Christmas Events

Christmas 2021

Christmas poster 2021.pdf
Joint Services 2021.pdf

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

Saturday 25th December we celebrated Christmas Day Service in Midstocket Parish Church at 10.30am (Joint Service with Rubislaw, Queen’s Cross, Holburn West and St Mark’s Churches).

Watchnight Service

Friday 24th December Watchnight Service at 11.15pm.

Family Service

Friday 24th December Family Service.

Music @ Midstocket Virtual Christmas Concert for Maggie's Centre

Music @ Midstocket would like to welcome:

Erin Smith (violin)

Ailsa Durden (piano)

Joy Brockley (organ)

Community Christmas Carol Singing

Sunday 19th December at 6pm we enjoyed Community Christmas Carol Singing in the Church Gardens with members of The Granite City Brass Band.

Sing the Nativity Story

Sunday Service at Midstocket Parish Church at 10.30am on 19th December we enjoyed service by sinning the Nativity Story. To watch our other services please go to Midstocket Church Services.

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!

Memorial Service

On Sunday 5th December our Minister, Tanya Webster led a Memorial Service with quiet music and reflection.

Instant Neighbour

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.

Christmas 2020

Wishing you Peace, Love and Joy at Christmas

Christmas Services.pdf

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.

“Lockdown Nativity”

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

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

Bon-Accord Silver Band's Christmas Concert and Carol Sing-a-long

We were happy to joined to Bon-Accord Silver Band's Christmas Concert and Carol Sing-a-long - two events went live on the band's YouTube channel on Sunday 13th December.

Gift Service

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.

Christmas 2019

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

2pm Music @ Midstocket

A Celtic Christmas Fearghal McCartan & Pupils (clarsach)

Sunday 8th December

10:30am Gift Service

Sunday 15th December

10.30am Family Service

Saturday 21st December

2pm Music @ Midstocket

A Celebration of Christmas: music, readings, carols and floral displays

Sunday 22nd December

10.30am Service of Worship

Sunday 22nd December

6pm Community Christmas Carol Singing

in the Church Gardens

with members of The Granite City Brass Band

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

Joint Service with Rubislaw and Queens Cross Churches

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 Annunciation

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.

The Shepherds

In the bleak mid-winter the shepherds tended their sheep …. look for the wool.

Three Kings

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.

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.

Advent Cafe Church

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