Hello, my name is Fraser, and as well as being manager of the Corn Kist restaurant in Abernethy, I am a pastor in the local branch of Christian Assemblies Europe, a Pentecostal Church now established in 17 countries around the world. (We are also a registered charity, number SC007185). The publishers of the Village Crier have kindly asked me to write a few words for this month’s issue. I thought I would take the chance to introduce myself, the church and the former Abernethy Hotel (now ‘Douglas House’), and invite you, the reader, round for a cup of coffee, some fine food and a chat!
The arrival in the village of the church, some 20 years ago now, was greeted – perfectly understandably! – with some consternation by locals. The property Pitversie House, which had fallen into partial disrepair, was the focus of a great deal of voluntary work by our members and is now beautifully renovated and frequently used to host meetings and other events.
Some of you may remember residents Stewart and Margie Benzie; since joining the church in 1993 they have now moved to Dollar but spent several years as stewards at Pitversie, Margie also having lived there as a child. You can read their story on our website: http://www.cai.org/testimonies/saved-healed-power-jesus-name.
More recently, around 2003, we were able to acquire and start renovation work on the Abernethy Hotel, which had ceased trading and was becoming more and more run down. It reopened in 2006 and now serves hearty, home-made meals, delicious cakes and superb coffees, milkshakes and smoothies. Please drop in and see us; we are open on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. (Mention this article for a free hot drink with your meal!) We are pleased to have been able to make a contribution to preserving Abernethy’s historic heritage and hope that this can continue in the future.
To find out more about our church, visit our website www.cai.org where you will find extensive information about us and our beliefs. Briefly, we are a Pentecostal church established in 1980 and now active in Europe, Australia, South Africa and North America. Our members come from all walks of life and you will find that every person has an amazing story to tell about his or her personal experiences with God. We don’t force our views on anyone, but are happy to talk to anyone who would like to know more. Once a month, a Christian meeting is held in the Corn Kist hall at 1.30pm on a Sunday; look out for the sign outside and feel welcome to join, especially if you have never experienced a Pentecostal service before. Outside of these times, we come together regularly for fellowship in the houses of our members. The Corn Kist has a selection of Christian books that are available for borrowing; or click on the ‘testimonies’ section of our website to learn more about God’s power today and what it could mean for you.
I hope to meet many of you in the coming months. As usual, we will be helping out at the Abernethy Gala on the 4th June, so come along and make our acquaintance.