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.
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.
Led by our Youth Leader, Jay, and accompanied by members of the Granite City Brass Band, our annual Carol Singing outside the Church was a great success. Members of the community (including 7 dogs!) joined the congregation to sing favourite carols on a cold, crisp but dry evening. Afterwards in the warmth of the Sanctuary the community spirit continued as we enjoyed mince pies and non-alchoholic mulled wine. It was a memorable start to our Christmas celebrations.
On Sunday 9th December 2018, Hannah Hazel Johnson, daughter of Les and Lynne Johnson and granddaughter of Willie and Hazel Wightman was baptised in Midstocket Church by the Rev. Maggie Whyte.
Our Advent Café Church on Friday 7th December was well attended and after enjoying coffee and mincepies we started to make table decorations appropriate for Christmas. As you can see, great fun was had by everyone and some beautiful arrangements were made.
The Men’s Group met on December 3rd, to listen to Graeme Thompson, a former soldier and long-serving Aberdeen policeman (the ‘Midstocket Bobby’) talking about a fund-raising cycle run that he undertook from John o’ Groats to Land’s End support of the Colonel’s Funds for the Scots Guards Association.
Reverse Advent Calendar
We are running a Reverse Advent Calendar for 4 weeks from 2nd December. Members of the Congregation are being asked to bring food donations of tinned foods. The donations will be sent to Community Food Initiatives North East (CFINE) Any unwanted baby or children’s jackets would be gratefully received too.
On 22nd November, the Men’s Group visited the exhibition centre to view the construction of the new harbour at Nigg and was given a presentation by representatives from Dragados, the company contracted for the works.
The Guild Coffee Morning
The Guild Coffee Morning took place on Saturday 17th November 2018. We would like to express our grateful thanks to all who supported the Guild Coffee Morning and helped to raise the excellent sum of £1685.28.
Remembrance Sunday 11th November 2018
A moving service took place this morning to mark in particular the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. Small crosses have been made of every member of the former Beechgrove and St Ninian's Churches who fell in the war, and Mile End School painted a collection of white stones with poppies and a message on each one.