225th celebrations for East and Old

The Rev. Barbara Ann Sweetin and Jim Nicol with some of the badges.
The Rev. Barbara Ann Sweetin and Jim Nicol with some of the badges.

The congregation of a Forfar church will begin its celebrations to mark its 225th anniversary with a dinner on Saturday.

Members of the East and Old Parish Church will gather in the sanctuary to launch a series of celebrations.

The sell-out event will feature entertainment provided by Carnoustie soprano Maggie Findlay; Gordon Penman, classical and Scottish violinist; Tayside Symphony Orchestra flautist Heather Crabb and pianist Isobel Luke, also of the TSO.

The celebrations will continue during morning worship on Sunday, January 31 when the service will be led by the Right Rev. Dr Angus Morrison, the Moderator of the Church of Scotland.

There will be a number of guests in the congregation including former East and Old minister the Rev Graham Norrie who will give a Bible reading, members of the church’s twinned church in Hungary, local councillors, school representatives and members of other churches in the town.

Following the celebratory service the church’s outreach group will be putting together a 225 commemorative book which will feature the history of the church over the last 225 years.

Members of the congregation have also been purchasing special lapel badges featuring a photograph taken by Jim Nicol of a stained glass window in the session house; it depicts the Burning Bush surrounded with the words ‘Forfar East and Old Parish Church 1791-2016’. The window came from the East Church in Forfar when it joined the Old Parish in 1977.

The Rev Barbara Ann Sweetin said: “I believe the East and Old is a community based church.

“We are about to carry out renovation work in the church which will include the removal of the organ and the installation of a new sound system and lighting. The building will be suitable as a conference centre.

“We hope as many past and present members will join us at the 225 commemorative service on January 31 along with any friends of the East and Old.”