Arbroath has a population of approximately 25,000 people. The Parish of Arbroath West Kirk, to the west side of the town, is mainly residential with about 8 thousand people. We have a mixture of owner-occupier and rented accommodation from local Council and some Housing Associations, with both modern and traditional homes. There are three primary schools, one secondary school and Dundee & Angus College, along with five residential homes within the Parish. Additionally there are three sheltered housing complexes plus Arbroath Infirmary.
With a membership of around 800 we have a large number of volunteers organising various aspects of the life of the congregation. We are fortunate to have an impressive traditional sanctuary and a suite of halls complete with modern facilities. We produce a monthly magazine, with news of organisations and events, and distribute it to all of our members.
We have an ongoing link with the work of Christian Aid, with money raised from Soup Lunches, Harvest collections and Parish collections for Christian Aid Week. Since its inception, we have been actively involved in ‘Souper Sunday’. Each year we hold an Elder-led service highlighting the work of the Church of Scotland HIV/AIDS project and support their work through funds raised from a Soup Lunch and retiring collection.
Outreach to the Parish is promoted through regular visiting programmes. In 2011 this took its theme from ‘The Year of the Light’, celebrating the building of the Bell Rock Lighthouse. Our ongoing Stewardship programme, with a theme of ‘Together towards tomorrow’, encourages members of our congregation to review their involvement in the work of the Church. The major programme in 2013 highlighted financial giving and produced a healthy response from the congregation. The coming years will look at involvement related to the giving of time and talents.
The flowers for our Sunday services, donated by members throughout the year, are distributed later in the day. They are a source of strength to those who are uplifted by the knowledge that they are being thought of by their Church family.