Flood Victims Appeal The retiring collections held on Sundays the 17th and 24th of January raised the magnificent total of £410. The collections were to support our Boys Brigade Company’s initiative to help the community of Ballater recover from the recent devastating floods. The boys themselves raised £150 and the whole sum, after discussions with Aberdeenshire Council, will be used to help the restoration of the Caravan Park. Congratulations to the company for taking this initiative.
Burns Supper The Congregation’s Burns Supper held in The Dunbar Street Hall on Saturday the 23rd January was a great success. The 70 people who were there enjoyed a splendid evening of fine food and drink, and memorable speeches and musical entertainment. After payment of expenses, the event raised over £1100 for our two nominated charities, North East Foodbanks Partnership and the Mission Aviation Fellowship.
The February Life and Work is now on sale. The Rev Dr Fiona Tweedie highlights the importance of the Church Census Day in Scotland which takes place on May 8 2016. Another article looks at the changing face of worship in the Church of Scotland.
The total number of visitors to the Cathedral in 2015 was 23,160.
This is an increase of 2,011 over the year 2014 figure of 21,149.
As always, August was the busiest month with 3,633 visitors - an increase of 423 on the August 2014 figure. The lowest number of visitors was in January: 784 opposed to 821 in January 2014. If we were to add together the unrecorded number of people attending public worship, weddings, funerals and musical events the total could well not be very different from the 23,160 figure for those we log as 'visitors'. The Cathedral being first and foremost a place of worship, it is good to know that our visitors are not all people who have merely come to see a great historic building. A good proportion of 'visitors' are indeed pilgrims or people who, for whatever reason, feel the need to come to God's house.
The Annual Presbytery Service will take place at Holburn West Church on Friday 5th February 2016 at 7.30pm.
The preacher at this service will be the Moderator of the General Assembly, the Right Reverend Dr Angus Morrison. In the course of the service the Moderator will present Long Service Certificates to elders, choir members and Sunday School staff. Everyone is welcome to attend this service, which will be followed by tea and coffee.