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News and Notices, Sunday 23rd November

posted 25 Nov 2014, 10:09 by St. Thomas' Church Aboyne   [ updated 25 Nov 2014, 10:10 ]

Services and this week

  1. There will be no Morning Prayer at St Thomas’s this Wednesday.
  2. Sunday 30th November 11.15, First Sunday in Advent, HC, followed by mulled wine and mince pies.


  1. Aboyne Academy is having its Christmas Fair Saturday 29th November. See posters around the village for time.
  2. St T’s AGM was held Sunday 23rd November. The text of the Annual Report including the rector’s report was circulated by N&N last week, and there are some copies in the church. The Treasurer’s report and accounts are attached and copies will be put in the church. Other than explanation and presentation of the reports business conducted was:
    1. Marie Wilde stepped down from the vestry. Many thanks to Marie for all she has done, especially with STomp and the Prayer rota.
    2. The constitution provides that the longest serving member of the vestry steps down each year, but is eligible for re-election. This year Warren Burgess stepped down, but was re-elected. Many thanks to Warren, especially for the current work on paths and grounds. It’s really making a difference, especially for wheelchair users.
    3. Under the constitution, officers are appointed by the vestry or the rector (as indicated). Note that Treasurer and Secretary are appointed by the vestry but do not have to be members of the vestry.  The following were approved:-
      1. Treasurer - Sue Burgess (vestry)
      2. Secretary - Anne Harper (vestry)
      3. Rector’s Warden - Daphne Laing (rector) (The Rector’s Warden is appointed as an alternative channel of communication between the congregation and rector)
      4. People’s Warden - Warren Burgess (vestry) (The People’s Warden is primarily responsible for maintenance)
      5. Anne Harper was elected as Lay Representative. (The Lay Rep represents the congregation at annual the diocesan synod and acts as a channel through which the diocese can communicate with the congregation)
  3. Here is a message from +Bob, sent to me as Lay Rep:
"My greetings to you.

I am forwarding to, via the link below, the Presidential Address of the Archbishop of Canterbury to the Church of England General Synod on 17th November 2014. I am doing so because the substantive theme of his address is the state of the Anglican Communion and Anglicanism in general worldwide.

Archbishop Justin speaks of having visited the Provinces of the Anglican Communion. His final such visit is next week when he comes to Scotland. He will be seeing the First Minister at Holyrood, then going on to our General Synod prior to a meeting with the Scottish Bishops in Perthshire in the afternoon, all on the 25th. Further visits around Scotland, including the Church Army project in Dundee, will be held on the Tuesday before he returns to London and Canterbury in the evening.

Please do circulate this address widely in your congregation and neighbourhood. What +Justin says is well worth reading and considering.

Every blessing,


Anne Harper, Vestry Secretary

St. Thomas' Church Aboyne,
25 Nov 2014, 10:09
St. Thomas' Church Aboyne,
25 Nov 2014, 10:09
St. Thomas' Church Aboyne,
25 Nov 2014, 10:09