ConnecTions our new magazine

connecTions

the magazine of

Stonehaven Carronside

Church of Scotland

 

 

        Scottish Charity Number SCO13165

www.dunnottarchurch.net

www.stonehavensouthchurch.org.uk

Connections No. 1

Welcome to the first edition of connecTions - the new magazine of the recently united Stonehaven Carronside Church. This edition of the magazine is a first edition - according to the definition of ‘First edition’ , this is the first print run of a new publication and with books, a first edition can increase in value if the book becomes a best seller.

 

The magazine comes to you at no cost, so it can’t increase in monetary value, but we hope that you will enjoy reading all the articles and reports which it contains.

 

We welcome all contributions of articles and reports so please let us have these to include in future editions of the magazine. We also welcome feedback on the magazine - so please let us know what you like and what you think we could do better.

 

Please send contributions for the next edition of connecTions to jenniferrmacdonald@hotmail.com by 6pm on Thursday 12th September. We look forward to hearing from you.

 

Editorial Group:          

 

Elaine Craig

Steve Craig

Diane Dart

Morag Duncan

Catherine Knox

Katherine Mathers

Jennifer Macdonald

 

 

STOP PRESS

SUMMER SALE AND COFFEE MORNING

At the time of going to press, the total raised at the summer sale and coffee morning held on 17th August was £1279.22. Thanks to all who contributed in any way – both for donations and for coming along to support the event on the day.

CHURCH SECRETARY AND OFFICE

Church Secretary

01569 760930

St Bridget’s Hall

Dunnottar Avenue

Stonehaven

AB39 2JD

Office hours are Thursday and Friday 10am to 1pm.

 

Email address for secretary:-

secretary.dunnottarchurch@outlook.com

Dear Friends, 

I hope those of you who managed to attend the Service of Union to create Stonehaven Carronside Church of Scotland found the occasion as uplifting and optimistic for the future as I did. Our thanks are due to many people for that success – our Presbytery Moderator, Rev Dr Alan Murray, all those who took part, reading and leading prayers, and, of course, to the organisers and catering crew. 

I have to confess that I can sometimes seemingly glibly assume that the catering machine will swing into action – and you know what – in whatever parish I have been at the time – that catering machine has always excelled, so thank you all. 

The union is a big deal, it is preparing us for the future, even though it will feel to some of us that we have lost something that was very precious and important. A few years ago we had a very serious house fire – at first sight it didn’t seem that bad, except in the room where the fire started; but then a few days later the insurance assessor turned up, and declared the entire contents of the house to be written off and that the whole of the insides – everything except the stone walls and the roof – would have to be rebuilt. 

If you have every had such an experience yourself, then you will appreciate how we felt about it – our home of over 20 years almost totally written off. We had to move out for about 18 months while all the work was done. 

But the work was done, the house was not just rebuilt as it had been – but to bang up-to-date levels of insulation - floors, walls and roof, with triple glazed windows and a new heating system. 

Our old house and many of the contents were destroyed – we managed to save the most important contents, even if the insurer had written them off – and now we live in a house that is much better than the one that was destroyed. 

So too, it can be for our church – however much we loved either of our previous parishes and congregations, the new Carronside has the potential to be even better than what we have lost. 

So, the formalities of the union are over and now we can move forward integrating our various administrative functions and with

the formalities of beginning the hunt for a new minister. 

At the beginning of July we held a very special service to commemorate the centenary of the Peace tree – the Oak tree just outside the wall at Dunnottar Church, planted to celebrate the end of the Great War. Special thanks to Donald McRae for organising everything and again to Alan Murray for leading the service. 

We welcome Margaret Benton to our local church family. Margaret has been appointed as a part time member of the Church of Scotland Missionary Development Staff, shared between Fetteresso and ourselves, and with a primary focus towards those living in the Care homes and sheltered housing in the town. Please make Margaret welcome and give her any assistance you can. 

 

For my own part, I am about to start my next training placement. I will be spending the next 6 to 8 months at Arbroath St Andrews church, a church with a large congregation and a contemporary style of worship, so I am looking forward to being taken outside my comfort zone! Unfortunately this means that I will still not manage to get to Carronside services except when I have official Interim Moderator duties to perform. 

 

Blessings to you all.

 

David Galbraith

Interim Moderator

       NEWS OF THE FAMILY

FUNERALS

        “ I am the resurrection and the life” John 11:25

IN DUNNOTTAR CHURCH

            Mr J W Scott, died 15th June, funeral 28th June

            Mrs P McBeath, died 23rd June, funeral 28th June

            Mr Robert Bethune, died 25th July , funeral 2nd August

IN SOUTH CHURCH

 

            Mrs Joan Henderson, died 3rd June, funeral 11th June

            Mr Stuart Walker, died 29th July, funeral 8th August

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

A member of the Editorial Team visited Mrs Margaret Edwards with Ibi Daramola, our Locum minister, to wish her a happy 99th birthday and bring her birthday cards. She was delighted to see them. Her birthday was on St. Swithin’s Day 15th July and she told them her interpretation of the St. Swithin’s Day story. She celebrated by going out to lunch with one of her sons to a local restaurant and enjoyed a busy day with family visits.

DATES FOR THE DIARY

SEPTEMBER

 

Sun

1

Sunday Service at the South

Edenholme

10.30am

2.30pm

Mon

2

Kilwhang Ringers – St Bridget’s

10am

Thu

5

Friendship coffee at St. Bridget’s

10-11.30am

Fri

6

Lunch Club - St. Bridget’s

12.30pm

Sun

8

Sunday Service at Dunnottar

10.30am

Mon

9

Kilwhang Ringers – St Bridget’s

10am

Tues

10

Stonehaven Guild – Fetteresso Church hall

7.30pm

Wed

11

Rainbow Whist - St Bridget’s

2-4pm

Thu

12

Friendship coffee - St. Bridget’s

Craft Group - South Conservatory

October connecTions copy due 

10-11.30am

2-4pm

6pm

Sun

15

Sunday Service at the South

Clashfarquhar

10.30am

2.30pm

Mon

16

Kilwhang Ringers – St Bridget’s

10am

Tues

17

Bowling - St Bridget’s

2-4pm

7-9pm

Thu

19

Friendship coffee  - St. Bridget’s

Craft Group - South Conservatory

10-11.30am

2-4pm

Sun

22

Harvest Service at Dunnottar with

Granite City Brass

Elderly and Housebound Service in  

St Bridget’s with afternoon tea

10.30am

 

2.30pm

Mon

23

Kilwhang Ringers – St Bridget’s

10am

Tues

24

Bowling - St Bridget’s

2-4pm

7-9pm

Thu

26

Macmillan fundraising coffee –

St. Bridget’s

Craft Group - South Conservatory

10-11.30am

 

2-4pm

Sun

29

Sunday Service at St Bridget’s

10.30am

Mon

30

Kilwhang Ringers – St Bridget’s

 

10am

 

St Bridget’s Hall Booking – David Macdonald – tel 764 750

South Church Hall lets – Hazel McCartney – tel 760 619

 

ANNUAL SERVICE FOR THE HOUSEBOUND AND ELDERLY
This service will be held in St.Bridget’s on the afternoon of Sunday 

22nd September.
All are welcome to join with our friends from the Care Homes to 

celebrate harvest, following which, a cup of tea will be served.
Ros Marshall 

WORSHIP THEMES FOR SEPTEMBER

SEPTEMBER

Sun 1st

 

 

SOUTH

CHURCH

10.30am

MORNING WORSHIP

  

 Luke 14, v 1, 7-14

      Worship leader Rev Ibi Daramola

Sun 8th 

 

 

DUNNOTTAR

CHURCH

10.30am

MORNING WORSHIP

 

Philemon vv1-21

      Worship leader Rev Ibi Daramola

Sun 15th  

SOUTH

CHURCH

10.30am

MORNING WORSHIP

 

 Luke 15, vv1-10    

      Worship leader Donald McRae

Sun 22nd

DUNNOTTAR

CHURCH

10.30am

MORNING WORSHIP

        HARVEST FESTIVAL        

PRAISE LED BY GRANITE CITY BRASS

 

Luke 16, vv1-13

     Worship Leader Louisa Greenwell

St BRIDGET’S

2.30pm

 

SERVICE FOR THE HOUSEBOUND & 

ELDERLY

followed by afternoon tea

Sun 29th

St BRIDGET’S

10.30am

MORNING WORSHIP

 

Luke 16, vv19-31

     Worship leader Ian Wilson

 

FLOWERS 

Flowers for services in Dunnottar Church and St Bridget’s in September 

  Sunday 8th    - May Arthur 

      Sunday 22nd  - Linda Lawson 

      Sunday 29th   - Maureen Criggie (St Bridget’s)

Contact: Ruby Still, 668 067 

Flowers for services in South Church in September 

      Sunday 1st     - Mrs. J. Anderson, Mrs. S. Brewster 

      Sunday 15th   - Miss C. De Jonckheere, Mrs. I. Lawson

Contact: Carol Balsillie, 740 684

BIBLE APPRECIATION GROUP 

Did you know that the quantity of New Testament manuscripts is unparalleled in ancient literature? There are over 5,000 Greek manuscripts, about 8,000 Latin manuscripts, and another 1,000 manuscripts in other languages.

In contrast, the typical number of existing manuscript copies for any of the works of the Greek and Latin authors, such as Plato, Aristotle, Caesar, or Tacitus, ranges from 1 to 20. The Bible is unique as 2 Timothy 3:16 says, “profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness”. 

So far this year, our group consisting of South and Dunnottar members, now as one in Carronside, have been reading and discussing Galatians in the New Testament. We completed this in July and in August will be starting Romans. 

As we only meet monthly, on the second Monday of each month at 2 p.m., we read only one chapter or even two depending on length. 

We continue to meet at Ian Wilson’s house, 17 William Mackie Crescent, for study, discussion, fellowship and a cup of tea/coffee and biscuits. 

There is no meeting in September and the next meeting will be on Monday 14th October. As always, a warm welcome awaits any new members. Ian can be contacted on 01569 760511. 

Article contributed by Pat Logue.

Contact: Ian Wilson, 760 511

KILWHANG RINGERS 

Having rested their handbells over summer, the Kilwhang Ringers will resume rehearsals on Monday 19th August in St. Bridget’s Hall at 10am. 

Anyone wishing to come and see what we do, or to join us, is welcome. 

Ability to read music is an advantage, but not essential. 

We look forward to joining our friends, The Silver City Chimes, for their celebratory concert in October. 

Enquiries to either myself, or the church secretary. 

Contact: Ros Marshall, 762 813, email: geros2@btinternet.com

KIDS @ CARRONSIDE

With the two churches now united, we are looking to moving forward with the Sunday morning children’s activities and making some changes.  From the beginning of September, families coming to church will attend the children’s group at the church where the service is taking place.

The first children’s activities session will start on Sunday, 25th August at Dunnottar Church at 10.30am. The children are in the church until they have heard the children’s talk then they meet separately until 11.30am.

As we have a new name for our two churches – Carronside Parish Church - we thought it would be ideal to have a new name for the Sunday morning children’s activities. As it concerns the children, we thought it was only fair to ask them so on return from their summer holidays, we will consult with the children to see if they can come up with a suitable name – watch this space!! 

We are continuing to work from a resource called ‘Roots’. Each week, the lesson provides ways for children and young people to explore readings from the Bible and relate it to everyday life. Over the next few weeks we will be looking at stories from the book of Luke, having fun with craft making and participating in games, songs and prayers. If you would like to know more about the children’s activities on Sunday mornings, please come along and join us for some fun. You are welcome to join us whenever you can manage, as we know how busy family life is with other activities but remember children are a big part of the Church now and the future.

We have also been looking at ways of meeting the needs of young families in our community and staff from Kids’ Praise and Dunnottar Sunday School have met with Ibi, our Locum Minister. Our discussions are at a very early stage but you will hear more about this in the near future. Here’s to a wonderful and busy year ahead. 

Contacts: Carol Eddie and Helen Sang

 

STONEHAVEN GUILD

 

Instead of having two Guilds – one at Fetteresso and one at Dunnottar – it was agreed that we should join forces and become Stonehaven Guild. The first meeting is on Tuesday 10th September at 7.30pm in Fetteresso Church Hall when the theme of ‘One Journey, Many Roads’ will continue with a speaker talking on ‘Companions on the Road’.

THE LUNCH CLUB

Alas the summer's nearly over

The schools go back next week

As the autumn soon approaches

Activities indoors we seek.

 

But fear not, we have a solution 

It comes on the 7th of September

We hear you heave a sigh of relief

The Lunch Club’s back- please remember. 

 

It's a Friday as usual, 12.30 the time

St. Bridget's hall is the venue

We hope you will join us, and bring all your friends

As we continue to work on the menu.

 

There will be soup aplenty, hot and cold sweets

So get together and find a driver

Tea, coffee and a fine piece will be served

And all for the price of a fiver.

Contact: Deb Blacklaw, 07796 173 864

 

FRIENDSHIP COFFEE GROUP

We are always pleased to welcome a large number of people who come along to St Bridget’s on a Thursday morning week by week no matter what the weather is like. We are open between 10am and 11.30am and for the small cost of £1 you have a choice of tea or coffee and a varied selection of home bakes. 

Sadly in August we are saying ‘goodbye’ to one of our volunteers – Kate Mathers – who is hanging up her apron after many years of serving (17 to be precise!!). We are sorry to lose her after such a long time but hopefully she will continue to come along and enjoy a blether and a time of fellowship and friendship. 

We are delighted to welcome Rosanne Smith to our team on a permanent basis. For the past few months Rosanne has filled in when we have been short of helpers. She will take over from Kate and joins Gwen and Morag. 

It is in September each year that we fundraise for the Macmillan Cancer Support Group and take part in the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning. This year it will be held on Thursday 26th September between 10 and 11.30am. Please make a note of the date and time and come along and support our efforts that day. We look forward to welcoming old and new friends on a Thursday morning.

Contact: Hazel Paterson, 767 589    

CRAFT GROUP

The Craft Group meets every Thursday afternoon in the South Church Conservatory and Hall from 2pm - 4pm. We will resume on Thursday 12th September and meet weekly until Thursday 28th November.

This friendly group knits, sews, crochets, makes cards and shares ideas as well as enjoying a cuppa and a chat. Some people do their own projects while others make hats, gloves, socks, skirts, baby clothes and blankets for charity organisations. We also make items for Church fundraising events and to put in the shoeboxes for Blythswood.

Looking forward to seeing you on a Thursday afternoon.

Contact: Sheena Brewster, 763 830

 

BADMINTON CLUB – HELP WANTED!

My badminton days are over. Due to an accident during the summer I will be unable to play for some time. If anyone is interested in taking over the group I will give you full instructions as to the running of the club.

It's not a big job - just being there on a Thursday evening at 7.30pm to set out the equipment. Then everyone helps at 9.30pm to put things away. New session is due to begin on October 3rd in St. Bridget’s hall.

Contact: Eileen Begg, 766 291

BOWLING

Bowling will commence its new session in St Bridget’s on Tuesday 17th September at 2pm. All existing and any new members will be made most welcome. The evening session will be at 7pm same day.

We have spare sets of bowls for anyone wishing to try this gentle and entertaining game. Coaching will be provided and there is a welcome cup of tea and bickies at halftime in the afternoon.

Contact: Allan Cairnduff, 763 387, Eileen Begg, 766 291

RAINBOW WHIST

We hope everyone has had a good break whether you have been away or not!

The first whist of the new session will take place on Wednesday 11th September at 2pm in St Bridget's Hall. A warm welcome is extended to anyone interested in a few hands of whist, played in a friendly atmosphere, with a cuppa at half time.

We are usually finished by 4pm and a modest charge of £2 is made to cover prizes.

Contact: George Coutts, contact through church office

 

SESSION SNIPPETS – SEPTEMBER 2019 

Carronside Kirk Session met in the Upper Room at Dunnottar Church on Thursday 13th June 2019 since this was the only room large enough to hold the number attending now. Although our Service of Union was held on 20th June and the Unitary Constitution only came into being on 28th June 2019, we felt that we had to meet as the new Session to get things started. Our Interim Moderator, David Galbraith, was also being “observed” as part of his OLM training by Rev Linda Stevens. Margaret Benton, our new 0.5 FTE “resource” shared with Fetteresso, also attended since she was taking up the position from 1st July 2019. All in all, a very cosy meeting! 

Margaret will primarily be looking after the care homes and will have a support group of 2 elders from Carronside and 2 from Fetteresso. Hazel Paterson and Gordon Edgar will be the Carronside support team. Margaret is paid by Ministries Council as are all ministers and we have to ensure that she is not taking on a full time position here. We wish her well in her endeavours. 

We are at the early stages of the integration of both former linked Sessions but some key appointments had to be made to advise Presbytery and 121 so Brian Sim was appointed Session Clerk with Gordon Edgar as Assistant Session Clerk. John Balsillie to be Commissioned Elder for Presbytery for 2019-20 with Louisa Greenwell stepping down. Subsequently, Presbytery has determined that John be elected as a Balancing Elder and that Louisa be appointed as the Commissioned Elder so that’s what’s happening as of 1st July. 

Karen Smith resigned/retired as an Elder at the last meeting of the South Kirk Session and Pat Logue intimated her decision to step down to the retired elders list with effect from 5th August. Huge thanks to both ladies for their sterling efforts for Christianity in Stonehaven over the past 30+ years. 

Diane Dart has resigned as Gift Aid administrator from Dunnottar and we thank Diane for her many years of service in this very important financial role. The Treasurer and team will be appointed at the next meeting. Although the bank accounts will eventually be merged and operate under Carronside, there is no need yet to change anything as far as standing orders etc. for offerings are concerned. Session will advise when this will happen since it will likely mean that we all have to fill out new forms. 

Where there are 2 committees present for activities – e.g. Property – then these will merge and sort out convenors etc. Where there is only one committee for any activity, then that will continue as the Carronside committee meantime. 

The key issue now is to get the Vacancy process under way and the first item needed is the new Electoral Roll. George Coutts and John Balsillie as respective Roll Keepers are tasked with producing this and all members and adherents have to be given the opportunity to review this. We can’t start electing the Nominating Committee until this has been approved. 

Session meets again on 28th August so it will be the October issue before the next Snippets. Let’s continue to pray for our new path as we progress along the Carronside.

Brian Sim, Session Clerk

PASTORAL ASSISTANT 

Hello, I know that I have already met a number of you in church over the past few weeks, and at the coffee morning on a Thursday morning at St Bridget’s. I have recently started as a Pastoral Assistant to the Church of Scotland congregations in Stonehaven, Carronside and Fetteresso.

My job description is fairly extensive and includes 

· assisting the ministers of both churches ‘in a range of pastoral and community related duties and to develop outreach to the elderly in the town, particularly to those living in Care Homes’. 

· supporting and developing volunteers and groups involved with pastoral care in both churches 

· visiting those who are elderly/ housebound etc.

I would be grateful if you could let me know who might appreciate a visit, and if you could also get in touch with me if you have a heart for reaching out to elderly people especially. 

I’m aware that you are in a time of transition, in that you don’t have a full-time minister just now. However, we know that God is faithful, and trust that He will guide and lead as we pray to Him about the way ahead. All of us as members of the body of Christ are called to share the love and good news of Jesus with our neighbours and friends. Let’s pray for ourselves, and for one another, as we seek to fulfil our calling as God’s people. 

I live in Inverbervie with my husband and two children, and will normally be working 3 days a week in Stonehaven. 

I’ll generally be worshipping at Carronside every second Sunday. If you would like to contact me at any time though, please feel free to email or phone me. 

Contact: Margaret Benton, (01561)362964

                                    mob. 07549 442944

email: Mbenton@churchofscotland.org.uk 

WORLD MISSION/ CHRISTIAN AID

Aberdeen Cyrenians: There will be boxes at Dunnottar, South and St Bridget’s venues to collect items, which are regularly delivered to Summer Street in Aberdeen.

They are still desperate for jeans – particularly men’s jeans but in smaller sizes – so drop them into St Bridget’s or call 01569 762038 to arrange a collection.

Men’s new boxer shorts are always needed and gent’s toiletries, especially deodorants and shaving foam, are constantly required. 

Blythswood Shoe Box Appeal: Yes it’s that time again when shoe boxes come to the fore and I know that this seems awfully early but this is the September issue and the boxes are collected in November so there’s not really a lot of time. Empty boxes are available to cover and fill.

Contact: Eileen Sim, 762 038

  KASTHURI’S STORY FOR HARVEST – AND SELVI’S

Harvest time is coming. Five women chat and laugh as they tend rows of organic tomato plants, which are loving the hot sunshine. 

Kasthuri’s life wasn’t always like this. Born into India’s underclass, a Dalit, she knows what it feels like to be discriminated against and alone. She survived because Selvi, who is from a different caste, gave Kasthuri a home to raise her son. Normally, someone in Selvi’s community would not even hand a cup of water to a Dalit person, but Selvi is determined to change the world around her. 

The Ecoveg project, supported by Chrisian Aid, is also breaking barriers. It supports Kasthuri and her women’s farming collective with agricultural and business skills and a fair price for their crop. “Alone as a woman, I couldn’t do this” says Kasthuri “but together we can be successful. I have no words to explain how happy I am to be here with my son.” 

Watch Kasthuri and her son at work and read more about Christian Aid’s Harvest Appeal at: https://www.christianaid.org.uk/get-involved-locally/scotland.

David Macdonald

Do not wait; the time will never be 'just right.' Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along.
                                                                           George Herbert

THE PEACE TREE

Billie is an Australian lady, now living in Forfar. She wrote to Donald McRae after attending the Peace Tree service with her friend Christine. We thought you would be interested in reading her letter.It was pure chance that led us to an event held in Dunnottar Church on Saturday 6th July. The photo of an oak tree ‘wearing’ a poppy wreath on its trunk appeared in the Press and Journal. An accompanying letter from Mr Donald McRae invited the readers to attend the birthday service of that tree. There are many dates which we remember throughout the year. July 6th is not one of them. We were unaware of the significance until we saw the photo. We were intrigued.

Dunnottar Church is surrounded on all sides by hundreds of trees. Protected by nature’s sentinels since it was built in the 14th Century. The ideal setting to plant a peace tree.

Mr McRae’s invitation was to attend a service commemorating the centenary of the tree planting ceremony. The significance of that planting is monumental in that it celebrated the signing of the peace treaty which brought the Great War to an end.

A short service was held in Dunnottar Church led by the Rev Dr Alan Murray, Moderator of Kincardine and Deeside. Local dignitaries, including members of the Stonehaven Freemasons, joined the public in the congregation. The presence of the Freemasons represented their forebears who attended the original planting in 1919.

Following the church service, a gathering was held at the side of the Peace tree, where a wreath laying ceremony took place. The Dunnottar Peace Tree, in a wooded area of the North East of Scotland is recognised as a living memorial and has a tree preservation order bestowed on it by Aberdeenshire Council. The graveyard and its occupants are under the protection of the War Graves Commission.

Long may the Peace tree live and thrive. It is one of the very few living memorials in this part of Scotland, bringing comfort to all who have been affected by war. A symbol of hope in an ever-changing world.

Happy 100th birthday, Oak Tree.

We wish you many more centuries safe in the shadow of Dunnottar Church and the tranquillity of Dunnottar Woods.

                                                                         Billie and Christine

SUNDAY WORSHIP AT CLASHFARQUHAR HOUSE

Many of our congregation will be familiar with Clashfarquhar towering above the town, now a care home for the older person. 

On the departure of the Rev. Rosslyn Duncan, I volunteered to share the short service of worship with Hazel Paterson. Sometimes it was a joint venture and other times (usually holidays) we did it separately. 

This is normally a short service of praise with at least 3 hymns, a Reading and a Prayer. However, I felt I was short changing them and decided a wee story might give those attending something different from a sermon. 

What would be my themes? 

My first was `Jesus in September`. This was about the birth of Jesus. We always celebrate on 25th December but maybe we have it wrong. After a bit of research and using texts from the Bible, I discovered that September could be His birth. However, after my wee talk, the final analysis was that no one knows what month he was born and as 25th December was a Pagan Holiday the Christian Church `commandeered` that date to celebrate the birth of Jesus. 

Next was Harvest. Easy you say. Need to look at something different in our modern societies where the supermarket is the source of our produce despite the fact it does come from the land. In Genesis 8 a successful harvest was always celebrated and in Exodus 23 Harvest was one of the three Great Festivals. I mentioned that our giving’s would be donations to those who are homeless rather than direct from the farm. Harvest celebrates the love we have in God and is an occasion for a Big Sing –from the planting of the seed to the gathering of the grain. 

We now skip forward to March 2019 with the theme of `Lent and Chocolate`. Traditionally Lent is a period of 46 days from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday. However, as Sundays are not counted then we only need to do 40 days. You might ask what has chocolate to do with Lent. Maybe not much but it could be something to give up for Lent. Many of us have given up something for Lent but would it be chocolate? This was in the lead up to Easter and I suggested rather than giving in to the chocolate temptation, give a friend a bunch of daffs. I left 5 Easter Eggs (various sizes) for the residents’ pleasure and a Lent treat. 

An idea for May was ‘What`s so Amazing about Grace?’ I explored the various meanings of the word and how we felt it affected us; after all it is a gift, free of charge. Do we deserve Grace? Have you experienced Grace? Do you know a Grace? 

Today is the greatest challenge to live in our God`s Grace, especially if we have strong views of other religions, abuses of power, and the turmoil ongoing throughout the world. Grace always introduces something new and an awareness that this great thing is a gift from God. A newborn babe, the sunrise each day, rain falling, and romantic love are but a few of the gifts of God that are examples of Grace. This of course led us into the hymn ‘Amazing Grace’. 

For my July service I choose the heading ‘Summer Suns are Glowing’. This was based on my recent holiday cruise to the Mediterranean and used hymns relating to lands faraway to catch the warmth of the sun and be cooled by gentle breezes. 

‘Far Round the World’, ‘Summer Suns are Glowing’, ‘All things Bright and Beautiful’, ‘For the Beauty of the Earth’. Hymns that were appropriate to the places visited, with flowers of many colours in abundance despite low rainfall and green fields of crops and lush areas of trees as you venture inland. The soil looks brick hard as the summer sun beats down, yet life flourishes. 

God gave us songs to praise our earth in its ever-changing landscape shaped by sun, wind and rain. Listen to the words of the praise as you sing. 

I have a break now till October and no doubt the theme will be about Harvest - or maybe not. These services are open to all to join with residents, relatives and staff, so if you have a bit of free time (2.30pm) on a Sunday afternoon you are always welcome. 

Hazel, Ros, Donald and I look forward to you joining us at any of the Care Homes and the venues are noted in the Sunday Order of Service including times. 

Let us praise and adore him. Yesterday, today and tomorrow. He is the Lord. 

 

Gordon Edgar

 

 

GDPR 

United as we are now in the parish of Carronside, it would seem the ideal time to remind ourselves of confidentiality. It is important that we remember not to share the contact details of others without their prior consent. Should someone ask you for contact details of a member of the congregation , restrict yourself  to offering  to pass on the details of the person who wishes to make contact. We are still awaiting training in GDPR through Presbytery but be assured that we have checked and the process we follow is considered correct by Church of Scotland in Edinburgh. 

 

Contact: Elaine Craig, 763 484

LIVE TOGETHER IN UNITY

 ‘What would church look like if it were not in a building but in a nation’ asked Emma Stark.

As I listened to this woman of God in the community talk about the plans of God for the nation, I could not but wonder if that is a sentence we need to reflect on as a church at a time such as this. We probably need to ask ourselves as individuals, leadership and a community of God’s people – What would church look like if it were not in a building? 

The early church did not meet in a ‘church’ building. While we are attached to many things such as building, traditions, culture, people and so on and we seek to remain that way, it is important to step back, reflect and think about who we are, whose we are and what we are called to do at this time in our lives and history. What is my/your role in Carronside Parish Church? When I am, or you are called up on that great day, when the heart of each one would be open and plain before our maker, what or who would I present to him as my service to him. 

 

The Apostle Paul admonishes us in his letter to the Corinthian Community, ’By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as a wise builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should build with care. For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work. If what has been built survives, the builder will receive a reward. If it is burned up, the builder will suffer loss but yet will be saved—even though only as one escaping through the flames. (1 Cor. 3:10-16) .

 

Jesus is the foundation of the church universal and we are a part of that church. Each believer plays his or her part in the building just like those who have gone ahead. But the writer invites us to reflect consciously on what we have been building. More importantly, we have the opportunity to partner with God in building Carronside Parish Church as we build on the foundation of Christ and the Apostles. 

 

The challenge and reality of our union is that there are many things we have acquired over the years. They are peculiar and unique to us as individuals and communities. These are crucial and important but the Scripture also encourages us to look up to the new things that the Lord is about to do (Isaiah 43:19). If we keep dwelling on the past and insist and holding onto it, we will not discover what God has for us in the future. But we are of the view and belief that the God who owns the church, who laid down his life for the church, is faithful. He has a better plan for us as a united body together than for individual churches. Then we will strive to discern that plan, accept it, and run with it.

We can echo the words of the psalmist, 'How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!' It is like precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard, running down on Aaron’s beard, down on the collar of his robe. It is as if the dew of Hermon were falling on Mount Zion. For there the LORD bestows his blessing, even life for evermore (Psalm 133). 

When this is real in our community, we can work towards the unity, enjoy the gift of one another and trust God for the blessing that flows to us from him. May the Lord bless his people who make up the church.

Ibi Daramola

Locum Minister

 

KIDS’ PRAISE - MOVING ON

 “Moving on, Moving on, 

It’s time for friends to be moving on 

When the stars have faded from the sky, 

They’ll be on their way,

and when the geese fly into the sunrise,

They’ll be gone.”  

These were the words of one of the songs that the children sang at their celebration service held in June.   As well as the children celebrating another successful and exciting year at Kids’ Praise, there was a touch of sadness as we were saying goodbye to two wonderful families – David, Carylyn, Samuel and Martha and Alan, Amy, Ailsa and Donald.    These families have been attending Kids’ Praise since January 2013 and March 2017 respectively.  

Over the years, the children have contributed to worship in their own special way and there have been many special moments that they have shared with the congregation.   There have been wonderful performances from the children at Christmas time when they performed their Nativity plays, at Harvest Thanksgiving when the children created their wonderful harvest creations and displayed their work in church, and their contributions to the many children’s addresses.  

Martha has wowed the congregation many times with her beautiful singing and who can forget Donald at our 2018 nativity when he sang ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star’.   Ailsa and Samuel have held the congregation’s attention with their excellent narrating during the Nativities and we have also enjoyed the musical talents of Samuel when he has performed his piano recitals.  Over the years, there have been many special and happy moments that the children have shared during worship, and we give thanks for the talents of these youngsters as they have brought joy and love into our church family.  

As a reminder of their time at Stonehaven South Church and Kids’ Praise, both families were presented with a ‘Happy Memories’ picture frame displaying a selection of photographs from over the years.   We will miss them very much and wish our two families every blessing and success in their move to pastures new. 

                                                       

Article contributed by Carol Eddie

SUMMER SPOTLIGHT QUIZ

The winner of the quiz in the summer edition of Spotlight is Tracy Miller. A prize is on its way. We hope you enjoyed trying to find all the answers over the summer months. We have no room to print the answers in this month’s magazine but we will include them next month.

 

QUIZ FOR SEPTEMBER

The quiz in this first edition of connecTions is all about fruit.

Completed entries to a member of the editorial team by Thursday 12th September please.

 

SAYING GOODBYE 

 

In the book ‘North to the Orient’, Anne Morrow Lindbergh, widow of the pioneer Atlantic flyer, declares, “Of all the goodbyes I have heard, the Japanese ‘sayonara ‘is the most beautiful. 

 

 

‘Goodbye’ itself: originally the solemn invocation, ‘God be with you (ye)’, it implies that the worst may befall the person or persons departing. The older French ‘adieu’ and its Spanish equivalent ‘adios’, both commending the leaver ‘to God’ are in similar mood. 

 

 

‘Goodbye’ and ‘adios’ say too much, she feels; ‘they try to bridge distance, almost to deny it. Goodbye is a prayer: “You must not go – I cannot bear to have your go! But you shall not go alone, unwatched, God will be with you.” 

 

 

Then there are the hopeful expressions with their perhaps shallow promise of meeting again before long, from the conversational English see you soon or be seeing you or just see you to the classic French ‘au revoir’, the German ‘auf Wiedersehen’ and the Italian ‘arrivederci’. Mrs Lindbergh feels that these farewells cheat themselves by their ‘bravado’ as they almost postpone the pain of separation. 

 

 

We sometimes say goodbye with some superficial slangy phrase that we perhaps subconsciously feel softens the blow of parting. ‘So long’, a seemingly meaningless Americanism derived from a Jewish greeting, or ‘cheerio’, or ‘cheers’ with the suggestion of a friendly drink together at the next, hoped-for meeting. 

 

 

Perhaps it is our very use of such terms, especially in their most childish forms like ‘ta-ta’, ‘bye-bye’ or just ‘bye’, that reflects our inbuilt hatred of partings, each one, as someone once said, ‘a little death’. 

 

 

As for farewell itself, originally the stern command ‘fare ye well’, Anne Lindbergh considers this evades the issue. ‘It is a father’s goodbye,’ she says, ‘go out into the world and do well, my son.’ It is encouragement and admonition, but is passes over the significance of the moment; of parting it says nothing.’ She comes down unequivocally in favour of the Japanese goodbye, sayonara – ‘since it must be so’. Sayonara, Mrs Lindbergh feels, ‘says neither too little nor too much; it is a simple acceptance of fact.’ 

 

 

Amended from an article in ‘Scottish Home and Country magazine written by David Gunston

 

 

 

Article contributed by Margaret Key

A Sunday school teacher was carefully explaining the story of Elijah the prophet and the false prophets of Baal. She explained how Elijah built the altar, put wood on it, cut the steer in pieces and laid it on the altar. Then Elijah commended the people of God to fill 4 barrels of water and pour it over the altar. He got them to do this 4 times. ‘Now’, said the teacher, ‘Can anyone tell me why the Lord would have Elijah pour water over the steer on the altar?’

A little girl raised her hand with great enthusiasm. ’To make the gravy.’

 

  • Grandpa and Grandma were sitting watching the beautiful sunset and reminiscing about "the good old days". Grandma turned to Grandpa and said, "Darling, do you remember when we first started dating and you used to just casually reach over and take my hand?" 
    Grandpa looked over at her, smiled and obligingly took her aged hand in his. With a wry little smile, Grandma pressed a little farther, "Darling, do you remember how after we were engaged, you'd sometimes lean over and suddenly kiss me on the cheek?" 
    Grandpa leaned slowly toward Grandma and gave her a lingering kiss on her wrinkled cheek. Growing bolder still, Grandma said, "Darling, do you remember how, after we were first married, you'd kind of nibble on my ear?" Grandpa slowly got up from his rocker and headed into the house. Alarmed, Grandma said, "Darling where are you going?" Grandpa replied, "To get my teeth!"

 

  • The minister had just finished his sermon and walked to the back of the church for his usual greetings and handshaking as the congregation left the church. After shaking a few adult hands he came upon the seven-year-old son of one of the Elders of the church. “Good morning, Jonathan," the minister said as he reached out to shake Jonathan’s hand. As he was doing so he felt something in the palm of Jonathan's hand. "What's this?" he asked.

"Money," said Jonathan with a big smile on his face, "It's for you!" 


"I don't want to take your money, Jonathan," the minister answered. "I want you to have it," said Jonathan. After a short pause Jonathan continued, "My daddy says you're the poorest preacher we have ever had and I want to help you."

 

  • Three ministers were having lunch together. One said "You know, since summer started I've been having trouble with mice in the church. I've tried everything--noise, spray, cats--nothing seems to scare them away.    
    Another said, "Yes, I've got them too. I've had pest control in and they won't go away." 
    The third said, "I baptized all mine, and made them members of the church... Haven't seen one back since!!!"

    GREEN BLACKBOARDS 

     

    The school is up to date. 

    Proudly the principal tells of all the improvements. 

    The finest discovery, Lord, is the green blackboard. 

    The scientists have studied long, they have made experiments: 

    We know now that green is the ideal colour, that it doesn’t tire the 

    eyes, that it is quieting and relaxing. 

    It has occurred to me, Lord, that you didn’t wait so long to paint the 

    trees and meadows green. 

    Your research laboratories were efficient, and in order not to tire us, 

    you perfected a number of shades of green for your modern 

    meadows. 

    And so the ‘finds’ of men consist of discovering what you have 

    known from time immemorial. 

    Thank you, Lord, for being the good Father who gives his children 

    the joy of discovering by themselves the treasures of his 

    intelligence and love, 

    But keep us from believing that – by ourselves – we have invented 

    anything at all. 

     

    The favourite prayer of Paddy Heazell, retired prep school headmaster

     

    A PRAYER FOR OTHERS

     

    Lord of all creation,

    make us builders of your kingdom.

    Where poverty and inequality tear down justice for all your children

     

    Lord of all creation,
    make us builders of your kingdom.

    Where greed and ignorance tear down the ecology of your environment

     

    Lord of all creation,
    make us builders of your kingdom.

    Where loneliness and illness tear down life in all its fullness

     

    Lord of all creation,
    make us builders of your kingdom.

    Where fear and anxiety tear down daily lives

     

    Lord of all creation,
    make us builders of your kingdom.
    Amen

    www.churchofscotland.org.uk

     

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SEPTEMBER

 

Sun

1

Sunday Service at the South

Edenholme

10.30am

2.30pm

Mon

2

Kilwhang Ringers – St Bridget’s

10am

Thu

5

Friendship coffee at St. Bridget’s

Craft Group in South Conservatory

 

10-11.30am

2-4pm

Fri

6

Lunch Club at St. Bridget’s

 

12.30pm

Sun

8

Sunday Service at Dunnottar

 

10.30am

Mon

9

Kilwhang Ringers – St Bridget’s

10am

Tues

10

Guild –Fetteresso Church Hall

7.30pm

Wed

11

Rainbow Whist-St Bridget’s

 

2-4pm

Thu

12

Friendship coffee at St. Bridget’s

Craft Group in South Conservatory

 

10-11.30am

2-4pm

Sun

15

Sunday Service at the South

Clashfarquhar

10.30am

2.30pm

Mon

16

Kilwhang Ringers – St Bridget’s

10am

Tues

17

Bowling- St Bridget’s

2-4pm

7-9pm

Thu

19

Friendship coffee at St. Bridget’s

Craft Group in South Conservatory

October connecTions copy due 

 

10-11.30am

2-4pm

6pm

Sun

22

Sunday Service at Dunnottar –

Harvest service with Granite City Brass

Elderly and Housebound Service at St Bridget’s with afternoon tea

10.30am

2.30pm

Mon

23

Kilwhang Ringers – St Bridget’s

10am

Tues

24

Bowling- St Bridget’s

2-4pm

7-9pm

Thu

26

Macmillan fundraising coffee at St. Bridget’s

Craft Group in South Conservatory

10-11.30am

 

2-4pm

Sun

29

Sunday Service at St Bridget’s

10.30am

Mon

30

Kilwhang Ringers – St Bridget’s

 

10am

 

 

STONEHAVEN CARRONSIDE CHURCH OF SCOTLAND

Scottish Charity No. SC013165

Quiz for September connecTions

 

FRUITS

the answers to the clues are all types of fruits

 

1

This fruit is ripe in the song

 

2

Yes, we have none of this fruit

 

3

Jack Horner found one of these

 

4

Sounds like there are 2 of these

 

5

Indulge me—peel me one of these

 

6

A bird from down under

 

7

The future is bright with this fruit

 

8

Popeye’s girl

 

9

Where 2 ‘s company, this fruit gets in the way

 

10

Boy goes out with girl on one of these

 

11

I’ll be with you in song when this fruit tree blooms

 

12

A mixed up measurement of distance

 

13

Stop the flow before a family member

 

14

Over the rainbow troubles melt like these fruit sweets

 

15

Chop up the previous fruit and then reassemble it a different way

 

16

The Beatles sang about fields of these

 

17

This fruit makes a rude noise

 

18

A vegetable in a pod starts to go to a place of worship

 

19

A child’s bed follows most of Gracie Field’s island

 

20

Cut back to encourage new growth

 

21

The wife of an eastern potentate is fruity!

 

22

Endlessly lifting up to a higher level

 

23

Sounds like a French apple elderly relative consumed

 

24

Cinderella was taken by one of these

 

25

Goes with custard

 

 

Please send entries to one of the Editorial Group by Thursday 12th September:Jennifer Macdonald, 72 Evan Street, Elaine Craig 40 Malcolm’s Way, Diane Dart 19 Farrochie Gardens, Morag Duncan 3 Mill o Forest Grove, Catherine Knox, 7 Riverside Drive and Katherine Mathers 47 Mearns Drive, all Stonehaven.

 

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