Keeping it in the Family – Church Weekend

Tayside Christian Fellowship is widely acknowledged to be a great ‘family’ church in Perth.  This has not happened by accident, rather it’s something that is cherished and worked at with regular activities for all age groups happening every week.  

However, there is one annual event which will thankfully be returning (post covid) at the start of next year and that currently has all the tongues wagging!  Moira Martin is our chief organiser for the event and explains more: 

Our very first weekend away was back in 2013.  It was felt it would be good to spend quality time together, getting to know each other better.  Faskally House near Pitlochry, which is owned and run by a Christian charity for Christian camps and church groups to use, was an obvious choice for location.  We have returned to Faskally regularly since as the beautiful location and surroundings would be very difficult to beat.  

The house has around 26 bedrooms, a large lounge, meeting room & dining room. There is also a very large games hall, snooker room, games room and a putting green outside.  Plenty to keep everyone busy in some activity if they wish. Our weekend is primarily to get to know others in the Church much better than just a quick hello on a Sunday, but we also have Bible teaching sessions, singing together and a guest speaker for the weekend.  Prayer times in the mornings start our days off well.

I can only describe it as the most relaxed form of Church as most of us wander around in our slippers with a cup of tea/coffee in our hand, and of course endless traybakes!  What’s not to like?

So that everyone can benefit from the weekend we hire a cook to feed us all, but we share rota duties for serving and washing up which just adds to the family spirit. On the Saturday afternoon there is free time to go and explore Pitlochry, countryside walks, maybe a car run up the road to House of Bruar or just to relax and read a book in the comfort of the lovely lounge.

Saturday evening involves a games night or maybe a quiz and it has also been known for talent shows to be held with willing participants entertaining us all.

For the children we run a programme alongside the adult meeting sessions to teach them more about the Bible with arts and crafts to keep them busy too.

Those who have come along over the last few years have told us that they have enjoyed it very much and it is something they look forward to. 

The benefit from building relationships is invaluable in creating a friendly Church environment and supporting one another throughout our life, day by day.  

We are delighted that it is a cross section of people from the young children to those a bit more advanced in age that come for the weekend as that’s exactly what a family it is and so good to learn and share with all age groups.

We head home on the Sunday afternoon having been encouraged, challenged, and learned more from God’s word, with the bonus of getting to do it together with our Church family.

Published October 28th 2022

Header photo: ‘Loch Faskally – Scotland’ by Roman Popelar on Flickr