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Heart and Soul 2014


Some members of the congregation attended a fantastic day out at the Church of Scotland’s annual Heart and Soul event in Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh, on Sunday 18th May, with its theme for 2014 of ‘Hands Across the World’. The theme was reflected magnificently throughout the event in the vast array of stalls and tents on display, the people, the performances by a range of bands and musicians as well as entertainers. Most importantly, the amazing worship. 


We were proud to be a part of the day and the green Orwell and Portmoak goodie bag could be spotted the length and breadth of the event, being sought out long after the last bag had been given away.  We welcomed some high profile names to our stall, including the Moderator, John Chalmers, and the Lord High Commissioner to the General Assembly for 2014, Prince Edward. It really was so encouraging to witness the good works of so many both within the Church of Scotland and beyond in reaching out across the world and so special to engage in a glorious time of open air worship together with our fellow believers and in a beautiful setting.

Princes Street Gardens packed with crowds


Moderator John Chalmers visits the Orwell and Portmoak stand and admires our lovely new banner!



     




Fischy music entertain the crowds




Spot the Orwell and Portmoak green goodie bags!




























The dedicated team on our stand


























 

Milnathort Festival Weekend


Thank you to everyone who helped to make the Milnathort Festival weekend from Friday the 6th to Sunday the 8th of June a great success.  From the volunteers at the Festival of Flowers and War Displays in Orwell Church and Hall, to those on the stalls or who provided goods for the Minathort Summer Fair at the primary school, thank you for your contribution.  Finally, to Gordon Menzies and all involved in putting on a fantastic concert on the Saturday evening,  as well as all who attended all these events.  There really was a great sense of community spirit which our church was proud to be part of.   The church was also proud to take part in a re-dedication service for Milnathort War Memorial on the Saturday morning following its repair work.


The Festival of Flowers at Orwell Church took the theme of ‘Songs for the Troops’ this year, alongside a commemorative display. In the 100th anniversary year of World War I, there were also displays of artefacts and memorabilia from a number of other conflicts throughout the years. Here are a selection of photographs from across the weekend.

The much sought after green goodie 

bag!










Fridge magnet sending blessings from O&PC (below)

OLDER NEWS

A Warm Scottish Welcome


Harry and Jeanette McLennan recently welcomed Japanese minister, Sozo Ikeda, his wife Kiyomi, and their 3 children to their home.  Sozo is the minister

of the church where our mission partners, Lorna and David Ferguson, attend in Tokyo and he and his family are in Scotland for a 3 month sabbatical. 

Bangalore Quarry Kitchen Update


You may remember that some time ago Orwell and Portmoak Church, as a congregation, raised funds to contribute to the costs of building a quarry kitchen in the city of Bangalore in India. Recently, Angus’ friend and former colleague in Stornoway, Rev TK Shadakshari (simply known as TK) had the opportunity to visit Bangalore and see first-hand the quarry kitchen in action.  He sent his thanks to us for all our efforts in raising the funds which helped them to complete the kitchen. They feed 30-40 children who come for tuition classes everyday. For most children this is the only quality food that they receive for the day. Isn’t is lovely to see from the photographs that small things we can do here in Scotland really do make a big difference?

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