The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland preached at the Gardner Memorial Church on a bright and sunny Sunday morning.
The Right Reverend David Arnott was joined by congregation from the Gardner Memorial and Farnell churches, along with visitors from other congregation for a morning worship and a friendly, happy, interesting and encouraging service.
The sunlight was reflected in the hymn – the choice of the youngsters - “Who put the colours in the rainbow?”
The rest of the service was just as cheerful and upbeat, finishing with the inspiring hymn “How Great Thou Art”.
After the service folk gathered in the hall for coffee fellowship.
The Moderator and his wife then left to have lunch with the sister congregation at Farnell.
The Moderator’s address to the children was on the theme of commitment and was entitles “Ticket to Ride”.
The sermon itself bore the engaging title of “pillow Talk”, with the text being taken from the Old Testament story of Jacob’s vision at Bethel while he slept with his head resting on a stone.
The Right Reverend mentioned that during his year of office he and his wife had visited fifteen countries and four presbyteries.
The visit to china was particularly rewarding as he discovered a country where the Christian church already has millions of members and is increasing in numbers daily.
In the Ukraine he found a church that was most active in practical works of Christian charity such as the one that provides school dinners for children on a daily basis when they would otherwise have gone a whole day without food.
After the talk to the young people the Moderator gave each of them a bookmark with his official crest on it and the congregation received a commemorative plate from the St Andrew’s pottery as their memento.
Another special Sunday is planned for June 3 when the Gardner Memorial Church intends to join the Big Lunch, a countrywide event that is part of the celebrations for the Diamond jubilee.
For this the church is planning a bring-your-own picnic lunch, with entertainment, after the morning service.
Although in the early stages, the Brechin Big Lunch is scheduled for 12.30 pm, with the rest of the arrangements will be made public as soon as they have been finalised.