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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.
Messy Church (February)
On Sunday 19th February, our theme was Joseph, where we explored his life story and how he trusted God through good times and bad.
Messy Church (January)
On Sunday 22nd January our theme was 'Listening to God', through the story of Samuel & Eli in the temple. We recreated a fantastic temple in the church for a dramatized story and sang about Jesus our Superhero.
Summary of Christmas 2016 activities
We got into the Christmas spirit earlier than usual this year when we offered an open-door community Christmas singalong in the church on Saturday 3rd December in the run-up to the arrival of Santa and the switching on of the Christmas lights in the Square. Around 70 people took part and this initiative is one we hope will become a regular part of Kintore’s community life. As Christmas got closer, the nursery classes from Kintore school came along to hear the Christmas story and all of the primary pupils visited for their end of term Christmas service in the church.
An almost capacity crowd filled the church for the Carols by Candlelight service on Sunday 18th to hear the familiar bible passages of the Nativity story and sing well-loved Christmas carols, as well as hearing some lovely seasonal pieces by the choir. Grateful thanks are due to all who contributed to the service, either by singing, reading, providing and serving the welcome mulled wine and festive eats afterwards or by simply coming along. The retiral collection of £616.50 was sent to the Aberdeenshire Syrian New Scots' Donation Plan.
On Christmas Eve it was standing room only for the 5pm Christingle service when a very large crowd, full of anticipation and excitement, helped retell the Christmas story and, following careful instructions, put together and lit symbolic Christingles. Thanks to generous donations from this service and from the two visits earlier in the week by Wee Rascals and Wee Rascals 2 nurseries, £619.66 was sent to Barnardo’s to help with their work with children. Then at 11.15 pm we sang some carols, leading into a short service to welcome the arrival of Christmas morning. Christian Aid donations at this Watchnight service totalled £370.30, plus Gift Aid (bringing the total sum raised in Kintore for Christian Aid in 2016 to £4494.81).
Syrian New Scots Christmas Party
Thank you to all the incredibly generous people within our Church family who, by buying yellow roses or gift tags, contributed £280 towards the cost of the Christmas party held in the Wyness Hall, Inverurie on Thursday 15th December. Around 80 Syrian New Scots enjoyed food, fellowship, fun and presents from Baba Noel, thanks to the kindness of people in the churches in Kintore, Inverurie and Westhill where these families are now living and becoming part of the local community.
Aberdeenshire North Foodbank Christmas Collection
Twelve members of our Church family volunteered their time to help out during the 3 day collection of food at Tesco Superstore in Inverurie to help stock the local Food Bank and gather some Christmas goodies to hand out during the festive season. Our willing helpers were kept busy handing out shopping lists specific to the needs of the Food Bank and gathering in the donations from very generous shoppers.
Christmas Garland Evening
Over 40 creative people enjoyed a productive time in the church hall on Tuesday 29th November, leaving with happy smiles, satisfied taste buds and beautiful Christmas wreaths and garlands to adorn their homes in the festive season. Heartfelt thanks to all who contributed in any way to the success of the evening. The Aberdeenshire North Food Bank received £121.10 from the evening’s donations.
Messy Church (November)
The third Messy Church took place on Sunday 20th November. We explored the theme of "The Good Shepherd" and had a great turn out! The Messy Nativity sheep trail runs from the 1st to the 24th December, with the prize draw announced at the Christingle Service.
The Big Sing
We were richly blessed by having John Bell and Jo Love from the Wild Goose
Resource Group come to lead us in a Big Sing in the church on Friday 4th
November. A large crowd of people, some having travelled quite a distance on a
wet and windy night, took part and John and Jo soon had all our voices raised
in praise, teaching us new melodies, getting us singing in four part harmony
and entertaining us in between songs with a wealth of stories about the
background to the songs we were singing and the wider work of Wild Goose. The
Big Sing raised £888 for the Iona Abbey Refurbishment Appeal
Messy Church (October)
The second Messy Church took place on Sunday 16th October. Helpers and families enjoyed exploring our theme of 'Salt & Light'.
The next Messy Church will take place on 20th November. As usual, all are welcome!
The Fiddlers’ Rally took place in the church on 1st October and not only proved to be a wonderful evening’s entertainment but also raised the fantastic sum of £1452.00 for the Iona Abbey Refurbishment Appeal. Well done to all involved!
Messy Church (September)
The inaugural Messy Church took place on Sunday 18th September and was well attended. The theme was "Creation" and the event included some learning, some craft and a meal together.
Jacob's Ladder - A Study about Spiritual Journeys
Rev Neil Meyer's bible study course on spiritual journeys is now complete. The handouts can be read and / or downloaded from the links below:
Feel free to contact Neil if you'd like to discuss this study further
Aberdeenshire North Foodbank Collection at Tesco
Eight members of our Church family helped out during the 3 day collection of food at Tesco Superstore in Inverurie to help stock the local Food Bank. Our volunteers handed out shopping lists specific to the needs of the Food Bank and gathered in the donations from the generous shoppers.
Baking and Bunting
A good time was had by all those present at the Baking and Bunting evening on Tuesday 28th June, to watch a demonstration of cake decoration by Liliya from Honeylily Cakes. After seeing how it should be done, there was an opportunity for everyone to have a go. Cupcakes were beautifully iced and decorated, colourful strings of bunting were created and refreshments were enjoyed. Thanks to everyone who contributed to the success of the evening, whether by organising, attending or providing the wonderful ‘fine pieces’. £70 has been handed over to the Aberdeenshire North Food Bank as a result of the evening of fun.
On Easter Day (27th March), a number of us gathered together in the churchyard at 9:00 a.m. on a cool but dry morning to participate in Holy Communion. The service was the usual uplifting experience. Rev Neil Meyer is shown conducting the service, together with some pictures of the participants.