Aberdeen North Parish Church

Greenfern Road, Aberdeen, AB16 6TR
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Aberdeen North Parish Church News

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Kiltwalk 2024

Pavements and pathways across Aberdeen’s City and Shire were a sea of tartan at the beginning of June for what was a record-breaking Kiltwalk. A remarkable 5,200 people laced up their walking shoes to raise funds for over 400 Scottish charities, in what was the biggest ever Granite City Kiltwalk to date.

Among the walkers was Jay Thomas, our Church and Community Worker at Aberdeen North Parish Church. He was joined in the challenge by Church Elder Ian Anderson, and together they were raising funds to help send a number of young people and their families to the ReFuel Festival taking place later in the summer.

Both took on the Mighty Stride, a 18 mile route starting at Duthie Park and finishing at Bellfield Park in Banchory, with most of the walk following the Deeside Way (which follows the line of the Old Royal Deeside Railway).

Jay explained, “This was my first Kiltwalk and I was nervous beforehand whether or not I’d manage to complete it. Having Ian there to push me on made all the difference, especially for the final few miles. It was an incredible day and seeing so many people take part helped me to realise that the Kiltwalk is more than just a scenic stroll through the city and surrounding countryside. It’s a celebration of community spirit and charitable giving, where every step taken translates into support for worthy causes.”

A massive well done to Jay and Ian, who at time of publishing have raised £1000 towards their fundraising goal.

Donations to support this valuable work can still be at here.

The Coffee Pot Community Cafe

Join us on Friday for the launch of our brand new community cafe – The Coffee Pot. Offering a variety of hot drinks, home baking and pastries, the cafe will run on a pay-what-you-can basis. The cafe will be open on Fridays from 11am – 2pm. All are welcome!

Snack and Chat

It has been more than a year since Chat’N’Snack came into being as a “warm place” that people could meet friends old and new in warm surroundings. It seemed that all of us had forgotten how to meet our friend as it was still so difficult to find places indoors and warm to provide a tea or coffee. After much discussion within Aberdeen North Church, it was decided that we had the perfect facility to open up for use by the community, to encourage people to come out of their houses and meet up again. With a well, equipped, kitchen we got volunteers to provide tea, coffee, pancakes, scones for morning and soup and pudding for a simple lunch. We opened on a Wednesday as that was the day that was best for all concerned.

Here we are a year down the line a very happy noisy group of friends who meet on a Wednesday to enjoy the food and company. We have celebrated birthdays, anniversaries, Easter, Valentines Day, Patron Saints Days and a Coronation into the bargain. We have had pizza, bacon rolls, sausages, fish and chips and a great deal of soup and loads of puddings that have included apples from a local tree.

When we were setting up Chat’N’Snack we made a deliberate decision not to set any charges for food etc but to allow people to make a donation, if they wished. This venture was not for making money but to provide a meeting place that was warm and safe. I have to say that people have been very generous and we have been able to provide all the food that is consumed on a Wednesday and make a very generous donation of almost £1,500 to the church to help with the heating costs.

Our thanks to you all for attending each week, it is a joy to see people having so much fun just talking to each other.

Rose

Easter Journey

We recently partnered with our local SU Regional Workers to deliver an interactive Easter event for local Primary 6 pupils. Children from Kingsford, Muirfield, Westpark and Heathryburn Primary Schools took part in an Easter Journey to discover the things that happened during the week of Jesus’ death. The week-long series of events were delivered together with our friends from Northfield United Free Church.

Through role-play, storytelling and listening pupils travelled through the palm-waving celebrations in Jerusalem of Palm Sunday and the clearing of market traders from the temple. They gathered around the table at the Last Supper with the disciples, listened in to what happened in the Garden of Gethsemane and witnessed Jesus’ cruel death on the cross on Good Friday. Children experienced for themselves some of the emotions felt by those who knew Jesus well. And of course, the children discovered that the story didn’t end at the cross, hearing a first-hand account of from the disciples of finding the tomb empty and Jesus appearing to them in the locked room.

This was the first time we had embarked on a project this size and  we were keen to seek the advice and support from local SU Regional Workers Cheri Young and Pamela Sloan.

Our minister, Rev Fiona Lister explained, “SU’s support was invaluable – we couldn’t have done it without their help and input. I first saw the Easter Journey programme being delivered at my home church in Kemnay and I was keen to bring it to Aberdeen North. Andy Ellison and I had already worked together delivering a Faith and Conflict project at the local high school, and we wanted to build on that relationship. And together we recognised that the Easter Journey programme would be a great opportunity to engage and involve the members of our congregations in supporting the local schools.”

Rev Andy Ellison, minister at Northfield United Free Church shared a similar sentiment, “It was great to work together as churches in the area to share the Easter story in an engaging and interactive way with local school children. It was especially encouraging to have school pupils come along to the church as we had previously held events in the school but the school coming along was a first.”

He explained, “For many of our volunteers, this was their first engagement with our local schools, and it was uplifting to see them interact with pupils, teachers and parent helpers and to feedback that they would be willing to help again in future. We look forward to continuing to work together as churches in serving our local schools.”

Fiona added, “Across both churches there is so much heart for supporting and reaching out to all age groups in our community. Our aim was not only to educate the children in our faith but more importantly to help them to view the church (and the people in it) as a safe and secure place to be.”

At the end of the week, we had a community event in the form of a games night, and it was great to see some of the children return to the church with their parents to participate. We hope to repeat this event next Easter as well as offering the option of a Christmas activity for younger children to participate in.”

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Welcome to Rev Fiona Lister!

We are delighted to welcome Rev Fiona Lister as our new Minister, and look forward to getting to know Fiona and her family!

Sunday Worship

Church will re-open for worship on Sunday 16 January 2022 at 10.30am!

To make sure everyone is safe, sanitisers will be available at the Church door as usual, we need to wear masks in church, & keep a 1 metre distance from others.

Unfortunately teas & coffees can’t be served after the service for now – any updates on this will be given as they become available.

Sunday Worship 9 January 2022

Due to the latest Covid numbers locally, the Kirk Session has decided to cancel in-person worship this coming Sunday, 9 January.

The situation will be reviewed weekly & information updated here on the website & on our facebook page.