Worship together both near and far
Sunday Readers: Additional readers for Sunday mornings are always welcome. If you would like to read in church or are willing to be recorded, please let us know!
Bellfield Care Home, Banchory: The Minister will be conducting the weekly service at Bellfield at 2pm on the last Wednesday of every month. In the near future it is hoped that members of the congregation will be able to join the residents for the short service. If you may be interested in going to the service at Bellfield - occasionally or regularly - please speak to the minister.
Hymn requests: Requests for hymns are welcome at any time!
Covid restrictions: The legal requirement to wear mask in church has been lifted. Please feel free to wear a mask and/or socially distance should you wish to do so.
Representing Echt and Midmar Church of Scotland as Commissioners to this year's General Assembly are the Minister, Sheila Mitchell, and the Session Clerk, Diane Howie.
News from the wider church:
Two new chaplains to the Queen have been appointed. Rev Dr Grant Barclay and Rev Dr Marjory MacLean will formally join her Majesty's Household as Chaplains-in-Ordinary. They said it was an "honour" and a "privilege" to be appointed to the prestigious role which dates back to the 15th century.
Today the role is largely a ceremonial honour with members of the Chapel Royal taking part in formal state occasions and conducting services at significant national events.
There are 10 chaplains to the Queen in Scotland; each normally retiring upon reaching the age of 70. The chaplains, along with a physician, a surgeon, an apothecary, a sculptor, an astronomer, an historiographer and some others, form part of Her Majesty's household.
The Queen is also served by her two domestic Royal Chaplains, the ministers of Canongate Kirk in Edinburgh and Crathie Kirk.
Despite the challenges of the last two years, the Church of Scotland is steadily moving forward with a programme of radical reforms begun in 2019 aimed at ensuring the church is "lean and fit for mission in the 21st century."
The reforms will streamline church structures through reducing the number of presbyteries, undertaking a large-scale review of Church buildings and developing new and creative mission plans that can be carried out with 600 full-time ministries supported by local elders and members.
"It is hard to remember a time in the recent history of the Church of Scotland when so many far-reaching instructions of the General Assembly have been implemented at the same time," the Assembly Trustees say in their report to the 2022 General Assembly.
"Our belief, which we hope can be shared across the whole Church, is that in the grace of God the work which has begun will lead to renewal and growth."
The goal of the reforms is to ensure the Church continues to achieve its mission of "inspiring the people of Scotland and beyond with the Good News of Jesus Christ through enthusiastic worshipping, witnessing, nurturing and serving communities."