Old and St Andrew’s Church in Montrose has completed its eighth successful summer mission week.
This year’s theme was pirates and the main focus of the mission was the children’s holiday club - pirate capers for primary school children and mini mates for children aged three and over.
A total of 155 children registered for the holiday club and over the course of last week they followed the story of Paul and discovered how on the road to Damascus he was struck by the bright light of Jesus and in turn became one of his followers.
A spokesperson for the summer mission said: “The children enjoyed doing aerobics, making pirate crafts, singing songs and every day the story of Paul was told by puppets Poxy Pete and Pirate Padre.
“By the end of the week Poxy Pete had also become a follower of Jesus and like Paul, who was originally called Saul, changed his name to Christian Chris!
“Special visitors arrived on Tuesday from HMS Montrose who had heard rumours about pirates being in Montrose!
“The representatives from HMS Montrose received a very warm welcome from the children and their leaders and were very much at home playing parachute games before enjoying a cup of tea or coffee in the cafe.
“The summer mission is not just for children though, it reaches out to their families and the wider community.
“A very busy and successful cafe was run throughout the week, and a family fun might was held, which was attended by around 100 people where specially devised games with a pirate theme were played, culminating in a pirate boat race, which had the teams cheering on their boat.
“The much looked forward to pancake tea party was held on Thursday when more than 115 homemade pancakes were served with a variety of toppings and again this was very well attended.
“Friday saw the end of the holiday club but not the summer mission.
“An evening of fun, games and pizza was held on Friday night for the teenage helpers who come along every day and help out at the holiday club.
“On Saturday games and sports for the whole family were held in the hall, which ended with very enthusiastic snging and a tasty barbecue.
“There was a special service in the church on Sunday when the whole congregation was ‘registered’ for the holiday club, which enabled them to experience what it is like to attend the club.
“It was with great enthusiasm that everyone got involved in the balloon race round the church.
“This year’s mission week closed with a celebratory lunch in the church halls for everyone.
“Thanks are due to a huge amount of people for their help and support but special mention goes to Scotmid who provided the fruit for the children’s snacks throughout the week.”