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News and Notices - Sundays 15th and 22nd December

posted 29 Dec 2013, 04:57 by St. Thomas' Church Aboyne   [ updated 29 Dec 2013, 05:01 ]

Note from the web-editor: please everyone accept my apologies for these notices being so late onto the website. It was a hectic week for us coming back to the UK from Moscow, but such an unfortunate week to be so busy because we have fantastic news to report ...

Sunday 15th December

Gosh, what a lot of News and Notices this week! Most importantly:

  1. We will shortly have a new rector. At the end of last week +Bob announced:

    'With great joy and delight I let you know that the Reverend Vittoria Hancock has accepted the position or Rector at St Thomas’ Aboyne and St Kentigern’s Ballater. The likely date for the induction will be either Friday evening 28th February or daytime on the 1st March.

    Vittoria comes to us most recently from Galloway where she has been on sabbatical but before that was a priest in the Diocese of St Asaph where she wasDiocesan Evangelism Officer and Cathedral Chaplain.

    All blessings,

    †Bob'


    and N&N, first with the news as ever has already received a message from Vittoria:

    'I'm coming to you from the mountains of North Wales. I have been a priest 12 years and have worked in a variety of parishes and settings. Prior to ordination, I was a radiographer. A trained storyteller and folksinger, I am also into all kinds of art and crafty things. I am passionate about living life in all its fullness, with laughter, friendship and joy. I very much look forward to joining you all in Aboyne and Ballater, and to getting to know you over the coming months and years.'

  2. Sue also tells me that the 'Rainy Day ' appeal, started at Harvest Festival, now totals £209.23 All money raised goes to a well, but if we get to £300 in the next couple of weeks the well is named after St Thomas's.

  3. With an enthusiastic band of helpers - India, Bea, Cosmo, Willow, James and Lewis - Jinny got the Christmas tree up and decorated last Saturday. As in previous years the tree was a gift from Glen Tanar, a shapely local tree from our own hills. Thank you Michael. Ivy came from the Sawyer garden and Jinny asks me to say how much their family input was missed. We all look forward to seeing them at Christmas though.

  4. Jinny asks me to remind you that the church will be decorated for Christmas this Saturday 21st December. I guess 10.00. She also let slip that Michael Forbes-Cable has made a substantial financial contribution to the cost of decorations, though he might not know he has done so. Many thanks to you anyway, Michael.

  5. Warren, with a little aid from a contractor, has done an enormous amount of work to clear the fallen trees from the paths around the church and make them safe, though the entry from the Ballater Road is still unusable. Many thanks to you Warren.

  6. We had a wonderful STomp communion service yesterday, a full communion service but designed for children. Thank you Andy Bond who came from St Ternan's to lead it.

  7. A very full church for the carol service with lots of friends from other Aboyne churches. I spoke to several who had not been inside St T's before. Lots of people to thank: +Bob, Sheila, Marcus, the choir, our own and other singers, Jane for organising all the readers, Jo and daughter for the eats, and I think I saw Win and Daphne getting stuck into the washing-up. Great team effort, thank you to all.
Anne Harper, Vestry Secretary

Sunday 22nd December

  1. What a wonderful sermon we listened to from Andrew Wilson – on the theme of the name “Emmanuel” – God with us.

  2. Next time you are in church – take note of the newly refurbished altar cloth on the lady chapel altar – on the opposite side of the church to usual to make space for the Christmas tree. It looks wonderful and the amazing embroidery is now detachable in case the cloth needs cleaning in the future. Many thanks to Juliet Hemingray – a specialist church textile restorer, and to the generous donation which enabled us to complete the transformation.

  3. Also – more good news (it’s that sort of week!) – we have reached and surpassed our original target for the Rainy Day Appeal. The total now stands at £322.68 which I think means we will have a well named after St Thomas somewhere in the world where water is in short supply. Thanks to all contributors and in particular to 2 generous donations of £100 each. The appeal will continue to run until 31st December so extra money will go towards a second well.
That’s it – have a fantastic Christmas.

Best wishes

Sue Burgess