Welcome to Arbroath West Kirk

A warm welcome is extended to one and all and in line with the Scottish Government and the Church of Scotland’s guidelines during this pandemic. We are currently operating within tier 3 of the government guidelines. This means that our church building remains open for worship each Sunday but that the office and all other activities are closed.

Since October, we have been able to open for worship to a maximum of 50 people in our church building. In order to attend worship, therefore, it’s necessary to book your seat in advance. We have a booking system in place. Please call the office number (call divert is in place) on a Monday between 9-11am or Tuesday between 9am-1pm.

The West Kirk with The Church of Scotland is following the government guidelines, and everyone will be asked to provide their name and contact details as part of NHS Scotland’s Test and Protect System.

Adhering to the Scottish Government regulations for places of worship means that singing in worship is not permitted and, from 8th August 2020, the wearing of face coverings in places of worship is mandatory. Physical distancing and good hand hygiene must also be observed, and we have implemented measures to ensure this.

Keep up to date via the News tab on this website and feel free to use the Contact Us if you have any questions or concerns.  We will get back to you as soon as possible.

Our New Minister

A BIG thank you from me to everyone I have been able to meet so far, albeit behind masks for your warm welcome to Arbroath West Kirk. Thank you too to all those who have been involved in the extensive planning and detailed preparation necessary for my ordination and induction to take place in our current challenging circumstances. Mike and I already feel settled in the manse and our dog, Sally, is getting used to a new set of walks!

Though I’m the minister, I’m looking forward to being part of the team at Arbroath West as together we seek to encourage and support one another to know and experience God’s love and share it in our local community.

Given the restrictions, it isn’t going to be easy to meet and get to know people over the next few weeks but I hope to speak to as many as I can by phone, email, magazine, social media etc. Keeping in touch is so important at the moment. You’ll find my contact details below. Please do use them if you’d like a word. If you do see me at church or around the town, please say hello and introduce yourself – it’s good to talk!

Whilst everything feels new for Mike and I and for all of us in these unfamiliar times, I’m reminded of the words spoken by God through the prophet Jeremiah, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11.

Take care and stay safe.

Yours in Christ,

Chris

Church Office Telephone 01241 434721

Manse Telephone Number 01241 554189

Email address Christine.Hay@churchofscotland.org.uk

Worship & Services

Sunday worship is at 11am, which is normally recorded and broadcast on Radio North Angus, based in Arbroath Infirmary which covers Arbroath and some of the surrounding area.

NOTE: During the summer school holidays Sunday morning worship is at 10am, the service having an emphasis on family-friendly worship.

Once a month we meet for tea and coffee after the Sunday service. Other social events are held throughout the year, all are welcome.

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, the use of drama and dialogue is also featured to enhance worship during the main festivals of the Christian calendar.

Our Communion Sundays are on the first Sunday of March, the last Sunday of May and the first Sunday of November. In March and November in addition to the 11am Communion service we have a short 6pm Thanksgiving and Communion service in the Large Hall. At all three 11am Communion services we are joined by a British Sign Language interpreter. We also have a Communion service in Adam Cargill Court sheltered housing complex where regular worship takes place approximately once a month.

During Holy Week there is a Maundy Thursday Communion service, usually a joint venture with neighbouring congregations, a short meditation at the Coffee Stop on Good Friday and a 7am Sunday sunrise open-air service followed by breakfast to celebrate Easter Day.

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

We have a Watchnight service on Christmas Eve and a Christmas Day service.

Interesting Links

www.churchofscotland.org.uk

anguspresbytery.org.uk

The Ordination Service of Rev. Christine Hay

Chris was born in Manchester and moved to Glenrothes in Fife with her family in 1995.  She and her husband Mike were involved in youth work at St Columba’s Parish Church in the town for 20 years.  After finally responding to God’s call, the mother of three attended the University of St Andrews and did placements in chaplaincy at Perth Prison and throughout Kirkcaldy Presbytery.  Chris was ordained and inducted as our new minister 29th October 2020

The video of this service can be accessed below.

Worship & Services

Mrs Christine Hay Preaches Sole Nominee, Sunday 27 September 2020 at 11 am

At a meeting held virtually on 12 August 2020 the Nominating Committee chose the person whom they wish to propose to the congregation of Arbroath West Kirk to be the new minister. The name of the person proposed is Mrs Christine Hay (Chris) Arrangements were been made for Chris to conduct public worship in Arbroath West Kirk on the morning of Sunday 27th September 2020 at 11 o’clock.  You can watch her lead worship in the video below.

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