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News and Notices for Sunday, 31st August 2014

posted 2 Sep 2014, 12:33 by St. Thomas' Church Aboyne   [ updated 2 Sep 2014, 12:38 ]

From the Rector

Services and Events this week:

  • Wednesday 3rd September
    • 9am - Morning Prayer, St Thomas'
    • 2.30pm - Service at Allachburn Home, Aboyne
  • Thursday 4th September
    • 7.30pm - Talk about the Bethany Christian Trust, Aboyne-Dinnet Church Hall, Huntly Rd, Aboyne
  • Sunday 7th September
    • 9.30am - Holy Communion, St Kentigern's
    • 11.15am - Family Service, St Thomas'


  1. There will be a talk about the Bethany Christian Trust on Thursday 4th September at 7.30 pm at the Aboyne-Dinnet Church Hall on Huntly Rd. Refreshments available. All are cordially invited.
  2. The next vestry meeting for St Thomas' on Wednesday 17th September at 7.30pm at Anne Harper's.
  3. Dates for the diary:
    • Tuesday 9th September
      • 10am, Midweek Eucharist at St Thomas', followed by coffee
      • 7pm St Kentigern's Vestry meeting, The Rectory
    • Saturday 13th September
      • 10.30 -3, Diocesan Conference, Inverurie. (For more info see attached, Ed.)
      • Wedding at St Thomas'
    • Sunday 14th September, Harvest at St Kentigern's
    • Tuesday 16th September, 7.30pm, Bible study at the Rectory
    • Wednesday 17th September, 7.30pm, St Thomas' Vestry meeting


  1. Information on the Diocesan conference at Inverurie on 13th September is below. It is open to everyone.
  2. A poster is attached for the St. Andrew's Cathedral Centenary 'Festival of Flowers and Music’ from 12th to 14th September. 
  3. 'Centrepost' for September is attached.
  4. Also attached is advance notice of a talk by +Bob at the Palm Court Hotel on 21st September.
  5. Message from Sue:  

‘Dear all, I would like to invite you to join me for a special evening in October, by being part of a choir….

On October 11th at the Victory Hall in Aboyne starting at 7.30pm, I have organised “Archie’s War on a Bike with the Onions” – a commemorative WW1 Concert Party in memory of my grandfather, Archibald Charles Newitt and to raise money for Poppyscotland.

Archie was a member of an Army Cyclist Corps in WW1, and was at the Somme and Ypres, in support of the infantry. He was also an accomplished magician and a member of the “Onions” – a concert party put together to raise morale and entertain the troops.

I have inherited 2 tiny handwritten pocket diaries which tell the daily story of his time in France and Belgium – with many stories of daring schemes, lucky escapes and funny moments with the Onions. I have many items of memorabilia – see this week’s Deeside Piper for some more details.

The evening will be a collection of those stories, interspersed with musical items – so I need a choir! Marcus Marsh has kindly agreed to be my Musical Director.

If you enjoy singing – any voice, please come along and join our choir - all music will be taught. Our first rehearsal will be on Tuesday 9th September in St Thomas Episcopal Church in Aboyne, starting at 7.30pm. Please pass this on to anyone else you know, who might be interested.

If you would like to join the audience, hear some of the stories of his wartime service and also the songs they sang, please contact me for tickets. There will be opportunities to join in the choruses of the songs and see some of the memorabilia. If you want, you could dress in clothing from that period.

Tickets will cost £8 to include refreshments, and all proceeds will be given to the Poppyscotland Appeal.

Contact me for more details and tickets.

Many thanks,

Sue Burgess'

Anne Harper – Vestry Secretary



Enterprising mission will be the theme of the 2014 Diocesan Autumn Conference, which will be held at the St Mary Church Centre, Inverurie on Saturday 13th September. At the conference our lead speaker will be Jerry Marshall, the Chief Executive of the Arthur Rank Centre (ARC) based in Stoneleigh, Warwickshire.

The Arthur Rank Centre has been at the forefront of developing the ability for local churches to be practically and spiritually transformational in their local communities. Jerry Marshall has spent most of his career as an entrepreneur developing social enterprises, which were financially sustainable and alleviated poverty but also brought clear social or environmental gains.

He also has experience of church planting and working with small local churches. He is currently leading the ARC’s Germinate Programme, which focuses on ways to help small, often rural, churches to develop their mission. More information about this programme and the work of the ARC is available

The aim of the conference is to help us, in our Diocese, to develop approaches, which provide clear spiritual and community benefits.

The autumn Conference will begin at 10.30am and conclude at around 3pm and will be based around two presentations from Jerry, each followed by facilitated small group discussions. It is our hope that every congregation in the Diocese will be represented. Lunch will be provided (donations to cover the cost would be welcome) and so we need to know who is coming. If you would like to come please notify Mary Clare Watkins at St Mary’s Inverurie either by email at, by phone on 01467 671241 or by post to St Mary’s Centre, St Mary’s Place, Inverurie, AB51 3NW. We look forward to seeing you there.

Avril Scott
PA/Secretary to Rt Rev Dr Robert A Gillies
Bishop of the Diocese of Aberdeen and Orkney

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2 Sep 2014, 12:40
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2 Sep 2014, 12:40
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2 Sep 2014, 12:40