Audio recordings from recent Morning Services
We have now started our summer services programme, which will run from 8th July to 12th August, led by members of the congregation. The overall theme will be "Your SHAPE for God's Service", where SHAPE stands for Spiritual gifts, Heart's desire, Abilities, Personality, Experience. We won't be recording these services, you'll just have to come along and enjoy!
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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.
The second strategic planning conference took place on 20th March in the church hall. A copy of Neil's letter summarising the output of a very productive evening is here.
The third strategic planning conference took place on 17th April in the church hall. This proved to be more challenging and there is more work to be done. Nevertheless, some useful progress was made. A copy of Neil's letter summarising the meeting is here.
Boys' Brigade Open Night (Jun)
On Friday, 29th June, 1st Kintore Boys’ Brigade held their Open Night and presentation of awards. The Inspecting Officer was Donald MacGregor who then presented the boys with badges gained over the session. The award for the Best Boy (Junior Section) went to Douglas Mowatt and the Best Boy (Company Section) to Gregor Philip.
The Enrolment night for the 2018-19 session will take place on Friday 24th August, from 7 – 8pm in Kintore Church Hall. New members very welcome.
Floral Fun (Jun)
Our latest crafty, chatty venture had a floral theme. The invitation was to bring along some flowers and a suitable container and see how simple it is to make an attractive floral arrangement. Help and advice were on hand from some experienced flower arrangers plus some other craft activities to try with a floral theme. Refreshments and fine pieces ensured that everyone had enough energy for the evening. Information was given about Toilet Twinning and our support for our Missionary Partners in Nkhoma Hospital through knitting and the £30 raised by the evening will go towards the cost of sending the knitting out to Malawi.
Messy Church Barbeque and Congregational Picnic (Jun)
This month's Messy Church was our Fathers' Day barbecue and congregational picnic. Fine food and fun and games were enjoyed by all in the church garden.
Thanks to everyone who has volunteered this session, have a well-earned
break over the summer.
Girls' Brigade Annual Display (Jun)
The Girls' Brigade were formed 125 years ago. At the Girls' Brigade Annual Display, on 4 June, the girls described the history of the Girls' Brigade, demonstrating uniforms and activities through the years, and showing the development of the Girls' Brigade badge. They also sang a song written to mark the anniversary. It was an interesting and very enjoyable evening.
Summer Festival (May)
The sun shone again for Kintore's Summer Festival and we were glad of the shade in the church gazebo where Fair Trade, Messy Church and Toilet Twinning all had stands to promote these worthwhile causes.
Messy Church (May)
Messy Church looked at the Beatitudes this month with a play on the 'bee' word. We were blessed with nice weather which meant we had an outdoor bee message hunt, a bee science station run by our expert Jo and a variety of active and messy tables.
We shared Brigit's spectacular bee birthday cake following a lively celebration in the church.
Thanks to all who came along.
Vintage Tea (May)
Our annual Christian Aid fundraiser had a Royal Wedding theme this year. The Vintage Tea featured cake stands groaning with sausage rolls, sandwiches and fine pieces. A total of £355.10 was raised.
Many of those who attended dressed up for the occasion!
Messy Church (Apr)
This month our theme was One Man Went To Sow, the well known Parable of the sower. Our activities included sand tray gardening & planting fun for the younger visitors, making messy farmer's footprints, bird seed collage and a prayer table based on the four types of soil. At our science table we observed all kinds of seeds including the beans which had started to grow.
Neil led a lively celebration in the church which included a simple drama with some volunteers who acted out this month's story.
Thanks to all who came along.
Mini Messy Easter (Apr)
Mini Messy Easter was held in the mid hall. We enjoyed hot cross buns and chocolate nests and exchanged our plastic eggs in the egg hunt for delicious cream eggs. We had a good turnout and welcomed baby Iona to the Messy Church family.
Neil led a lively celebration in the church to celebrate this happy Easter day where our decorated cross was on display.
Thanks to all who came along.
Easter Morning Communion (Apr)
Passover Meal (Mar)
Fair Trade Big Brew (Mar)
Heavy rain did not deter our keen ‘crafty’ people from turning out to learn new skills and raise the profile of Fair Trade. Creative options during the evening were Crazy Collage and Needle Felting, fuelled by plentiful quantities of tea, coffee and hot chocolate and a delicious selection of home baking. The evening raised £97.00 for Traidcraft Exchange to support the ‘Hidden Entrepreneur’ Appeal which focuses on people in developing countries who have the talent and determination to succeed, but lack the opportunity. This year every donation will be matched by the UK Government meaning twice as much money goes to help people build businesses and create a better future for their families and communities.
Messy Church (Mar)
This month our theme was Daniel Walking With Lions. Our activities included a science challenge, prayer station, lion puppets and retelling the story.
We enjoyed making edible lion biscuits and had a fabulous teatime cake with chocolate cupcakes.
Thanks to all who came along.
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.