Our Havilah work is among the most challenging of our programmes – mainly because there are lots of disappointments to be endured along the way. Sometimes, it seems as though great progress is being made only for the person concerned to slip back. This is the way it is when working in the field of drug addiction.
It means that when ‘successes’ are recorded, there is great rejoicing. Each one is hard won. Recently, one of our guys – who’s been with us for years, usually struggling – has made the breakthrough. He’s stayed the course in rehab, has got himself clean and is now engaged to be married and in paid employment for the first time in over a decade. (more…)
Holy Week saw the sanctuary of our buildings transformed into the setting for the Easter Code – a fantastic programme for p7 children to learn interactively about what Easter is really abo0ut. This is the third time that we’ve run the programme but, for the first time, it was a venture that all of the churches in Arbroath were able to share in together. Unity is always worthwhwile working for.
With over 280 children attending the six sessions that we ran, it was a very demanding week for all concerned but the volunteer team rose to the challenge and the sense of it having been ‘worth every ounce of effort’ was shared by all! A huge ‘well done’ to Stuart, our Associate Minister, who coordinated the programme to great effect.
Last Sunday, Sunday 1st march 2015, proved to be a very special one in the life of St. Andrew’s Church. Our guest was The Right Rev. John Chalmers, Moderator of The General Assembly of The Church of Scotland. John offered a superb sermon and presided over a most moving and meaningful celebration of Communion. (more…)