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Events worth supporting

February 6th, 2014

Christian Aid Coffee Morning.

This will be held on Saturday 8th March in the Philip Hall from 10.00-11.30am. Donations of baking and unwanted gifts (wrapped) which are sold for a £1.

Fairtrade Group Open Afternoon.

An open afternoon organised by the Fairtrade Group (successful in achieving Fairtrade Status for Carnoustie for a second year) is holding an open afternoon in the Kinloch Care Centre, Kinloch Street on Saturday afternoon 1st March from 2pm-4pm. This will give folk the opportunity to taste (and purchase) Fairtrade products and also see the wonderful new facilities at the Care Centre.

Earth Hour 2014.

At 8.30pm on 29 March, hundreds of millions of people will turn off their lights for one hour, on the same night, all across the world in a huge, symbolic show of support for action on climate change and for a more sustainable future. It’s always a memorable and spectacular event with cities, communities and landmarks across the globe going dark for the hour.

You can take part in this global event by coming along to Newton Church for 8.30pm. The lights will be put off at 8.30pm and the church lit by tea lights. There will be reflective music and readings to highlight the importance of our planet and our place in it. This is the first time as an Eco-Congregation we have done this, so please come along and be part of a global event. MSB

Nepal on a Bike!

January 31st, 2014

New Year, New Challenge

Cycle Nepal, 8-17 November 2014 – Experience the magical kingdom of Nepal by bike!

Thanks for your interest in Cycle Nepal, our amazing cycling challenge in Nepal which will directly help to improve the health of mothers and their babies, who would otherwise go without essential healthcare.

Cycle 350km in 6 days through the foothills of the Himalayas with our friendly team going from historic Kathmandu to lakeside Pokhara.

Explore Chitwan National park and visit an international healthcare project in Nepal which your sponsorship will support.

What previous participants say:

***  ‘Without doubt the most enjoyable experience in 20 years of cycling. Brilliant!

Can’t wait to do another.’

*** ‘The best cycling I have ever done, it had everything including a 50km downhill.’

*** ‘The Cycle Nepal challenge is a fantastic opportunity to see a beautiful country

whilst challenging your own cycling ability.’

* Registration Fee – Sign up for just £149 until 28 February 2014 (£199 thereafter).

* Minimum Sponsorship target – Raise at least £2,850 for EMMS International. The ride is fully supported with bikes, doctor, ground crew, accommodation and meals.

Please contact Louise Stuart at or call 0131 313 3828 to talk to us about this challenge.

Worried about fundraising? We have a fundraising pack with ideas on how to raise the sponsorship as well as information about the healthcare project you will be supporting in the Dang District of Nepal. Speak to our staff who have raised sponsorship for many events over the years for advice.

I really hope that you will join us on this adventure.


Louise Stuart

Head of Events and Community Fundraising


Helping the Needy

November 1st, 2013

Harvest Thanksgiving. Thanks to everyone who helped in the preparations for this service. Lesley Porter painted the board with the map of the world, and this was an important focus for the interactive section of the service with the children. Thanks, Lesley. Thanks to the children who made themselves into a working Combine Harvester!  Eleanor Whamond and her helpers transformed the church into a world map with displays representing the continents. Thanks to all of them. Thanks also to those who helped with the delivery of the posies and flower arrangements after the service, and to Beth Lee-Smith and Charles and Ann Brown who helped to transport the food donations to Arbroath on the Monday morning.

A big thank you to everyone who brought along tins and packets of all descriptions. There was an amazing response and the Nursery Children in Carlogie also collected a huge box of tins and packets and I was delighted to be able to go along and speak to them about harvest and to thank them for their donations. The following email was received from Andrew Dawson, organiser of the Food Project.

“Yesterday, as in previous years, the Old & Abbey Church received a large quantity of food from your congregation for our Food Parcel Service.  This is very timely. Some of our shelves have begun to look thin as about five or six people are referred to us each week by a range of statutory and voluntary agencies. As you know, we rely almost entirely on gifts of food to stock the Food Parcel Room. Some comes from other churches, both Church of Scotland and other denominations in the area, some from schools, and some from a variety of other organisations. We are grateful for it all. This is community activity that supplies food to about 1% of the most needy in Arbroath and area each year. Please will you thank your congregation for their generosity?”

This I am pleased to do. There is a box at the church door each Sunday for any donations of tins and packets and Beth takes these along to the project.  We know from the vast increase in Food Banks across the UK that this service is greatly needed and valued and we as a congregation are pleased to be involved. MSB

Be our Guest

August 22nd, 2013

We have been asked to distribute this article, and are pleased to do so.

Many international students come to Scotland to study at our universities. Will they make contact with people and life beyond the academic environment? What will they do for a homely break if home is too far away? For 26 years, national charity HOST has been linking students with volunteer hosts, who invite a student to spend a day, a weekend, Christmas or New Year in their home. Chatting; eating together; playing games; seeing the area; joining in with the local community; making friends – a HOST visit lays down wonderful memories to be re-lived in China, India, the USA and many other parts of the world. And hosts learn from their guests too. If you could make a student welcome, please contact HOST through or call HOST’s voluntary regional organiser for Scotland, Alan Robson, on 01946 825170.      Thank you

Matthew the Piano Man

July 2nd, 2013

The Piano Man

The Piano Man

8 Hour Piano Marathon

Thank you to everyone who supported this one-off event. Those who gave a donation through sponsorship, those who turned up on the day – some of you even came along at 9.00am so that I wasn’t playing to an empty hall, and to those who supplied refreshments during the day. The target of playing for 8 hours was achieved although I did begin to wonder whether I would manage when my little finger on my right hand took cramp and I could not control which notes it played! I did apologise for the Les Dawson style of playing!  However, the cramp passed and I must say I felt a great sense of achievement at 5.00pm as well as a great sense of relief that the 8 hours had passed! Something in the region of £1,100 was raised and I was overwhelmed when I realised that this was the result of my doing something I love doing!  Once again, my grateful thanks.


During the Marathon Matthew

¨ Used  around 200 books /single pieces of music   –   ¨ Played about 350 tunes¨   –  Music ranged from mid 18th Century with Mozart to late 20th Century   – ¨ The grand finale was Monti’s Czardas

Big Day Out

April 15th, 2013

BIG DAY OUT – Saturday 4th May 2013.

The Presbytery of Angus has arranged a full programme of speakers for this special day. There is the opportunity to sign up to hear various speakers and attend seminars. These include Messy Church (an activity and worship based programme for children), Roddy Hamilton who is a pioneer of new ways of worship which are accessible to all ages, Street Pastors, Parish Nursing as well as Fischy Music and Stewart Cutler who will speak about “the lost generation in the church” – those in their 20s, 30s and 40s.

David Robertson from St Peter’s Free Church in Dundee will also be speaking and the keynote speaker is Kenny Borthwick from Wester Hailes in Edinburgh and much in demand in the UK and abroad as a speaker. There will also be opening and closing worship where the Banners from various congregations will be displayed.

There are forms at the doors for registering – £12 for the whole day including lunch. A great bargain. You can also register on

This is a great opportunity for people of all ages to come together for what promises to be an inspiring day out.

The Big Day Out

February 14th, 2013

Big Day Out: This event takes place on Saturday 4th May in Arbroath and is organised by Presbytery and should be a good day out. There are posters in the church and also leaflets at the doors containing a registration form and information although this can also be done on-. line. Registration and payment can be done through the Big Day Out website but for those who do not have that access forms should be returned to the Presbytery office clearly marked BDO2.  The reduced booking fee of £10.00 lasts until 31st March, after that the cost is £12.00. More information is on the website. A stone from somewhere in our parish will be taken to the event and a cairn erected. It is also hoped that the Banner will be on display at the event.

Heart and Soul 2013

December 1st, 2012

This event will take place in Princes Street Gardens on Assembly Sunday, 19th May 2013. This year’s title seemed to resonate with everyone, so it has been decided to confirm that sense of continuity and call it Heart and Soul 2013. In recognition of the 1450th anniversary of Columba landing on Iona, Heart and Soul 2013 will be inspired by Celtic Christianity, with all the richness of its themes: hospitality, pilgrimage, journeying, deep peace – healing and wholeness, creation and its care, celebrating the good earth, contemplative prayer, Trinity, representing Christ to the world, inclusive community, Christ in the stranger’s guise, rhythm of the seasons, prophecy, soul-friends, being ‘on the edge’. It’s exciting that the 19th of May also coincides with Pentecost. It is hoped that congregations will take a spot on the Avenue in Princes Street Gardens to show what they do, and tell their story. We will be looking at this in Kirk Session and will keep you informed of any developments.


“And all the bells rang”

September 10th, 2012

“All the Bells” 0812 hrs on Friday 27th July 2012.

Around 90 adults and children turned up for the All the Bells event at 12 minutes past 8 on the morning the Olympic Games began. There was a great atmosphere as we were counted down to the exact time on Chris Evans Breakfast Show and for three minutes we all rang the bells we had brought as well as the church bell. They were rung as loudly and fast as possible for three minutes. There were all manner of bells rung. There were two ship’s bells, crystal bells, porcelain bells, bicycle bells (complete with bicycles!), Christmas bells, the old Sunday School bell and many more. Someone had even spent £1 on a bell from a Charity shop! Many of the children joined a queue and helped to ring the church bell.

I later discovered that quite a number of people who were unable to get to the event, opened their doors, listened for the bells and then rang their own bell in their kitchen or bedroom. Andy Coogan lay in bed and listened to the bells from his home in Lowson Avenue. His daughter Christine came across to the hall and two bacon rolls were delivered to Andy and his wife.

It was great to be part of a national event and sharing the day with the Bells at all the seats of government in the UK, including Big Ben. Our colleagues in Holyrood Church also rung their church bell. An added piece of excitement occurred when the Olympic Torch which had been carried along the Murraygate in Dundee by Andy Coogan was displayed and those present were able to get their photographs taken with the Torch. It was also wonderful to see Andy in Church on Sunday morning with his daughter, Christine Hoy and her husband, and the torch was returned to Andy at the service. Thank you, Andy for allowing us the privilege of seeing the torch.

The bacon rolls served in the hall on Olympic morning were very welcome and what comes across in the photos which were taken is how happy everyone looked! They were used in the Baptismal service the following Sunday. Thanks to everyone who helped make this a very special morning and a once in a lifetime experience. The following week we received a certificate marking our participation in the event and a digitally signed Certificate from Martin Creed, who planned the event. MSB

Heart and Soul

April 17th, 2012

Heart and Soul 2012

This is the General Assembly event on Sunday 20th May following on from the success of “Roll Away the Stone” in 2011. Once again it will be held in Princes Street Gardens from 1-6pm. The Scottish African Choir will be there, as will a clown, a magician, orchestral music and jazz, messy church and features on the world wide nature of the church. This year congregations are invited to bring a fist-sized stone to build into a labyrinth. More details can be found on the website