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News and Notices, Sunday 6th October

posted 9 Oct 2013, 09:41 by St. Thomas' Church Aboyne   [ updated 9 Oct 2013, 09:42 ]
  1. The advertisement for rector has now been placed. I know that some people have been very interested in the detail of all the work that has been going on over spring and summer. If you would like further information, please contact us.  The advert can be viewed at
  2. Sunday's Harvest Service was great fun. Thanks to Jinny and the team who decorated the church - some very good-looking apples which had obviously come straight off the tree - thanks to Sue and the team who organised the service, and thanks to Isobel who not only made the special collection bags (see next para) but took all the produce and gifts off to the Cyrenians in Aberdeen to make soup.
  3. One of the themes of the service was the gift of water and the rainbow. Each of us who was at the service got a little bag - a rainy day bag - in which we should put a penny or other small change every day day it rains in thanks for the gift of water. We'll collect the change in the church and whatever we raise will go towards digging a well somewhere there isn't a lot of water. If we raise a whole £300 the well will be named for St Thomas's. Penny appeal is working with rural communities in 16 countries around the world.
  4. Bit of news from Sheila: 'We had a visit from the Aberdeen and District Organists Association on Saturday, they were doing a tour of Organs in Deeside. We had about 15 organists, including one quite young lad who gave us two solos. Several of them played our organ, all seemed to like it very much, and I was intrigued by the stops they chose to use, with much more variety than I use! Fortunately the organ was behaving beautifully, with all the stops working.  Among the visitors were well known organists Kyle McCallum, who is the Chairman, and Geoffrey Atkinson and his wife. They stayed more than an hour, with the organ going all the time, and they were such a nice and interested crowd.  Kyle asked for their thanks to be passed on to the 'authorities'.'  Lisa has also sent this extra comment;  'May I add some feedback from those from Banchory who were there? One guest made a point to talk to me about how much she appreciated the excellent history of the place that Sheila offered in her talk, which she missed in some of the other places they have visited. She also said that although she had visited St Thomas' before over the years, because of our interregnum link she found herself particularly interested in everything about it, and felt connected to the place and the congregation and worship there in a very real way.'
  5. Message from Sarah Wright at Aboyne-Dinnet Church. They are going to be holding Songs of Praise for Harvest Sunday October 27th, at 6.30 pm. Refreshments to follow. Sarah asked me to give it some publicity, which I am delighted to do.
Anne Harper - Vestry Secretary