Services, sermons and news relevant for our small community
Our church doors may be closed but our work still continues. Here is John, our minister, with the 18 food bags which are about to be delivered to the housebound and the tables are set ready for others to come and collect what they are needing today. A typical Sunday for us in the present pandemic.
Sermon Preached by Rev John Sterrett
Dr Michael and Mrs Penny Simpson were recognised with framed certificates of appreciation for their many years of service as elders in St Andrew’s Church during worship on Sunday, 8 March.
Dr Michael Simpson was also given a certificate of long service sent from church headquarters in Edinburgh and signed by the Moderator of the General Assembly. Thank you Michael and Penny! We deeply appreciate all your love and dedication to our church.
On 23 February 2020 our church hosted a Thinking Day service for the local Guides, Brownies, Rainbows and the Trefoil Guild. Thinking Day always takes place on or near February 22, the birthday of both Lord and Lady Baden-Powell, the founders, and has taken place on every year since 1926. It remains a day for all Guides and Girl Scouts to think of each other and celebrate their sisters all around the world. Members of the units took part in door duty and readings during the service and several of the Rainbow
Guides undertook their official promises as part of the service as well. The units handed out friendship bracelets which they had made to the congregation. It was lovely to have these young people and their parents and relatives participate in our service.”
A lovely arrangement for Remembrance Sunday was put together below the pulpit by ladies from our church.
Easter was a lovely day again this year, beginning with our early service at the Shore Street Car Park by the beach, followed by breakfast in the Church Hall.
Mrs MacGruer’s Primary Class came and visited St Andrew’s Church and the minister on Wednesday 28 February to find out more about churches and Christian worship. They enjoyed hearing the church bell rung and standing in the pulpit!
February 25 was World Thinking Day and the Brownies, Rainbows, Guides and Beavers joined our congregation in a special service for young people marking the day. Also present were leaders, members of the Trefoil Guild and also a guide leader visiting from Japan. The young people did all the readings during the service. Nice to have a church full of children!”
Members of our congregation who like to knit have participated in knitting hats, scarves and mittens for sailing staff working on the cruise ships arriving at Invergordon.
We’ve made two trips to Invergordon to deliver our knitting directly to the sailors–most of whom are from warmer climes and need the knitted items to keep warm in colder, European waters.
We celebrated a very merry “Scottish Night” this year, complete with mince and tatties, poetry readings, a belly dancing display and traditional Scots folk tunes played by a wonderful youth band and a married piper/fiddler duo.
Fun was had by all as we “decked the hall” and the church this Christmas season!