Online Advent Calendar
A new online advent calendar will bring the spirit of Christmas to life with 24 specially created videos made by Church of Scotland ministers.
The Moderator of the General Assembly believes it will help anyone seeking to find the true festive spirit amid the “rampant commercialism” which now dominates the weeks of Advent. The online calendar will release a daily video from a unique collection whose tone ranges from the joyful to the spiritual. The calendar is available to download now, before it goes live on the 1st of December.
Rt Rev Dr Angus Morrison says the online calendar is an imaginative way to reach out to the many people who feel a connection to the Church, and often attend at Christmas time.
“It’s great to see the Church reaching out to the wider public who feel the festive spirit is being lost to rampant commercialism. When even the large retailers are using their Christmas adverts to highlight social isolation, and shoppers are fighting in stores over cheap TVs on Black Friday, it’s easy to see why people feel something is missing. The advent calendar is an excellent antidote to that. People will be able to dip in each day to watch a short video made by one of our ministers, and take a little time to themselves to think about why this is such a special time of year. I hope many people will benefit from it.”
Every day of advent will see a new video message released and, by clicking on the window for that day, people can view the short film. The calendar is online now and can be accessed via the Church of Scotland facebook page and on the Church website. It’s hoped it will be widely liked and shared on social media.
“Making our video has been a lot of fun,” says Rev MaryAnn Rennie, minister at Dunfermline Abbey, who was one of those asked to contribute a short film. “As a Church of Scotland minister you are used to tackling new challenges and being out of your comfort zone, but this was a new experience. Each of us was invited to take a line from the Bible, a carol or a poem to give us inspiration. I chose a verse from a popular carol, ‘How silently, how silently, the wondrous gift is given! So God imparts to human hearts the blessings of his heaven’ and involved our youth group in making the film. I’m really pleased with the end result and I can’t wait to see what my colleagues have produced. I’m hoping we may have some potential Oscar winners in our ranks.”
Kid’s Holiday Club Summer 2015
The Landlubbers Holiday Club this summer was a great success with lots of fun being had by all. A huge thank you to everyone who worked so hard putting it all together, and to the children for coming along!
Moderators’ Munro Challenge – Please Contribute!
On Saturday 2nd May, Rachel Hutcheson (Moderator of the National Youth Assembly) and Rt Rev John Chalmers (Moderator of the General Assembly) climbed Ben Lomond – the “Moderators’ Munro Challenge” was to raise awareness of and raise money for Christian Aid in the 70th year of its work across the world (Christian Aid have their own “70 Munros Challenge” that you can take part in). Their good intention, however, has now become an urgent cause, because together with Christian Aid the moderators have decided that all of the proceeds raised from Saturday’s hillwalk will be given to the CHRISTIAN AID NEPAL EARTHQUAKE APPEAL.
Although the walk has already taken place, you are still able to donate through the web giving page https://70munros.everydayhero.com/uk/rt-rev-john-chalmers . As we write, over £6000 has already been donated and Rachel and John would like to see this sum sail through the roof – and that is where you come in!
There’s more detail about the Moderators’ Munro Challenge here.
On Easter morning climbed Gallows Hill as usual for a short service of worship and then easter egg rolling down the hill. What a beautiful morning! It was a joy to get up and climb the hill at 9am on such a beautiful day!
Burns Supper, Jan 24th 2015
There was excellent food and wonderful entertainment at our annual Burns Supper, once again held jointly with Newburgh-on-Ythan Golf Club in the golf clubhouse. Our talented church and community members came together to play music, sing and act out all the traditional Burns events. We are delighted that the evening raised approximately £230 for the New Life Home Trust. Our thanks to everyone who helped to make this possible.
Christmas at Foveran
Christmas was a magical time here at FPC with all the usual services and celebrations going on, including our Carols by Candlelight with mince pies & mulled wine (complete with lampost for carol singers to sing under!) and our Nativity Service where the Sunday School children performed beautifully as usual. If you came along to any of the Christmas activities here we hope you were made to feel very welcome. If you didn’t manage, there’s always this year!