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PRESBYTERY ON-LINE UPDATE

Presbytery Events Calendar: www.aberdeenpresbytery.org.uk/events.html

 

Contact address: events@aberdeenpresbytery.org.uk


Life and Work: In the November issue, Thomas Baldwin considers the new Hollywood film, The Case for Christ, based on a book of the same name, which charts one man’s journey from atheism to faith. Available in the cathedral shop.

 

Traidcraft Christmas brochure: These are now available on the table in the West End. To ensure delivery in time for Christmas, please hand your order forms either to the cathedral shop or Alexis Darg (01224 708191) by Sunday 26th November.


If you are visiting or relatively new to us, The crèche is along the passage behind the organ. There is a toilet and plentiful

toys; and the service is relayed there. Feel free to take your children through. Visiting children of 5 and over are welcome to join the Sunday School which starts in the church and leaves at the end of the second hymn for lessons in the east gatehouse.


Both the Cathedral Choir which rehearses on Friday night, and the Bellringers who practise on Monday night welcome enquiries from new enthusiasts. There is always a guide available after Sunday morning service to show visitors round the Cathedral. The Cathedral shop is in the west end.

In every case, ask a duty elder, the beadle or the Minister to point the way or to introduce you to a contact.


FAIRTRADE STALL Copies of the Autumn 2017 Traidcraft catalogue (including order forms) are available on the stall in the West End. You can hand in your order forms to the cathedral shop or contact Alexis Darg on 01224 708191. It’s never too early to order for Christmas!


ADVENT APPEAL FOR FOODSTUFFS AND TOILETRIES

The congregation will be familiar with the appeals held over Lent and Harvest. Recently the Kirk Session agreed to strengthen these efforts by adding a similar venture in the weeks leading up to Christmas.


The proceeds of this Advent Appeal will be donated to the Salvation Army, and we’ve indicated that donations may be used at Christmas or in the difficult period that many families face in January when their funds are depleted.


The appeal covers 3 areas: Foodstuffs Toiletries Finance


The Salvation Army indicates that it focuses on providing tinned food to families in need, including main meals, soup, beans, fruit, etc. Toiletries can cover soap, shower gel, deodorants (including for men) and other items.

Any money donated will be used by the Salvation Army to purchase items which are in short supply and desperately needed by families. Donations will be welcomed at the cathedral from Sunday 19 November, and the appeal will remain open until Friday 22 December. Thank you.


BE PART OF ‘TEAM ST MACHAR’ If you have some time to spare, perhaps you’d consider volunteering in the cathedral. There are lots of ways you can get involved, including welcoming and assisting visitors and serving in the shop.


We value our volunteers and will give you all the support you need. If you’re interested, please submit a volunteering form (which you can get from any elder) and someone will be in touch with you to discuss further. Thank you.


News from the Choir


We shall soon be welcoming some new Choral Scholars.  At the time of writing auditions have all been held and we are waiting for confirmation before making the announcement. It has been exciting to have so many more applications than ever before. The only drawback is that we cannot offer Scholarships to more than eight.  We look forward to getting to know our Scholars better in the coming months.


A warm tribute is due to the many choir members who sang at the Services during the Summer months.  Although the Choir does not rehearse during July and August, it was wonderful to have such enthusiasm, making possible an anthem each week.


Recently the Friends’ annual Evening Service was held at which the Choir was pleased to sing the setting of Stanford’s Evening Service in C. On that occasion we also sang a prose psalm.  Several people have mentioned how much they enjoy this genre of singing and we shall be looking at further opportunities of singing more of these in the future.


Sometimes it is good to sing ‘away from home’. In the Autumn the Choir sang at our near neighbours, the University, in King’s College, Chapel, in a concert devoted to the music of the Scottish composer Ronald Stephenson.  On October 8th the Choir has been invited to sing at the exquisite Chapel of Haddo House, in a Harvest Service marking the opening weekend of the Haddo Arts Festival.  On this occasion we shall sing a specially commissioned work by Dr.Paul Tierney, setting part of an enormous poem attributed to St. Columba. As with all new works, there are challenges which we are gradually overcoming in rehearsal.  We shall sing this Anthem at a morning Service at the Cathedral in the near future. After Easter next year (2018), we are planning a close link with the Choir of Paisley Abbey.  Our choirs will join together to sing both here at the Cathedral and at Paisley Abbey.  Their choir is one of the outstanding choirs in Scotland and this will surely be a red letter day for us all.  More details later.


Meanwhile may I say a most sincere thank you to all of you who kindly comment on the choir and the music?  It is wonderful to be part of a community which gives so much support and is so appreciative of the music in the special acoustics of our Cathedral.


(RBW. October 2017)