Audio recordings from recent Morning Services
17th December Christmas Pageant: Trouble at the Inn
10th December reading and sermon
3rd December reading and sermon
26th November reading and sermon (part 1), (part 2)
19th November reading and sermon (part 1), (part 2)
12th November reading and sermon
5th November reading and sermon and prayer for all the saints
15th October reading (1), reading (2) and sermon
Over the summer, we followed a course called "Fruitfulness on the
Frontline", produced by the LICC (London Institute for Contemporary
Christianity). We watched a series of short film clips in which Mark Greene
gave practical advice about how we can live out our Christian lives and our
call to follow Jesus every day in every situation. “Fruitfulness”
here means anything which is helpful, or “fruitful”, for
Jesus’ mission in the world. In other words, anything which advances
God’s Kingdom of grace, love and justice. Your “frontline”
refers to where you spend your day. It could be with your family, in your
workplace, your bowls club or your school, the supermarket or the bus –
or all of the above. We are especially thinking about places away from the
church. So “Fruitfulness on the Frontline” then means advancing
God’s Kingdom in the places where we live our day-to-day lives. We
decided not to record any of the course, to avoid any copyright issues.
However, a link to the LICC, where you can read more about their work, is here
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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.
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.