News and notices

Many of these notices are taken from our printed church magazine, The Tattler.  For more information, click here.

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News from Trinity Sunday May 2016

posted 23 May 2016, 02:04 by St. Thomas' Church Aboyne   [ updated 23 May 2016, 02:05 ]

 Sunday 29th May    Please note there will be no service at either church this Sunday. There will be an ecumenical service at Crathie church at 11.30 when Vittoria will be preaching. You will need to be seated by 11.15. If you have a ‘blue badge’ you are able to park up by the church: otherwise you are requested to park at the bottom. Pklease share cars where possible. (Note from Ed.     This honour is in recognition of Vittoria’s hard and continuing work in the aftermath of the floods. I believe it is the first time a priest of the Scottish Episcopal church has been asked to preach at Crathie.)

‘Many thanks to everyone who helped at the Christian Aid Tea by baking, serving or buying tickets. We raised £790’ And many thanks to you too Jean for organising St T’s contribution. We all enjoyed the left over cakes on Sunday.

Saturday 4th June    10.00    Inaugural Women’s Prayer breakfast at Aboyne-Dinnet Church Hall. Tickets for the breakfast are £5.   Vittoria is the guest speaker.

On Sunday 5th June there will be a retiring collection in aid of the refugee work taking place in Aberdeen.

A number of people commented on the splendid flowers next to the pulpit. I believe these came from a local flower arranging group who raffle off the demonstration arrangement at the end of their meeting. We had the same good fortune at Harvest Festival last year. 

Easter Vigil Bonfire

posted 26 Mar 2016, 09:15 by St. Thomas' Church Aboyne

Come and join us at our Easter Vigil Bonfire on Saturday 26th March at 6.30pm. Starting outside in the grounds, we light the bonfire, and after some prayers, we bring the light into the church, followed by a short service. 
Refreshments will be served afterwards. 

News and Notices - Sunday, 15th November 2015

posted 18 Nov 2015, 05:46 by St. Thomas' Church Aboyne   [ updated 18 Nov 2015, 05:47 ]

Services and Events

  • Wednesday 18th November
    • 9 am - Morning Prayer, St Thomas’
  • Sunday 22nd November
    • 11.15 am - Holy Communion followed by AGM, St Thomas'
  • Wednesday 25th November
    • 10.30 am -Worship and Spirituality Group at Irene's
    • 12.30 pm - Family Worship Group at Marie's
    • 6–9 pm - Listening Together: Same sex Relationships
  • Thursday 26th November
    • Midweek Communion, St Kentigern's
  • Saturday 28th November
    • 6 pm - Ballater Winter Festival and Unveiling of Ballater Nativity


  1. Listening Exercise on Same-sex Relationships – this is on Wednesday 25th November, from 6pm (starts at 6.45). Please let Vittoria know if you are planning on going, so that she can pass on the numbers expected to Lisa.
  2. Exploring the Cosmos through Science and Theology: day conference next Saturday 21st November from 10-3.30pm at St Ternan's, Banchory. Please let Lisa know if you are planning on going for catering purposes:; phone 01330 822783.
  3. Advent Sunday, 29th November – we are planning on having mulled wine and mince pies after the service. If you would like to donate some mince-pies, please let Jo Elson know as she is coordinating it.
  4. Papers for the AGM are attached: Agenda, Minutes of last year, Annual Report. Hard copies of these were available last week, and there are a few copies still in the church. But if you want to refer to them at the meeting, I suggest you download as attached and bring them with you. Items within the Annual Report will be taken as read, except for the Rector’s Report, but of course there will be questions and discussion. I’ll send out the Financial Report as soon as it is available, and there will be hard copies available at the meeting.

Anne Harper - Vestry Secretary

St. Kentigern's Christmas Cards

posted 13 Nov 2015, 09:27 by St. Thomas' Church Aboyne   [ updated 13 Nov 2015, 09:31 ]

Cards designed by Megan Linney as part of Ballater Victoria Week 2014 are still for sale. 12 cards for £3.50 available from Janet Bailey at St Kentigern's or Sabine Muir at Ballater Library. All profits towards church funds.

Upper Deeside Music Society

posted 13 Nov 2015, 09:05 by St. Thomas' Church Aboyne   [ updated 13 Nov 2015, 09:05 ]

On Sunday 29th November the Williams Duo & Organ will be performing at St. Kentigern's.  If you are not a member of the Society, entry to each Concert is £10, (no charge to Members of the Armed Forces or to Children), which is payable at the door. Hope to see lots of you there.

Anne Richardson

St Thomas’ Harvest celebrations

posted 13 Nov 2015, 08:56 by St. Thomas' Church Aboyne   [ updated 13 Nov 2015, 08:57 ]

St Thomas’s Harvest celebrations took the form of a simplified Communion Service to suit the occasion. Traditional harvest hymns were sung with enthusiasm, and the liturgy included the singing of the Peruvian Gloria, and a Deeside Sanctus. During Communion, the choir sang that harvest favourite, Handel’s ‘O Lovely Peace’, commonly known as the ‘wavy corn’ because of the repetition of the words towards the end of the piece.

The church was beautifully decorated with flowers and offerings for harvest, vegetables, fruit, and tins of food, and the children brought up more gifts during one of the hymns.

All the gifts went to the Cyrenians afterwards, faithfully packed up by Warren and Sue. The collection went towards the work of WaterAid. The Service was followed by a ‘bring and share’ lunch, organised by Jo Elson and her helpers - many thanks to all, it was a lovely lunch, and a good opportunity to mix and socialise informally.

Doors Open Day

posted 13 Nov 2015, 08:52 by St. Thomas' Church Aboyne   [ updated 13 Nov 2015, 08:53 ]

St Thomas’s participated in Aberdeenshire’s Doors Open Day on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th September. The theme this year was ‘Food and Drink’ and the Harvest Festival was held on the Sunday to coincide.  Coffee/tea was served, and there was a ‘20 Questions’ Family Treasure Hunt based on features of the church, for the entertainment of members of the congregation and any visitors.

Study Group

posted 13 Nov 2015, 08:48 by St. Thomas' Church Aboyne   [ updated 13 Nov 2015, 08:51 ]

The study group dates for the autumn and early winter are: 13th October, 10th November, 8th December. We will meet in the Rectory at 7.30pm. If anyone needs a lift to Ballater, or if there are any topics you would like to see covered, please speak to Vittoria.

Ballater Community Nativity

posted 13 Nov 2015, 08:46 by St. Thomas' Church Aboyne   [ updated 13 Nov 2015, 08:47 ]

Recently, the grounds of St Kentigern's have echoed to the sound of chainsaws and sanders. Ross Macneil, based in Northumberland, has been here for a week carving six large figures for the Ballater Community Nativity. The project is supported by the churches in Ballater, and is funded by a variety of local organisations, including Marr Area Partnership, the Chiels, Ballater Royal Deeside, and the Rotary Club of Aboyne and Upper Deeside. The seven larch trees were donated by Braemar Castle / Invercauld Estate and also Balmoral Estate.

The Nativity scene will be displayed on Church Green in Ballater from the last weekend in November until Epiphany.

News and Notices - Sunday, 6th September 2015

posted 7 Sep 2015, 07:24 by St. Thomas' Church Aboyne   [ updated 7 Sep 2015, 07:24 ]

Services and Events this week:

  • Tuesday 8th September
    • 10 am - Mid-week Communion, St Thomas'
    • 7.30 pm - Joint Study Group, The Rectory
  • Wednesday 9th September
    • 9 am - Morning Prayer, St Thomas'
    • 10.30 am - St Thomas' Worship and Spirituality Group, Jean Souter's
    • 1 pm - St Thomas' Family Worship Group and lunch, Marie Wilde's
  • Sunday 13th September
    • 11.15 am - Holy Communion, St Thomas'


  1. The next date for items for the Tattler is 14th September 2015.  If you have any articles for it, please give them or send them to Sheila Maxwell.  Also, if you have not paid your Tattler dues, please do so asap.
  2. St Thomas’ is participating in Aberdeenshire’s Doors Open Day on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th September.  The theme this year is ‘Food and Drink’ and we are holding our Harvest Festival on the Sunday to coincide.  The church will be decorated from 10.00 am on Saturday 19th September.  We are rather short of people to do flowers just now and Jinny is away, so please help if you can.  If you don't want to do a flower arrangement, why not bring produce or tinned or packet food to place on windows and around the font.  All food goes to a charity; in the past it has been the Cyrenians and they appreciate tinned and packet food.  The church will be open on Saturday afternoon from 2 pm to 4 pm for Doors Open day, so if you want to drop things off then you can do so.  We’ll be serving coffee/tea and there is a ‘20 Questions’ Family Treasure Hunt based on features of the church which members of the congregation and any visitors might find fun to do too.
  3. On Sunday 20th we will have our Harvest Festival service at the usual time (11.15 am) - the collection will go to the work of WaterAid.  Then follows a Bring and Share lunch which Jo is nobly organising. The church will remain open until 4 pm and again tea/coffee will be available.
  4. We have a new carpet over the grilles in the nave and the church feels warmer as a result – or is that just my imagination.  This was used for the recent wedding and the wedding party generously left it in exchange for Warren foregoing his bell-ringing fee and our agreeing that they could take all flower arrangements with them. (We usually ask weddings to leave one behind.)
  5. Attached is Centrepost for September.
  6. Attached is a poster about the Diocesan Conference in October.
Anne Harper Vestry Secretary

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