All-Age Holiday Report

Date: Tuesday, 24 July 2018
Author: Rev Andrew R Allan

A total of 39 persons, plus two-day visitors, attended the 2018 Free Church (Continuing) All-Age Holiday held in Windmill Christian Centre, Arbroath, recently.

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The aim of the holiday is for young and old to gather together for a time of relaxed fellowship in a safe Christian environment.  Each day began with a prayer meeting for the early birds, then a leisurely breakfast, followed by morning worship.  All were then free either to stay around the Centre and enjoy the facilities or explore sights and places of interest further afield.

This year six persons attended for the first time and one of them came from outside the denomination.

Taking advantage of the pleasant weather on Sunday afternoon several went to Arbroath Harbour and took part in a time of open-air preaching and gospel tract distribution.

On Wednesday a picnic was held in Camperdown Country Park, Dundee.  After lunch, the children and not so young played rounders.

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The speaker This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., chose to speak on the Seven Sayings of Christ on the Cross and delivered seven addresses during the holiday.  Mr Keddie is a retired Free Church (Continuing) minister, who is currently Principal of the Free Church (Continuing) Seminary, Inverness, and lecturer in Church History.  All found the addresses thought-provoking, challenging, practical and well presented.  The addresses were recorded and they can be found on the Partick Sermonaudio site.

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This year Mrs Ruth Keddie and her husband David organised a children’s programme, and Murdo MacDonald, Aultbea, organised a sports competition for boys, girls and adults.

After the address on Friday evening there followed the prize-giving and presentations.  The children recited some memory verses and sang some of the psalms learnt.  While those who were successful in the sports received a medal.

Thanks to the speaker for bringing God’s word to those gathered.  Thanks to the Keddies and Murdo for their contribution to the holiday.  Thanks also to the cooks Isobel McQueer, Dores, Debbie Allan, and Sohana McKenzie, both Partick, for the delicious and varied cuisine.  Also, we are grateful to our precentors Don MacLeod, Point, Bruce McKenzie, Partick, and David Keddie, Shettleston for their ministry.  And thanks to all who came and helped to make the holiday a memorable and enjoyable occasion.

Much to the disappointment of the holidaymakers, it is not expected the holiday will be held next year but may return to Arbroath in 2020 if there is sufficient interest.