Changes to Services for Covid-19 Lockdown and Level 4 Restrictions

With the announcement on 4th January 2021 by the Scottish Government of further restrictions to control the spread of Covid-19, all Sunday Services in the Church building are now cancelled until further notice. We look forward to resuming Sunday Services once restrictions are eased sufficiently and we feel conditions are right to re-commence. In the meantime we continue with our neighbouring churches - Queen's Cross, Rubislaw, Holburn West and St Mark's to bring you a short recorded service every Sunday morning at 10:30 am. You can view an archive of previous recordings and you can also subscribe to our YouTube channel if you want to receive regular notifications of new videos.

We will also be publishing our own Midstocket short services on our web site and Facebook. You can see archives of our previous Midstocket videos.

Joint Recorded Video Service

Welcome to our joint recorded service on Sunday 24th January 2021 from Queen's Cross, Holburn West, Rubislaw, St Mark's and Midstocket Churches in Aberdeen.

We would like to offer weekly fun of activities for children and their families connected to the West End and City Centre Congregation. If you would like to be a part of the group please follow the link below:

Midweek Reflections

As we are once again unable to hold services in Church due to Covid-19 restrictions, this week our Minister Tanya Webster has prepared this Midweek Service so that you can worship at home.

Online Music @ Midstocket

Scottish Music played by Erin Smith (violin) accompanied by Dennis Morrison (piano).

1. King Robert the Bruce (march), The Smith's a Gallant Fireman (strathspey), The Hurricane (reel)

2. Neil Gow's Lamentations for James Moray esq. Of Abercarney (slow air)

3. My Lily (waltz), The Sweetness of Mary (strathspey)

4. Lament for Sir John Macpherson Grant (slow air), Glenrinnes (strathspey), Highland Wedding (jig), Ruthrie (reel)

5. High Road to Linton (reel), De'il Among the Tailors (reel), Largo's Fairy Dance (reel)

Coffee Church

Church Coffee.pdf

We are all getting used to socially distanced or online worship but we miss our regular chats with the members of the Midstocket Church Family. Every Sunday from 3rd January 2021, whether you are worshiping online or in person, you can join Midstocket friends on Zoom online or by phone for a catch up on news. The chat will be open from around 11:45 onwards to allow Tanya time to get home after the morning church service. Zoom details below.

Meeting ID: 935 8987 7864

Passcode: 749752

Dial by your location

+44 131 460 1196 United Kingdom

Café Church

Cafe Church January 2021.pdf

Café Church on Wednesday 27th January from 10.30 am on Zoom. Please contact the Church office for zoom details. Everyone is welcome.

During this Zoom Café Church we will look at how to design Word Art. You can either join in and have a go or just watch, chat and share in the time together.

All you need to take part is paper to draw on (photocopy type paper is fine) and a pen (or coloured pens or pencils). A ruler and a pencil for drawing guidelines is helpful but not essential (and also an eraser for getting rid of those guidelines later).

We will have a look at some examples, talk a bit about how you might want to put it together and then try it out for yourselves if you want to. The hardest part is often thinking of what to write so files of the 2020 words are available from Secretary by e-mail that you might like to use (and maybe even symbolically tear up!) and also a list of more positive forward looking words but you can use any words, phrases or sentences you like. Favourite quotes or sayings or bible passages work very well too especially if you want to slow down and take your time thinking about them.

We hope you can join us.

Tanya and the Worship Committee.

Pancake Café Church

Pancake Cafe 2021.pdf

Pancake Café Church on Tuesday 16th February from 2.30pm on Zoom. Please contact the Church office for zoom details. Everyone is welcome.

Do you know any children missing Sunday Club activities during the COVID-19 pandemic? Please let them know about this new Virtual Sunday Club launched by the Aberdeen West End Churches.

If you would like to be a part of the group please follow the link below:

Keeping in Touch

While we are still not all able to meet together physically, our minister, Tanya Webster, has written another letter to all friends of Midstocket Parish Church.

You can also look back over previous Letters from the Minister.

Keeping busy

Answers 18/01/21

Poster with answer 18 01 21.pdf

Church quiz


On 25 January Burns day is celebrated around the world.

Can you fill in these missing words of his poems?

Answers to to find out if you are right.

Quiz 25/01/21

Poster 25 01 21.pdf

These are the pictures the people are sending in. It's lovely to share them.

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Book Group

Nine of us met on Zoom including Tanya from her exotic holiday location of the top floor of the Manse! After a good blether (none of us had any real news) we discussed the following books;

A Song For Issy Bradley by Carys Bray. It tells the story of a Mormon family of four children, raised near Liverpool. Dad Ian is a maths teacher and the Mormon bishop. Mum Claire is a convert to Mormonism. Tragedy strikes the family and the story is told from the viewpoint of the family members as they try to make sense of their grief and their faith. The author was a Mormon till her 30’s when she became disillusioned and the story is well told, not too sad or sentimental, and indeed funny at times. Gives a good insight into Mormon life.

Life on Air an autobiography of Sir David Attenborough. The story of Sir David’s broadcasting life from the 1950’s and describes the places he visited and the people and animals he met over the next six decades. He describes the challenges of early rudimentary equipment, as well as the different chapters of his life as politician and BBC director as well as the worlds leading maker of Natural History documentaries. Written with humour in his usual self deprecating style.

The Beekeeper’s Promise by Fiona Valpy. A fairly lightweight tale intertwining 2 stories concerning a Chateau -Abbey who is there in the present time on retreat escaping an abusive relationship, and Elainnne, a maid in the chateau involved in the Resistance during the war and the beekeeper of the title. There is a stretching of reality to bring the two stories together, but enjoyable nevertheless.

The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton. A boat of the East India Company sails from Batavia (Now Jakarta) with a mysterious cargo and a roster of passengers who may not be what they seem. Strange events unfold in this tale set in the 17th century, is this the work of the devil ‘Old Tom’ who cursed them on sailing or human hand? Again, a contrived finish in what is otherwise an enjoyable read of a well spun yarn.

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah. The comedian author was born mixed race in South Africa at a time when it was illegal for relationships between black and white. It describes his upbringing in a township, his mother’s struggles, her strong faith, and his violent step father. Despite this, it is told with poignancy and humour, giving insight into a very different South Africa.

Away with the Penguins by Hazel Prior. A fictional tale of a grumpy old woman who realises her life is coming to an end. She contacts her estranged grandson, but finds him odious and not the person to whom to leave her considerable wealth. She is a great fan of nature documentaries so why not a final trip to Antarctica, and her life changes among the penguins. A feel good tale.

Lockdown by Peter May. The Author wrote this 5 years ago but publishers thought it too far fetched! Set in a deadly influenza pandemic it is a mystery thriller with a gripping story and scarily prescient!

The Sleeping and the Dead by Anne Cleeves. Set in the North of England, Inspector Porteous is called to investigated the finding of a body in a lake when a drought lowers it’s level. It is the body of a troubled teenager in missing since 1972. Not only the body is uncovered but long hidden memories and secrets in this convoluted tale.

The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley. A group of thirty something friends meet as they always have since graduating from Oxford University ten years ago. They choose a secluded Highland hunting lodge with surrounding cottages to bring in the New Year. Murder ensues and this highlights tensions in this Agatha Christie style who dunnit.

A Single Thread by Tracy Chevalier. A great read for those who enjoy embroidery! From the author of ‘The Girl with the Pearl Earring’ this story unfolds among the embroiderers of Winchester Cathedral who created and repair the kneelers. Real people are woven with fictional as a Violet, one of the lost generation of women after the First World War finds fulfilment and friendship among the close knit community of embroiderers and bell ringers.

A Song for Dark Times by Ian Rankin. An ageing Rebus, a familiar Edinburgh, a murder, what more do you need?

We will meet again by Zoom on Wed 3rd Feb at 7.30. All welcome!

Should anyone wish to join us, contact the office .


Welcome to Midstocket Parish Church in Aberdeen, Scotland. We are a large, enthusiastic and energetic congregation, engaged on a range of activities with our community as you will see if you browse our web site. Whilst many of our activities are on hold because of Coronavirus restrictions, have a look around the web site to see the typical activities which centre around our Church. See What's On, News, In the Community, Worship and Exploring Faith, Life Events, and About Us

Our Office can still be contacted by phone and email at the usual numbers.

My name is Tanya Webster, and it is my pleasure at the start of 2020 to introduce myself as the new minister of Midstocket Parish Church.

I was born in Zambia to a Scottish mother and an English father and was brought up in South Africa.

I did my first degree in Accounting and auditing in South Africa and worked for the accounting firm KPMG in Pietermatitzburg near Durban for several years before moving to Scotland.

In 2004, I experienced a call to Church ministry, and was accepted by the Church of Scotland as a candidate for full-time ministry.

I graduated from Glasgow University in 2009, and after a year as a probationary minister in Kirriemuir, I was ordained and inducted as minister at Ardrossan Park Church.

I was minster there and Moderator of the Presbytery of Ardrossan before hearing God call me to Midstocket Church.

I am aware that being in the ministry can be challenging and rewarding and requires leadership, energy and compassion.

Midstocket Church has regular opportunities for worship, and a wide range of community activities. I hope to meet you at some of these events during 2020.

Our journey begins together.

God bless.


Orders of Service and Magazine

Look through previous Orders of service. The current copy of magazine can be seen below.

Susan Mutch sends good wishes and thanks to all distributors of the Midstocket Magazine. There will be no Magazine printed for issue on Sunday December 6th. Stay safe and well and hopefully it will not be too long before we can all meet again .

March 2020.pdf

Look through previous Magazine