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News and Notices - Sunday 5th May

posted 6 May 2013, 11:36 by St. Thomas' Church Aboyne   [ updated 6 May 2013, 11:37 ]

From the Rector

  1. A reminder to members of the Vestry that we will meet this Tuesday, 7th May, at half past seven at Marie Wilde’s home.
  2. The Family Worship Group will meet on Wednesday at 11 o’clock at Sue Burgess’s home to plan STOMP and other family-related worship matters. All are most welcome at this.
  3. This Thursday, 9th May, is Ascension Day and there will be a service of Holy Communion at St Thomas’s at seven o’clock.
  4. The next Friendship Group meeting will be Wednesday 15th May at 14.00, at Guisachan, Ballater Road, Aboyne.
Rev James Curry


  1. The vestries of St Thomas's and St Kentigern's had an intial meeting with +Bob about the forthcoming vacancy. Rev James will be licensed in his new charge 5th August. (I understand from James that his last service with us will be 14th July). During the vacancy, +Bob is formally rector of both charges and he has asked Rev Lisa Eunson of St Ternan's Banchory and Christ Church Kincardine O'Neil to be interim priest-in-charge. Lisa has accepted this request with enthusiasm but inevitably, during the vacancy, a lot of responsibility will fall on our Lay Preachers and others. +Bob has however engaged to be with us for the Carol Service 15th December and on Christmas Day.  Each vestry is preparing a parish profile to support the search for a new rector. +Bob estimates that if all goes well we may expect 6 months from first advertisement to uptake of post, but we must recognise that July and August are poor months for recruiting.
  2. Copies of the latest edition of Northern Light are available by the hymn books in church.
  3. Warren has asked me to publicise a talk by Grant Keenan, organised by the Eco Congregation Group, at Inverurie,Acorn Centre, 29th May at 19.30. Warren says 'I have seen Grant Keenan when I was at BP and he is very good, has a wonderful life story of how he started his business from very small beginnings and is now showing the country how to recycle food waste, and all the benefits that can bring.'
  4. The Deeside Heritage Society has an outing 1st June to Scalan, the hidden Catholic seminary in Glenlivet which trained 'the priests of the heather', not 3 miles over the hills the great military road past Corgarf to Tomintoul and Inverness. A number of the congregation are members of the Society so contact me or Hugh Cochran or Marie Wilde if you want to find out more.
  5. I'm away the next 2 Sundays (12th and 19th May) and will do a precis of upcoming vestry meeting (7th May)) when I return. Otherwise anyone who wants can fill in for me (seems to be a lot going on just now).
Anne Harper - Vestry Secretary