“ST ANDREW’S Episcopal Church had much to be thankful for in the past year”, said the rector, Father David Mumford, in his report to the church’s recent annual meeting.
There had been sadness, particularly at the deaths of Freda Cave, Lesley Thompson and Joyce Mumford. Others had moved away and he paid special tribute to the Reverend Ursula Shone for all that she had done for St. Andrew’s and for Brechin.
New members had joined St Andrew’s and the communicants’ roll, at 75, showed no change from the previous year.
Father Mumford welcomed the significant increase in communions made during the year.
The church hall was refurbished in 2011 and users old and new had been very favourably impressed with the new kitchen and toilet.
The hall is of real benefit to the wider community and is used by a range of non-church groups from Brownies to the Photographic Society.
Although there had been significant expenditure on the church hall refurbishment, the ordinary income and expenditure of St Andrew’s showed a slight surplus.
The Rainbow Shop had made a significant contribution to the life of the church.
It helped towards the church hall refurbishment and the church but also in the service that it provided to the people of Brechin both as a source of reasonably priced necessities and as a place for some to talk.
The rector also paid tribute to the Townscape Heritage Initiative’s help for the Rainbow Shop and noted that some staff had met Prince Charles on his recent visit.
Regular services have been held in the residential homes. The vestry have been saddened by the closure of St Drostan’s House and had objected strongly to Angus Council about this decision.
Links with local schools have been maintained.
This month, St Andrew’s welcomed the String Orchestra group from Brechin High School who played for part of the Sunday service and later in the month Maisondieu nursery will come into church for their Christmas service.
The church is also used for concerts by the Brechin Choral Union and their next concert is at 3.30 p.m. on Sunday (December 16).
The next shared event will be the Christingle at 4 p.m. on Sunday, December 23 which St Andrew’s hosts on behalf of Brechin Churches Together.
The St Andrew’s Junior Choir will lead part of the service. Christmas services will follow the usual pattern with the Midnight Mass starting at 11.30 p.m. and the Christmas Day service taking place at 10.30 a.m.