Our Weekly Prayer
God of love, we praise You for the Resurrection Life of Jesus Christ. We praise You for the Resurrection life of Spring in all its glory: golden daffodils swaying in the gentle breeze; the purples and yellows of crocuses and other pretty little flowers shooting through the ground; the leaves and buds reclothing the trees; the soothing sound of the babbling burns; the warmth and Light of Your Son in our hearts, melting away the cold and dark struggles of Winter that we may rejoice in New Life and all its Resurrection power.
God of New Life, forgive us for the times we cling to the dead wood of the past; to controversies or conflict when we assert our rights even when we know we are wrong. Forgive us for the hurt we cause others and the pain we inflict on ourselves, stunting new growth in our hearts and eventually allowing grudges and hatred to destroy our roots so that we wither and die. Forgive us and nurture us in love and respect for one another.
Lord of Resurrection Life, we praise You that, despite the ugly acts committed by human beings against one another, You transform our sadness and fear into beautiful and fragrant spiritual flowers through tender experiences and expressions of love. By the power of the Holy Spirit, breathe on us now that we may bring forth buds of hope and healing, and blossom in reconciling love for the sake of Jesus Christ, Amen. (KFG)
A VERY WARM WELCOME AWAITS YOU at Insch-Leslie-Premnay-Oyne Parish Church. The service is at 10.30am.
A special welcome to the SUNDAY CLUB which meets for the first time after the holidays,
Please stay after the service for tea/coffee, a fine piece and a blether. We would be delighted to see you.
ELDERS PLEASE NOTE that NEWSLETTERS and COMMUNION CARDS are ready to be uplifted from the hall. Thank you. These should be delivered BEFORE Communion Sunday.
TICKETS are now on sale for “THE PRODUCTION 2018 - HALLEYRACKET HOSPITAL!” You will find them in a box in the vestibule and at Pamela’s D.I.Y. shop, or you can buy them from any member of the cast, including Dr. Kay. Please support our youngsters. Thank you. Price: adult £8; child £5; family ticket of 2 adults and 2 children £20. Please make sure that the person you buy the ticket from takes a note of whether one person has one ticket or four have one ticket, as ice-cream and juice are included in the price of the ticket. Thank you.
We now look forward to the CHRISTIAN AID SOUP and SWEET LUNCH in the church hall on Friday May 11th from 11.30am to 1.30pm. Adult £5; child £2. Thank you very much to Jane Reid and her helpers for arranging this and providing lovely food.
We also look forward to our “CHRISTIAN AID SPARKLING TEA and DRAM for a MAN” on Saturday May 19th from 2pm to 4 pm. Price: £10 a ticket. Come with friends and book a table, or come by yourself and join others for an afternoon of Prosecco or a dram or two; and, of course, there will be lovely food which we hope you can help us! Please see the sheet in the foyer. Thank you! As this coincides with the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, ladies and gentlemen may dress up and there will be a prize for the the best hat (lady’s or gents!). This will be a fun afternoon for all. There will be a raffle and three special prizes will be auctioned. Further details soon. Tickets on sale in May or can be ordered from Susan Donald or Dr. Kay.
CHRISTIAN AID QUIZZES are on sale TODAY in the foyer for £1 each. You will also find them in the hall; at the D.I.Y. shop and at the chemist’s. Please pass on to family and friends who enjoy a brain work-out whilst supporting the poorest people in the world. Thank you.
The final total for the STAMP APPEAL for 2017 was £2,194 for used stamps
from throughout Scotland. This will be used to support the library in the Giffen Institute of Theology, run in a refugee camp in Kenya, by the Presbyterian Church of South Sudan.
Though this about half what was made from the stamp appeal last year, the increase in e-mail, etc makes it so. Meanwhile we make a useable amount of money for something that would otherwise be thrown out. Please keep collecting your stamps. Please leave them for us to trim - damaged stamps are useless and such a disappointment to us. The red box is in the vestibule, and the new poster tells what the collection in 2018 is for. (The Reformed Church in Transcarpathia (Ukraine) helps to run a number of day care centres which provide educational support for children and young people with disabilities. The 2018 Stamp Appeal will support that effort.)
There are samples in the foyer of the following booklets by Sheila S Spears and Aberdeen and N.E. Family History Society:
-The Kirkyard of Insch - £3.00
-The Kirkyard of Leslie - £2.25
-The Kirkyard of Oyne - £2.40
-The People of Insch, Culsalmond and Rayne 1696 - £2.25
Please have a look at them but do NOT remove from the church. Should you wish to order one or more, then please put your name on the sheet at the door by the end of April and Dr. Kay will order them for you. Thank you.
It would be lovely if some of the groups in the church could, on our behalf, make cards of celebration for the 50th anniversary of the Ordination of women in the Church of Scotland. Rev. Lesley Orr says, “Feel free to add messages, tributes, stories, poems, prayers, words of thanksgiving...whatever you think is a good way to mark the occasion. We would love to gather cards from all over Scotland and beyond. Send your card to Ministries Council, 121 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 4YN, and mark the envelope WO50.”
INVERURIE FOOD BANK have a new wish list for April:
-Sponge Puddings; Dried Milk Powder
-Tins of cold meat (corned beef, ham, Spam)
-Cereal Bars; Fruit Juice (1Litre long life boxes)
-Shampoo; Kitchen Roll
IF YOU CAN, PLEASE BRING ANY OF THE ABOVE ITEMS TO CHURCH and the Food Bank will collect them from us. Thanking you for your usual generosity. People in our parish are given vouchers for the food bank.
Thank you all very much for supporting Dr. Kay’s Lent diet. She raised £712.50. Grateful thanks also to Karen Milne who raised a further £104! Well done, Karen!
Our local plumber Shaun Scott has won “Heating Installer of the Year 2018 for Scotland”. CONGRATULATIONS SHAUN! To be the UK installer of the year he needs our votes! If you wish to support Shaun, please go to the link: heatinginstallerawards.co.uk/finalists/
In the near future the church will be able to claim more than three and half thousand pounds from HMRC for tax paid on donations which have been gift aided in 2017. If you would like the church to reclaim the tax that you have already paid on the money you donate to the church - please consult Anne Campbell (tel. 841318) about signing a "gift aid declaration". There are several different ways to make that donation:- as a single donation, in the weekly collection or by a banker's order or direct debit – whichever is most convenient to you.
VOLUNTEERS-We are looking for volunteers to do the following: bookkeeping work for the accounts (the OSCAR forms would still be done by the accountant); and issuing the bills for the hire of the hall which would not be arduous once the template is set up. Thanking you in anticipation of your help.
FLOWER ROTA: If anyone would like to arrange flowers for the church, then please add your name to the rota in the foyer. If you would like to donate money and have someone else arrange them for you, then please see Mrs Margaret Mack. thanking you in anticipation of your help.
SUNDAY 22nd APRIL at 2.15pm THE PRODUCTION CAST meet for a full dress and make-up rehearsal with sound and lighting.
MONDAY 23rd of APRIL The Bible Study meets in the church hall at 7 pm.
WEDNESDAY 25th to FRIDAY 27th APRIL at 7 pm in the church: THE PRODUCTION 2018 - Halleyracket Hospital! TICKETS NOW ON SALE from the D.I.Y. shop, Dr. Kay and members of the cast. Please support our youngsters and their parents!
FRIDAY 27th APRIL Coffee Morning from 10am to noon.
SUNDAY 29th APRIL HOLY COMMUNION SERVICE at 10.30am.
SUNDAY 29th APRIL at 2pm HOLY COMMUNION SERVICE at Foudland Court.
WEDNESDAY 2nd MAY at 2.30pm HOLY COMMUNION SERVICE at Drumdarroch House with the Rev. John Mack.
THE CHURCH SOCIAL and FUND RAISING FRIDAY 11th MAY - CHRISTIAN AID Soup and Sweet lunch. Sale date to be set.
SUNDAY 13th MAY Christian Aid Service with speaker Mrs Pauline Ingram on Haiti.
THE CHURCH SOCIAL and FUND RAISING SATURDAY MAY 19th - Sparkling Afternoon Tea in celebration of the Royal Wedding or the Scotland Football Games, or a good afternoon out! Details to follow. Funds raised to Christian Aid.
SUNDAY 3rd JUNE The Doric Service at 10.30am.
THE CHOIR REHEARSES every Thursday morning at 11am in the hall. ALL WELCOME TO JOIN.
DRUMDARROCH HOUSE services are on the first Wednesday of the month at 2.30pm.
FOUDLAND COURT services are on the third Sunday of the month at 2 pm except for December when a different date is set.
COMMUNION: The formal Act of Holy Communion will be conducted on Sunday 30th April 2017 and Sunday 29th October 2017 at 10.30 am and at 6pm. The minister is happy to conduct Home Communions on request. There are a number of Services of Meditation and informal Communion throughout the year. Please see Facebook pageor contact Dr. Kay F. Gauld.
REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY: we are joined by the Uniformed Organisations and ex-service personnel. At the end of the service we parade to the War Memorial which is situated inside Insch War Memorial Hospital. In 2017 there is a possibility that there may be Remembrance Services at Premnay and at Leslie.
ANNUAL DORIC SERVICE with the Strathbogie Fiddlers, singer Helen Wood, Doric speaker Frances Mitchell and other guests on the first Sunday in June.
HARVEST THANKSGIVING SERVICE is on the second Sunday in October when the church is made stunningly beautiful by members of the congregation. The church is open in the afternoon from 2-4pm to view the floral arrangements.