Church Outing to Pitlochry 2014

Pitlochry006On a bright morning on Saturday 13th September a group of 51 church members and friends set off to sample the delights of Perthshire travelling by coach to attend a matinee performance of a Scottish based musical, Whisky Kisses, at the Pitlochry Festival Theatre.

Expertly piloted by life long Saltcoats coach driver Bobby Graham, after an uneventful pleasant two hour journey, we paused for a break and a light lunch (some lighter than others!) at the Perthshire Visitors Centre at Bankfoot and then reboarded for the short distance to our destination.

Adjacent to the theatre, the Pitlochry Highland Games were in full swing and many of us lingered in the warm autumn sunshine listening to the music and sounds that wafted up from the event from the field below.

The stage performance was enjoyed by everyone and although the storyline was simple and a bit predictable there were many very amusing moments of theatre and some very topical one liners appreciated by a capacity audience.

En route to our high tea stop which had been arranged at the Old Churches Hotel in Dunblane, a certain Mr. S. in our company generously made available to the party a tipple (some had more than one) of a refreshment appropriate to the title of the performance. A group photograph was snapped by Bobby before we  boarded for the homeward journey. Apologies for the quality. There were so many of us that I had to stitch two photos together to get everyone in and as a result  someone might have acquired an extra foot!

All in all a day enjoyed by all who attended and made all the more special because the weather and the participants behaved!!

William Parker

Church and Society News

The Church and Society E-news bulletin can be read online by clicking on the ‘News and Events’ tab and then clicking on ‘Publications and Newsletters’.  Below you will find a selection of items from the September edition.

Service of Reconciliation
Leading figures from the ‘Better Together’ and ‘Yes’ campaigns will be invited to attend a service at St. Giles’ Cathedral on Sunday, September 21st. The service will focus on the need to put differences aside and begin working together, whatever the outcome of the Referendum.   It is hoped that similar services promoting healing and reconciliation will be held throughout the country.
 The service will emphasize the need for people to bring the best of their aspirations for Scotland together in the building of the country’s post-Referendum future.

Scottish Churches congratulated in Parliament
In a recent motion, the Scottish Parliament congratulated Scotland’s churches on their recently-completed series of community events, Imagining Scotland’s Future, which were aimed toward an understanding of the values that would underpin society after the Referendum.  They also noted that this work culminated in the publication of the booklet, Our Vision, and recognised what it sees as the ongoing work of the churches to foster constructive discussion about Scotland’s future.

Good Money Week Conference – Saturday, 4th October
Good Money Week is an annual campaign in October to let people know that they have sustainable and ethical options in their financial decisions.  This event has been organised by the Society, Religion and Technology Project of the Church of Scotland. We hope to provide you with an opportunity to consider how your faith, values and finances interact and how you, and your Church, can make positive decisions about how your money is used in the future.  For more information visit http://www.srtp.org.uk

Dove of Peace Campaign
The Moderator of the General Assembly has urged congregations across Scotland to display their collective desire for world peace through an innovative dove campaign launched last week. Rt. Rev. John Chalmers will present doves – made from pieces of glass picked from the rubble of past invasions of Bethlehem – to those he meets in the UK and beyond during his Moderatorial year.  For further details visit www.churchofscotland.org.uk

Ros Lee