Sunday 26th December
Here is the joint service held in Holburn West Church on Sunday 26th December for the Churches of the City Centre and West End Churches Parish Grouping.
The service is led by Rev. Duncan Eddie, Minister of Holburn West, with the other ministers in the grouping all taking part - Robert Smith, John Watson, Scott Rennie and Tanya. The talented young organist is James G. R. Campbell (do listen right to the end!). If you couldn’t be there, please do take time out to watch this lovely service from home and if you wish, join in with the Christmas hymns!
Christmas Day Service
Friday 24th December Watchnight Service at 11.15pm.
Friday 24th December Family Service.
Music @ Midstocket Virtual Christmas Concert for Maggie's Centre
Community Christmas Carol Singing
Sing the Nativity Story
Bon Accord Silver Band
Bon - Accord Silver Band gave two magical concerts on Sunday 12th December. The Christmas Concert for children was a great hit with some young members of the audience dancing in the aisles. The evening concert deserved the standing ovation it received.
Aberdeen Chamber Orchestra
We were so happy to welcome our 'in house' orchestra on Saturday 11th December for their first Christmas Concert at Midstocket. It was a joyous occasion complete with Santa conducting the orchestra!
On Sunday 5th December our Minister, Tanya Webster led a Memorial Service with quiet music and reflection.
Mission for Christmas
Advent Café Church
Our Minister, Tanya, inspired us to create Christmas decorations. She produced a wide selection of small articles and guided us in our creativity. Jim and Ruby provided coffee and mince pies. A Christmas atmosphere took over and great fun was had by everyone.
Wishing you Peace, Love and Joy at Christmas
Although we are unable to hold concerts in the Church at the moment, we have put together a festive "virtual" concert for you to enjoy this year. With our grateful thanks to all the performers who contributed to this concert:
Hark the Herald Angels Sing – Albyn School
The Coventry Carol – Gareth John & Natalia Naismith, Aberdeen Chamber Orchestra (ACO)
In the Bleak Mid Winter – Aden Mazur, ACO
Walking in the Air – Aden Mazur, Jean Fletcher & Gareth John, ACO
Away in a Manger – Erin Smith
O Little Town of Bethlehem – Erin Smith
O Come All Ye Faithful – Albyn School
We Wish You a Merry Christmas – St Margaret’s School
Christingle Family Service held on Christmas Eve
Due to the current restrictions the service was held via Zoom. Both parents and children had great fun making their Christingle decorations as our Minister, Tanya, explained the meaning behind each item on the orange.
This is a recording of the Midstocket Parish Church Service on Sunday 20th December. We have a beautiful piano recital of "The Angel's Carol" with the words for you to sing along to at home. This is followed by a performance of a “Lockdown Nativity” based on a script by Ian Olliver and in true lockdown fashion, this was recorded over Zoom and we are sure you will love the different "take" on the nativity story! We also have an impressive organ and piano duet and recorded greetings from the youngsters and teachers at St Margaret’s School. Finally, we've topped and tailed the recording with Hark the Herald Angels Sing and Away in a Manger. We hope you enjoy worshiping with us and remember - we're not allowed to sing in Church at the moment, but you can certainly sing at home!
We sang along with a different Christmas Carol every day from 14th December to 19th December 2020 and then we joined online in the mini Christmas Carol Songs of Praise Service on Sunday 20th December in the afternoon.
Reverse Advent Calendar
Bon-Accord Silver Band's Christmas Concert and Carol Sing-a-long
Advent Café Church on Zoom 2020
Advent Café Church on Friday 4th December from 10am on Zoom we had a lovely time with everyone. We have made easy paper Christmas and we enjoyed own tea/coffee and mince pies while we got creative. Thank you everyone for joining us.
Virtual Carol Concert
Virtual Carol Concert was held on 3rd December at 7.30pm in aid of Maggie’s Centre.
The concert carols brought us together (remotely) and lighted up our laptops. We had a line-up of amazing musicians and singers and we heard readings from some well-known faces.
Wishing you Peace, Love and Joy at Christmas
Below are details of our Christmas celebrations for 2019
Bible Studies in the Garden Lounge:
Sunday 1st 8th 15th December at 7pm
Sunday 1st December
3pm Memorial Service
A quiet service of music, reflection and an opportunity
to remember lost loved ones in a safe space
Saturday 7th December
A Celtic Christmas Fearghal McCartan & Pupils (clarsach)
Sunday 8th December
10:30am Gift Service
Sunday 15th December
10.30am Family Service
Saturday 21st December
A Celebration of Christmas: music, readings, carols and floral displays
Sunday 22nd December
10.30am Service of Worship
Sunday 22nd December
in the Church Gardens
Mince pies and festive refreshments
Tuesday 24th December
6.00pm Family Service
11.15pm Watchnight Service
Wednesday 25th December
10.30am Christmas Day Service in Midstocket Parish Church
Sunday 29 December
10.30am Lessons and Carols
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.
A Celebration of Christmas
Music, readings, carols and floral displays.
The Arum Lily represents the Virgin Mary.
The barbed wire reminds us of the crown of thorns at our Lord’s crucifixion. Ikebanna
The Birth of Jesus
The deprivation of the stable as the birthplace of Jesus is reflected in the basic colours and textures. Added to these are the gold and purple chrysanthemums denoting the arrival of the Son of God. The lily reminds us of the annunciation.
In the bleak mid-winter the shepherds tended their sheep …. look for the wool.
The exotic visitors from the East are represented by Bird of Paradise flowers. Stargazer lilies remind us that they were following the star.
Community Christmas Carol Singing Sunday 22nd December 2019
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.
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