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News and Notices, Sunday 13th July

posted 18 Jul 2014, 12:31 by St. Thomas' Church Aboyne   [ updated 18 Jul 2014, 12:32 ]

Please note, Vittoria is in Ballater only next Sunday morning.


  1. Advance warning – on the 17th August the Bishop will be with us in St Thomas' at 3pm. This will be the only service in St Thomas' that day – there will be no 11.15am service.
  2. The plan is to hold a mid-week communion on the 2nd Tuesday of the month in Aboyne, and the 4th Thursday of the month in Ballater. Please see the poster in the porch for more information.
  3. Dates for the diary:
    1. Sunday 20th July, 6pm, Songs of Praise, St Thomas'
    2. Saturday 26th July, Open House at the Rectory.
    3. Sunday 27th July 3pm at St Thomas’s, Mozart Clarinet Quintet. Philip Greene and friends (which includes Andy Linklater). This is part of the Aboyne and Deeside Festival, (more details in their brochure/website). Ticket price £8, children free. Andy told us that the musicians are giving their time gratis so, after a deduction for the Festival funds, proceeds come to St Thomas's. Andy also announced that tea would be served in the interval - any help would be appreciated.
  4. +Bob is running a course on contemplative prayer. See below.
  5. And finally, those of us who went to the ordination of David Greenwood as Deacon at Kincardine O’Neil participated in a very beautiful and powerful service with lots of clergy in ornate vestments. Also members of our choir who dressed in white gowns with hoods. The singing was wonderful.
Anne Harper - Vestry Secretary


A note from †Bob

In my Annual Report to the Diocese I signalled that during the course of this summer I would offer experience of and some training in contemplative prayer. Here are the details of two programmes each of three occasions. Both programmes are identical, so that means if you go to one there is no need to go to the others.

I have deliberately timed each differently so as to make possible as wide a range of opportunity to attend each occasion.

The three evenings will essentially follow what is known as the Ignatian model of contemplative prayer. You don’t need to know anything about this in advance, I will give you all that you need for the evening, which, let me stress, will be stretching for many of you but not threatening to any of you.

Each evening begins at 7pm for arrival and tea / coffee with a strict start time of 7.30pm, so please don’t be late. Each evening’s session will have finished by 8.30pm.

This training in contemplative prayer is for everyone so please advertise it widely.

First Programme

To take place in St Andrew’s Alford (to be confirmed) on three successive evenings:

    • Monday 11th August, 7pm for 7.30pm
    • Tuesday 12th August, 7pm for 7.30pm
    • Wednesday 11th August, 7pm for 7.30pm

Second Programme

To take place in St Drostan’s, Old Deer, over three weeks on Tuesday evenings, thus:

    • Tuesday 16th September, 7pm for 7.30pm
    • Tuesday 23rd September, 7pm for 7.30pm
    • Tuesday 30th September, 7pm for 7.30pm

There is no limit on the numbers of people who come. I will run the evenings with whatever numbers turn up.