Many of you will know that a familiar face will be missing from St Machar’s for the next few weeks. The Rev Bill Campbell, who has so willingly and ably taken so many of our services during the vacancy, was due to be admitted to hospital last week for surgery. It is expected that he will be out of circulation for six to eight weeks. Bill knows that our good wishes and prayers go with him, and we hope that it will not be long before he is back with us.
The autumn Traidcraft catalogue with order form is now available with Christmas cards and gifts so you can get well ahead! Orders can be handed into the shop or to Alexis on 01224 708191
The Women’s Group will resume its meetings with coffee at the Coffee Shop in Gaelic Lane on Tuesday 2nd September at 10.30am. The Dunbar Street Hall will be the venue for the first lunch of this session on Wednesday 10th September at 12.30pm.
Life and Work for September is on sale now and includes an article about ‘Take a Moment with Woodside Parish Church’ which airs on SHMU radio (99.8FM) from 8am – 9am on Sundays.
Vacancy Update The Nominating Committee has now received applications and has started the process of visiting churches and hearing prospective ministers preach. Each Sunday, we intend that a carload will visit a church, hear the minister and report back.
When that process is concluded, a short let will be interviewed and we hope and pray that we can select a sole nominee to present to the congregation. It is difficult to guarantee a time scale, but we are hoping that the interviews be held in the first half of October.
Friends of St Machar’s Cathedral
On Sunday 14th September, the Friends of St Machar’s Cathedral are holding their Annual Outing with the Old Aberdeen Heritage Society. This year the outing consists of a walk, in effect a mini pilgrimage, from St Clement’s Church in Footdee through the City Centre, into Old Aberdeen ending up at St Machar’s around 5pm for refreshments.
The intention is to visit and learn about all the churches and graveyards en route which have a Saint connection.
There is no charge for joining the walk and transport will be available for those for whom the walk is not possible or just too daunting.
After refreshments, the evening service will take the form of the Friends Annual Service, and the Rev James Stewart, the Presbytery representative on the Friends Council, will conduct the service. The service will be followed by the 44th Annual General Meeting of the Friends.
Anyone wishing to know more of the arrangements should contact Alan Grant, the Secretary, Walter Duncan, Vice Chairman, or any of the Council members.