Presbytery Mailing 01/03/2024

Please find below a number of relevant pieces of information for distribution and consideration by Presbyters.

Please find below a guide to the Crossreach services operating in the Presbytery area, which includes easy links to job vacancies. https://flipbooks.crossreach.org.uk/NENI


Fiona Kendall's talk regarding Mediterranean Hope has been recorded and is available here until Tuesday the 5th March.


The Presbytery Mission Development Officer Rev Dr Robert Smith has been made aware that he has listed an incorrect phone number, his correct mobile number is 07563 878741, please update any records that you hold.


We have been asked to circulate a job opportunity with the University of St Andrews Chaplaincy. It is for a two-year part-time role for an ordained Assistant Chaplain.

https://www.vacancies.st-andrews.ac.uk/Vacancies/W/1660/0/420584/889/assistant-chaplain-ad2674hm

Presbytery Mailing 23/02/2024

Please find below a number of relevant pieces of information for distribution and consideration by Presbyters.

A request from the Aberdeen Chorus of Sweet Adelines, a women’s a cappella chorus.

We have a relatively new member who is studying sound engineering at Aberdeen College, and she is keen to use her skills to help the chorus.

We were wondering if, in the light of the many unions of churches etc taking place around the city (and wider presbytery) if you knew of any who might now have surplus sound equipment they would be looking to either donate to a good cause (we are a registered charity) or sell on for a reasonable sum.

There will be some here from Drumoak and Durris now they have united with us here in Culter but the buildings are still going to be in use for a wee while, so we are not yet ready to dispose of what they have.

Anything such as a mixing desk, mic stands, cables, microphones etc would be put to good use for us to use recording rehearsals and to use to improve our amplification for performances.


NENI Presbytery, along with the Faith Action Programme Leadership Team and the Seeds for Growth Committee will be hosting an event for Presbyters and local leaders of congregational life on the 6th of March, starting at 2pm and running until 9pm. The event will be hybrid, with the on-site portion being hosted by Fountainhall at the Cross Church in Aberdeen. Please promote this event to your congregations. Click here to download a flyer for the event and click here to be taken to the Eventbrite page to book your free ticket.

This Roadshow event will be part of a series of opportunities around the country where the new Faith Action Leadership Team aim to interact with local views on the opportunities and challenges facing the Church of Scotland right now. Tommy MacNeil, Convener, Faith Action Programme Leadership Team and Neil Glover from the Seeds for Growth fund (which supports new expressions of church) are looking forward to engaging with the local church at a time of great change. This is our opportunity to contribute and to be heard.

Please make it a priority to attend at least part of this event; and invite those you think might also want to attend. There will be two sessions: an afternoon event with speakers, questions and answers, and a separate evening worship event. If you can only manage one of the sessions that is fine. But please consider registering for this important event.


Milestone Church in Orkney are hosting Basia Mindewicz (Biog below) from Edinburgh School of Icon Painting. She has agreed to come to Orkney and run her 5 day course which Rev Moira Taylor-Wintersgill has done twice! She was hoping that folks could learn about it as it really is a great chance to spend a week creating something really special:

Icon Painting Workshop – 19th to 23rd March 2024 10:30 am - 4:00 pm, Milestone Kirk. 5-Day Mary Magdalene Course. “For this course, we chose an icon of Mary Magdalene. We wanted to paint more icons of women saints. We think it is important. Through the artwork and the meditative process of creating this icon, you will be able to reflect on her story and how it can inspire you.” This 5-day intensive icon painting workshop is designed for students of all abilities. No previous experience is required. The course aims to help you understand the tradition of icon painting through studying masterpieces and through their inspiration to create your own icon. Over 5 days of intensive work, students will go through all stages of icon painting, which will be an excellent introduction and experience for using the egg tempera technique. For more info or to book follow the link: 5-day Mary Magdalene course - Edinburgh School of Icon Painting (edinburghiconpainting.org)

Basia Mindewicz Biography:

Basia was born in 1978 in Warsaw and is an icon painter and contemporary artist. She was trained in Poland in the College dedicated to iconography. She was studying ancient techniques of egg tempera and gold gilding. For many years she has been mainly working in a very traditional style learning the icon language. When she came to Edinburgh, she started exploring other “languages” searching for more personal and contemporary ways of depicting parallel reality. Her artistic development reveals the truth about who we are and what we need to become whole. Icon painting as a spiritual practice grows in silence and stillness.

Basia Graduated from The Maria Grzegorzewska Academy of Special Education, MA and College of Iconography (Policealne Studium Ikonograficzne) in Bielsk Podlaski in 2008.She has been working for a significant icon painting workshop in Poland and organized many private workshops and residential courses.

Anyone who is interested should book through the link above.


The Tron Church in Glasgow are holding a media seminar over the 12th and 13th of April, click here to download a video about the event, and here to go to the website for further details.

Presbytery Mailing 16/02/2024

Please find below a number of relevant pieces of information for distribution and consideration by Presbyters.

NENI Presbytery, along with the Faith Action Programme Leadership Team and the Seeds for Growth Committee will be hosting an event for Presbyters and local leaders of congregational life on the 6th of March, starting at 2pm and running until 9pm. The event will be hybrid, with the on-site portion being hosted by Fountainhall at the Cross Church in Aberdeen. Please promote this event to your congregations. Click here to download a flyer for the event and click here to be taken to the Eventbrite page to book your free ticket.


Please find below a list of the upcoming Safeguarding training sessions to be delivered via zoom:

Introductory Safeguarding Training

Advanced Safeguarding Training

Trustee Safeguarding Training

Please use the links provided to register. Upon registration, you will receive a confirmation email with details on how to join the meeting.

Your commitment to safeguarding is highly appreciated, and these training sessions play a crucial role in creating a safe and secure environment within our community.

Thank you for your diligence in ensuring the safety and well-being of our congregations.

Best Regards,

Natasha Hepburn, Presbytery Safeguarding Contact


An AV Day in Lossiemouth is scheduled for the 2nd of March, click here to see an picture with details.


Aberdeen Interfaith has asked that we share information about a Language Cafe event in Fraserburgh as they are looking for volunteers to assist with those sessions. Details below.

I'm getting in touch  asking if you would be interested in volunteering for a Language Cafe in Fraserburgh. It would be good to meet up in person and discuss this. If you would prefer to attend rather than lead sessions, then please come along too, as we can discuss the type of language cafe you would like to see and be involved in. 

Wilfred has kindly allowed us to meet at the Fountain of Love church on Cross Street, the same venue that we had the You, Me and a Cup of Tea event.

I hope you can meet us there at 5pm on Thursday the 22nd February.


If you have any secondary school aged young people in your congregation and have wondered about taking them away to a youth event in the summer, this might be of interest.

Magnitude is a festival organised by SU Scotland. It’s happening on the 20th-24th July at Lendrick Muir, near Kinross. Magnitude is for young people of secondary school age to explore their faith, worship together and have a lot of fun doing so.

We know there are some churches who would love to take their young people away, but the prospect of organising this for a small group is a bit daunting. The CofS are hosting a ‘village’, so you can camp with and get to know groups from other churches and they’ll organise the catering, a marquee to gather in and a hoody for £35/pp on top of the festival ticket cost (£159-£195 depending on when it’s booked). This is being coordinated by Suzi Farrant, the national Youth and Young Adults Development Worker

If you’d like to find out more, they’re running a couple of info sessions on Thurs 15th Feb 8-9pm and Tues 20th Feb 10:30-11:30am- same content just at different times.

Zoom ID: 858 4455 9424

Passcode: 302003


Dear Presbytery Colleagues,

If you have visited Shetland before, then you know how beautiful it is. And if you haven't, it is surely on your bucket list. But we know how expensive it is to get here, and how hard it can be to find holiday lets. So you might be interested in this offer from Shetland Church of Scotland, which will at least sort out your accommodation.

We are always looking for pulpit supply , especially around the summertime. Meanwhile, we have a fully furnished manse in Lerwick, the ground floor of which also serves as our office. We offer this manse to colleagues on a self-catering basis for almost free - the only cost is taking two Sunday morning services for every week you stay! This offer is open to all ministers,  deacons, lay preachers, and MDS workers who are accustomed to leading worship. We do not expect you to do any other church duties, so the rest of the week would be yours. However, you will need to fund your own travel, and you will also most likely need a car on Shetland, whether you bring one on the ferry or hire one while you are here.

The manse has two double bedrooms and two single bedrooms, with an additional sofa bed in the living room, so you are welcome to bring family or friends. Friendly dogs are also welcome.  Please note that all the accommodation is upstairs, except for the kitchen/dining room and a shower room. We supply sheets and towels. There is no television, but we have good wifi, and plenty books and games.

So if this appeals for either a holiday or a retreat space - or somewhere to write that dissertation at last - then please do get in touch with me and/or  our Administrator Frances Richardson at the Parish Office. We'll be happy to answer any questions you have, and to work out dates that might suit. We do have some dates booked already, but still plenty of spaces left.

Blessings,

Fran Henderson

Shetland Church of Scotland


World Day of Prayer is coming up soon and there will be a number of Ecumenical Services held in Aberdeen City, click here or here for posters with details.


"Faith in Scotland's Constitutional Future" is a project of the School of Critical Studies / Theology & Religious Studies at the University of Glasgow, led by Professor Heather Walton and the Rev Dr Doug Gay. This is an ecumenical, non-partisan and politically/constitutionally neutral research project exploring how folk in churches relate faith to constitutional questions in Scotland.

As part of this project, twelve regional events for church members/adherents are taking place around Scotland. There will be an event at Kirkwall East Church (King Street Halls) on Saturday 9th March between 12:00 and 15:00. You and the members of your congregation(s) are cordially invited and very welcome to come. Admission is free. The organisers are very grateful to the Rev Julia Meason and the congregation of Kirkwall East Church for helping to facilitate this.

After video presentations from four Christians prominent in Scottish politics (two pro-Union and two pro-Independence) the discussion will involve listening respectfully to one another’s positions and arguments. This will aim towards relating this difficult and emotive topic to the common Christian faith of participants.
Click here for a poster for church noticeboards.


You are welcome at an antisemitism briefing for Christian leaders with the Board of Deputies, the Community Security Trust, and the Union of Jewish Students. Full details and a registration form are here: https://www.tickettailor.com/events/thecouncilofchristiansandjews/1141066


FAITH IN OLDER PEOPLE IN COLLABORATION WITH THE ANNA CHAPLAINCY IS HOLDING AN EVENT ON WEDNESDAY 20TH MARCH 2024 BY ZOOM 10-12.30am

Practical approaches for spiritual care among older people- the potential of Anna Chaplaincy

There will be small group discussion and information about the specific training to become an Anna Chaplain.

Confirmed speaks include:

  • Rt Rev Sally Foster-Fulton, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland
  • Professor John Swinton, University of Aberdeen, Chair of Divinity and Religious Studies
  • Dr Donald Macaskill, CEO Scottish Care

BOOKING FEE £20.00 - TO BOOK YOUR PLACE PLEASE CLICK here

Presbytery Mailing 06/02/2024

Please find below a number of relevant pieces of information for distribution and consideration by Presbyters.

There is an opportunity for an MDS within the Presbytery. The opportunity is that of a Parish Assistant for Kingshill Church.

For a full job description and details on how to apply, please visit churchofscotland.org.uk/about-us/vacancies-and-volunteering/ministries-council-posts
Closing date: Thursday, 29th February 2024, at 12 noon.
We would be grateful if you could highlight this opportunity to anyone you think would be interested in applying.


Dyce and Newmachar Churches are looking to employ a full-time Youth Worker. Please click here for details.


The latest edition of Prayer Points can be downloaded from this page of the website.


Click here to download Rev Carl Irvine's report from last week's meeting of Aberdeenshire Council Children's and Education services Committee for distribution to churches within the Aberdeenshire Council area.


The old West Gordon Ministers' Fraternal will be meeting on Thursday 15 February from 10 - 12 in the library of the Acorn Centre in Inverurie West Church. All ministers and deacons - and ecumenical partners - across the old Gordon Presbytery, and beyond, will be made very welcome.


Click here to download a flyer for the latest round of sessions of the Aberdeen Academy of Theology. We are very excited to have Dr Nicola Whyte, Hope Trust Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Aberdeen, presenting a series on the topic of sin. Dr Whyte’s work brings insights from systematic theologians such as Karl Barth into conversation with contemporary political questions. We’re looking forward to lively discussions over the course of the three sessions, the first of which will happen on Saturday, January 28th, from 9:30am-12:30pm at the Fountainhall Church Centre. Please feel free to share the flyer with anyone who might be interested in coming. As always, it would be good if you could RSVP if you are coming so that the right amount of coffee, tea, and refreshments can be bought.


Click here to download a promotional flyer for the Celebrating Calling events, the next of which will be held in Aberdeen on the 21st of February.


The Epiphany Group is holding the first of their reflective days of 2024, click here to download a poster for the event.


Click here to download a poster inviting all to the University of Aberdeen's series of Gifford Lectures, to be delivered by Professor Miri Rubin, the first of which will be held on Monday the 26th of February at 6pm.


Click here to download a leaflet outlining Cornerstone's Lent and Easter Resources.


The weather may not be conducive to being outside, but spring is coming – the days are getting longer and thoughts of outdoor activities will return, so why not take advantage of an opportunity to combine some running with the opportunity to raise some money for the Church of Scotland’s very own Social Care Arm, CrossReach. We are putting together a “team” to take part in the Balmoral Running Festival at the end of April. Click here to see the attached flier or contact Rev Keith Blackwood at Mannofield Church, Aberdeen – please also share this with any other hobby or serious runners you know – the more the merrier.


Crown Terrace Baptist church is looking for 6 Go-Pak foldable tables to help with an additional English class they are starting for asylum seekers.
Gary (pastor) was wondering if any churches that were closing would have these going spare.
They are willing to pay for them.
Do you know of any churches that might have them and would be interested to part with them? Get in contact with Gary Smith, the pastor at ctbcpastor@gmail.com.