ST MACHAR’S SCOTTISH EPISCOPAL CHURCH
“FOLLOWING JESUS AND MAKING HIM KNOWN”
St Machar’s Church, Bucksburn is situated just off the A96 on the outskirts of Aberdeen. It is a congregation within the Diocese of Aberdeen and Orkney, and in full communion with Anglican Churches from around the world.
On Sunday 3 March St Machar’s congregation was happy to welcome Bishop Anne Dyer for the first time and enjoyed a beautiful Communion Service for the last Sunday before Lent.
Bishop’s Lent Appeal
The Living Well Cafe at Newhills Church
It has been decided that St Machar’s congregation will support this year’s Bishop’s Lent Appeal this year in two ways: A collection is arranged for donations to the Living Well Project (Local Dementia Support Group) at Newhills Parish Church and members of the congregation are asked to consider visiting the Living Well Cafe at Newhills. ‘The Café’ is very keen to welcome visitors and those who have already been there found it an enriching experience. Opening times for the Café, on alternate Tuesdays are shown on the website link below, on the Annexe noticeboard or available for those interested on a flyer. https://newhillschurch.org.uk/events/event/the-living-well-cafe/
Prayers continue for Dr Heddle. We were very pleased that he was with us for Maundy Thursday, Easter Sunday and Low Sunday to celebrate The Eucharist with us. We had good attendances for all these important services and give hearty thanks!
Do come and join us at any of our services or events
Holy Eucharist is usually celebrated at 11:00 every Sunday , Christmas Day and at 19:30 on Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday and Ascension Day. An informal service of readings and carols is held on Christmas Eve. A service of Compline and Shorter Litany is held on Good Friday.
Eucharist on the first Sunday of every month incorporates modern translations of readings. On these Sundays all services are followed by a time of fellowship and refreshments in St Machar’s annexe. Click on the ‘News’ button for further details of this and other events
EVERYONE IS WELCOME AT SERVICES
St Machar’s has friendly ecumenical links with other Church congregations in Bucksburn, Newhills and Dyce. As an example, a joint Christmas card was sent to every home in The Parish of Bucksburn Stoneywood from Bucksburn Stoneywood Church of Scotland and St Machar’s Episcopal Church also detailing all the festive services. We hold some events together notably the annual World Day of Prayer on the first Friday of March. Also we are keen to support The Living Well Project at Newhills Church (See item above on The Bishop’s Lent Appeal)
Choral Evensong on 26 August 2018 (Photo courtesy of Mrs Jenny Coleman)
The celebration of CHORAL EVENSONG on Sunday 26 August with members of St Andrew’s Cathedral Choir was a beautiful service. Priest-in-Charge, Rev Dr Duncan Heddle officiated and welcomed the choir under their director Professor Andrew Morrison. We were also pleased to welcome the Provost from St Andrew’s, Very Rev Dr Isaac Poobalan, our neighbouring minister from Bucksburn Stoneywood Church, Rev Dr Nigel Parker and visitors from other local churches in Bucksburn, Dyce, Middlefield, Powis and other areas. There was an abundant supply of cakes to go with the tea/coffee afterwards and a good time of fellowship was enjoyed.
Bucksburn News This regular publication is delivered to St Machars and free copies are available in the Annexe.
The Stoneywood Scouts do a great job helping us to keep the grounds tidy after the autumn leaves, broken branches etc. They have given us two big planters which stand outside the front doors giving a nice welcome. This year our ‘home team’ carried out most of the ground clearing but we look forward to seeing the Scouts again as they have promised to help. Our grass cutter keeps the grounds in good order.
A defibrillator for Bucksburn A keen-eyed member of the congregation noticed that the Community Council was collecting for a defibrillator to be situated outside the Milne’s butcher shop in Auchmill Road, Bucksburn. We had a collecting box in our Annexe and made a small contribution to this worthwhile cause. The generous community collected so much that there will probably be three defibrillators in Bucksburn to potentially save lives. More of these seem to be appearing around Bucksburn now-a good community initiative.
Community Homes We maintain a friendly contact with several local Care Homes
People at St Machar’s:
|Priest in Charge:||Rev Dr Duncan Heddle|
|Secretary||Mrs Erica Steele|
|Treasurer||Mrs Jenny Coleman|
|Lay Representative||Mr Stewart Thain|
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