Worship

Worship at Arbroath West KirkSunday worship is at 11am, with the exception of the summer school holidays.  At that time a 10am service is held with emphasis on family-friendly, all age worship. 

The style of worship is traditional, middle of the road and relaxed, in that members of the congregation are encouraged to respond along with the young people.

On Communion Sundays, the first Sundays of March & November and the last in May, there is an 11am Communion service, followed by a 6pm short Communion and Thanksgiving service held in the Church Hall in March & November.  The Minister also holds a Communion service in the afternoon in a sheltered housing complex.  (Regular worship in this complex usually takes place once a month.)  At the 11am Communion service we have a British Sign Language Interpreter.  There are also informal Communion services, lasting for about twenty minutes, held immediately after the regular 11am service on various Sundays throughout the year.  The use of background CD music at these services adds to the reflective atmosphere.

There is a Christmas Eve service and a Christmas Day service when children are encouraged by the minister to bring along their presents to show him and the congregation.  During Holy Week there is a Maundy Thursday Communion service, usually a joint venture with other congregations, a short Meditation at the Coffee Stop on Good Friday and a 7am open-air service followed by breakfast to celebrate Easter Day.

The young people in the Sunday School are involved in the first fifteen to twenty minutes of the 11am service and participate on a regular basis, while the use of drama and dialogue is also featured to enhance worship during the main festivals of the Christian year.  

The 11am service is normally recorded and broadcast on Radio North Angus. This radio facility is based in Arbroath Infirmary and covers the town of Arbroath and some of the surrounding area.

Visitors to the congregation are welcomed and encouraged to put their names and addresses in our Visitors Book.  Their visits are followed up with cards sent out thanking them for worshipping with us.

During the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity we have a joint service with St. Thomas Roman Catholic Church at which both the minister and the priest are involved. The service, alternating between West Kirk and St. Thomas’s, is followed by afternoon tea for everyone.