Johnshaven Jottings

Mearns Coastal Parish Church

No prizes for guessing that Sunday was the Harvest Thanksgiving Service in Johnshaven Kirk given that the church was resplendent with the ‘fruits of the harvest’ which included various colourful fruits, vegetables and sheathes of barley.

The minister played a guessing game with the children, showing them various nuts, cones and berries grown locally in the wild. This tied in with the quote from the Bible in Hebrews 16: “Through Jesus… do not forget to do good and share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.”

The minister reminded the congregation of the millions throughout the world who go to bed hungry due to poverty especially in Africa and money donated to the Harvest collection would be shared with them.

Non perishible food donations would be given to the ‘Food Bank’ in Montrose and other foodstuffs were given locally to the Nursing Home in Inverbervie.

The theme for the sermon was how much the Bible resonates with the people of this Parish in that it has countless examples of farming and fishing.

As the saying goes, “A farmer does not know his farm until he ploughs the land”, so, ‘we do not know the Bible until we read it’.

While a few examples of sharing with others was given the minister also shared the story, having visited the grand Cathedral in Seville, Spain, of how the Governor of the day decided the square outside should be adorned with beautifully, inviting orange groves but the oranges had to be of a bitter taste so the poor people of the city would not want to steal them and they are still there to this day. An example of how not to treat people who are starving?

The service closed with one of the most popular harvest hymns,’ We plough the fields and scatter the good seed on the ground…’

There is no service in Johnshaven Church this Sunday, October 26. The United Service is in St Cyrus Church at 11am. with a time of fellowship afterwards to which all are invited.

At the end of this United Service in St Cyrus, the newly electrified Church Clock will be dedicated to the memory of the late John Gavin, former elder, session clerk and friend to many.

The Gavin family have met the quite considerable cost for this work to be carried out and will be attending the service. There will be an opportunity to meet with them at the Time of Fellowship after the service.

On the subject of clocks, do remember to change your clocks… there’s always someone who doesn’t and either turns up too early or too late on that Sunday, much to the amusement of everyone in church.

The Monday night Manse Fellowship on October 27 is cancelled and will return on November 3. Anyone interested is invited.

A lot of work has gone into making ‘Appointment Calendars’ with stunning photographs of the St Cyrus and Johnshaven area and they are now on sale for £6 to raise funds for the church.

Envelopes are provided to send to friends or relatives. They would make an ideal Christmas present. Contact Marion Brownlee, Tel: 01674 850308 or the Minister

The next Vestry Hour will be on Monday, November 3, in Johnshaven: 6 –6.25pm. and St Cyrus 6.35–7pm.

This is an opportunity to discuss, in confidence, any matter with the minister. This is also the opportunity to arrange Weddings, Baptisms or a Service of Thanksgiving and Blessing for a Child.

The Blythswood Shoe Box Appeal for gifts and essential items is now well under way. Information leaflets are available in the Church Vestibule. Boxes can be left in the Church or if you cannot fill a shoe box, you are still welcome to leave some of the articles, listed on the leaflet (i.e.toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, pens and pencils) in the spare box provided in the vestibule.

For further information contact Heather Jenkins Tel: 850533 or Kirsteen Hourston Tel: 850313. Boxes must be received by Sunday 9th November 2014.

A reminder also of the evening of light entertainment in St Cyrus Church on Friday, October 31, starting at 7.15 pm.

Admission is by donations, which will be equally shared between the church and the medical camps in Nepal.

The evening includes a Mr & Mrs Competition and a short film show. Among the films will be clips of the recent feature film ‘For Those In Peril’ which was filmed in St Cyrus Church.

The more gory scenes will be edited!! Other short films shown will include one of our Missionary Partner’s work among some of the poorest people in the world, in Nepal; and the evening ends with the local nostalgic film of ‘The last Train from Inverbervie to Montrose’.

If you require further details contact Rev C Dempster Tel: 01674 850880

Sunday, October 26 - 11 am United Service at St Cyrus only (dedication of clock) no service at Johnshaven; Sunday, November 2 - 10 am at St Cyrus, 11.30 am at Johnshaven; Sunday the 9th - 10am at St Cyrus - Remembrance Service

Indoor Carpet Bowls

Organiser Jim Brebner welcomed old and new members back to new season of Johnshaven Gemes Club Carpet Bowling Session.

They enjoyed eight ends of bowls, followed by light refreshments and presentation of trophies and prizes for 2013/2014 season.

Prizewinners: Points Competition - Pat Wisbey, runner-up - Roy Mowatt; Christmas Pairs - Roy Mowatt and Pat Wisbey, runners-up - Bill Inglis and Mary Brebner; Ladies Singles - Mary Brebner, runner-up - Ina Calder; Pairs - Mary Brebner and Clark Simpson, runners-up - Jenny Beedie and Roy Mowatt; Open Singles - Clark Simpson, runner-up - Ina Calder.

New members are welcome every Tuesday at 7:30 pm in Village Hall .

Mearns Indoor League at Stonehaven Indoor - Johnshaven commenced the new season with a good win over local rivals Bervie by a score of 19 shots to eight.