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Harvest Festival 18th October 2015

IMAG0580 IMAG0577 IMAG0570 IMAG0573Harvest Festival was held at St Congan’s on the 18th October 2015 followed by a Harvest lunch of soup and savouries. This year the collection of £200 will be donated to RSABI, the Royal Scottish Agricultural Benevolent Institution.IMAG0575IMAG0565

Strawberry Tea

IMG_6929Sunday 23rd August was the occasion of St Congans ‘Strawberry Tea’ hosted by Julia and Ian Nicholson to some 26 guests at their home at Back Hill of Carnousie.

It was a fine day, if a little windy, and the strawberries and ice cream and strawberries, and even a few raspberries, made a welcome addition to the variety of savoury and sweet items brought to the occasion.

A total of £170 was donated by those present and will be split between the Red Cross and St Congan’s Church.

 

Bishop’s Summer Message

 

Gift Day for St Congan’s

St Congan’s Scottish Episcopal Church,

GIFT DAY, Whit Sunday 24th May 2015

To: Members and all friends of St Congan’s Church Turriff                                                             

There have been a number of exciting developments recently in the life of St. Congan’s, and we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continuing support of the ministry of St Congan’s Scottish Episcopal Church in Turriff. The encouragement of the community in the work of St Congan’s has been very heartening.

We have hosted this year’s ‘Thinking Day Service’ which was well attended by Turriff’s youth organisations; and we have also hosted the ‘World Day of Prayer’ and the ‘Christian Aid’ services, securing welcome donations to support both organisations, after which those attending enjoyed tea/coffee, home bakes and fellowship. We support the Turriff food bank, and we also share the use of the church building with the local Polish Roman Catholic Church community, who hold a weekly service at St Congan’s on Sunday evenings.

Our plans for the re-ordering of the back of the church, which include a new ramp and entrance to improve accessibility, an enlarged social area with improved refreshment facilities, and an accessible toilet, have now been approved by the Planning Authorities and received building warrant approval.  It is now time to plan and execute the works.

The trees in the churchyard have all been examined by Tree Surgeons and the appropriate action taken to ensure the safety of those visiting or attending the Church.

Our heating boiler is beginning to show its age and we are looking to replace it with a more modern installation, before the next winter season, to avoid the congregation suffering hypothermia!

These improvements, and ongoing maintenance, will ensure that the church building continues to be available to support our weekly worship and those life cycle events of community involvement including baptism, confirmation, weddings and inevitably, funerals – but it comes at a cost.

This coming Sunday – Whit Sunday (The Feast of Pentecost) is the date of our GIFT DAY; it is vitally important that we all support financially the work of St Congan’s in the community. You do not need us to tell you how expensive things have become – running and maintaining a church is no different. We all need to give realistically of our time, talents, and money. Could we ask you to consider what you can give as your thanksgiving offering?

Please bring your gift with you to the Church service on Whit Sunday (Pentecost) or send it to either of us at the addresses below. Please indicate  if you would like us to claim Gift Aid.

We wish every blessing on you and your family,

Mary Murray, Lay Reader, and David Henson, Treasurer

 

Mary Murray –  5, Mill Road, Turriff, AB53 4SW                                                                                               David Henson – Rowanbank House,  Turriff, AB53 8H

Scottish Charity No: SC001003

Christmas 2014 Message from St Congan’s Scottish Episcopal Church.

Advent, in December is the period of ‘anticipation’ and ‘arrival’. As we progress through Advent it seems that the volume and complexity of seasonal lights on houses and properties increases, reaching a peak in intensity at Christmas. The Advent Calendar, whether traditional, with windows showing the Nativity, or offering sweets, or even the digital versions to be viewed on smart phones etc. help us follow this progress to Christmas.

In Church we use an Advent wreath of five candles symbolising the Patriarchs,
the Prophets, John the Baptist (purple), the Virgin Mary (pink) and the Christ Child (white) which are lit in turn each Advent Sunday, starting with the first (purple) Patriarchs candle, and ending with the (white) Christ Child, the ‘Light of the World’, on Christmas Day.

We have had our Christingle service, with the collection going to the Aberlour Child Care Trust, and our ‘Nine Lessons and Carols’ service held jointly with the Polish community, which tells the story of Christmas. This is a time of celebration.

The origin of Christmas gifts lies in the Christian tradition that says God gave his son, Jesus, as a gift to bring us life; we reflect that generosity by giving gifts to each other. When there are so many divisions in our own society and the world, the Christmas message is always the same – Immanuel – God is with us, bringing peace, joy and love. May we all know God’s richest blessings in our homes and families this Christmas time.

Walk of Witness 2014

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  In addition to the regular Services during Holy Week, and Bishop Bob’s Maunday Thursday Service at St     Congan’s, Good Friday held what has become the ‘Traditional’ Walk of Witness, initiated by St Congan’s       Canon Palmer a few years ago, starting at St Congan’s Church in Devron Road and proceeding through         the Town stopping for prayers, readings and hymns at St Ninian and Forglen Church, the Square, the         Turra Coo finally arriving at St Andrew’s Church where the ‘Walkers were also provided with   refreshments of hot cross buns and tea or coffee. Representatives of six Churches took part in the walk which was blessed  with warm sunshine!

   St Congan’s Churchyard hosted a ‘Sunrise Service’ on Easter Sunday taken by the St Ninian and Forglen      Church who also provided breakfast following the Service to which all were welcome.

Coffee Morning and pre-Christmas Fair

On Saturday 5th October St Congan’s Church will be holding  their Annual Coffee Morning and pre-Christmas Fair in the British Legion, Turriff starting at 10am, continuing to noon. Entrance, tea/coffee,  butteries and shortbread £2 (accompanied children free). Come and relax over tea or coffee, and take advantage of sales on offer for all the family.

Blooming Great Strawberry Tea Party

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Baptism of Joss and Jamie Ptterson

Joss and Jamie Patterson were Baptised on Sunday 9th June and welcomed into the Church by the congregation.
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Baptism of Jaxson Scott

Baaptism of Jaxson Scott

 Jaxson Scott was baptised on Sunday 21st April at St Congan’s Church with parents, friends and the Congregation participating in both the Service and sampling the cake to celebrate afterwards.

During the service a special blessing was said for Hanna Marlar who is joining the Army.