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Sunday Morning Worship is at the usual time of 10.30am at Insch-Leslie-Premnay-Oyne Parish Church. ALL WELCOME.

Please stay for tea/coffee and a fine piece after the service. Grateful thanks to all who serve the teas and bake every week. After the service there will be a SPECIAL TEA for the Sunday Club. Please join them. During the holidays they will be given a trip to the ten pin bowling with food. Dr. Kay will join them so that she can beat them! There’s a challenge!

Sunday Club as usual 25 June, thereafter on holiday.

Services at Premnay Hall and Oyne Hall occur a number of times in the year. Please check Facebook page for additional services and intimations. 

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.

VOLUNTEERS PLEASE We are sorry to hear that Amanda will be off work for some time. Should you wish to send her a note, please ask Dr. Kay for her address. It would be encouraging for her to hear from members of the congregation. We will keep her in our prayers. THANK YOU VERY MUCH to all those who have volunteered to do the Beadle’s job over the next couple of months. Your help is greatly appreciated.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH TO ALL WHO HAVE VOLUNTEERED to make and serve teas at Drumrossie House open day. The church gets to keep the tea money and is given a good percentage of the entrance fees too. We are very grateful to Mr and Mrs Robertson for inviting us to host the teas which will boost our income.

VOLUNTEERS for FUN WEEK! We have had a super response for Fun Week leaders and helpers, but are willing to accept more Mums or Dads! Everything is shaping up nicely for “Roman in Africa!”

LAST YEAR we provided a very successful and much appreciate tea after the end of term school service which was specifically for Primary Seven pupils and their families. The school would be delighted if we could do the same again for them. VOLUNTEERS please to make and serve tea. Dr. Kay will provide the cakes and biscuits. Thanking you in anticipation of your help. (Yes, the Friday coffee morning will still take place. We will work round one another!)

SPONSORED WALK: DR. KAY is walking ST. CUTHBERT’S WAY from Melrose to Lindisfarne Island, over the Cheviot hills which will take from the 11th to the 18th of July! If you would like to sponsor her, please put your name on the sheet at the door. All proceeds to Christian Aid. Thanking you in anticipation of your support and usual kind generosity.

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.

Would anyone be so kind as to join the ROTA to bring Tony and Jean Gardiner from Drumdarroch to Church on a Sunday, please? It would be once every five to six weeks, or less depending on how many people volunteer. Please contact Mrs Liz Permian who is willing to go with people on their first trip. Her number is 01464 820445. Again, thanking you in anticipation of your help. Tony and Jean love being in church with us.

PRESBYTERY PILGRIMAGE to the HOLY LAND 17th to the 26th OCTOBER 2017, led by the Rev. John Cook from Alford. This excellent tour is organised by McCabe Pilgrimages with flights from Aberdeen. This pilgrimage includes ALL meals and ALL transport with Jewish and Arab guides. The cost is £1,995.


SUNDAY 25th JUNE - MESSY CHURCH in the hall at 3.30pm.

MONDAY 26th JUNE: The Bible Study meets in the hall.


SUNDAY 23rd JULY - DRUMROSSIE HOUSE Open Day with teas by church members. Part of the funds are being donated to the church. 8th. to 11th. AUGUST THE FUN WEEK

AUGUST 8th - 11th THE FUN WEEK for Primary School Children. ROMAN IN AFRICA! We have a morning with Rhythm Box when each child will play an African drum!

SUNDAY 8th. SEPTEMBER at 6.30pm for 7pm in the church hall - Family Quiz by Iain and Sam Mitchell.

SUNDAY 8th. OCTOBER HARVEST THANKSGIVING SERVICE OCTOBER 21st FOCUS CRAFT FAIR with morning coffee/soup and sandwich lunch/afternoon teas and church stalls.

FRIDAY 24th. NOVEMBER at 6.30 for 7pm in the hall - ST. ANDREW’S SUPPER and CALL MY BLUFF QUIZ


SATURDAY 16th. DECEMBER at 2 pm in the church hall - The Young at Heart Party.


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.

Our Team

Dr . Kay F. Gauld BD STM Ph.D

Minister at Insch-Leslie-Premnay-Oyne Parish Church of Scotland

Dr. Kay F. Gauld has been Minister since August 2015. Her Induction was attended by Rev. Ian Paterson (retired minister of St. Michael’s Linlithgow and Queen’s Chaplain); Rev. Sarah Murray (Episcopal priest at Inverness Cathedral); Rev. Bob Anderson (minister of Knockando, Elchies and Archistown linked with Rothes); Rev. Hutton Steel (minister of High Hilton, Aberdeen).

The minister is a member of the Chaplaincy Team at Insch, Premnay and Oyne Schools. She is also the Padre for ATC Squadron 1298.

The minister is a founder member of Keith Community Radio in 1997. She broadcasts a monthly programme on the second Tuesday of the month called “Hae the kettle on the bile!” Although she resigned as Religious Co-ordinator of the radio on moving to Insch, she continues to contribute to “Revving up on Mondays”, a weekly broadcast at 7pm.   

Mrs. Susan Donald

Clerk to the Board
Session Clerk

Susan Donald became Clerk to the Board in March 2004, was ordained as an Elder in January 2005 and “made” Session Clerk on 17 June 2014! She is also the editor of the church newsletter and a fantastic baker for all church events.

Tom Aitken

Presbytery Elder
Church Elder
Joint Leader of Bible Study

Tom and Angela have lived in Insch for nineteen years and initiated the Bible Study Group in 2014. Despite being busy people they are both very active in the church where Tom is an Elder as well as being our sound system expert.

Mrs. Sheila Byham

Free Will Offering Convener

Sheila has been our hard working Free Will Offering Convener for many years She can be contacted on 01464 831645..

Iain Mitchell

Property Convener

Iain and his family have lived in Insch for 15 years. He is our hall keeper and looks after the bookings as well as setting it all out for the groups which use it.

Iain likes to go walking and cycling. He is also a thespian and has two parts in the first Production of the church’s “A Tale o Twa Skweels!” He plays a teacher in Act One and a school boy in Act Two!

Mrs. Angela Aitken

Church Elder
Joint Leader of Bible Study
Guitarist in the Church Band

Tom and Angela have lived in Insch for nineteen years and initiated the Bible Study Group in 2014. Despite being busy people they are both very active in the church. Angela is an Elder. Angela plays the guitar in the band and is an accomplished singer.

Mrs. Margaret Mack

Church Elder
Flower Convener

Margaret joined Insch church in January 1969, at the young age of 27. She was a Guild member and very soon became involved in the Junior Sunday School.

Margaret and her husband John ran the Youth Fellowship in their home. In 1974 they moved to Auchleven and joined Premnay Church. Margaret helped to run the Sunday School with the late Mrs Marjorie Thomson, the wife of Leslie elder Mr William Thomson. Margaret served at least two periods as Guild President at Premnay.

After the Union with Insch in 1984, she eventually became Sunday School Superintendent and had another two periods as Guild President. She remained a committee member until a few years ago. Margaret was ordained as an elder in the late 80's. She joined the Insch Church choir.

About ten years ago Margaret took over the post of Flower Convenor from Miss Edith Downie. After her retiral from the post of Head Teacher at Premnay Primary, Margaret joined the Sunday School rota of helpers. She also became responsible for Child protection until the early 90s.

Margaret, in her spare time (!) completed the TLS course (Teaching, Learning and Serving) run by St Colm's College, Edinburgh, under the local guidance of Mrs M. MacDonald, Maryhill. It was an experience which Margaret found memorable and worthwhile.  

Mrs. Frances Mitchell

Keyboard player in the Church Band

Frances became the Church organist in 2000 and is well known in the area for playing Scottish Music and reciting Doric poems. Frances also organises, with friends, an annual Old Time Dance with the proceeds going to a different charity each year. In 2016 the church spire fund benefitted from the dance by almost £2,000. Frances is pictured with her husband Bill.

They will celebrate their Golden Wedding in July 2017.

Amanda Murray

Church Beadle
Congregational Board and Stewardship Committee Member

At the age of thirty Amanda must be one of the youngest beadles in the Church of Scotland! In addition to her beadle duties, Amanda is an active member of the Congregational Board and Stewardship Committee.

She recently did a sponsored skydive for the Church and raised £600.

Mrs. Margaret Laing

Stewardship Convener

Margaret was Session Clerk until 17 June 2014 and is now the contact person for the Stewardship Committee and the Guild on 01464 820639.

Mrs. Anne Campbell

Church Elder
Christian Aid Organiser

Anne has been an elder for thirty years; she has been actively involved with Christian Aid for as long as she can remember, and is still serving on the committee having stepped down as Convenor last year . She has organised the door to door collections in Insch for at least seventeen years and perhaps more! (Margaret Mack has organised the collection in Premnay for many years.)

As Christian Aid had a drop of one and a half million in donations last year, she is hoping that this year people will open their hearts and donate to Christian Aid which helps millions of refugees and poor people all over the world. If every household in our parish gave a couple of pounds, this would make a huge difference to many lives.

We can only hope and pray that people will respond and love their neighbour through the work of Christian Aid. 

Rev. A Grainer Stoddart

Retired Minister

A member of the congregation and supporter of the ministry. Always willing to help our Minster on a regular basis.

Rev. John Mack

Retired Minister

A member of the congregation and supporter of the ministry. Always willing to help our Minster on a regular basis.

Coffee Morning Team

The monthly coffee morning ladies are Mrs Sheila Harper on the left and Mrs Madge Forsyth on the right. Pat Duncan is also one of the team.

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