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News and Notices - Sunday 12 January

posted 13 Jan 2014, 06:55 by St. Thomas' Church Aboyne   [ updated 13 Jan 2014, 06:58 ]
  1. Lisa has sent this warm message from +Bob about the Christmas services.

    'Would you please pass to everyone at St Thomas's my full admiration and appreciation for all the hard work they put in for the service of Lessons and Carols as well as the quite remarkable moving Christmas Day Liturgy. The two events were memorable.

    The church was packed to standing room for the Lessons and Carols and the music was rightly applauded at the end of the service. Only rarely have I seen such a full church. Refreshments added to the warmth and conviviality of the occasion.

    On Christmas Day I lost count of how many children were in the church. About ten of them joined me at the altar for the Consecration Prayer. What a blessing it was for me to have one of them in my arms for the duration of the Consecration Prayer. A particular feature was that all their noise and activity spontaneously stopped at the Narrative of the Institution. All went calm and still I will cherish those few minutes for a very long time.

    Meantime, the preparation for events like these does not just happen. A tremendous amount of hard work goes on behind the scenes to ensure success and for it all I am truly appreciative.

    All blessings and thanks to you and to a quite remarkable congregation.


  2. This is an early alert for the induction of Rev Vittoria Hancock to St Thomas's and St Kentigern's. It's not firm yet, so look out for confirmation in The Tattler and later later N&N, but the induction will be held in St Thomas's and is provisionally set for Friday 28th February, at 19.00. We are planning to have a reception in the Community Centre afterwards.
  3. There is a Vestry meeting on Tuesday 28th January at 19.30 at Bridgend Cottage. Vittoria is planning to join us for it. An agenda shall be sent out towards the end of next week. Would any of the vestry, or congregation, who have points they want to raise, please contact us.
  4. On Saturday 25th January at 15.00 the Diocese is holding a service in the Cathedral to mark its centenary. The invitation is set out below. There are a small number of places for congregation members. Please contact us by Friday 17th January if you are interested in attending.
The United Diocese of Aberdeen and Orkney

The Bishop Rt Rev Dr Robert Gillies, with The Cathedral Chapter and
Congregation of The Cathedral Church of St.Andrew

Invite you to a Diocesan Service to mark the centenary of
The Cathedral Church of St.Andrew, Aberdeen (1914-2014)

To be held at the Cathedral, 28 King Street,
The Feast of The Conversion of Paul
Saturday 25th, January at 3.00 pm

Clergy and Lay Readers wishing to robe: (Choir robes – cassock, surplice, academic hood and scarf)
Please robe and be ready to process by 2.45pm at the latest (directions for robing will be given on arrival)

The congregation to be seated by 2.45pm.
Seating in the nave is allocated for all serving members of the Diocesan Synod (clergy and laity)
Limited additional places for members of congregations and others will be allocated on request on a first come, first served basis prior to the event.

Light refreshments will be provided by the cathedral congregation after the service

Clergy or Vestry secretaries to make replies concerning attendance of clergy/lay representatives and additional requests with numbers by Friday 17th January by email to :
Or phone cathedral office 01224-640119

Anne Harper, Vestry Secretary