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Parish News Round-up

Thursday July 16

Our regular round-up of news received from churches

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Cowgirl Emma, Sheriff Frances and Minister the Rev Ian McLean are pictured welcoming parents, carers, family members and the general congregation, to the Montrose Old and St Andrew’s Church Holiday Club ‘End of Week’.

In its ninth year, the Holiday Club welcomed over 100 children through the Church Halls every day. This year’s event had a Wild West theme and focused on Jesus’ Parables.

The week featured a drop-in café running throughout, a Christian bookstall, Games Afternoon, a Messy Church taster session, a Family Pancake Afternoon, and a Family Fun Morning with a barbecue on the Saturday. An open invitation to a soup and sandwich lunch after the Sunday service afforded another opportunity to meet and interact with parents, carers and the many supportive members of our congregation.



Members of Montrose Old & St Andrew’s Guild and Angus East Presbyterial Council took great delight in visiting Agnes Leithead, who last year celebrated her 100th birthday, and presented her with certificate recognising her 65 years contribution to both the Guild and the church. The Certificate was presented by Presbyterial Council Convener Thelma Robb. Agnes is a regular attender to the church, and over the years could always be found giving service on various church stall.


Jim Arthur, an elder at St Ninian's Church Corstorphine, celebrated his 100th birthday  at the church on the July 12 and at his home in Corstorphine the following day.

As the 100 birthday candles were being lit at the party in the Cedars where Jim lives, the fire alarm went off and the firefighters arrived very promptly to find out what was happening. The young lady firefighter delighted Jim by wishing him Happy Birthday and assuring the guests the lounge was quite safe.  

It was a very happy weekend not only for Jim but also for all his family, friends and fellow church members.When asked how it felt to be 100 Jim answered: "I don't know as I have not been 100 before".

Seven months ago St Andrew’s Church of Scotland in Newcastle tentatively tweeted for the first time.  Now having just clocked up their 100th tweet, there is nothing tentative about St Andrew’s approach to social media. With more than 70 followers and a number of the Kirk’s tweets favourited and retweeted, they estimate that they have potentially reached around 25,000 people with their details. 

Jane Farr, who looks after communications for St Andrew’s said: “If any Church is unsure about whether to use Twitter I would encourage them to take the plunge.  In the `olden days` you would have printed a leaflet and put it through doors, without knowing if the person on the other side was interested in what you had to say.  By using Twitter you know that people who follow you are interested and is free to use.”  

Jane said: “We’d like to thank all those who have followed, retweeted, liked or favourited us on our Twitter journey so far – your support has been the encouragement we needed.”

St Andrew’s has also updated its website to run alongside the Twitter account but Jane acknowledges the role of more traditional methods for those who aren’t on-line and is delighted that a number of Church magazines across Scotland have agreed to run a short article about the Kirk in Newcastle.



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