Monifieth Parish Church

Celebrating 10 years of Monifieth Parish Church

By Rev Fiona J Reynolds

Monifieth Parish Church has just marked its 10th birthday. Although the history of Christianity in Monifieth reaches back to the early mediaeval period and the Picts, the current congregation was formed on 25 May 2008 after the three previous congregations in Monifieth decided to unite. The past decade has been a journey of discovery, dreaming, planning and, yes, for some, disappointment. Overall, though, friendship, faith and a heart for the community have enabled the congregation to work together, now and for the future.

The Songs and Memories Group (SAM) at Monifieth Parish Church
The Songs and Memories Group (SAM) at Monifieth Parish Church attracts 70-80 people each Wednesday afternoon

Two of the exciting ventures which have arisen since union are the Songs and Memories Group (SAM) and the now infamous ‘Bake and Book’. SAM attracts 70-80 people each Wednesday afternoon, for an hour of singing a wide range of songs, with a short break for refreshments in the middle. The benefits of group singing are increasingly well-known and the volunteers, from church and community, really love the buzz in the Halls each week. It is a highlight for many.

The Bake and Book began life as a fundraiser but became so much more. For many years it ran twice a week from our High Street halls and grew to be a real hub for the community and growing fellowship. These halls have now been demolished, to make way for our new church building, but there is so much enthusiasm amongst the organisers that, this July, a reduced version will run six days a week from a nearby location - and the poster is the most-seen of our Facebook posts!

Monifieth Parish Church performers
The benefits of group singing are increasingly well-known and the volunteers, from church and community, really love the buzz in the Halls each week. It is a highlight for many.

We have been thinking beyond our walls on a Sunday morning too. Throughout Lent, the congregation made or found crosses during the week and shared them on a Sunday as part of our ‘Lenten Cross Challenge’. And this summer we are taking our Monifieth Mice on holiday, keeping the congregation informed via social media (#mpcmice) and photos in the church.

In and through it all, through worship, fellowship and community engagement, we hope to bring the light of God’s love into the lives of many… and look forward to doing so for many decades to come.