St Stephens and West - Notice Board

Scottish Charity No: SCO03714

From the Church Orders of Service

Sunday 26th March 2017


Intimations for the Order of Service should be given to Linda Parry-Richards by Thursday 6pm.


The contact for March is Beatrice Martin (730397). Please let Beatrice know of anyone who would like to receive the flowers. It would be helpful if an elder on door duty could please deliver the flowers locally.

Kirk Session and Congregational Board

Intimation is hereby given that the Kirk Session and Congregational Board will meet in the Library on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at 7pm, for the transaction of all ordinary business.

It is further intimated that the Annual Business Meeting of the Congregation will take place in the Church Hall, following Morning Worship next Sunday (26th March 2017).

British Summer Time

This begins next Sunday 26th March. Don’t forget to put your clocks and watches forward 1 hour on Saturday night.

Fairtrade Fortnight

We raised £70 to support Fairtrade for the farmers in developing countries over the fortnight. Many thanks to all who contributed.

Broughty Ferry Churches Group – Season of Lent

Details of the five weekly Lent Reflections can be found on the posters in the vestibule and in the hall. They are on Monday mornings at 10.15 am in St Mary’s Episcopal Church and Wednesday evenings at 7.30 pm in St James’ Church Hall.
The theme this year is: Returning Home: Christian Faith in Encounter with Other Faiths

Summer Outing

This year’s Friendship Circle outing to Pitlochry will take place on Saturday 27th May. We leave from St Stephen’s and West Church at 11 am for the theatre where we will see the matinee performance of “High Society” and then travel to Taste Perthshire, Bankfoot for high tea before returning home. The cost of £45 includes bus, theatre ticket and tea. We would like to invite any members and friends who would like to come along and join us. Please let Jill Oakley know if you are interested or would like further information (736278).

Dates for your Diary!

Saturday 22nd April   Cream Tea 2.00pm – 4.00 pm
Saturday 30th September Coffee Morning 10.00 am – 12 noon
Saturday 25th November Christmas Fair 10.00 am – 12 noon


Mary’s Meals

We are once again collecting items for Mary’s Meals Backpacks so we can make up a few more this summer to be sent out to schools where the children are benefiting from being given a daily meal. The essentials in these packs help the children to concentrate on learning in the classroom. There are baskets for donations in the vestibule and the hall with leaflets telling you what is needed to go in them. Please especially look out for backpacks which can be new or second-hand (if in good condition). Thank you as always for your support. For more information please see Jill Oakley.


As the crèche is so seldom used on a Sunday we will no longer offer this facility regularly every week. Thank you to all the ladies who have turned up for their rota for many years! Jill Oakley

Baptisms, Marriages & Funerals.

Members of the congregation are asked to note, and that with all due respect, that if they wish the Minister to officiate at a Baptism, Service of Marriage or Funeral, it is in their interests to consult with the Minister before making final arrangements.

Ladies’ Carpet Bowls

We meet in the Church Hall on Monday afternoons from 2.00 until 4.00pm.  New members will be very welcome.  No previous experience is necessary.  Just come along. Shirley Grinyer

Starter Packs Dundee.

Liz Mussen our representative from St Stephen's, wishes to thank all members for their generosity to this worthy cause Sadley in today's economic downturn, the needs for starter packs exceeds the supply. Your donations can be left in the vestibule collection basket, or you may contact Liz at 779923.

Mary's Meals Backpacks.

With the great response to the request for donations we have been able to send six backpacks and have several more awaiting a few items. As long as we continue to receive donations we will continue to fill the packs. A basket for items and a list of what is required can be found in the church vestibule. Thank you for your generosity. Jill Oakley.

Garden Gold

Garden Gold

The Church garden was awarded a Gold certificate by Broughty in Bloom this year, in the Places of " Worship category.
Our thanks and congratulations go to the Gardening Group for this well deserved award. Their regular hard work maintains the garden as a place of beauty for everyone to enjoy. The late John Symington would have been delighted by this recognition of the garden to which he unstintingly contributed his time and expertise.
As a bonus, the Church Hall garden received a Silver Gilt certificate. Shirley Grinyer

A Window on the Past

We at St Stephen's & West are justifiably proud of our magnificent stained glass windows, designed by Sir Edward Burne Jones. They were gifted to the church between 1894 and 2015 by J.J.Watson of Ballinard.
Now the link between St Stephen's and the Watson family has been renewed after almost a hundred years. Here's how it happened.
In June this year, two couples, Robert and Solveig Hope from Johannesburg and Rosamund and Stephen Boughton, who live in Devon, contacted the church for a very special reason. Robert and Rosamund are the great-grandchildren of none other than J.J.Watson of Ballinard!
John Grieve and Alan Justice had the pleasure of meeting them and spent a pleasant hour or two going over the history of St Stephen's followed by a tour of the windows, on which the inscriptions to the various branches of the Watson family were of particular interest.
The couples have been spending some time researching their genealogy, and the visit to Scotland was an important part of the process.
On the Gallery there is a small damaged pane which the family insisted we should have repaired at their expense.
We invited the family for afternoon tea at the Taychreggan, which gave us a chance to chat about their homelands. They had been searching some of their mother's old photos, but could not find a suitable one of J.J. Watson. However they supplied the lovely photo shown here of JJ.'s son Darsie with his wife and children.
Alan Justice

Our Choir

No one who visits St Stephen's & West, even occasionally, could fail to be | impressed by the quality of music that enhances our services. Sunday after Sunday, come rain, snow, even (rarely) sunshine, the dedicated members of the choir can be relied on to provide a polished performance of the highest order.
Don't take them for granted. Maintaining | this standard entails constant rehearsals, under the exacting supervision of organist and choirmaster Alex Perry. We owe all of them a sincere vote of thanks.

Scottish Charity No: SCO03714

Iain D. McIntosh.   


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