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.

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