The Independent Glenlivet and Inveravon News Group

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Your local independent newspaper for Glenlivet and Inveravon published every March, June, September and December.

THISTLEdown covers a very large area including Marypark, Cragganmore, The Braes of Glenlivet, Ballindalloch and Glennrinnes and Tomintoul.

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Sunday Worship – All welcome
Inveraven 9.30 am Tomintoul 11.15 am
If anyone would like the services of the Minister or other information about the church please contact any of the following:
Margo Stuart (Session Clerk) 01807 580239
Rev Jim MacEwan (Interim Moderator) 01479 821116
Rev Mary Duncanson (Pastoral Minister) 01479 872165

Flower Festival
The annual Flower Festival will take place in Tomintoul Church on Saturday 6th July 10 am – 4 pm and Sunday 7th July 2 pm - 4 pm. Teas and coffees will be available and on Saturday there will be organ music. We hope that more folk will take part this year with old and young most welcome to show off their floral talents. Exhibits should be brought to the church on Friday 5th July at 2 pm - 4 pm or 6 pm - 8 pm.
Songs of Praise
This will take place on Sunday 7th July 2019 at 6.30 pm after the Flower Festival at Tomintoul Church and will be followed by the auction of floral exhibits. All are welcome.
Holy Communion
Communion will be celebrated in both churches on Sunday 7th July 2019 at normal morning service times.
Games Service
Following the success of last year, the Games Service will take place at 11.15 am on Sunday 21st July 2019, the day after the Tomintoul Games. The music will be a Scottish theme with fiddle, accordion and bagpipes. Readings also in broad Scots or maybe the Doric. If you enjoy Scottish music and culture, come along and join in this unique occasion.
World Day of Prayer
This took place in the St Michael Centre on 1st March 2019. Members of the Church of Scotland and the Catholic Church shared the readings and hymns around a table. The theme this year ‘Come, everything is ready’ was written by the women of the church in Slovenia. The country is famous for its hospitality and the table represented this, including a vase of the national flower, the carnation.
Souper Sunday
This took place in the Tomintoul Community Lounge on 31st March 2019, when a simple meal of soup and bread was served following a service led by Margo Stuart and members of the congregation. Explanation was given about the Church of Scotland HIV Project at home and abroad and £250 was donated to support the project.
Weekly Coffee Mornings in Tomnabat Court
All are welcome from 10 am to 12 noon every Monday for tea or coffee and a chat and a look out at the nice view towards the River Avon. You will always find a friendly face here. Sometimes there’s a wee bit of music as well. We are fortunate to have this lovely community lounge.
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