Here are a few things taken from the Pew Leaflets at Gordon Chapel and Bellie Kirk which may be of interest -some of  these are in addition to items on this websites diary – do support as many as you can – help the Christian presence make a difference.    Why not print out this page for easy reference!   If you would like something added (or spot any errors) do let me know.  Do excuse the cartoons – I cannot resist adding them, hoping to give you a chuckle and perhaps encourage you to read on!!


Coffee and Chat – Every Monday in Bellie Church Hall 10am – 1130am a great place for us all to meet and catch up on the news.

Tue 14 Nov 17     Fochabers MIA at Institute at 7.30pm – Talk by Rev Shona Dicks about Moray Refugees.

Wed 15 Nov 17     at 12 noon in Christ Church, Huntly.  A talk by Patrick Scott on the churches in Huntly from Roman Times to Today – all welcome.

Fri 17 Nov 17     at 7pm in The Drouthy Cobbler.  Quiz Night in aid of Busega Scotland.  Teams of 4 at £5 per person.   Details and tickets call Michael McClafferty on 07814448080.

Sun 19 Nov 17     at 7.30pm in Bellie Church Hall.   Marking the centenary of the Balfour Declaration (Israel & Palestine).  An illustrated talk by Rev Jenny Adams and  Margaret King DCS.  Will include a Craft Stall from Hadeel.  A poster about this is on the notice board in the GC church entrance.

Wed 22 Nov 17 – at 7.30pm    Vestry Meeting in GC Parish Room.

Tue 28 Nov 17      at 2pm  Session 1 of the Advent Bible Study in Holy Trinity Keith Rectory (Preparing for Christmas).

Thu 30 Nov 17     at 7.30pm in St Andrew’s Cathedral, Inverness.   Rev Sarah Murray will be installed as Provost of the Cathedral.   All welcome.

Sun 3 Dec 17  at 4.30pm   Advent Carol Service at Christ Church Huntly

Tue 5 Dec 17     at 2pm    Session 2 of the Advent Bible Study in Holy Trinity Keith Rectory (Preparing for Christmas).

Sat 9 Dec 17 – a ‘Sleep in the Park’ – sleep out in Princes St Gardens to highlight homelessness in Scotland and to raise funds for the homeles.  For details contact John McConnachie on 820671.

Sun 10 Dec 17 –  After the morning service – Gordon Chapel Annual General Meeting.   Please make every effort to attend this meeting – it is your chance to get to know and understand more about our church.

Tue 12 Dec 17   at 2pm   Session 3 of the Advent Bible Study in Holy Trinity Keith Rectory  (Preparing for Christmas).

Sun 17 Dec 17  at 6.30pm   Isla Deveron Carol Service at Holy Trinity, Keith

Tue 19 Dec 17  at 2pm   Session 4 of the Advent Bible Study in Holy Trinity Keith Rectory  (Preparing for Christmas).

Wed 20 Dec 17 at 7.30pm  –  Carol Concert at Gordon Chapel

Sun 24 Dec 17 at 10 am – Morning Eucharist.

Sun 24 Dec 17 at 1130pm – Watch-night Service (Eucharist)

Mon 25 Dec 17 at 10am – Christmas Day Morning Eucharist

Fri 5 Jan 18       Trip to Snow White (Inverness)   (£15 matinee)   Tel: 820174  Isabel  McLeod.

Sun 7 Jan 18 at 3pm – Christingle in Gordon Chapel – all welcome.

Sat 5 May 18 at 7.30pm –  Military Wives Choir – Concert at Gordon Chapel

Church Administration – Essential Work

Most members of Gordon Chapel may not be aware that we have a secret room in the attic of the church where we keep all the archives.    We are trying hard to get up to date and transfer all our paperwork onto modern media (like CDs).   Here is one of our volunteers hard at work!!

Don’t ask how to get into the attic – it’s a secret kept by +Mark and Rev Michael.


Given by Jeff at Gordon Chapel (John 15. 9-17 and Romans 8.31-39)

The limits of our language may mean the limits of our world!  So, words are important, especially in the church where we deal not only with daily life, but with eternal life.

Dying words are special.  If you could say just a few last words what would they be?   Perhaps they would include “I love you,” or “take care of mum” or  “don’t make the same mistakes as me – try to live a full life” – and we Christians may add ‘follow Jesus’.
Continue reading “SERMON FOR EVENSONG 12 NOVEMBER 2017”

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.