Bellie Kirk will host a “Mens Breakfast”.  It  will be held in Bellie Church Hall at 8.30am on Saturday 3 February.   For those new to this it normally consists of a full ‘fry up’ but with lots of options (porridge, cereal, toast etc).   There is usually a guest speaker.  This is a good way for men from the local churches meeting and getting to know each other.   If you would like to attend or know more speak to Jeff or John McConnachie so that we know numbers for catering purposes.    All men from our church are welcome to attend.”
Ooooooh ….I can just small all that lovely bacon already…….


What a busy weekend it has been.    After the joy of attending the ordination and induction of Seoras Orr to in Fochabers on Friday we had another special service to attend.

On Saturday 20 January,  Rev Michael and I put on our robes and headed for Forres where another vacancy would come to an end.

Bishop Mark, freshly returned from Rome where there was a meeting of Celtic Bishops (I assume not the football team!!) arrived at St John the Evangelist Church, Forres for a joyful event.   This was the Licensing and Installation of Rev Dr Hamilton Inbadas as Priest-in-Charge of St John’s.

The service, in a packed church, was a joyful celebration with great music and wonderful fellowship.   +Mark led the service and the sermon was given by the Rt Rev Gordon Mursell with great humour.   Assisting +Mark were the Dean, the Very Rev Alison Simpson and Deacon Anthony Matchwick.

It was a delight to meet Rev Hamilton and his wonderful family –  Forres are in for good times ahead.

By the way – if you are in the area do pop into St John’s –  it is a most interesting church, open during the day so that you may have some quiet time,  and you will be able to see some  amazing murals.

Here is a link on which you can see a video of some of the service and further information about St John’s.


At last, after a long vacancy it is good to report that Bellie and Speymouth Parish have a new man at the helm and a new set of Orr’s.   For two churches and a people living close to a major  river and the sea this seems very appropriate.

On Friday evening 19 January Seoras Orr was ordained and inducted to the charge of Bellie and Speymouth.   The service took place in a packed Bellie Church in Fochabers.     Rev Michael Last and Lay Reader Jeff Lowndes were invited to attend, robe up and join in the procession. We were pleased to see so many members of Gordon Chapel among the congregation.

After the service there were refreshments in the church hall followed by a Social in the Church.

This is a photograph of Rev Seoras (pronounced Shoras but as in Doris) and his wife Debbie after the service.

On Sunday, not being on duty at Gordon Chapel I was able to join Lynne at Rev Seoras first service as the new minister.   It was a combined service in Bellie Kirk.    As is traditional a guest speaker ‘preached in’ Seoras and on this occasion it was Rev Sam Torrens (I think from Edinburgh area).   The sermon lasted about 28 minutes but was so interesting that the time flew by. Seoras had the children in the palm of his hand with the young persons ‘address’ – using a very large cardboard box into which he would vanish only to emerge and produce items that could be used on a journey.   A great service with good music and fellowship.

Here is a photograph of Rev Sam Torrens and Rev Seoras Orr having fun after the service:-

I am pleased to tell you that Seoras is also very ecumenical in outlook and looking forward to getting to know and work with his neighbours in Gordon Chapel.

Finally –  did you know that the population in Fochabers is growing and about to grow a little more?    Well,  Pamela and Marcin at The Quaich had a baby boy on 28 Dec – congratulations to them.   More good news – Seoras and Debbie Orr are due to have a baby in the Summer.       May God bless both families.


For those not yet used to the Gordon Chapel Website, please note that there is a column headed Diary/Calendar.    Do look at it regularly to check what is happening not only in Gordon Chapel but in the Isla Deveron Group of Churches.   When you ‘hover’ over a date/event then more information will magically appear about it.

It would be helpful if those with computers would let those unable to access the website know what is going on.   Thank you.

Finally – if you spot a mistake (in the date or timing etc) do let me know so that I can quickly amend it.


 A summary of the Vestry meeting on Wednesday 10 January is on the notice board in the Parish Room  (with a note that the coffee mornings are booked on 28th April in Bellie and 27th October in the Institute).    Please read the summary and keep yourself up to date with what is happening in your church!