Special Services in the Festive Season

Sunday 10 Dec                                                                                                                                                10.30am Christingle Service for end of university term followed by Bring & Share Lunch

Friday 22 Dec                                                                                                                                                  11am Seaton Primary School Assembly in St Ninian’s Church

Friday 22 Dec                                                                                                                                              7.30pm Music & Readings for Christmas

Sunday 24 Dec                                                                                                                                         10.30am Service of Holy Communion, Last Sunday of Advent

Sunday 24 Dec at St Mary’s Church of Scotland                                                                                4.30pm Christmas Eve Service

Sunday 24 Dec at St Mary’s Church of Scotland                                                                           11pm Watchnight Service

Mon 25 Dec at St Ninian’s                                                                                                                      10.30am Christmas Day Holy Communion

Welcome

Welcome to St Ninian’s Church, 696 King Street, Aberdeen (Find Us Map). We’re an Episcopalian (Anglican) Church based in Seaton in Aberdeen, we’re the closest church to Hillhead Halls and have a congregation including small children, students and older adults.

We’d love to see you at a Sunday Service – usually  a Communion at 10:30am  (more info). Our Tuesday Craft Group and our Young Adults Group meet regularly. We also have occasional music concerts and regular social/fundraising events.

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Poem for Advent 1

COME TO US, STARTLING GOD
Come to us, startling God,
wake us from our ease.
Stir up our hunger for justice,
cast out our fear.
Open our ways to your ways,
lead us down the paths
of mercy and peace.

Come to us, dazzling God,
renew us with your love.
Tend our wounds
with your wounds.
Span the poverty
of our failures and betrayal
with the abundance of your grace.

Come to us, living God,
ever ancient, ever new.
Meet us in our sufficiency
and our greed.
Feed us with your compassion.
May your vulnerability
call forth our trust.

Come to us, disturbing God,
on our streets,
in the lonely places,
in the palaces of power
and among those without homes.
To restore, revive, and disrupt.
To comfort and convert.

O come, O come, Immanuel.

– Rachel Mann

Our New Bishop

On Thursday 9th of November the Episcopal Synod of the Scottish Episcopal Church elected the Rev Canon Anne Dyer as the new Bishop of Aberdeen & Orkney.

Canon Dyer is Rector of Holy Trinity church, Haddington (since 2011). Her wider church involvement includes being a member of the Scottish Episcopal Institute Council and a member of General Synod.

Being in the first group of women for each of these Orders, Canon Dyer was ordained Deacon in 1987 and Priest in 1994 in Rochester. She served as Warden of Cranmer Hall, Durham and before that was Ministry Development Officer in the Diocese of Rochester. Prior to ordination Anne Dyer read Chemistry at St Anne’s College, Oxford and was a Business Systems Analyst with Unilever before training for ordained ministry at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford and studying theology at King’s College London.

Canon Dyer is Chair of the East Lothian Foodbank and is also a regular lecturer across Edinburgh and the Lothians on the subject of fine art and theology.

On hearing of her election Canon Dyer said “I am delighted to be elected by the Bishops of the Scottish Episcopal Church to serve as Bishop in the United Diocese of Aberdeen & Orkney. It will be a privilege to lead the people of this diocese as they continue to make known the love of God to those in their communities and beyond. I am looking forward to both the challenge and excitement of serving and worshipping together in diverse locations across the diocese and to joining the College of Bishops.”

Canon Dyer is the first woman to be elected Bishop in the Scottish Episcopal Church. The General Synod of the Scottish Episcopal Church voted to allow the election of female bishops in 2003. The See of Aberdeen & Orkney became vacant last November when the Rt Rev Dr Robert Gillies retired as Bishop of the Diocese.

The Most Rev Mark Strange, Bishop of Moray, Ross & Caithness and Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church says “I am delighted to welcome the Rev Canon Anne Dyer to the College of Bishops. Anne brings with her a wealth of experience in theological education and mission development, and has so many of the gifts sought by the diocese together with a deeply loving and generous personality.

I am also delighted that those gifts have allowed us to elect a woman to our College of Bishops. Please pray for Anne, her family, for the congregation at Haddington and for the Diocese of Aberdeen & Orkney as they journey on in faith.”

Canon Dyer was born in 1957, is married and has a daughter.

St Ninian’s Church – What is this building for?

  • FINDING SPACE………it’s an unexpected oasis of quiet after the noise of busy traffic on King Street; come in on a Sunday morning from just after 10am and see for yourself. You can sit wherever you want – we have comfy chairs, no hard pews here.
  • FINDING EACH OTHER………there’s always someone to say hello; we welcome everybody – babies, the elderly and everybody in between; we get to know each other because we are a small and diverse family congregation.
  • FINDING OURSELVES………time to think, to listen, perhaps to pray, to ask questions,  or just to be….and to enjoy a good cup of coffee or tea
  • FINDING GOD………through our singing, our prayers, through hearing the story of God from the Bible and finding our place in that story now, through our sharing of bread and wine as tokens of God’s love for each one of us.
  • FINDING PURPOSE………we go out to share God’s love asking God to be with us and show us what God might be calling us to do with our lives.

‘Saturday Sermon’

By Revd. Joan – as published in the P&J 10th June 2017

“It’s all Greek to me” is a phrase used when we just don’t understand something , when we read the instructions and they make no sense.  The church can be skilled at this but it’s not Greek that’s the problem – it’s Latin!  Because many of our religious words come from Latin, these can be lost for lack of translation.  We hide behind words like “redemption”, “justification”, “transubstantiation”, “trinitarian” but they carry little meaning for our daily lives.

“Salvation” is one of these. Think of that classic phrase “Are you saved?”  Saved from what? Saved for what?  I’m fine, thanks, so no thanks!

Salvation can be understood in two ways – God is described as our rock and our salvation (Psalm 89:26) to whom we cling when all is chaos around us.  We hide behind this rock safe from everything that is going on outside.  There are times when that is what we need and all that we can do.   But that is to ignore another way of thinking about salvation which comes from the Latin salvusand means  safe, healthy, unharmed.

How safe, healthy, unharmed is life in Aberdeen? Can we see our communities as broad spaces where everybody can live in safety? Jesus lived in a “broad space” despite the surrounding danger and crossed many borders willingly.  This took him to the cross but led millions to follow that way which actually brings freedomas we claim our “salvation” – the right to be in a broad space in freedom, safety and health – and to find calm in the chaos which can surround us.

Apologies for the Latin lesson but it’s good to know our roots!

Reverend Joan Lyon