Songs of Praise …with a difference!

Little did Siobhan Hewitt and Nerys imagine when they first met with leaders of Dementia Friendly Dunblane about nine months ago that the result of that meeting would be a joyful event which brought church, school and community together in such a meaningful way. Dunblane Memory Café is a weekly opportunity for people living with dementia and their carers to come together with local volunteers to socialise and provide mutual support. Breda Seaman who organises the Café was keen to develop a programme of occasional special events hosted by various groups around the town. What a great opportunity for St Mary’s Church and School to work together to serve the community!

The church was full for the Songs of Praise event held on Wednesday 27th September, with school pupils, staff and parents sitting amongst our guests from the Café and members of the church. The children had learnt four well-known hymns and had also drawn pictures inspired by their words which were shown on the screen. With David on the organ, the singing evoked many memories for the adults present and there was an opportunity to share these with each other and with the children in the hall over a cuppa and a cake. Many of the participants commented on the great welcome they had received and the lovely atmosphere in the church and the hall. It is hoped that another event will be held at St Mary’s in the spring.