Remembrance Sunday 12 November 2017

Today,  Remembrance Services were held all over the country and Fochabers area played it’s part in remembering those who gave their lives in war and conflict.   Services ranged from the glorious national one at the Cenotaph in London,  the wonderful one in the Albert Hall to the simple service in our local churches and at our rural memorials.   We held services in Gordon Chapel, Bellie Kirk and St Mary’s Church Fochabers and in the Isla Deveron Group of Churches.   In Gordon Chapel we held our traditional service in the morning led by Rev Michael who then ‘dashed’ up the Hill to Keith to lead the service at Holy Trinity.   In the evening, being the 2nd Sunday in the month we held a quiet gentle Evensong which remembered those who obeyed Christ and laid down their lives for their friends, reminded us of the commandment to love one another and also commemorated Bishop Machar a North East Saint.

The country remembered like this

and like this, at the memorial in Fochabers – these, taken on a simple camera phone show :-

Fr Tad from St Mary’s Church,  Rev Morris from Bellie Kirk  and Mrs Janet Philpottt leading the Service of Remembrance at Fochabers Memorial.

Among those laying a Poppy Wreath at Fochabers Memorial were                      Angus Gordon Lennox representing Gordon Castle and Jeff Lowndes representing Gordon Chapel.

Gordon Chapel Coffee Morning

What a great day we had on Saturday 11th November.  See the photo’s below but  here is one to get you started –   Janet with her Traidcraft and Christmas Stall.

On a sunny crisp morning, Fochabers Institute was buzzing for the Gordon Chapel Coffee Morning. With a variety of stalls and willing helpers, including Sam the caretaker of the Institute, to serve and clear up we took over £600.  As well as having the traditional Remembrance Silence at 11 am. we helped Elspeth celebrate her birthday and enjoyed the company of two of the World Challenge students from Milne’s High who had a stall to raise money for their trip to India.

Whilst these events are to raise money for the ongoing work and fabric of the church they are also an important part of community life, enabling people to get together from all over the area.

Here are a few photographs taken at the Coffee Morning:-

Myra and Sam (the caretaker at the Institute) preparing to welcome visitors.

Brenda and Brian – our highly skilled team who can persuade you to open your purse at a 100 yards and buy tickets for almost anything!!

Part of the Bottle Stall with The Team,  Daphne, Joan,

Margaret,       persuading Myra to buy some home baking and Janet had a lovely Tradecraft Stall and Christmas Stall.

The World Challenge pupils from Milnes High School with their enterprise to raise money to go to India.   It is good that a church event can support our young people.

Dolly in blue on the left at the Bric-a-Brac stall and Lynne at the ‘Pick a Number’ stall.

Not sure what Amy and Phillip were doing with that teapot – looks like a scene from ‘Faulty Towers’!

Fiona in her ‘daffodills’ –  quite right too – cannot have our organist with dish washing hands – she’d be forever playing Handel’s Water Music!!

Is this Rev Michael doing a health and safety check on the kitchen staff or giving them absolution for what they may have inflicted upon us!!

Finally,  just a few of the happy customers enjoying their coffee morning in the wonderful new facilities that are Fochabers Institute.

Historic Scottish-American Event Celebrated in Aberdeen

Have you ever been in our Cathedral in Aberdeen and looked up at the ceiling?   Here is your chance to learn a bit of history!  The Ornate crests that decorate the ceiling are of the American States 

Have a look at the Cathedral’s website  St. Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral . It’s a reminder of the critical role the Scottish Episcopal Church played in laying the groundwork for global Anglicanism when  Samuel Seabury came from America to the British Isles in 1784 to be consecrated as its first bishop.

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Today, Rev Michael Last was licenced as the Priest to the Isla Deveron Group of Churches and to Gordon Chapel.

Bishop Mark Strange presided at a wonderful service during which many members of the congregations played a part, a choir sang, we shared in the Eucharist and this was all followed by a great buffet lunch.

In +Marks sermon he reminded us all that the ministry of our churches is shared by Rev Michael who will be as a shepherd to us, and ourselves – we have our part to play – including  taking the Good News out and bringing sheep into the fold.

+Mark presiding at the Service held in Holy Trinity Church, Keith on 18 March 2017

Rev Michael prepares to cut the celebration cake made by Megan

(Bishop Mark is watching to ensure that he gets a share of the cake!!)


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