Weekly notices – Sunday 8 January

Rectors reflection: On Baptism

Today we celebrate the baptism of our Saviour. That Christ was baptised indicates that he entered fully into our condition, that he is fully one of us. He comes to us under Law. He comes to us in our state of disobedience. He works and lives within our alienation from God. He prays with us for renewal. Yet Jesus does not undergo the waters of baptism as one who needs cleansing but as the one who cleanses us. He is the Saviour. In his baptism, the baptismal waters are hallowed and infused with the Spirit of holiness and life. This is why the baptism of Christ parallels the creation of the world. In Genesis, creation begins with the Spirit of God hovering over the waters and a voice saying ‘Let there be…’. When Christ is baptised, there is the Spirit descending and the voice of the Father, saying ‘Listen to him…’ We begin listening to him when we follow him in the waters of baptism and beyond.

Services and Activities in the coming week:

  • Wednesday 11 January:
    • 10:00am:  Holy Communion
  • Sunday 15 December:
    • 8:00am: Holy Communsion
    • 10:15am: Sung Eucharist

Upcoming events: 

Lunchtime Fellowship: 12.30pm on Tuesday, 31 January. Lunch follows a time of prayer and praise.

Annual General Meeting: will occur after service on Sunday, 5 February. Any questions must be submitted in writing no less than two weeks prior to the Vestry Secretary, Dave Dillard.

 

10er Challenge Save £10/week for one year, to help with the cost of replacing our failing heating system.

You can contact the office by email using office@stmaryscardenplace.org.uk. Please send any material for the website to website@stmaryscardenplace.org.uk

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Weekly notices – Sunday 27 November

Rectors reflection: Christingle

Many of you may already be aware that this year we will not be holding a Christingle service this year. I know this may come as a disappointment to some, but please know the decision was not taken lightly. It seemed more appropriate to hold a 6pm Communion service for those members of the congregation unable to attend the Midnight Vigil. The collection at this service will support the Aberlour Trust.

There are three main reasons to forgo the Christingle this year: First, last year’s Christingle service received sparse interest, with only two families visiting us. Second, Queen’s Cross hosts a Christingle service that is much better known in the community and it doesn’t make sense to compete with them. Third, without investing in children’s ministry it doesn’t make sense to offer a children’s service. It is something to work on for the future.

Services and Activities in the coming week:

  • Tuesday 29 November:
    • 12:30pm: Lunchtime Fellowship
  • Wednesday 30 November:
    • 10:00am:  Holy Communion
  • Sunday 4 December:
    • 8:00am: Holy Communsion
    • 10:15am: Sung Eucharist

Upcoming events: 

Advent Bible Study (discontinued): Unfortunately, we must cancel our Advent Bible study due to lack of hosts and interest.

Christmas Services: Our Christmas Eve services this year will be a 6pm Communion in support of Aberlour Trust and an 11pm Vigil Eucharist (please see Rector’s Reflection for more). On Christmas day we will have a 10.15am Eucharist.

Soup Lunch & Raffle Tickets: All money and counterfoils for the raffle should be returned to Mary Allardyce by next Sunday, 4 December. The drawing will be held on 7 December following the soup lunch after our 10am communion.

Lunchtime Fellowship: We will take a hiatus for Advent and Christmas and return in January

Carols for All: With Roger Williams and Drew Tulloch at St Mary’s, 16 December at 12.45pm. Please feel welcome to invite friends and family. We could use donations of food and volunteers.

Bach Choir 60th Anniversary Concert will be performing Mass in B Minor on 4 December at 7.45pm at St Machar’s Cathedral. Tickets are available at Aberdeen Box Office. Speak with Margaret Rayner for more information.

Buying Christmas Gifts Online? This is just a reminder that if you plan on buying any of your Christmas gifts online, you can use easyfundraising.org.uk and elect St Mary’s as your charity – a portion of your purchases will be donated to us.

10er Challenge Save £10/week for one year, to help with the cost of replacing our failing heating system.

You can contact the office by email using office@stmaryscardenplace.org.uk. Please send any material for the website to website@stmaryscardenplace.org.uk

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Weekly notices – Sunday 13 November

Rectors reflection: Announcements!

I am sad to inform you that our Organist Christopher Black will be leaving us to gain more experience and develop as a church organist at St Margaret’s, Gallowgate. He will begin training Alex Kither who is also one of Roger Williams’ organ students. Chris was dedicated to the position and it was wonderful to watch him grow more familiar with the Anglican service. We wish him well at St Margaret’s and in his future as a church organist.

The Vestry voted to hire a part-time Ministry Assistant. We welcome Austen Barraclough, a candidate for a Master of Theology degree at the University of Aberdeen. The office will now be open between 2-4pm on Mondays and 12-2pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays. It will be tremendous help to have someone take over the administrative tasks of St Mary’s as well as assist me in reaching out to our local community.

Services and Activities in the coming week:

  • Wednesday 16 November:
    • 10:00am:  Holy Communion
  • Sunday 20 November:
    • 8:00am: Holy Communsion
    • 10:15am: Sung Eucharist

Upcoming events: 

Here are photos from last nights Cheese, wine and Silent auction which raised nearly £700!

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Raffle tickets are available for purchase from Mary Allardyce. Drawing will be held on 7 December. We seek donations of prizes.

Advent Bible Study: On Sundays of Advent, beginning 27 November at 5pm we will begin our Advent Study. This year it will be a Bible study. We would like to enjoy a more relaxed setting and are looking for volunteers to host it in their homes. Please sign up to host or attend using the sheet in the porch.

Support Diocesan Young Adults: The Diocesan Young Adults are going on retreat, but some could use some financial assistance. If you could contribute, please speak to Mary McKinnell for more.

Lunchtime Fellowship: Tuesday, 29 November at 12.30pm. This will be the last one until January, as we will take a hiatus for Advent and Christmas.

Bach Choir 60th Anniv. Concert: Mass in B Minor performed 4 December, 7.45pm at St Machar’s Cathedral. Tickets available at Aberdeen Box Office. Speak with Margaret Rayner for more.

Christmas Gifts? Just a reminder that if you are shopping online for Christmas gifts, you can use easyfundraising.org.uk and elect St Mary’s as your charity – a portion of your purchases will be donated to us. We have already raised £12!

Subscriptions for 100 Club are due. Please see Mary Allardyce

Choir Practice on Thursdays at 7.30pm. All are welcome to join, no prior musical experience or training necessary.

10er Challenge Save £10/week for one year, to help with the cost of replacing our failing heating system.

You can contact the office by email using office@stmaryscardenplace.org.uk. Please send any material for the website to website@stmaryscardenplace.org.uk

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Weekly notices – Sunday 6 November

Rectors reflection: Saints and Souls

The great Swiss theologian Karl Barth (1886-1968) observed that honouring Saints and souls ‘falls under the Fifth Commandment: Honour thy father and mother!’ Elsewhere Barth cautioned modern Christians against having a childish ‘we know better now’ attitude toward our spiritual parents. For like parents, they initiate and nourish our spiritual life. On the one hand, a faith that acknowledges those who have exemplified and passed it on is more aware of its nature as gift and is more able to resist the modern individualistic delusion of life as a personal invention or exclusive, private possession. On the other hand, if we believe that God is present to us in and through our fellow humans, Jesus Christ being the principal instance, then we can only find God in and through the faith of the historic Church. Honouring the Saints and faithful Souls is one of the ways we keep in mind that our faith is given to us and is not ours to do with as we please.

Services and Activities in the coming week:

  • Wednesday 9 November:
    • 10:00am:  Holy Communion
  • Sunday 6 November:
    • 8:00am: Holy Communsion
    • 10:15am: Sung Eucharist

Upcoming events: 

100 Club: Subscriptions for 100 Club are due. Please see Mary Allardyce

Lunchtime Fellowship: Tuesday, 29 November at 12.30pm. This will be the last one until January, as we will take a hiatus for Advent and Christmas.

Cheese, Wine and Silent Auction: 12 November at 6pm. We will combine our annual cheese & wine evening with our silent auction. Tickets are £12.50.

Raffle tickets will be available for purchase. Please see Mary Allardyce.

Advent Bible Study: On Sundays of Advent, beginning 27 November at 5pm we will begin our Advent Study. This year it will be a Bible study. We would like to enjoy a more relaxed setting and are looking for volunteers to host it in their homes. Please sign up to host or attend using the sheet in the porch.

Support Diocesan Young Adults: The Diocesan Young Adults are going on retreat, but some could use some financial assistance. If you could contribute, please speak to Mary McKinnell for more.

Choir Practice on Thursdays at 7.30pm. All are welcome to join, no prior musical experience or training necessary.

10er Challenge Save £10/week for one year, to help with the cost of replacing our failing heating system.

Christmas Gifts? Just a reminder that if you are shopping online for Christmas gifts, you can use easyfundraising.org.uk and elect St Mary’s as your charity – a portion of your purchases will be donated to us. We have already raised £12!

You can contact the office by email using office@stmaryscardenplace.org.uk. Please send any material for the website to website@stmaryscardenplace.org.uk

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Weekly notices – Sunday 30 October

Rectors reflection: Bishops and Bobs

The responsibilities of the bishop are manifold: symbol of unity, representative of the Diocese to the larger Province and Communion, representative of the Diocese to the local communities, principal priest of the Diocese, including being a shepherd to the priests, chief intercessor for the parishes, chief teacher, administrator of the diocesan resources, to name just a few. Through all of these and other tasks, the Bishop must set and execute a mission that he/she believes will unite the parishes and facilitate their spread of the Gospel. We owe Bishop Bob a great debt of gratitude for the ways in which he has faithfully and diligently discharged the duties of his office. But beyond this, we thank him for doing so with such a generosity of spirit. We also owe his wife Liz so much for supporting him, giving him to us and for joining him with equal diligence and generosity in his ministry. Please make sure to thank them both!

Services and Activities in the coming week:

  • Wednesday 2 November – All Souls:
    • 10:00am:  Holy Communion
  • Sunday 6 November – Joint All Saints and All Souls :
    • 8:00am: Holy Communsion
    • 10:15am: Sung Eucharist

Upcoming events: 

100 Club: Subscriptions for 100 Club are due. Please see Mary Allardyce

Lunchtime Fellowship: Tuesday, 29 November at 12.30pm. This will be the last one until January, as we will take a hiatus for Advent and Christmas.

Cheese, Wine and Silent Auction: 12 November at 6pm. We will combine our annual cheese & wine evening with our silent auction. Tickets are £12.50.

Raffle tickets will be available for purchase. Please see Mary Allardyce.

Blytheswood Boxes are due at end of this month, please speak with Morag McPetrie for more.

Choir Practice on Thursdays at 7.30pm. All are welcome to join, no prior musical experience or training necessary.

10er Challenge Save £10/week for one year, to help with the cost of replacing our failing heating system.

Christmas Gifts? Just a reminder that if you are shopping online for Christmas gifts, you can use easyfundraising.org.uk and elect St Mary’s as your charity – a portion of your purchases will be donated to us. We have already raised £12!

You can contact the office by email using office@stmaryscardenplace.org.uk. Please send any material for the website to website@stmaryscardenplace.org.uk

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Weekly notices – Sunday 23 October

Services and Activities in the coming week:

  • Wednesday 26 October:
    • 10:00am:  Holy Communion
  • Sunday 30 September:
    • 8:00am: Holy Communsion
    • 10:15am: Sung Eucharist

Upcoming events: 

100 Club: Subscriptions for 100 Club are due. Please see Mary Allardyce

Bring and Share Lunch/Final Episcopal Visit from +Bob: on 30 October after 10.15am worship. Please sign up in the porch for lunch and prepare to celebrate +Bob’s ministry.

Cheese, Wine and Silent Auction: 12 November at 6pm. We will combine our annual cheese & wine evening with our silent auction. Tickets are £12.50.

Raffle tickets will be available for purchase. Please see Mary Allardyce.

Blytheswood Boxes are due at end of this month, please speak with Morag McPetrie for more.

Choir Practice on Thursdays at 7.30pm. All are welcome to join, no prior musical experience or training necessary.

10er Challenge Save £10/week for one year, to help with the cost of replacing our failing heating system.

You can contact the office by email using office@stmaryscardenplace.org.uk. Please send any material for the website to website@stmaryscardenplace.org.uk

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Weekly notices – 9 October 2016

This week’s Rector’s reflection:  Thank you

Thank you to all of your who generously donated much food for Barnardo’s for our Harvest Festival. They continue to be very grateful for our partnership with them. You may know that we from time to time let them use the Choir Vestry free of charge as a way to further support their work. At a time when many families are in need due to the economic downturn, our assistance of the great work of Barnardo’s is very necessary and important. I am so glad that we are part of a church family that does what we can to help those in need and partner with such a great organisation. Thank you!

Services and Activities in the coming week:

  • Wednesday 11 October:
    • 10:00am:  Holy Communion
  • Sunday 16 September:
    • 8:00am: Holy Communsion
    • 10:15am: Sung Eucharist

Upcoming events: 

100 Club: Subscriptions for 100 Club are due. Please see Mary Allardyce

Bring and Share Lunch/Final Episcopal Visit from +Bob: on 30 October after 10.15am worship. Please sign up in the porch for lunch and prepare to celebrate +Bob’s ministry.

Raffle tickets will be available for purchase. Please see Mary Allardyce.

Blytheswood Boxes are due at end of this month, please speak with Morag McPetrie for more.

Choir Practice on Thursdays at 7.30pm. All are welcome to join, no prior musical experience or training necessary.

Refugees in Aberdeen: Interested in volunteering to help settle the next round of Syrian refugees? Learning about Syrian culture and the refugee crisis? There is a meeting on 22 October from 9.30am – 3.30pm at 28 Castle Street, Salvation Army Citadel. Register with Joan Lyon at joanblyon@gmail.com

10er Challenge Save £10/week for one year, to help with the cost of replacing our failing heating system.

You can contact the office by email using office@stmaryscardenplace.org.uk. Please send any material for the website to website@stmaryscardenplace.org.uk

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Weekly notices – 25 September 2016

 

Services and Activities in the coming week:

  • Tuesday 27 September:
    • 12:30pm: Lunchtime Fellowship – Harvest Theme
  • Wednesday 28 September:
    • 10:00am:  Holy Communion
  • Sunday 2 October – Harvest:
    • 8:00am: Holy Communsion
    • 10:15am: Sung Eucharist

Upcoming events: 

Choir Practice: Resumes on Thursdays at 7.30pm. All are welcome to join, no prior musical experience or training necessary.

Donations to Barnardo’s for Harvest: As usual, we will collect donations for Barnardo’s food supply. While produce is thoughtful, it is often that they cannot distribute it before it spoils. It might be best to focus on canned goods.

Organ Recital: 1 October at 8pm by John Riley of Edinburgh: Musical Discoveries and Conjectures. Chauvet; Gigout; Linke; Wachs; J. S. Bach in East London; Brahms and a Lady on a Bicycle; Postman Pat’s Bad Day; Improvisations on submitted themes. Free entry, donations welcome.

 

Refugees in Aberdeen: Interested in volunteering to help settle the next round of Syrian refugees? Learning about Syrian culture and the refugee crisis? There is a meeting on 22 October from 9.30am – 3.30pm at 28 Castle Street, Salvation Army Citadel. Register with Joan Lyon at joanblyon@gmail.com

10er Challenge Save £10/week for one year, to help with the cost of replacing our failing heating system.

You can contact the office by email using office@stmaryscardenplace.org.uk. Please send any material for the website to website@stmaryscardenplace.org.uk

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Weekly notices – 11 September 2016

This week’s Rector’s reflection:  Lord, Have Mercy!

It’s often said that the cry for mercy is a universally human cry. There are times in our personal lives when things become too much, and we need relief. There are eras of history in which the course of life seems to turn against us, and we long for salvation. We join with many others across time and space when we, in our worship, turn heavenward and cry for mercy. But we don’t just seek relief. We seek renewal. The mercy of God is active. It is creative. It creates new hearts and renews spirits. It results in a spiritual outlook that is not dominated by the failures of yesterday. It produces a mentality that can see the possibilities for victory over evil in the future. Let us open ourselves to God’s mercy.

Services and Activities in the coming week:

  • Wednesday 14 September:
    • 10:00am:  Holy Communion
  • Sunday 18 September:
    • 8:00am: Holy Communsion
    • 10:15am: Sung Eucharist

Upcoming events: 

Choir Practice: Resumes on Thursdays at 7.30pm. All are welcome to join, no prior musical experience or training necessary.

Harvest Sunday: on the 2nd of October, we will celebrate Harvest Sunday. There will be a bring-and-share lunch after service. Please come along!

Donations to Barnardo’s for Harvest: As usual, we will collect donations for Barnardo’s food supply. While produce is thoughtful, it is often that they cannot distribute it before it spoils. It might be best to focus on canned goods.

Lunchtime Fellowship: Tuesday, 27th September at 12.30pm focus on Harvest. Organ Recital: 1 October at 8pm by John Riley of Edinburgh: Musical Discoveries and Conjectures. Chauvet; Gigout; Linke; Wachs; J. S. Bach in East London; Brahms and a Lady on a Bicycle; Postman Pat’s Bad Day; Improvisations on submitted themes. Free entry, donations welcome.

Bottle in the Box: there are 3 bottles this time. Pop your £2 in the envelope and write your name next to the bottle you hope to win.

 

10er Challenge Save £10/week for one year, to help with the cost of replacing our failing heating system.

You can contact the office by email using office@stmaryscardenplace.org.uk. Please send any material for the website to website@stmaryscardenplace.org.uk

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Weekly notices – 4 September 2016

This week’s Rector’s reflection:  Antiphons

As early as the 4th century, at the start of worship as the clergy and choir entered, a Psalm – known as the introit – was sung responsorially, meaning a response (called an antiphon) was repeated at intervals. This is usually retained in both Sung Matins and Choral Evensong. When Holy Communion was restored in Protestant churches as the main form of Sunday worship, people were often intolerant of the service length. The introit was eventually reduced to the antiphon or dropped. But antiphons are part of Anglican worship. They are present in the most recent Scottish Daily Office. The 1982 Scottish Liturgy indicates what it calls the ‘refrain’ for every Psalm. But the traditional term is antiphon. It is good to say the antiphon at the start as it orients us to the theme and, at a time when we could be focused on the ministers walking to their places or all the work we did or have to do, it summons our attention to God’s work.

Services and Activities in the coming week:

  • Wednesday 7 September:
    • 10:00am:  Holy Communion
  • Sunday 11 September:
    • 8:00am: Holy Communsion
    • 10:15am: Sung Eucharist

Upcoming events: 

Flower Rota: the new rota is available in the back to sign up and donate flowers through February 2017

Bottle in the Box: there are 3 bottles this time. Pop your £2 in the envelope and write your name next to the bottle you hope to win.

Spree Books are available. £20, £5 of which goes to St Mary’s. See Mary Allardyce

Organ Recital: 1 October at 8pm by John Riley of Edinburgh: Musical Discoveries and Conjectures. Chauvet; Gigout; Linke; Wachs; J. S. Bach in East London; Brahms and a Lady on a Bicycle; Postman Pat’s Bad Day; Improvisations on submitted themes. Free entry, donations welcome.

Harvest Sunday: on the 2nd of October, we will celebrate Harvest Sunday. There will be a bring and share lunch after service. Please come along!

10er Challenge Save £10/week for one year, to help with the cost of replacing our failing heating system.

You can contact the office by email using office@stmaryscardenplace.org.uk. Please send any material for the website to website@stmaryscardenplace.org.uk

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