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Strategic Planning Conferences
In February this year, Rev Neil issued a letter to all members of Kintore Church summarising the learnings from the Path of Renewal Project and advising us of four upcoming strategic planning conferences in which we aim to apply these learnings. A copy of Neil's letter is here.
Messy Church (Feb)
This month our theme was Love your World. Our activities included a recycling relay race, a graffiti wall, science and eco-crafts focussing on how to look after our planet.
During the celebration we sang "He's got the whole world in his hands" and using an inflatable globe we shared our favourite things about God's world.
At supper we decorated our own pizzas and shared a one world sponge cake.
Thanks to all who came along.
Burns Supper (Jan)
The Church Hall was filled almost to capacity as we celebrated Rabbie’s birthday once again. After Rev. Alistair Brown gave the Selkirk Grace, Jim Leith piped in the haggis which was then addressed in fine style by John McCall. The traditional fare of haggis, neeps and tatties, followed by Scotch trifle, was enjoyed by all. Master of Ceremonies, Graham Ritchie, introduced the programme for the evening. The Immortal Memory was fittingly proposed by Isobel Leith who gave an informative talk about the Bard’s life. Then Rev Neil Meyer, with his tongue firmly in his cheek, proposed the Toast to the Lasses and, in return, got plenty to think about as Jill Douglas replied on behalf of the gentle sex. Musical entertainment throughout the evening was provided under the leadership of Mary Burnett. Kirsten Ritchie and Val Reid sang some of Burns’ well-loved songs and Ian Wilson, Mike Cowe, Nonie Winton and George Raynor from Strathbogie Fiddlers had everyone tapping their feet to their music. John Sim proposed the vote of thanks and the evening finished in traditional style with the singing of ‘Auld Land Syne’.
Messy Church (Jan)
This month our theme was "Jesus feeds a crowd" - the story and activities based on the feeding of the five thousand. We enjoyed lively action songs in the church after completing our messy tasks and then shared a delicious "fish and chip" supper together.
The church was filled almost to capacity at 5pm on Christmas Eve for the traditional Christingle service. With the help of mums, dads, grannies, grandas and other relatives and friends, the children, under Neil’s direction, each assembled a Christingle while learning about its symbolism and listening to the Christmas story. There was even an opportunity for Dads to indulge in some of their special dancing! This is always a very special service full of excitement and anticipation and thanks go to the young people of our church family who played fiddles and keyboard to lead the carol singing.
Carols by Candlelight (Dec)
Despite the icy conditions underfoot on Sunday 17th December, a large number of people gathered by candlelight in the church for a service of well-loved carols, familiar Bible readings and Christmas music from the choir before enjoying seasonal refreshments of mulled wine, mince pies, shortbread and fellowship in the church hall.
Grateful thanks go to all who contributed in any way to making the service happen, whether by decorating the church, preparing and serving the refreshments, reading, singing or simply coming along to be part of it. Special thanks to Mary and Jan for their months of hard work training the choir. The donations gathered on behalf of Aberdeenshire North Food Bank amounted to £414.20.
Christmas Garland Evening (Nov)
On Tuesday 28th November, the Church hall was filled with the scent of freshly cut Christmas greenery, the sparkle of tinsel, baubles and ribbon and the tempting aroma of home baking and mulled wine, to say nothing of the buzz of happy conversation, as around 40 ladies gathered to create a Christmas garland or seasonal table decoration, under the watchful but helpful eyes of some experienced advisors. Almost 3 hours later, the tables were emptied of the garland making materials, the glasses and cups drained of mulled wine and tea and everyone headed home, delighted with their creations and having had a most enjoyable time of fun and fellowship. Aberdeenshire Food Bank benefited from the evening to the tune of £191.
Songs of Praise Afternoon (Nov)
On Saturday 25th November, a large company gathered in the church to honour our emeritus elders: people who have worked hard and served faithfully as elders for many years but who have now retired from active service. Each emeritus elder had been invited to select 5 favourite hymns and the songs of praise for the afternoon comprised of their top 10 of beloved hymns (How Great Thou Art was Number One!) with Mary Burnett playing medleys of the hymns not chosen to give our voices a rest from the lusty singing. The afternoon finished off in the hall with refreshments and an opportunity to chat and reminisce. The whole event was a delight from start to finish.
Messy Church (Nov)
This month our theme was light in the darkness. Our activities reflected God's love for us and how it shines in us and through us. The church lights were dimmed for the celebration with strings of bright lights and candles lighting up the communion table.
We enjoyed lively action songs and a variety of fun activities and messy crafts before sharing a delicious supper together.
Messy Church (Oct)
Kintore Messy Church celebrated Messy Harvest with the story of Ruth and
Naomi. Crafts and activities included printing, collage, making bird feeders
and popcorn cakes.
The balloon rocket game proved very popular. We enjoyed a harvest themed tea, yummy 'tractor' cake and made a gratitude prayer tree.
Pray. Think. Act (Sep / Oct)
Rev Neil Meyer's 6-week Study, Discussion and Experience of Contemplative Practice is complete. Handouts and recordings can be accessed using the links below:
Feel free to contact Neil if you'd like to discuss this study further
Toilet Twinning (Sep)
Kintore Church family is currently involved in a Toilet Twinning fundraising project which started off with a very successful coffee morning with addition sales tables and fun toilet themed activities, including toilet roll bowling !! Thanks to all who donated their time, efforts and cash, which resulted in raising a total of £509.
Messy Church (Sep)
Kintore Messy Church celebrated their first birthday this month with a rainbow cake which was fitting as we were learning about the story of Noah's Ark.
Organ Recital (Aug)On Saturday, 19th August, a very appreciative audience of over 70 enjoyed a delightfully varied programme of organ music from the talented fingers of Philip Berg, MVO FRCO ARCM, Master of the Music at the Queen’s Chapel of the Savoy. On his second visit to play our church organ, Philip played selections by Handel, Faure, Macmillan and Bach as well as his own improvisation on the psalm tune "Kintore", first published in 1780. After the recital, refreshments were enjoyed. The evening raised £275 for church funds.
Messy Church (Jun)This month's Messy Church was our end of term summer celebration which joined with the congregational picnic / barbeque. Following the celebration based on the Lord's Prayer (which included Father's Day special activities) we enjoyed sideshows in the church garden and hall, then a delicious barbeque. The first course was enjoyed outdoors, the second course indoors due to rain.
Thanks to everyone who has volunteered this session, have a well earned
break over the summer.
We look forward to celebrating our 1st Birthday at Messy Church on 17th September at 3.30p.m. in the Church Halls. All the family are welcome to come and find out about Noah and his amazing building project, do some messy stuff, eat some fine food together at a meal, and most of all, meet some new friends.
Messy Church (May)
This month's Messy Church was both noisy and messy as we acted out the story of Joshua, his army and the walls of Jericho.
Kintore Summer Festival (May)
Our church family had a stall once again at the Summer Festival on Saturday 20th May, promoting both Fair Trade and Messy Church. We were very grateful to the staff from our local Co-operative store who brought along information boards about Fairtrade, Fairtrade products and knowledgeable staff to sell them. Despite the non-stop rain, we ran a Dizzy Football event with a Fairtrade football up for grabs, and all those taking part seemed to have a lot of fun. Let’s hope the sun will shine next year!
Messy Easter (April)
We celebrated REJOICE - It's Messy Easter - on Easter Day, Sunday 16th April. A big thank you to all who joined us and of course to the team of helpers. The highlights included the Lego Gospel, an egg hunt and making happy face pizzas.
The Big Brew (March)
We celebrated Fairtrade Fortnight with another Big Brew evening on 28th March. Two of our local Co-op staff came with FT wine to taste and gave us a short talk about FT facts. There was also a DVD to watch during the evening, telling the story of various farmers whose lives have been transformed by working with Fairtrade co-operatives. We then enjoyed a relaxing evening chatting, eating fine pieces and creating decoupage vases and ornaments to keep our fingers busy.
Our next evening will be Tuesday 27th June when we will be laughing our socks off! Book the date in your diary and watch Facebook and local shops for ads nearer the time.
Messy Church (March)
On Sunday 19th March, we explored the parable of The Good Samaritan through messy helping hands.
World Day of Prayer
On 3rd March we held our World Day of Prayer Service, in Kintore, which was a joint service with Fintray, Keithhall and Kinellar Churches. The theme of the service was "Am I being unfair to you?" and it was written by Christian women of The Philippines. We heard about their hopes and aspirations to overcome their struggle for fair and adequate levels of pay, fair treatment of domestic workers and help still needed after Typhoon Haiyan. We sang lovely Hymns and prayed their profound prayers. £90.50 was raised for them. Tea and homebakes afterwards set the scene for warm and noisy fellowship.