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Although the Scottish Government has said that churches  may re-open for worship, Kingswells Church will not be re-opening in the immediate future.

We have a number of precautionary measures and documents to complete before we can even consider re-opening.

When we do re-open there will be a maximum number we can admit to maintain the 2 metre physical distancing. Given the size and layout of the sanctuary at Kingswells numbers will be extremely restricted.  Face coverings will be required, contact details will have to be taken for Track & Trace,  and in accordance with government guidance services will not be as normal e.g. there will be no singing of hymns or coffee after worship.

Further inforamtion and guidance for attending services will be issued when we are in a position to re-open the building.

 

 

Lenten Book Study – During this year’s journey through Lent, the focus is the deepening of our sense of God’s presence in our personal and communal lives. We are reading Barbara Brown Taylor’s book “An Altar in the World.” If you wish, you are invited to join one of the two groups meeting for reflection and conversation, either on Wednesday 9:30 am in the Vestry or Thursday 7:00 pm in the Manse. Laurene has a few copies for purchase. A study guide is also available.

Please join us for this rich opportunity to explore and deepen our understanding of what it means to be a follower of Jesus during these most interesting times.

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

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

 

Financial Review

As of the end of October we are reporting an unexpectedly healthy surplus on our general account. Unfortunately, this is not due to any increases in income but rather reflects a number of underspends against budgeted expenditure. Some of those underspends are “one- off” events and will not recur next year.

Our other funds are reasonably healthy not least because fabric expenditure has been modest this year. Not only that but we have received two payments, both last year’s and this year’s, from the third-party trust which makes annual contributions to our fabric fund. 

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The Bible Study group now meet in the Vestry on a Wednesday morning at 9.30. We are just about to begin a new study ‘Christian Character’ from the Lifebuilder series which consists of 12 studies taken from various books of the Bible. Some of the sessions deal with the basic truths of

Christian life, others focus on the qualities of the true disciple. If you are interested to find out what goes on at Bible study, please come along for a session to see for yourself – we’re a very friendly bunch and you would be very welcome. If you want to find out any more speak to Anne Rodger or call on 01224 743742.

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