Areas of Church Life


"Praise Him with trumpet sound; praise Him with lute and harp!

Praise Him with tambourine and dance; praise Him with strings and pipe!

Praise Him with clanging cymbals; praise Him with loud clashing cymbals!

Let everything that breathes praise the Lord!"    Psalm 150:3-6

Musical Director is my title, which sounds very grand, but I am happy to be known as Organist of Orwell and Portmoak Parish, playing every Sunday in both Churches.  I am also involved in our evening services held in Orwell Church Hall, usually on the first and third Sunday evening of the month.

I feel very humbled in that I have been given the gift of music from God, I not only enjoy playing and leading the Praise, but also helping to choose appropriate hymns/songs that will be sung at worship each week.

I am fortunate enough to have a willing group of folks whom we call the "Praise Band", who sing at our all age joint services on the first Sunday of each month and at other times as required.  This is mostly guitar or guitar/piano led but happy to have more volunteers.  It would be best to contact me if you are interested in helping with this and you would be welcome to come along to our weekly Thursday practice sessions.

Anyone interested in the music of our parish is more than welcome to get in touch with me at any time. 

Rosemary Tolson

Tel: 01577 531271   Mob: 07738984740 


Orwell and Portmoak Guild

Orwell and Portmoak Guild is part of the Church of Scotland Guild which is one of the largest voluntary organisations with around 35,000 members.

Members meet in local groups at congregational level, in regional groups known as presbyterial councils and once a year at our National Meeting.

The Guild is about encouragement, commitment and fellowship which leads to providing opportunities for continuing growth in Christian faith through worship, prayer and action.

We meet every alternate Tuesday evening  at 7pm in Orwell Church hall in Milnathort from October to March. We start our meetings with our devotions followed by a speaker. We then have tea and biscuits and finish with a Hymn.

Our speakers talk on a variety of subjects. At present we have 32 members and would welcome more ladies or gentlemen to our Guild.

Guild Contacts:

President - Jean Paterson (Tel: 01577 862159)

Secretary - Janet Reid (Tel: 01577 862686)

Treasurer - Pat McLeod (Tel: 01577 863992)

Committee: Linda Hegarty, Jeanette McLennan, Janette Stronach, Jennifer Wallace

Finance Committee

 How can I repay the Lord for all His goodness to me?  Psalm116:12

The Finance Committee comprises seven elected members, Harry McLennan (Convener), Linda Stewart (Treasurer), Allan Dearing, Ruary MacLeod, Margaret Spence, Iris Smith and Fiona Dearing, together with the Minister and Session Clerk ex officio.

 The REMIT of the Finance Committee is as follows: 

  1. 1.Maintain appropriate Bank Accounts in the name of the Congregation.

  2. 2.Maintain accounting records of the Income and Expenditure and of the assets and liabilities of the Congregation including any Restricted Funds entrusted to the Kirk Session.

  3. 3.Prepare annual accounts for the approval of the Kirk Session and for independent examination conforming to regulations approved by the General Assembly.

  4. 4.Prepare the Annual Return for OSCR. 

  5. 5.Ensure bills and wages are paid timeously, and any income due is received.

  6. 6.Submit appropriate salary details to HMRC timeously.

  7. 7.Prepare an annual budget of income and expenditure in liaison with other committee conveners for approval by the Kirk Session.

  8. 8.Maintain a record of Gift Aid donors and their giving, and submit regular (normally four per year) repayment claims to HMRC.

  9. 9.Actively encourage the use of Gift Aid among eligible members.

  10. 10.Bring congregational stewardship of money, time and talents to the attention of the Kirk Session and members.

  11. 11.In liaison with the Property Convener ensure adequate insurance cover is in place.


The Treasurer and Committee report to the Kirk Session regularly and present the annual accounts to the congregation after approval by the Kirk Session.

Contact: Linda Stewart (Treasurer)

Tel.: 07925 321932 


Pastoral Committee

This committee meets to co-ordinate and encourage the education and pastoral care of members of all ages. All those involved in worship activities offer their knowledge and expertise to this committee and to the congregation. 

The leadership of the following activities contributes to this committee and shares and supports each other in the service of this congregation.

Orwell and Portmoak Junior Church ~ meets during morning services.

Messy Church ~ an all age way of being church, run on the last Saturday of the month during school term times.

Safeguarding Co-ordinator ~ ensuring the safety and wellbeing of children and vulnerable adults in our care.

Voluntary Pastoral Workers ~ visit the elderly and housebound on a regular basis.

Church Office ~ administrative support for all areas and a base within the community for giving and receiving of information.

Director of Music ~ leads Sunday worship and the choir and praise group.

Flowers ~ to adorn the churches and to be delivered to express Christian concern.

Life and Work Promoters.

Prayer Promoters.

Worship at Ashley House ~ on a monthly basis. 


Contact: Beth Cox

Tel:  01592 840211

Mission and Social Committee

This Committee of the Kirk Session supports the Congregation in its commitment to communicate and to live out the gospel of Christ in the local community and beyond, through Christian witness and service. This involves using prayer, conversation and example in daily living, to spread the 'good news' of the risen Jesus Christ, together with participation in and encouragement of a variety of community based events and initiatives, including the annual Milnathort and Portmoak Festivals and other congregationally organised events open to the community at large.

Its members also liaise with and offer such support as may be appropriate to organisations connected with the Congregation, which seek to provide opportunities for Christian fellowship and also information of a general interest, on a variety of topics, to both members and non-members of the Congregation, within the Parish and beyond.

 The Committee is also required-

 (1) To oversee generally and to assist (a) as may be requested by the Editor, the Magazine Team in the quarterly production and distribution of the Parish magazine 'Stramash' and (b) the person responsible for the Congregational website, as  'voices' of the congregation, seeking to proclaim the good news of the risen Christ among the people of the Parish, at the same time as bringing other matters of general interest and amusement to the notice of readers;

(2) To facilitate and support the co-ordination of collecting arrangements throughout the Parish during 'Christian Aid Week' and

(3) To promote and encourage the Congregation's support, financially and through the Prayer Partnership, of World Mission and, in particular, the work of the Congregation's 'Partners in Mission', David and Lorna Ferguson who are 'church planting' in Japan, through the auspices of OMF.

Contact: Rosemary Tolson

Tel: 01577 531271  


The safety of children, young people and vulnerable adults in our congregation is of paramount importance to us. We have a fully trained Safeguarding Co-ordinator Cara Chalmers, to whom all safeguarding enquiries or concerns should be addressed.  A safeguarding panel is in place for safeguarding matters, comprising the Safeguarding Co-ordinator, the minister Rev. Dr. Angus Morrison, Session Clerk Dorothy Thomson, Pat Eadie and Margaret Spence. Applications are underway to ensure that all volunteers and paid workers carrying out regulated work with children and/or vulnerable adults have joined the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme by the October 2015 deadline.

For all enquiries or further information relating to our work with children and young people in the parish, please contact: 

Contact: Cara Chalmers   

Tel.: (07894) 816196

Please click here to view the Church of Scotland’s policy statement on safeguarding.  This policy statement is available to view on both church premises.

Orwell and Portmoak Parish Church
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