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October/November 2014

posted 10 Nov 2014, 13:01 by St. Thomas' Church Aboyne   [ updated 10 Nov 2014, 13:01 ]

The Choir has been jogging along gently over the summer, but came to life on August 17th, when the Bishop came to conduct a Service including Jean Souter’s Confirmation and Blessing of her Marriage, and the blessing of various artefacts, including some of the choir badges, which were not blessed when we got them originally.

A few extra singers joined us for the occasion, including Rev Lisa, Jane Bailey, Ian Stewart as the sole tenor, and Joanna Thomas, who had come north in time for the occasion. During Communion we sang Bach’s ‘Jesu, joy of man’s desiring.’ As part of the Service, Vittoria led the congregation in the well-known ‘Peruvian Gloria’, and this was followed by a brand new Sanctus in the same style, which Vittoria nobly sang in spite of not having had much time to practice it. We are fortunate in having another Rector who is happy in leading us in this way.

In October, St Thomas’s is celebrating Harvest not once, but twice - a Family Service on 5th October, and a Bring-and -Share lunch on 19th. As this will be a Communion Service, we hope to gladden the service with our favourite harvest anthem, Handel’s ‘O Lovely Peace’ - commonly known as the ‘Wavy Corn’!

We still have a very small choir, and more people would be most welcome. But those we have are both talented and dedicated, and I am grateful to them for this. There would be no choir without them!

Sheila Maxwell