Dedication of new East and Old sanctuary

The wraps came off the redeveloped East and Old Parish Church in Forfar yesterday (Sunday) with a dedication service led by the Rev Barbara Ann Sweetin.

Congregation members were piped from the church hall on Chapel Street up to the main building on East High Street, with 16-year-old Forfar piper Owen Woodcock providing a suitably rousing musical accompaniment.

Mrs Vina McLaren cuts the ribbon at the East and Old.

Mrs Vina McLaren cuts the ribbon at the East and Old.

The Rev Sweetin was accompanied by member Mrs Vina McLaren who was called upon to cut the ribbon into the main sanctuary to officially declare the new-look building open for business.

During the service a powerpoint presentation - with a sound track of “Mission Impossible” - told the story of the redevelopment work to date, with plans now for phase 2.

The service also included the blessing of Sophie Ann McIntosh as well as the dedication of the new lectern and pulpit fall.

The Rev Dougal Edwards congratulated the Rev Sweetin and the congregation on behalf of Angus Presbytery before Mrs Irene Duthie, Captain of the 2nd Forfar Boys Brigade, was invited to cut a celebratory cake.

Among the invited guests were Angus Councillors Glennis Middleton, Colin Brown, Lynne Devine and Ian McLaren; Mr Norman Atkinson, deputy Lord-Lieutenant of Angus, and the Rev Graham Norrie.