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For information on St. Thomas' Children's Party ('STomp'), see Children and families.

Pentecost May 2016

posted 23 May 2016, 02:19 by St. Thomas' Church Aboyne

What a busy STomp! First we had to build the tower of Babel - luckily we had an expert builder to help with the construction. Then we had to hide in a locked room and experience the wind of the Holy Spirit blowing through ( a den made with a clothes maid and a sheet - and a powerful fan). We lit nightlights to represent the tongues of fire. We said "Hello" in lots of different languages. The noisiest part was proclaiming "Jesus is Lord" through our paper megaphones as we paraded around the church, finishing with a lovely song to the Skye Boat Song tune - "Spirit of God".
Everyone was involved and had a great time. Thanks to the team. 
Our Tower of Babel

Lent 2016

posted 23 Mar 2016, 12:43 by St. Thomas' Church Aboyne

This year, the children enjoyed painting stones. Collected from the river bank, they were hard and cold and grey - representing times when we have not been kind to each other, or not thought about other people. We painted them in bright colours to show that with the love of God, things can be transformed into something beautiful, colourful and full of interest and life. Lent is a time to reflect on how we can transform our lives with the help of God. 

Paper Aeroplanes

posted 8 Aug 2015, 23:56 by St. Thomas' Church Aboyne   [ updated 8 Aug 2015, 23:56 ]

paper aeroplane
If you'd passed by St Thomas' just after 10am on Sunday 16th May you would have seen a collection of people outside flying paper aeroplanes as part of the STomp service.

What, you may ask, does that have to do with church? Well, we decided to celebrate both Ascension Day and Pentecost together. So after retelling the story, we decided to act the Pentecost event using paper aeroplanes to act as the Holy Spirit, swooping down in the wind and sunshine. Some flew much further than others; some stalled on entry; some circled round and returned to sender.

But all were there to help us think about what it must have been like that day so many years ago, and celebrate.

STomp dates May and June 2015

posted 22 Apr 2015, 11:34 by St. Thomas' Church Aboyne   [ updated 22 Apr 2015, 11:34 ]

St Thomas Party, for children 0 - 11 years, and anyone else who wants to come, happens on the third Sunday of the month at 10 - 10.30am. Next dates are:

  • 17th May 2015 - Wind and Fire
  • 21st June 2015 - Take the biscuit
STomp will then take a break over the summer holidays. See you again in September!


Next STomp date ...

posted 21 Mar 2015, 03:21 by St. Thomas' Church Aboyne   [ updated 21 Mar 2015, 03:22 ]

Sunday 19th April 2015 from 10 - 10.30 am, with the theme "Has Spring Sprung?"!

Please join us!

Crib Service

posted 21 Mar 2015, 02:46 by St. Thomas' Church Aboyne   [ updated 21 Mar 2015, 02:46 ]

A fun time was had at our crib service. Caroline and Vittoria helped to retell with story, with Mary, Joseph, multitudinous shepherds, a flock of sheep and a parade of wise men to assist them. Isobel led our singing as we celebrated the joy and wonder of Christmas together. We are already plotting next year’s service!

Young Church at St. Thomas'

posted 10 Nov 2014, 13:07 by St. Thomas' Church Aboyne   [ updated 10 Nov 2014, 13:07 ]

Children are welcome at all the services at St Thomas’s.

The children’s corner contains books, colouring and toys for small children, so do make use of them.

For a trial period there will be a Family Communion on the 4th Sunday of the month, at which children are particularly welcome.
St Thomas’s Family Worship Group

There are regular meetings of the Family Worship Group. Anyone who feels they would like to contribute will be very welcome.

St Thomas Party (STomP), for children 0 - 11 years, and anyone else who wants to come, happens on the third Sunday of the month at 10 -10.30am. Next dates are:

  • 19th October: Hibernation, Harvest follow-up - Pets, St Francis
  • 16th November: Remembrance
  • 21st December: Christmas preparation
Family Services at St.Thomas's Family Services normally take place on the first Sunday of every month. Next ones will be:
  • 5th October: Harvest Thanksgiving
  • 2nd November: All Souls
  • 7th December: Christingle
Sue Burgess

Next STomp - 21st September 2014

posted 25 Aug 2014, 11:16 by St. Thomas' Church Aboyne   [ updated 25 Aug 2014, 11:16 ]

After the summer break, we will start again on 21st September.  We will have a dramatic version of Jonah and the Whale, and all will be very welcome.

Sue Burgess

June/July 2014

posted 22 Aug 2014, 09:33 by St. Thomas' Church Aboyne   [ updated 22 Aug 2014, 09:33 ]

Easter Sunday coincided with STomp day this year, so we decided to run an extended Easter craft session in the Community Centre. We had a great turnout of children, including several visiting grandchildren and friends. There was lots to do – colouring in wooden egg decorations, making and decorating Easter baskets, and the favourite – decorating cupcakes and making chocolate nests for mini eggs and baby chicks, especially as we ate them almost straight away. We had a fun game of “ pin the tail on the donkey” to start the Easter story and ended joining the congregation in church, before a mad dash for the Easter Egg hunt outside after the service. Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves, and most ended up covered in chocolate. Many thanks to all the helpers on the day – we needed all the spare hands!

In May, STomp “built” a church – using the popular game of Jenga, with huge wooden blocks, on which were stuck pictures coloured in by STomp members of the different people who help to run the church. The idea was that without each person, the church would be weaker, and it is stronger if we all work together.

One at a time, the blocks were removed, and we waited anxiously to see if the church would fall down – it was weakened each time, but the final straw was removing the “bible” block and the crash was impressive. We sang a building song, and managed to sing faster and faster, to great amusement by all.

Sue Burgess

Easter 2014

posted 10 Apr 2014, 23:55 by St. Thomas' Church Aboyne

On Easter Sunday, we are running an STomp Easter session on the Easter story, Easter crafts, and of course some yummy things to eat. We start at 10 am, meeting in the reception at the Aboyne and Deeside Community Centre, and going on right through until it's time to go over to the church for a quick Easter egg hunt, before joining families in church for the Communion during the 11.15 am service. You can come for a shorter time if you wish. We'll finish about 12.15 in church.

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