What's On at Arbroath West Kirk

What's On

Sunday

The Church Choir leads congregational singing every Sunday, meeting to practise either before or after morning worship.  We introduce new hymns from CH4 to the congregation by singing introits on a regular basis and prepare special items of praise for various services throughout the year.

In September 2007 we hosted our first concert with the assistance of guest soloists.  This was a very enjoyable and successful evening of music inspired by verses from scripture.

The Sunday School meets each Sunday morning at 11am during the school term. Although we are very much part of morning worship, we also meet separately and are divided into three age groups, these being:


•    Nursery Section        (3 -5 year olds)
•    Junior Section        (5 -8 year olds)
•    Senior Section        (8 – 11 year olds)


We use resources which enable us to provide a range of creative  and fun activities for all of the children and young people to learn about the Bible and the Christian faith. The material caters for different age groups, allowing the children to learn at their own pace.

During each term, the children and young people take part in a family service, such as Harvest Thanksgiving/Nativity/Easter, as well as other activities ranging from our annual picnic and Christmas parties through to helping with the Church Fayre.

We encourage the children to think of others less fortunate than themselves by supporting the work of Actionaid in developing countries.  Community projects provide assistance in areas such as housing, healthcare and education.

We provide a Creche for children aged from a few weeks to 3 years old during our main Sunday morning service.

11-14 year olds are encouraged to ask questions while developing their faith.  This is an informal group, which meets at 11am on a Sunday morning during school term, incorporating activities and open discussion to explore how the Bible relates to life issues today.

Monday

The Guild meet fortnightly in the Large Hall at 7.30pm on a Monday, and welcome men and ladies to come along.  Each year we follow a theme, provided by the National Guild Office, as part of a three-year strategy.  This provides a framework for a series of projects that we work to learn about and to support.  We enjoy this opportunity for practical involvement, helping a variety of projects both at home and throughout the world.
We take an active part in the work of the Presbyterial Council of Angus East and regularly take part in joint meetings with other Guilds in our area.

Our Leadership Team prepares the programme for each session, calling upon some of our members to share their interests and talents and inviting guest speakers from local groups and especially those related to the work of our projects for the year.  We have links with the local committees of the Leprosy Mission, Christian Aid, World Day of Prayer and also support the Fellowship of the Least Coin.

During our summer break we meet once a month on a Monday afternoon for an informal ‘coffee afternoon’.  Members find this a great way to keep up with friends and to continue the fellowship we normally have at Guild meetings.

The aim of the Guild is to invite and encourage us to commit our lives to Jesus Christ through worship, prayer and action, while remembering our motto “WHOSE WE ARE AND WHOM WE SERVE”.

Tuesday

Tuesday Club at Arbroath West KirkWe meet between October and March in the Large Hall at 2.30 pm, on a Tuesday of course! Our members are mostly senior citizens and we enjoy a varied programme of speakers and musical entertainment.  One week each month we have a games and craft afternoon. Most of our craft items are either sold for Church funds or donated to various charities.

Wednesday

We are a group of keen carpet bowlers who meet over the winter months from 10am to Noon in the Large Hall on a Wednesday. We enjoy a few ends of bowls, but this is also a great opportunity for fellowship and friendship.  We are fortunate to have a nice big hall with plenty of space to use two carpets.

On a Wednesday evening, between 7.30pm & 9.30pm, we fill the Small Hall with the sound of Scottish Country Dance music.  We meet weekly over the winter months and cover a wide age group for all abilities.  It’s an evening of great fun and great exercise.

Bible Study Group at Arbroath West KirkWe meet, on a Wednesday evening in the Church Lounge from 7.30pm till 9pm, on a fortnightly basis at varying times throughout the year.  Each block of six meetings is based on a structured Bible Study programme using guides from the “Geared for growth Bible Series”. Over the last few years some of the books of the Bible that we have covered are the Gospel of John, the Acts of the Apostles and Paul’s Letter to the Romans.
The evening starts with a prayer before beginning to look at the passage that has been studied over the previous fortnight. Everyone in the group reads part of the scripture being studied and discussion follows, not just about the passage but also about its implications for Christians today. The evening ends with a prayer and the Grace. Video material or DVD’s are occasionally used and sometimes we have a guest speaker.

Thursday

On a Thursday evening all of our hall accommodation is filled with young people enjoying a wide variety of games, crafts and sports.  The Junior Youth Club, for those aged from 7 years old to 11/12 years old (Primary School), meets from 6pm – 7.30pm.  The Senior Youth Club is for those at Secondary School and meets from 7.30pm to 9pm.  We meet from September till Easter and have a great time whether it be playing indoor football, table tennis, snooker, board games or trying our hand at knitting or card making to name but a few activities.

We meet once a month in the Lounge from 7.30pm – 8.30pm.  Our prayers cover our Church family, local and world events.  We have prayer request cards available at Sunday services to encourage congregational involvement.

Friday

The Coffee Stop is a drop-in facility on a Friday morning all year round and we can be found in the Large Hall between 10am and Noon.  You can come along every week or just pop in when you’re passing, a warm welcome awaits you.

There are many adults who look after children and young people in the above groups. To comply with the Directive from the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland (1997) and subsequent legislation a Safeguarding Co-ordinator is appointed from the Kirk Session.