Worship on 25th November

 

  • Last Sunday, morning worship at Dunnottar Church was a special service to honour the men who fought in WW1 especially at this time on the anniversary of the Somme. The Church had been decorated with over 500 poppies, which members have been knitting for the past few months.

 

Strips of poppies were hung at the end of each pew and there was also a poppy attached beside each name on the Honours Board at the front of the Church. During the service, the poppy wreath was hung on the Honours Board in the church.

 

Dunnottar Church Elder, Hazel Paterson, led the service and in her talk to the children she spoke about colours, which led on to talking about the red of the poppies. Hazel also spoke about purple poppies, which is worn to remember the millions of animals killed in wars. An estimated eight million horses and donkeys died in World War One alone. 

 

Another Dunnottar Church Elder, Donald McRae, read the poem Monument on the Black Hill by Dennis Collie, Treasurer of the Tolbooth Museum Association. It captures the courage sacrifice and futility of that dreadful conflict and you can read it online in the autumn 2018 edition of the Tolbooth Museum’s ‘Tolbooth Times and Stanehive Magazine’.

 

At the end of the service, a second wreath was hung on the Peace Tree, which is in the church grounds in honour of all those people who over the years have made their sacrifice for freedom and justice.

 

It is now over six years since the first tentative steps were taken to clear a path to the Peace Tree at Dunnottar Church. Since then the tree has become very much more accessible. Thanks to a great public relations exercise by the tree felling branch of the SSE from Arbroath in 2014 lots of the scrub and quite a number of fairly large trees were cleared in the area allowing the oak tree to flourish and improve in overall health. This year, the 100th anniversary of the ceasefire of the “Great War”, the tree has produced acorns for the first time since the clearing began. This is a great sign of the health of the tree and, who knows, there may be offspring in years to come. The tree is now officially recognised as a war memorial. It also has a tree preservation order made by Aberdeenshire Council.

It is planned to organise a Memorial Service of some sort on Saturday 6th July 2019, which will be the 100th anniversary of the planting of the tree. It is a beautiful and very peaceful area, well worth a visit. 

 

  • Our contribution to the Salvation Army appeal for toys etc for 2018 was launched at Dunnottar church last Sunday with gifts  due to be handed in  by 9th December .The Salvation Army believes every child deserves a new gift at Christmas and everyone is encouraged to contribute a gift for a needy child. These should not be wrapped as the Salvation Army need to be able to decide which toy should go to which recipient.

 

  • The Friendship Coffee group meets every Thursday morning at St Bridget's from 10-11.30am and the Craft group meets every Thursday afternoon from 2-4pm in the South Church conservatory. All are welcome at either or both of these events.


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