Twelve hour service at East and Old

The Rev. Barbara Ann Sweetin.
The Rev. Barbara Ann Sweetin.

The minister of the East and Old Parish Church in Forfar is preparing for a 12-hour marathon service to help raise funds for church improvements.

Members of the congregation have taken part in a number of fund-raising ventures over the last year and now the Rev Barbara Ann Sweetin is preparing for her own personal challenge which she hopes will be supported by the congregation, and the wider Forfar community.

She told the ‘Dispatch and Herald’: “The members of East and Old have been working hard in their fund-raising efforts for the renovation of the inside of the church so I thought I would do my bit too.

“I am holding a sponsored worship service from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday, February 1 and would be delighted if the community in Forfar came along on the day.”

The minister explained she didn’t want to be speaking to an empty church, although the office bearers have assured her they will be there on a rota basis for the whole 12 hours.

Tea and coffee will be available and people are encouraged to go for one hour at a time but even 20 minutes or 30 minutes would be good.

Barbara Ann continued: “The best time to enter or leave is when the hymns are being sung. Each section has been split into one hour blocks which the local businesses in Forfar have sponsored and I would like to say a big thank you to them. Members of the church and the community have been sponsoring their favourite hymns and Bible readings for £10 each and there is also a general sponsorship form too.”

Music will be provided by Bruce Simpson, Elizabeth McLeod, Margaret Anderson and Jean Smith. Anyone wishing to sponsor a favourite hymn or Bible reading can add their name to the sponsor sheet in the church.

There is also a sponsor sheet in the church for general sponsors and donations will be accepted on the day.