THISTLEdown








The Independent Glenlivet and Inveravon News Group

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Kirk News

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 took place in Tomintoul Church on Saturday 6th July and Sunday 7th July. Teas and coffees were served and visitors on Saturday enjoyed a selection of organ music played by Patricia Nisbet. There was a wide range of folk who took part this year with old and young showing their floral talents. Tomintoul and Glenlivet Primary School provided an excellent display of pupils’ artwork.
Songs of Praise
This popular service was conducted by Rev Mary Duncanson and Rev Jim MacEwan to a good crowd of local folk and others from around the Presbytery of Abernethy on Sunday 7th July 2019 after the Flower Festival at Tomintoul Church. Following the service the auction of floral exhibits took place and over £600 was raised for church funds. Thanks to all who took part in this happy occasion.
Games Tea Tent
The church was pleased to welcome many friends and games visitors to the Tea Tent at the Tomintoul Games, where tea and coffee were served accompanied by home bakes. It was suddenly very popular when a short shower drove folks inside in the early afternoon, but in the end the sun came out again.
Games Service
Following the successes of the last two years, the Games Service took place on Sunday 21st July 2019, the day after the Tomintoul Games. It was conducted by Rev Christine Ritchie in broad Scots, with readings from ‘The Glasgow Bible’ by Doug Nisbet and Margo Stuart. Prayers, including The Lord’s Prayer, in Scots were led bv Ann Wraight and Ebeth Coutts.
The hymn were sung to the accompaniment of Scottish airs, with Jim Hogg on fiddle, Bob Coutts on accordion and Lauren Martin on bagpipes. Jim also led the large congregation in the singing of the 23rd Psalm to Crimond in the unaccompanied style of the auld Scots Kirk, which many found most moving.
Bottle Race and BBQ - It has been decided not to hold this event this year due to difficulties in finding a suitable date.
Rhymetime and Messy Church
Rhymetime restarted on Thursday 29th August 2019 at 10.30 am in Inveraven Church and thereafter every Thursday during term time. Look out for dates for Messy Church at Glenlivet Hall.
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. Every month there is a short informal church service, usually on the first Monday of the month. All welcome..
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