Events 2019

Our Giving Plates

At our Christmas Eve Family Service, Rev. Tanya Webster gave away plates with home baked goodies and instructed those who received a plate to pass them on restocked with more treats so that the Christmas message of love carries on through the year. On the back of each plate, it says that it started its journey at Midstocket Church, Aberdeen in December 2019 and we would love to hear where each plate gets to on its journey. Please let us know and send a photo if you pass on or receive one of our Giving Plates.

Community Christmas Carol Singing

Down came the rain so our carol singing took place in the Sanctuary this year. We had a full house (including three very well-behaved dogs!). The enthusiastic singing of the carols was followed by mulled wine and mincepies. A joyous time was had by all.

Nativity Service

Children and members of the congregation joined in the improptu navity. It was fantastic.

Young Hannah was fascinated by our life size nativity in the Sanctuary last week and it was wonderful to see her interacting with it.

During December for our Reverse Advent Calendar we collected produce for the Charity Instant Neighbour.

Kirk Noel Lunch

This year's Kirk Noel was held on Saturday 14th December 2019 at 12noon. All proceeds go to local charities and in 2019 we were supporting the work of Sue Ryder they help people who are living with a terminal illness, a neurological condition or who have lost a loved one.

Christmas Concert in aid of Maggie's Centre

A very successful Christmas Concert in aid of Maggie's Aberdeen took place on Monday 9th December at 7pm.

Advent Cafe Church

On Monday 9th December we held Advent Café Church in the Garden Lounge. Everyone enjoyed making Christmas decorations for their home.

Remembrance Service

Guild Coffee Morning

We had a very successful coffee morning on 9th November. With your support, we raised the tremendous sum of £1,878.80.

Induction of Rev. Tanya Webster

Induction of Rev. Tanya Webster

Rev. Tanya Webster was inducted as our Minister on 24th October amidst members of Aberdeen Presbytery, the congregation of Midstocket and friends and family of Tanya.

A happy and joyful social gathering was held afterwards in which we were able to welcome Tanya in an informal setting.

Harvest Festival 2019

Cafe Church

On Friday 4th October we held Cafe Church. Ann Robertson from Cults Church was talking about Fair Trade products. It was special day, because we were celebrating 25 years of the Fair Trade.

Annual Charity Concert

The Annual Charity Concert was held in the Sanctuary on Wednesday 2nd October when Bon Accord Silver Band conducted by Richard Kidd and Albyn School Pupils Jazz Section called Fazz Junk directed by Karen Addison entertained us. The sum of over £2000 was raised and will be divided between Friends of Roxburghe House, Midstocket Development Fund and Scottish Charity Air Ambulance for Aberdeen S.C.A.A. Many thanks to everyone who supported this effort so generously and a big thank you to the ladies of Social Committee who worked so hard to make this event a great success.

Visitors from Nkolokoti Church Malawi

Blessings and Sydney from Nkolokoti Church in Malawi visited us in September

Blessings Njawala is at university and is in his 3rd year of a 5 year degree in Information Technology. Blessings plays the keyboard at church services.

Sydney Jere is an assistant accounts administrator at Capital Radio Malawi. He is also the chairperson of Nkolokoti CCAP youth ministry.

For details of their visit please look at the overseas section.

Summer Songs of Praise

This year Summer Songs of Parise was held on Sunday 25th August at 6pm. We were able to enjoy sitting outside on a warm summer's evening. Strawberries, cream and ice cream were served after the Songs of Praise.

The Aberdeen Chamber Recorder Orchestra

The Aberdeen Chamber Recorder Orchestra, led by Musical Director Edward Friday, gave a recital on 15th June. This specialist ensemble presented a varied programme of music by Monteverdi, Handel, Holst, Andrew Challinger and Ruaraidh Wishart, to much applause. £300 was raised for SAMH (The Scottish Association of Mental Health).

Aberdeen Chamber Orchestra

Aberdeen Chamber Orchestra held a very successful concert with the title "Of Wizards and Magic" on Saturday 25th May in our Sanctuary.

Aberdeen Vocal Ensemble - Recital for Christian Aid

The Christian Aid Recital was this year given by Aberdeen Vocal Ensemble – a virtuoso group of thirteen solo singers who blend into a wonderful choir led by Sam Paul. £405.55 was raised at this event. This time a member of the audience travelled from York!

Easter Celebrations

Concordia String Orchestra

On Saturday 23rd March the Concordia String Orchestra with their conductor Tim Tricker gave us an evening of great enjoyment. Their programme included music by Bach, Tartini and Vaughan Williams. The soloists Kara Taylor and Clara Daley played Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two Cellos to an enraptured audience.

Music @ Midstocket

An enchanting programme of music was performed in the Sanctuary on Saturday 16th March. The event was entitled "Medicinal Music", not because the music had any specific links to medical conditions ... but because the two performers were both practising doctors. Dr Kathryn Arnould (soprano) accompanied by pianist Dr Graham Macdonald performed pieces by Faure, Debussy, Poulenc, Saint-Saens, Rachmaninoff, Durand, Delibes, Puccini and Gounod. Proceeds from the event went to The Vine Trust and The Sandpiper Trust.

Cafe Church

We enjoyed lovely home made pancakes on Shrove Tuesday whilst sharing information about our partner church Nkolokoti Church in Malawi. Everyone enjoyed a good time of fellowship.

Aberdeen Chamber Orchestra

Aberdeen Chamber Orchestra held a very successful concert with the title "In the shadow of Beethoven" on Saturday 16th February in our Sanctuary. Music by Rossini, Schubert, Belioz and Brahms was enthusiastically received by a full house.

Annual Presbytery Service

The Moderator of the General Assembly, The Right Reverend Susan Brown, presented a Long Service Certificate at the Presbytery Service at Ferryhill Parish Church to Ian Haw for 30 years service as an elder.

Burns' Lunch

Our annual Burns Lunch took place on Sunday 20th January. The event started with the haggis being piped in by John and a formal ‘address to the haggis’ by Campbell. The traditional meal of haggis, neeps and tatties was then served, followed by coffee and shortbread. After this a programme of traditional Scottish entertainment took place, with readings in the Scottish dialect by Campbell, music and song by our guest Ailsa and community singing of Burns’ songs. A very successful event ended with everyone joining in ‘Auld Lang Syne’.

The Guild Party

The Guild held their annual party on Monday 7th January. Sandwiches, sausage rolls and quiches were served followed by eclairs and meringues which needless to say were enjoyed by everyone. Entertainment followed with Edna and June telling us amusing stories. These gave our minds a rest from the quizzes which we were trying to solve. The competitive spirit was very evident. Everyone went home in good spirits having enjoyed a wonderful party. Thanks are due to the Committee who organised the event.