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1960 Year Book.



My dear Friends,

This Year Book comes to you with the greetings of the Grange Free Church. The Church has been in existence here for 6 years and during that time we have tried to present to young and old the truths about God and His Kingdom. The Church exists to proclaim the Gospel (good news) about Jesus Christ. Who came down to earth, lived, died, and rose again for our sakes. We therefore give you a warm invitation to share with us in Christian worship and service, and, thereby, to discover what God’s will is for you.


We live in a changing world. More things have happened in the last 10 years than in the previous 50. This means that there is little that we can rely on absolutely from one day to the next. But there is one . . . God is the same yesterday, today and forever. When all else fails, He will remain faithful.


But so many think that finding God is just a matter of instinct. Actually, it demands perseverance and training, and this is what the Christian life and life within the Church is all about. The Church, then, is not a society of people who think they are better, but a company of people who have discovered that they need Jesus Christ, and are determined to find Him.


There is a place for you within these walls, and we pray that you may find Him too.

Yours sincerely,




The Women’s Fellowship is a mid-week devotional service, designed to fill the need of mothers who cannot attend Sunday Worship, as well as those who can. The Minister speaks once a month, and there are other speakers, whose subjects range over a wide field. Occasionally, the afternoon takes the form of a demonstration of some household appliance or of some branch of cookery. It was one of the very first ventures to be started in the Church and for some years has been the power behind the success of the Annual Christmas Fayre.


The Youth Fellowship is the Church’s club for the over 13’s. One of the rules for membership is that attending Sunday worship is part of the Fellowship activity. It runs its own canteen and has its own officers. Recent evenings have included Square and Scottish dancing, basket and leatherwork, fencing, astronomy, soft- drink demonstration, play reading . . as well as the regular features of table- tennis, darts, billiards and snooker.

The Adult Committee awards an Annual Prize to the member who makes the best contribution to the life of the Fellowship.


The Junior Fellows/zip is the mid-week activity for 11’s to 13’s. Meeting either at the Manse or at the Church, the members play games or study the Bible together. During the Spring, preparation for the Scripture Examination goes on.

The Junior Christian Endeavour aims at training young people to take a share in the conduct of worship, and discourages them from being onlookers only. It is therefore of great service in the preparation for service in the Church at a later stage. Members of C.E. make more advanced promises as they grow older, but always promising to take some part in the meeting, aside from singing. This promise is renewed at a monthly Consecration Service.


The Bible Study meets in various homes of the congregation. It is an attempt to study the Bible in less formal surroundings. We aim at informal atmosphere where people feel quite free to ask questions or make comments or even disagree. The meeting opens and closes with prayer.

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Rev Roger Hall

Rev Roger J. Hall

The Granges first minister

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10.0 a.rn. Beginners’ Session (in Grange Hall) Primary Session (in Committee Room).

Junior Session (in the Church).

N.B. On the first Sunday of each month, the Sunday School meets, instead, at 11 a.m. for a Family Service.

11.0 a.m. Morning Worship. The Senior Session share in the first part of the service.

(Holy Communion on 1st Sunday in month).

6.30 p.m. Evening Worship.

(Holy Communion on 3rd Sunday in month).

A service is held at Parkhurst on the 1st Sunday of each month at 3 p.m.



2.45 p.m. Women’s Fellowship.

7.30 p.m. Youth Fellowship.

-.3LI -p.m. -Junior Fellowship.



6.30 p.m. Junior Christian Endeavour.

8.00 p.m. Bible Study.

A service is held at Parkhurst on the 1st Sunday of each month at 3 p.m.

The Church Meeting meets monthly on the third Tuesday at 7.30 p.m.

Marriages and Baptisms are arranged by consultation with the Minister.


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