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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Pentecost notices May 2018

posted 21 May 2018, 02:26 by St. Thomas' Church Aboyne   [ updated 21 May 2018, 02:26 ]

News and Notices Sunday 21st May
Services and Events
Mon 21st    19.00    Vestry Vision Meeting in St T’s. We continue to discuss where St T’s is going and getting to the stage of thinking about new initiatives. So this isn’t just for for vestry members, everyone in the congregation is welcome.
Tue 22nd    10.30    Mid-week communion St T’s
Wed 23rd    09.00    Morning prayer St T’s
Thu  24th 10.00    Mid-week communion St K’s
Sun    27th    NO SERVICE AT ST T’S TODAY    Instead 11.30 at Hopewell House short service followed by BBQ and Rhododendron Picnic. Anthony is kindly providing sausages and burgers; the church will provide buns etc. if you would like to bring a salad to go with the BBQ please let Vittoria know.
If you are coming please:   let others know (who doesn’t read N&N?) and offer lifts. There is parking on the verge at Hopewell but share if possible
                                            bring garden chairs or other folding chairs
                                            contact Vittoria or Anthony (or me) if you need directions
1    Also Sunday 27th Diocesan Choral Festival, 18.30 St Andrew’s Cathedral.

Lent Appeal 2018 - Send a Cow

posted 6 Apr 2018, 07:45 by St. Thomas' Church Aboyne

This year we decided to support the Send a Cow appeal. This charity works hand in hand with poor farmers and rural communities to give people the hope and the means to secure their futures from the land. They provide families with the support they need to take that first step out of poverty, on the path to having enough to eat, becoming healthier and generating an income. Each family helped by Send a Cow in turn passes on a gift to another needy family, so the gift keeps on giving. This year, so far we have raised enough to send 3 cows to Africa. 

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.

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