28th March 8.30-9.30pm

On this date all across the world, individuals and families will turn out the lights in their homes and light candles and think about this wonderful world in which we live. Public buildings across the world will also have their floodlights extinguished – from the Houses of Parliament to Sydney Harbour Bridge, The White House to the Great Wall of China.

On this date, and at this time, we will be holding a simple “Candlelight Supper” in the Panbride Hall. At 8.30pm the lights will be switched off, and over a simple supper of biscuits/cheese/crisps (and a glass of something) we will think about the natural world and see pictures from around the world of some of the beauty (and devastation) of nature and the responsibility we have for stewardship of the resources of the world for future generations.

Please come along and be part of a growing international event. 8.30pm on Saturday 28th March 2015.  MSB

Big Day Out

February 18th, 2015

BIG DAY OUT 3. 9th May 2015.

This event has fallen within my remit as Convener of the Forum 2 Committees on Presbytery. This year a day of worship, speakers and workshops has been arranged for Saturday 9th May in two churches in Arbroath. The day will begin and end in Arbroath St Andrews and there will be workshops during the day in St Andrews and a short walk away in Arbroath Old and Abbey.  The keynote speaker is Very Rev Lorna Hood, Moderator of the 2013 General Assembly. She is a wonderful speaker and her contribution will set us out on the theme of Pilgrimage.  Organising the worship will be Rev Peter Gardner, of Renfield St Stephen’s Church in Glasgow who has organised imaginative ways of enhancing the worship experience. There will be workshops about Hospital Chaplaincy, the Churches in Europe and what they do for Asylum Seekers, Christians in Sport and much more. The cost of the day is £10 which includes a sandwich lunch and tea and coffee will be available throughout the day. Please do come along. A lot of hard work has gone into this. Further details will be given in due course. Put the date in your diary, 9th May 2015.  MSB

Baptismal Anniversary Service 2014

February 18th, 2015

Baptismal Anniversary Service 2014.

190 letters were sent inviting people who had had their children baptised during the last 25 years to attend a special service on 30th November 2014, which was the First Sunday of Advent. This resulted in around 196 mothers, fathers, grandparents and “babies” aged from a few months to their mid-twenties coming to the service. Together with others from the congregation, there were around 300 people in church that morning. There was a wonderful atmosphere and it was lovely to see so many coming forward with small candles to place on the table in the chancel.

Iain Forteath, the 11th baby I baptised did the readings, and some of those who were unable to be present sent information (and photos) about themselves and these are on the noticeboard in the Panbride Hall.

It was also good to see so many people at the Buffet Lunch – thank you to everyone at The Granary for a wonderful spread. This was a very special day for me and I hope for others too. It was good to catch up with some of those I had baptised (and in a few cases to meet their own children!). I hope you all enjoyed the day as much as I did.  MSB

Earth Hour 2014.

April 25th, 2014

At 8.30pm on Saturday 29th March, the lights in Newton Church were switched off and for the next hour a reflective service was held by candlelight.  All over the world at 8.30pm local time, in 154 countries lights on public buildings were switched off, from Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House, to Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the Scottish Parliament and the Niagara Falls. In Carnoustie Panbride there was a service of hymns, readings and prayers as well as a PowerPoint accompanied by reflective music showing the wonders of creation in different parts of the world. It gave us the opportunity to think about God’s wonderful creation and what we can do to protect it for future generations. It is hoped to have another event next year, perhaps in the form of a Candlelit Musical Supper.  MSB