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WANTED - A Church Treasurer

Our Treasurer is retiring from this post after 12 years of service, and we are looking for someone to take over the role. If you have some financial skills, or know of someone local to Kingswells who might be able to undertake this task, please get in touch with the Minister (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Session Clerk  (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Training and ongoing support will be provided.

The work of the church is only possible through the dedicated service of a team of people who support the minister in her work, and a new treasurer is vital to the continuing work in the community.

 

Proposed Presbytery Plan (BM Final) (3).pdf 

Many of you will have read in the Press this week about the proposed Presbytery Plan and the impact this will have on many congregations in Aberdeen.

The press statement from Aberdeen Presbytery is printed below, and the full Plan is also attached so that you may read it in full.

PRESS STATEMENT regarding Proposed Presbytery Plan

The Presbytery of Aberdeen have published a 10-year plan which aims to reshape the church estate to allow for the renewal and revitalisation of the national Church in Aberdeen. 


The report outlines the detailed work that has been undertaken this year to review all of the buildings in the presbytery and make recommendations on whether they will be retained or disposed of at some stage in the future.

The Presbytery aims to ensure that it can have well equipped spaces in the right places across the city.

If the proposals are agreed this will result in some new churches being built over time, others redeveloped, and some let go where the building no longer serves the needs of a modern church and its community.

The changes will allow ministers to work more effectively in teams across the city and to develop the skills of clergy and lay people to re-engage in the life of the city through effective mission work.

Speaking about the report, Planning Convener for the Presbytery, Rev Scott Rennie said:

“The Presbytery has a legacy of many more church buildings than they need. We recognise that we will have to make some difficult choices on which buildings should be retained and which should be let go.

“At the heart of our decision-making process is the desire to see a sustainable future for the Church of Scotland and its effective mission and pastoral care for the people of Aberdeen Presbytery.

“We are excited by this once in a generation opportunity, through engaging in this process, to renew our church, and reinvest in our people, and the communities across the city which we serve.

“If the plan is followed through it will lead to significant new investment in church communities across the city, as well as the formation of new worshipping communities in different kinds of spaces and buildings. 

“The future for the Church of Scotland is to be closer to our communities, meeting in a range of  different spaces, as well as investing in buildings which meet our needs now and in the future. 

"By coming together as lay people, and as ministers serving our communities and city to consider this issue we believe we can make a greater impact for the good of everyone.

 

 

Summer Preaching Series  "Everyday Faithful Living"

14 July   "Compassionate Living"      Luke 10: 25 - 37

21 July  "Essential Living"                 Luke 10: 38 - 42

28 July "Prayerful Living"                  Luke 11: 1 - 13

4 August  "Generous Living"             Luke 12: 13 - 21

11 August  "Wholehearted Living"     Luke 12: 32 - 40

Sunday Services at 11am.  A warm welcome assured.  Creche available, and crafts for any youngsters attending.

 

 

April and May Services

EASTER SUNDAY - 21st April - Worship at 11am led by Rev. Bob Brown.  Communion will be celebrated and the Choir will be singing two Anthems.  Hot Cross Buns with coffee after the service.

THURSDAY 25th April -  INDUCTION  SERVICE of our new Minister, Rev. Laurene Lafontaine.   All welcome.  Teas served in the halls after the service

SUNDAY 28th April -  Our new minister will be "preached in" by Rev. Teri Peterson from St John's Church Gourock.

SUNDAY 5th May - Worship at 11am led by Rev. Laurene Lafontaine.

 

 

On Sunday 17th March our Sole Nominee, Rev. Laurene Lafontaine will be leading worship at 11am.

Immediately after the service a vote will be taken, and all those whose names are listed on the church Electoral Roll which was compiled in July 2018 will be eligible to vote.

All members are encouraged to come along to this service, when we hope to be able to welcome a new minister to Kingswells Church.

JANUARY SERVICES

6 January - Sacrament of Communion, 11am with Rev. Matthew Rodger

13 January - Morning Worship at 11am with Rev. Matthew Rodger

20 January - Morning Worship at 11am with Rev. Bob Brown

27 January - Morning Worship at 11am with Rev. Bob Brown

"ALL ARE WELCOME IN THIS PLACE"

 

 

DECEMBER SERVICES

Sunday 2nd December - First Sunday in Advent. Morning worship at 11am with Rev. Matthew Rodger

Friday 7th December - Community Carol Service at 7.15pm at the Community Centre with Rev. David Stewart.  Music from Bon Acccord Silver Band, Bucksburn Academy Steel Pan Group, contributions from Cubs and Brownies.  Mulled Wine and mince pies.  

Sunday 9th December - Morning worship at 11am with Rev. Matthew Rodger.    In the afternoon at 3pm we will be holding our Seniors Carol Service in the Halls.

Sunday 16th December - Morning worship at 11am with Rev.Gordon Craig, UK Oil Industry Chaplain

Sunday 23rd December - Lessons and Carols at 11am with Rev. Matthew Rodger

Tuesday 24th December - CHRISTINGLE FAMILY SERVICE at 6pm

Sunday 30th December - Morning worship at 11am with Rev. Mark Rodgers, NHS Lead Chaplain

For our Christmas Giving Project this year throughout December we will be collecting warm clothing - hats, gloves, socks, etc. for ABERDEEN CYRENIANS.  Collection box in the church. 

 

OCTOBER SERVICES

Services start at 11am.  'All are welcome in this place'

7th October  Rev. Matthew Rodger will lead worship.  We will celebrate the Sacrament of Communion

14th October  Rev. Gordon Craig, Oil & Gas Chaplain will be leading worship.

21st October   This will be a service led by our Elders.

28th October  Rev. Bob Brown will be leading worship for our HARVEST THANKSGIVING.  Donations of tinned and dried goods will be gratefully received.  These will be passed on to Aberdeen Cyrenians and Instant Neighbours two local charities whom we have supported for many years.

 

 

 

Services are at 11am.

Creche continues to be available, and craft activities for any youngsters coming along during the school holidays.

JULY 

Sunday 22nd:  Rev. Mark Rodgers, NHS Chaplain

Sunday 29th:  Rev. Dr. Norrie Maciver

AUGUST

Sunday 5th & 12th:  Rev. Matthew Rodger

Sunday 19th: Rev. Dr. Norrie Maciver

Sunday 26th: Rev. Jean Montgomerie

 

 

 

April Services, all at 11am:

Sunday 1 April - Rev. Matthew Rodger - Easter Sunday, Sacrament of Communion

Sunday 8 April - Rev. Matthew Rodger

Sunday 15 April - Rev. David Stewart, Interim Moderator

Sunday 22 April - Elder Led Service - Souper Sunday - stay for a soup lunch, donations to Church of Scotland HIV Project

Sunday 29 April - Rev. Jean Montgomerie

Our new session got off on a high with an excellent presentation from a representative of the relatively new charity ‘Playlist for Life’. This charity was set up by Sally Magnusson following her, and her family’s, experience nursing their Mother through Dementia. It has been proved that by playing to a sufferer his/her favourite music they relax and indeed, in some measure, ‘come back’. All of us at the meeting were encouraged to make our own lists!

As I write this we are looking forward to our Lunchtime meeting on Tuesday the 28th when Ian Gow will speak about his involvement in ‘Aid2Gambia’. Our Christmas Celebration is on Tuesday the 19th December at 7.3opm. Our first meeting of 2018 is another Lunchtime meeting at 12.30pm when our very own Dorothy Taylor will entertain us.

You are very welcome to join us if and when you can - it will be good to meet up with you.

Chris Maxwell

Dear Friends,
What can you say that is new at this time of year? What can we learn anew? Maybe the answer isn't meant for words alone. For when I come to this time of year again I know all I want to do is sing.

O come, o come, all ye faithful...
Hark, the glad sound...
Lord you sometimes speak in wonders... It was on a starry night...
Come and join the celebration... 

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The Choir have had a very busy time from June through to the Christmas Season. We have produced a CD which we hope will raise funds to provide the Choir with comfortable seating. The CD will be on sale from 1st December at a cost of £10. (a lovely stocking filler). We have also been rehearsing for our Christmas Crackers Concert on 1st December in the Church and for the usual Christmas Services we are taking part in. Elizabeth and I wish to thank sincerely all Choir members for their support throughout the year and to the guests who have given of their time and assistance for our concert.

Hugh and Elizabeth Melvin



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