GKOPC Calendars


Once again the local photographers have come up trumps with a fantastic set of photos from our beautiful area. 
are photos of Caddam Wood, Kirriemuir, Glen Clova, Glen Prosen and more.

For yet another year the price is being held at £5 which is tremendous value.  The calendars will be on sale in the office
from mid July and in the local shops in August. 


The last Saturday opening is 26th June and then we resume in September.


TMSA – the festival runs from 2nd to 4th September.


Thrums Tots

Thrums Tots are on holiday over the summer and resume on 17th & 18th August


From Ian Murray….

I’ve always considered spring to be the most wonderful season of the year. It’s the season in which we celebrate Easter and
Pentecost – new life. The swallows have returned and the curlews are in the fields just above the Manse at Kilry. All around there is an abundance of new life with lambs and calves, and fresh growth in the fields and on the trees. It is a wonderful time of the year.

Several times recently, I’ve read from Ecclesiastes chapter 3: “For everything there is a season, and a time for every
matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted…” and so on.

Living in a farming community, I for one certainly appreciate the times and the seasons with all the changes they bring.
And this spring has certainly brought changes in more ways than one.

On Sunday the 8th of May I informed the Kirk Session of the Isla Parishes, and at the close of worship, the congregation, of
my decision to demit my charge as minister of the Isla Parishes and the West Angus Area Ministry as of the 31st of August.

In October last year I was asked whether I would consider applying for the post of Interim Minister for the East of
Scotland. Many folk in the Isla Parishes warmly remember the Revd Leslie Barrett who worked  in the parish for 18 months prior to the Revd Ben Pieterse’s ministry, and recall that he was an Interim Minister. Essentially, it’s a role where a minister assists congregations to come to terms and move forward from experiences of losing a minister through death, or issues of conflict, division, disagreement or misconduct by the minister.

Over the following months I had several conversations with members of the Ministries Council, and initially thought that this was something which was of no interest to me. Even after meeting with the Ministries Council representatives in April, I felt certain that I wouldcontinue in my current post in the West Angus Area Ministry.

But for everything a time and a season, and inan almost unexplainable way, it became clear to me that now is my time to move
on to a new challenge.

It’s very difficult to explain the reasonbehind this decision, because principally this is about sensing God’s call to a new challenge.

How do you describe a calling?

It’s when you become aware of a road opening before you and there’s very little you can do to avoid going down that avenue.
You can walk in the other direction or pretend that it isn’t there, but there’s no escaping or avoiding that road – there’s no denying that it is the right road even if it’s a lot more difficult than the present road.

I have little doubt that the Isla Parishes is one of the most beautiful charges in Scotland. I have a very loyal, loving and
supportive congregation; wonderful neighbours and friends; and the most comfortable, well maintained manse complete with garaging for my cars and a large garden for my dogs. Combine that with being part of a supportive and enthusiastic team in the West Angus Area Ministry, and it really doesn’t get much better. It’s very tempting to stay until retirement at the age of 70 – that would be another 24 years.

But that’s not what I’ve been called to do. 

Looking back on almost 6 years, I think we’ve come a long way in the Isla Parishes and the West Angus Area.

Just prior to my arrival here in October 2010, we saw the closure of Kingoldrum, Lintrathen and Ruthven Churches. And in the
years that followed, we agreed to consolidate to one building and closed Airlie, and sold Glenisla to the community.

Following on, we embarked on the renovation project of the renamed, “Isla Parishes Church” and brought it up to a standard
fit for tomorrow’s generations. We saved the organ from Airlie Church and preserved some of the furnishings from the others which had closed. We established a Unitary Constitution with individual task groups, and we’ve worked hard to encourage one another in the life of our church.  

We’ve come a long way and a great deal has been achieved. 

Six years ago when I was in the process of applying for the charge of the Isla Parishes and the West Angus Area Ministry, one of the things which drew me to the post was the prospect of working within a team ministry. Previously, in Highland Perthshire, I had very much worked in isolation with the exception of Pitlochry, nearest neighbours being a considerable distance away. Throughout the past 6 years I’ve appreciated the opportunities of leading worship at the 9am service in Kirrie Old, conducting school assemblies at Glamis, Inverarity and on occasions, Eassie. Hospital visits to folk throughout the wider West Angus Area, as well as being there for times of funerals and one or two weddings. There’s certainly been variety as well as support and encouragement from my colleagues.  

Of course there will always be new challenges for the Isla Parishes and the wider West Angus Area Ministry, for ministers and
congregations, but I’m convinced that now is the right time for me to step aside and allow someone else to share the next stage of the

There will be new avenues for you to explore, new opportunities to consider, new ways to move forward for the whole of the
West Angus Area, and to build upon what we have so far achieved. But the journey never ends and there are  always new challenges and a lot more to be achieved with God’s guidance and support. 

As for me, my time and season in the Isla Parishes officially comes to an end on the 31st of July. However, given time for two week’s conference training, packing and moving, my last Sunday will be the 3rd of July.

At this point, the middle of June, I still have no idea where my first appointment will be, or where I will be living come August. The area for which I will be responsible, covers the East of Scotland from the River Tay to North Berwick, but there is however a possibility that I
could be deployed anywhere in Scotland. Each deployment can last from anything from 6 months to 2 years depending upon the situation.

“For everything there is a season, and a time….a time to plant, and a time to reap… a time to seek, and a time to lose… I know that whatever God does endures for ever; nothing can be added to it, nor anything taken from it.”

May God bless, guide, and keep us through every time and season of our lives.

Ian Murray


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The Will of God never takes you to where the Grace of God will not protect you.


Building Bridges

One of the great tasks of ministry is to create opportunities, avenues, paths to open the way for others. By that I mean opening the way to a closer relationship or indeed any relationship with God.

However, for many of our children, for many of our young families, indeed for many adults of all ages, finding the way into a relationship with God isn’t easy.

It could be argued that it is harder than it has been in a long time.

We are no longer a generation where church attendance is part of the weekly routine. Indeed, nor is it expected of us by our families, our bosses, our neighbours.

It is no longer the norm for families to attend church. And so, the habit of going to church is not engrained in us at a young age. This makes it harder for people to step over the threshold of a church.

But of course there are also many more attractions on a Sunday than there have ever been. We can travel more easily, there are 100’s of shops open, home entertainment offers lots to do – computer games, movies on Netflix, many TV stations on the likes of Sky, there are
sporting events, social events, clubs, charity days, fun runs – you name it.  

For many, Sundays are no longer a day when church is the main event.

So, how do we open the way for folk to even experience something of worship.

How do we open the way for people to sample the warmth and welcome that coming together in faith can bring.

 Thegap between church and many folks’ everyday lives is large. How do we bridge that?

Perhaps part of our answer is to find things that people can relate to and use them as a bridge into the church.

We do that through our traditional worship.
Our churches are warm, clean, well maintained and inviting. (Though perhaps it could be improved with comfortable chairs instead of the pews – but that is a discussion for another day!)

Our welcome is friendly and inclusive.

Our worship, on the whole, follows a familiar pattern – hymns, prayers, readings, offerings and sermons.

 But, we also build in times of silence for those who prefer to have quiet moments to connect with God. We also, at times, use PowerPoint and many engage with the visual images.

Outwith Sunday worship we also embark on many ventures. Throughout the year we  engage with charities, Starter Packs, Fairtrade,
Boys Brigade, Traidcraft, Fish and Chip babies, Guild projects, Schools, Water Aid, Global awareness, Thrums Tots, Blythswood, Christian Aid, emergency funds, Day Care, Age Concern, Shoeboxes and community coffee mornings – to name just a few. We are connected to many other folk locally, nationally and globally and those links are bridges – in both directions.

Messy Church has also proved to be something of a bridge. It isn’t church as we traditionally have it. But it does allow people to step over the threshold of a church building.

It does allow them to experience the warmth and welcome of a people of faith. It does give them a habit – albeit not weekly – of coming to church. In a very user friendly, interactive way folk of all ages come together to worship God.

We sing, we hear or act out Bible stories, we have messages based on Scripture and our prayers are sometimes interactive. The crafts are all based on the theme or Bible passage of the day. Many of the crafts that they children take home have pieces of scripture on them.

This is church for them today in this time and place regardless of what will come of it in the future.

A few Sundays ago we had ‘Messy Birthdays’ at Messy Church where we celebrated the 90th Birthday of Her  Majesty the Queen. We looked at the Queen’s faith and how it has sustained her throughout the years. We ended with an indoor street party and were delighted when some of the 11.15am congregation came through to join us during and after their service.

We had a great morning of worship and celebration. Who knows what of that will remain in the memories of all who attended? Or, how it will play a part in their faith journey through the years? Another bridge being built – perhaps.

Linda Stevens


I’m sure you know the old Scots saying:
“ It’s no’ what ye ha’e, it’s what ye dae wi’ what ye ha’e,That coonts.”


In the mid 1990s, when I was at a conference in Ontario, Canada, I visited the town of New Dundee, where I met members of the New Dundee Women ‘s Institute. They gave me a copy of their syllabus. Printed on the front is what they call their Opening Ode, said at the start of every meeting:


“A goodly thing it is to meet
In Friendship’s Circle bright,
Where nothing stains the pleasure sweet
Nor dims the radiant light;
No unkind word our lips shall pass,
Nor envy sour the mind,
But each shall seek the common weal,
The good of all mankind.”

May Kidd



 We still have a range of Traidcraft goods for sale in the office – including the very popular bamboo socks! 

We also have Kilombero Fairtrade rice from Malawi, both brown and white at £3 per kilo and although it seems quite expensive, it is very good and helps to pay for the education of children in Malawi. 

Recently added to stock is Zaytoun olive oil from Palestine along with Za’atar, a herb mix and jars of pesto and curry sauce.  We have pasta and quinoa as well as chocolate for cooking and eating!


Blythswood Shoebox Appeal

“A big thank you to everybody that contributed in any way this year, which has enabled us to gather and distribute 116,576 shoeboxes, approximately 10% more than last year.
The shoeboxes received this year are being distributed in Albania, Bulgaria,Hungary, Kosovo, Moldova Pakistan, Romania, Serbia and

The checklist for 2016 giving a list of what is required can be downloaded at
or picked up from the office


"4 Worms In Church"

Four worms and a lesson to be learned!!!!

A minister decided that a visual demonstration would add emphasis to his Sunday sermon.

Four worms were placed into four separate jars.

The first worm was put into a container of alcohol.

The second worm was put into a container of cigarette smoke.

The third worm was put into a container of chocolate syrup.

The fourth worm was put into a container of good clean soil.

At the conclusion of the sermon, the Minister reported the following results:

The first worm in alcohol . . .   Dead

The second worm in smoke . . Dead

Third worm in chocolate syrup . . .Dead

Fourth worm in good clean soil . . Alive

So the Minister asked the congregation,

"What did you learn from this demonstration?"

Maxine was sitting in the back, quickly raised her hand and said . . . 

"As long as you drink, smoke and eat chocolate, you won’t have worms!"

That pretty much ended the service!


When All is Said

 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God.  Seventeen words.  One sentence and yet full of meaning and mystery.  Words that speak of Jesus: his divinity, his identity and his eternal nature. 
But Jesus didn’t need many words to make people realise that he was someone who should be listened to, followed and worshipped as Lord.  He didn’t need many words to point the way from death to life, from darkness to light.  He didn’t need many words to tell us that his words are the most important words we will ever encounter.

 Never before in our lifetimes have so many words been spoken or written.  In this age of growing technology, words can be texted, messaged, tweeted, posted, blogged and published.  Words can be shared on Facetime and Skype.  Words help us to express ourselves and thankfully they are still handwritten.  We can express ourselves in cards and letters to carry our sympathy to those who are grieving, or our heartfelt thanks to those who have helped us.  Words can be powerful.  Words can hurt us or lift us up.  They can change our lives.

But now and again it can feel as if there are no suitable words that can convey what we want to say.  At times like these, perhaps there is no need for words and silence is best.

(Contributed by a KSA member)


More than a thousand churches in Scotland took part in another successful Christian Aid Week in May.  A well attended Saturday coffee morning organised by Wendy Smeaton held at Kirriemuir St Andrew’s raised £343.57.  Many thanks to the ladies who helped on the
day and to all the folk who came and donated generously.

Christian Aid works with hundreds of partners in 40 countries throughout the world providing urgent, practical and effective assistance where need is great, tackling the effects of poverty as well as its root causes.  Its work is founded on Christian faith, inspired by hope and acts to change an unjust world through charity.



After digging to a depth of 100m, Scottish scientists found traces of copper wiring dated back 1000 years and came to the conclusion that their ancestors already had a telephone network 1000 years ago.

 In the weeks that followed, English scientists dug 200m and headlines in the London newspapers read: “English scientists have found traces of 2000 year old optical fibres, and have concluded that their ancestors already had advanced high-tech digital telephones 1000 years earlier that the Scots.”

 One week later, the Irish press reported the following: “After digging as deep at 500m, Irish scientists have found absolutely nothing.  They have concluded that 5000 years ago, their ancestors were already using mobile phones.”


Messy Church at Kirriemuir St Andrew’s before the summer break was held in the Den on Saturday 28 May.   Would the sun shine, would it be cold, stay dry or rain?  The weather is always the concern when organising an outdoor event.  The day was overcast and dry with a promise of sunshine so it was on with Messy Olympics! 

The team of helpers organised a variety of games for all ages with some traditional relay races.  Remember the long washing line and skipping together with your pals – that was great fun until someone tripped on the rope and you had to start again!  The children really enjoyed this and also cheering on the adults competing in the egg and spoon race.  

 After all the activity, the barbequed food was very welcome – head chef Bob Wallace assisted by Dorothy Gow were kept very busy.

 The next Messy Church event will be on Saturday 17 September – in the church hall as usual.




At Newtyle we have had, for many years, a Church Fun Club.  This meets on a Tuesday afternoon at 4.30pm for one hour.  This seems to be a time that suits most people and the Club has maintained a fairly healthy attendance.  Aimed at Primary School children, we begin with games, then we have our bible story, followed by juice and biscuits and then we have craft time which nearly always is connected with the story.  One of the good things is that I can be there for the whole hour which means I get to know the children very well.  We find this works well for us, as apart from the time suiting the children, it also suits the people who run it with me.

Most of the club does come to church at Christmas to enact the Nativity, and some of them attend church at Easter, harvest, etc.  What I try to emphasise is that Fun Clun IS church for these children.  Church isn’t the building, it’s the folk who meet together to talk about and learn about faith and to worship God.  Having said that, we do have holidays, and we are off now for thesummer!

We also have a small Sunday School which meets at the church on the second Sunday of the month.  The children go to the vestry after the first hymn and then come back through before the close of the service and share with us what they  have been doing and making.  There’s no doubt it’s good for the rest of us to be with them and we always look forward to listening to them. 

Messy Church happens approximately every 2-3 months, this is still being developed and we hope to encourage more adults and children to come along.  We have had some excellent crafts at this, but I think it’s fair to say we could do with someone to help who is musical!  We usually try to have an outside Messy Church in the summer, the manse garden lends itself to this.   

It’s good to share with each other what’s happening and to learn from each other too.  We recognise how important it is that our young folk have some knowledge of Christianity, though we are lucky in Angus that School Chaplains are still very welcome in the schools and all the ministers in WAAM regularly attend the schools in their parishes.



Messy Church has been running in the Glens and Kirriemuir Old Parish Church for over five years. Our Messy Church runs about once every second month.  

We meet at 11am Kirriemuir Old Parish Church halls. We gather in the small hall with lots of food, teas, coffees and juice. At this time the children do a food craft related to the theme of the day. This is a great time of coming together and chatting. People meet old friends and make new friends.

We then move into the large hall where craft tables of all kinds are laid out with fun things to make or activities to do. Everything is related to the Bible story or Bible theme of the day. We have a puzzle table for those who want some quiet time, a toddler table for the young ones and a baby corner for our tiny tots.

Near the end of our hour together we push the tables back to the walls and gather in the centre to sing, dance, pray and act out Bible stories. Over the years we have made huge constructions such as a giant Goliath, Noah’s Ark and the prodigal son’s house. There has been fishing in a paddling pool, volcano experiments and chocolate fountains. At our most recent Messy Birthdays we all signed a homemade 90th Birthday card and sent it to The Queen.

Every Messy Church is very different from the last one. We try to be innovative and creative so that when the families arrive they never know what to expect.

The helpers at Messy Church undertake all sorts of things. They bake, prepare craft materials, serve in the kitchen, help behind craft tables, take photographs and clean  up all the mess at the end! I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to all the Messy team. You have been fantastic.

For us Messy Church is church – just done in a different way. It is not about numbers, although we did have over 120 at our last Messy Church which included 69 children.  

It is about welcome, inclusion, learning and worshipping in a fun and informal way that engages children and their families.

We have lots of great ideas for future messy churches – why not join us?

Linda Stevens



Sunday school meets every Sunday in Inverarity Church at 10.00am. All children are warmly welcomed.  After a short spell in Church we go to the Hall where we enjoy stories, craft and games.  If weather permits we also go outside to look at nature around the church.

At the end of the school year we have our annual prize giving when children are presented with a book, those moving up to High school are presented with a Bible.  This service is normally a family one with the children participating in the service. 

Every summer we hold a family picnic at the Riding for the Disabled Centre at Bottymyre just up from the church.  This
year it is to be held on Sunday, 19th June from 1.30pm until 4.00pm.  We have food, fun and games and all are welcome.

We currently sponsor a child in India through the Deep Griha project in Pune.  We raise £125 annually to send to them which gives a child schooling, health screening and a meal daily.  We usually have a “cake day” when we decorate cupcakes and then sell them to the congregation – great fun and a worthwhile cause.

At Christmas we have a party with crafts and games and of course, food and a visit from Santa.  On Christmas Eve we present a nativity in the Church to family and friends.

Anne F Wilson. 


General Assembly 2016

 The General Assembly is an event which can often leave church members quite indifferent, but this year’s Assembly was a very significant one for the Kirk, following its theme of “People of the Way”. At first glance, the reports of the various Councils, committees, and groups seemed to show a lack of ‘joined-up thinking’. Many of the same topics seemed to crop up in different guises but perhaps this was an indication that the Kirk, as a whole, was beginning to wrestle with the same issues. 

Given the media’s interest in controversy, much was made of the Kirk’s decision to allow congregations to call ministers in same-sex marriages. Arguably, this simply brings church law into line with civil law. Nevertheless, it remains an emotive issue. Next year, the Kirk’s Theological Forum will bring forward a study paper on marriage in preparation for discussions on whether ministers can be allowed to solemnise same-sex marriages.

Support from across the theological spectrum was given to a request later in the week for the Mission and Discipleship Council to produce pastoral resources for the Kirk to minister effectively to transgender and intersex people. Indeed, the M&D Council’s range of resources was warmly welcomed, highlighting the growing need within the Kirk to develop and nurture its membership.

Similarly, the Ministries Council report, brought forward proposals for Continuing Ministerial Development,  recognising the need for ministers to develop new skills and update existing ones. There was a sense across the reports that the shape of ministry is changing, and the skills needed are also changing. The Panel on Review and Reform reported on its Path of Renewal initiative, noting that it decided to find ways of supporting all 43 applicants, not just the original 20 as planned. This project draws on resources from across the Ministries and Mission and Discipleship Councils as it works together with ministers and members. Even the Legal Questions
Committee got in on the act of a new look at church, embarking on a study of the implications of participating in online church services. 

At the heart of these initiatives is a greater need for the Kirk to engage in new and relevant ways with the wider community. The Church and Society Council often leads the way in this, bringing to the Assembly a broad range of issues. Corporal punishment of children generated considerable debate, with the Assembly narrowly agreeing to take the position that it is never acceptable. Also after some debate, the Kirk was directed to withdraw its investments from companies significantly involved in the extraction of thermal coal, and oil
from tar sands. This resonated strongly with the World Mission Council’s report on the impact climate change is having across the world, especially in vulnerable communities already struggling in harsh conditions. Care of creation, and of all people,  was a strong thread in these, and other, reports. It could be seen in such diverse deliverances as calls for greater use of renewable energy, supporting conflict resolution, building global friendships, and tackling human trafficking.

Church and Society also tackled the issue of fuel poverty, a motion from the floor adding extra weight as it called for greater transparency on those affected by disconnections and being moved to higher-cost fuel tariffs. This year’s Moderator, the Rt Rev Dr Russel Barr, has chosen to highlight poverty, including foodbanks, during his moderatorial year.

There was also a significant moment when the Assembly accepted what has become known as the “Columba Declaration” – a significant step towards greater (institutional) cooperation between the Church of Scotland and the Church of England. Many spoke of the everyday reality of that cooperation in a number of places, including overseas mission work.

Individually, much of the work seems low key; collectively, this Assembly is significant. There is a growing acknowledgment of the need for a reshaped church which is less inward-looking and more concerned about reengaging with the real issues in the world. This goes hand-in-hand with a need to resource ministers, ministries, and the whole people of God, to deal with these challenges.

John Orr


Religious or Spiritual… what does Church Belonging mean

Over the years I have become increasingly conscious of ….  

[a]       falling attendances on a Sunday morning, on the one hand and a steady maintaining of income on the other.

[b]       the growing pressure to attract members that many voluntary organisations experience.

[c]        a disconnect between Sunday mornings where people sit and are spoken at and modern educational practice that began
around 1980 where pupils were engaged in learning through discussion and activity.  Those approaching 50 years old were educated in this manner. 

[d]       a growing disregard in Society forstructure and format

It all leads me to wonder about how we define Faith, Christianity and Church Belonging.

One of the books that I have on the go at the moment seems to point to an answer which I have shared with the GKOPC Congregation but also wish to share across WAAM. The book is called Naked Spirituality and in it the writer Brian McLaren says …

I grew up in a religious home. A full-dose, hard-core,shaken-together-and-my-cup-runneth-over conservative-Bible-believing-Evangelical-Fundamentalist Christian home. Christmas and Easter? Of course! Every Sunday morning?  Obviously!  Sunday School? Complete with memorising Bible verses and singing Christian choruses and competing in Bible Olympics! Holidays and Sundays were just the spiritual appetisers. For the main course, there wasalso church every Sunday night.

Then there were special kids and youth programmes on top of everything else. If that weren’t sufficient to save our souls from secularism, at every meal we bowed our heads for prayer – including when we went out to restaurants, which always made me squirm and then feel guilty for squirming. And after dinner on most nights – a kind of spiritual dessert – my dad would have us read a dailydevotional guide.  And I haven’t even mentioned prayers and Bible stories at bedtime. You’d think with all that religion, I might have overdosed and become an atheist. Or at least an agnostic. And maybe I would have, except that underneath all the layers upon layers of religion, I discovered a living, breathing, naked spirituality.

He then talks about how he was on a hillside one evening with a few friends and life changed for him …  I walked several paces away from my friends and lay back in the grass, fingers interlocked behind my head, looking up, feeling strangely quiet and at peace.
Something began to happen. I had this feeling of being seen. Known. Named. Loved … by a Someone bigger than the sky that expanded above me.  It was as if the whole sky were an eye, and all space were a heart, and I was being targeted as a focal point for attention and love.

At that moment McLaren’s faith moved from being religiously based to being spiritually based and in his own words … I discovered a living, breathing, naked spirituality. I distinguished the wine of spirituality from the wineskin of the religion 

He realised that … The Spirit of God is the fine wine of justice, joy and peace, the uncontained wind of creativity, comfort and liberation, the living water of holiness, beauty and love. Whenever people encounter justice, joy, peace, creativity, comfort, liberation, holiness, beauty, love, or any other good thing, they are in some way encountering the Spirit, or at least the signature or aftermath of the Spirit.  The Spirit, then, is bigger than any particular religion or religion in general. Nobody has a Spirit-monopoly. Get that straight and a thousand other things begin to fall into place.  

We can put ourselves into the sandals of that woman drawing water from that well, or Nicodemus hearing the wind in the trees, or the disciples tasting that wine drawn from those ceremonial stone jars. We might just dare to believe that we too can experience the water, the wind and the wine.

May we all distinguished the wine of spirituality from the wineskin of the religion and realise that Church belonging means  promoting 
justice, joy, peace, creativity, comfort, liberation, holiness, beauty, love, or any other good thing, and not just Sunday morning attendance



GKOPC Coffee Morning

On Saturday 4th June a Coffee Morning was held to celebrate the official 90th birthday of Her Majesty the Queen.  The hall was packed with people enjoying the tea, coffee & home baking and the fellowship.  The atmosphere inside was buzzing and the weather outside was glorious. 

£330 was raised to be added to the fund to help the carers of people with degenerative brain disease.


‘Smalls for All’

We are still collecting pants and bras for ‘Smalls for All’ so keep handing them in.  The pants must be new but the bras can be gently worn!

So far, we have had the boxes of underwear delivered to Livingston but this is becoming more expensive and I wondered if anyone goes down to Livingston and would be willing to drop off a box now and again.  Or, if you know someone who goes there, ask them if they would be willing.  That way, the money it is costing to deliver them could be used to buy more pants.


The best things in life are the people you love, the places you’ve seen and the memories you’ve made along the way.  - Anon


Crossreach Newsletter – extract

General Assembly 2016:
 ‘People of the Way - Walking  Together’                                                                                                                
The theme of the Social Care Council report to this year’s General Assembly is ‘People of the Way – Walking Together’. It is an apt description of the work carried out by CrossReach. Ours is an enabling ministry and as people of the way we are walking together with many people throughout Scotland to support transformation and improve wellbeing. This walking theme, therefore, runs through our report in a number of headings. Here’s a flavour of our report which was presented on Monday 23rd May: Outcomes from our walk       

What challenges do we face as we walk? In an environment where need is increasing and National and Local Government funding for our services is decreasing, we cannot afford to be so reliant on public sector funding. That’s why we have recently appointed a Supporter Development Manager, Crispin Longden, with excellent previous knowledge and experience to take forward our strategy to identify other sources of income. Challenges can also be opportunities and in keeping with our history we stand willing to meet them. One such opportunity is Social Prescribing. It’s about connecting people to non-medical sources of support. There is increasing evidence to support the use of social interventions for people experiencing a range of common mental health problems. In other words, GPs can direct people
to social care and community activities. Our mental health services are well placed to provide such services, and have a proven record of success. It will be a challenge to seek to move more towards this model but we will take all opportunities to promote social prescribing as an effective and cost effective support for people with mental health problems.

Walking Together
We don’t carry out this work in isolation and we rely so much on you, our supporters, as we walk together.  There are so many ways in which you do this and we want to thank each and every one of you for your faithfulness: through prayer by subscribing to our Prayer Diary; through reading and sharing CrossReach News; through adopting CrossReach as your chosen charity and becoming a regular donor; through purchasing CrossReach Calendars and Christmas Cards; through volunteering alongside our many volunteers who are walking with people who depend on our support. We hope that reading some of the extracts from our report to the General Assembly will inspire you to continue walking with us in this vital work.


"A Note for your diaries "

Glamis, Inverarity & Kinnettles Parish Church are holding a

"Scottish Concert"

in Glamis Castle,

on Sat. 26th Nov. 2016

at 7 pm.

A finger buffet in the Dining Room, will be followed by entertainment in the Drawing Room.

Taking part are the Angus Strathspey & Reel Society, Robert Lovie of Stage and TV fame, and Tommy Baxter, pianist extraordinaire.

Tickets £15 each, will be on sale later in the year from Sandy Ingram, Glamis.

More details later.


Airlie Plant Sale & Coffee Morning

We had another great day at the Airlie Plant sale, where we were once again well supported by the community in this annual event. There were a good number of people from throughout the whole of the West Angus Area who supported the event.

Thank you to everyone who baked, sold raffle tickets, set up tables, helped at the stalls and served teas and coffees. Also a special mention to the green fingered among us who grew plants for the event. The total raised was £1300.



It’s Messy, It’s Fun,

It’s Church, Why Not Come!

SUNDAY 28th August 2016

11AM – 12 NOON

Kirriemuir Old Parish Church Halls

Crafts / Food / Fun

All are welcome!!

contact Linda:-  m:  07801192730 or e: Linda@gkopc.co.uk

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