The SUMMER 2 011
Quarterly Magazine of Dyce Parish Church, Aberdeen
You‘re always welcome!
MINISTER ―LIFE & WORK‖ ORGANISER
Rev Manson Merchant Sheena Rosie
144 Victoria Street 10 Raxton Place
Tel: 722380 Tel: 722015
SESSION CLERK ROCK SOLID
Raymond Mack Carol Howitt
16 Glen Avenue 10 Gordon Terrace
Tel: 724798 Tel: 722458
CLERK TO CONGREGATIONAL BOARD ICHTHUS
David Reid Carol Howitt
19 Parkhill Court 10 Gordon Terrace
Tel: 725170 Tel: 722458
Barbara Cruden Sheena Merchant
Standingstones 144 Victoria Street
Tel: 770001 Tel: 722380
FWO TREASURER PRIMARY SUNDAY CLUB
Barbara Cruden James Swanson
Standingstones 23 Parkhill Avenue
Tel: 770001 Tel: 723931
GIFT AID CONVENER CRECHE
Morag Reid Suzanne Douglas
19 Summerfield Terrace 8 Berrywell Walk
Aberdeen Tel: 772270
STEWARDSHIP PROMOTER KEEPER/ HALL BOOKINGS
Robert Gunn Pat Sharp
3 Glen Drive 8 Goval Terrace
Tel: 722831 Tel: 724887
EDITOR OF PARISHIONER FABRIC CONVENOR
Craig Wilson James Milton
38 Glenhome Gardens 19 Overton Avenue
Tel: 729688 Tel: 723939
Dear Friends package was, or what good value a certain
I‟m sure that most, if not all of you, have restaurant might be. However, when it
received one through the post; a leaflet comes to speaking about our faith, many of
that is thanking you for being such a good us,
customer, and an offer informing you that or perhaps most of us, simply keep it to
if you recommend a friend you will receive ourselves.
a gift, should that friend take up the Paul writing to the early church in Rome
subscription. I get them regularly from a wrote, “Everyone who calls on the name of the
well-known satellite television provider. Lord will be saved.” How, then, can they call
Marketing professionals have known for on the one they have not believed in? And
years that a product recommendation from how can they believe in the one of whom they
a friend is among the most effective means have not heard? And how can they hear
of advertising. One major corporation in without someone preaching to them? And
the United States sends out each year, how can anyone preach unless they are sent?
hundreds of thousands of such offers to their As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of
customers, or to use the industry terminology, those who bring good news!”
„connectors‟ – people who spread the word to As followers of the Lord Jesus Christ, and
others. as members of this congregation, we have
The gospel of Jesus Christ is much more been given the privilege of getting the
than a product. It is God‟s redemptive message out on to the streets. To that end the
purpose for all creation; it is God‟s great Kirk Session agreed at its last meeting to hold
plan for bringing people into a living, vital two open-air services during the summer. We
relationship with Him. shall be leaving the comfort and security of
The task of sharing the gospel doesn‟t lie our building to take the word out onto the
with the minister of a particular congregation; streets of Dyce. I hope that you will join with
nor does it lie with minister and elders. us on those two Sundays in order to bear
The task of sharing the gospel lies with each witness to the Good News of the gospel (see
and every believer. God‟s great plan for the “Sunday Services” for details).
world is conveyed most effectively by personal In closing can I say a big thank you is given
witness; through the way we live our lives and to Craig Wilson for taking on the task of being
through the words we say. the new editor for the Parishioner. Ian Milne
A university professor who trains did an excellent job and I know it must be
advertising professionals says, “It‟s human somewhat daunting for Craig to follow in
nature to talk about things that excite us.” Ian‟s footsteps, but I am sure that he is up
Does your faith in Jesus Christ so excite you to the task and so we thank him and wish
that you simply cannot stop yourself from him well in his new role.
sharing it with others? Sadly, the answer to Can I wish all of you a most peaceful and
that question in most cases is, „No‟! relaxing summer. Whether you are spending
We don‟t seem to have a difficulty sharing it at home or in some exotic location, I hope
with our friends or colleagues how good our and trust that you have a wonderful time.
new car is, or how wonderful our holiday God bless you all.
We seek to Proclaim Christ
In order that God‟s Kingdom may be
extended in our midst
through a believing,
belonging and becoming
community of faith.
SUNDAY SERVICES TRANSFERS
July and August: We welcome the following persons into the
10.00am Sunday Service with the following Fellowship:
exceptions: Mrs Fiona Matthew, 25 Farburn Terrace, Dyce.
Open-Air Services Mr Graeme and Mrs Sandra Hutcheon,
31st July 10.00am Pitmedden Road. 43 Glenhome Gardens, Dyce.
28th August 11.00am Dyce Central Park, Mrs Jessie Smith, 18 Berrymoss Court, Dyce
followed by a BBQ
BY RESOLUTION OF KIRK SESSION
September-December: Mrs Val Collins, 8 Taransay Court, Aberdeen.
9.30am Second and last Sunday in the month Lizzie Smith, 27 McIntosh Crescent, Dyce.
11.00am Every Sunday
2.30pm Service at Fergus House on the first
Sunday of the month
Please note that there is no longer a 6.30pm
Service. This has been replaced with a mid-week
service, see details below.
There are no Mid Week services in July or
Keep a look out on Notice Boards and the
Intimations Screen for details of these starting
5 Peter Grassick Gilbert 13 Corrennie Circle, Dyce 4 Edie Gardiner Bonnyton, Ellon
18 Martha Tarras Burnett 29 Belrorie Circle, Dyce 11 Iris McIntosh Fergus House, Dyce
19 Jim Rose 26 Glen Drive, Dyce 26 Darren Singer 10 Parkhill Circle, Dyce
25 Mary Lesley Taylor Garioch Nursing Home
2 Williamina Anderson Fergus House, Dyce
3 Margaret Davidson-Will 29 Northcote Crescent
4 John Beedie 8 Muirton Crescent, Dyce
13 Ella Brown Main 37 Victoria Grange, Dyce
9 Jean Corrie 5 Princess Crescent, Dyce
20 Steve Robertson 19 Parkhill Circle, Dyce
9 Alexander Mackinnon Fergus House, Dyce
24 Sandy Cruden Garioch Nursing Home
25 Mary Hill 18 Berrywell Walk, Dyce
JANUARY 2011 26 Ina Oliphant Fergus House, Dyce
10 Bob Gordon Leslie Laurels Lodge, Woodside
11 Stella Elizabeth Mather 20 Drinnies Crescent, Dyce MEMORIAL
12 Ian Dickson Fairview Nursing Home JANUARY
13 Marlene Richardson Goval Villa, Dyce 24 Robin Simpson Houston, USA
17 William Maclean 3 Corrennie Circle, Dyce
27 Margaret Ann Chivas Fergus House, Dyce WEDDINGS
4 Mairi Isabel Forrest & Martin Michael Law
8 William Ironside 2 Sluie Drive, Dyce
10 Margaret Robertson Fairview Nursing Home JANUARY 2011
10 Sidney Binns 12 Glenhome Terrace, Dyce 22 Kim Evelyn Hardie & George Wood Milne
21 Aileen Mair 130A Inverurie Road, B‘burn
23 J Douglas Milne 27 Dunbennan Road, Dyce
19 Angela Ruth Harvey & David Paul Savy
25 Jean Cooper 32 Sunnybrae, Bucksburn
25 Freeda Donaldson 1 Pitfichie Place, Dyce APRIL
28 Danny Milne Balmedie Eventide Home 2 Gillian Claire Frame Ritchie & Euan Ross McIntosh
28 Ronald Clark 7 Cordyce View, Dyce 16 Sam Stephen & Graham Benjamin Taylor
3 Margaret Somerville 2 Belrorie Circle, Dyce 21 Lesley Louise Thow & Michael John Rennie
14 Margaret Burr 77 Corrennie Circle, Dyce
17 Charles Donald 6 Fetach Walk, Dyce BAPTISMS
18 Lawrence Clark 31 Corrennie Circle, Dyce DECEMBER 2010
21 Evelyn Haggart Hazledene, Parkhill 5 Mia Nicole Yeats 54 Donmouth Court,
20 Danielle Stewart 6 Dunbennan Road, Dyce
Christian Aid 2011
Thank you so much thanks to Rab & Morag Gunn who really made
to everyone who took it all happen. Your efforts raised £363.51.
part in Christian Aid Thirty four brave souls took part in this years
week this year. It house to house collection. This can sometimes be
proved to be a very busy week and I have been a daunting task but is a positive witness that
overwhelmed at your generosity in the giving of Christians are willing to take practical steps to help
your time, talents, prayers and donations. our brothers and sisters throughout the world so
Thank you to Morag Gunn and the Social Team thank you to all who collected and to all who so
for organising the Soup Lunch on Sunday 15th generously donated. The total so far from the
May. Thanks also to all who provided soup, bread, collection, concert, soup lunch and other
scones and cakes; the total raised that day was donations is £4,084 which is an increase from
£225.26. last year, no mean feat in the present economic
We enjoyed a wonderful concert by the climate. There are still some bags to be handed
Acclamations on Wednesday 18th May and I have back so I will display the grand total in the church
to say a huge thank you to the team who provided when I have it.
and served refreshments. I appreciate this was no Final thanks go to those who helped with the
easy task and I‘m so grateful so many of you gave count and all who held us up in prayer. This was a
of your time and the donations of baking, Wow! tremendous team effort.
I‘ve never seen so many fancy pieces in one room Well done everyone,
before! Special thanks to Stuart & Kate Wood for Sheena Merchant
the posters and publicity which I‘m sure had a Convenor, Dyce Christian Aid Group
lot to do with the large turnout and very special (Working to help people out of poverty)
Roll Back the Stone
Edinburgh – 22nd May 2011 – Princess St. Gardens, 1pm-6pm.
What a great afternoon, the Church showing its real face out of doors and in surrounding buildings There
was drumming for the noisy, children‘s choirs, massed choir, Ficshy music in Ross Bandstand, followed by
the Scottish African Choir who got the audience to boogie to their music and organ recitals held in St
Cuthberts for the musical, wandering actors retelling the Gospel, folk singing and storytelling, Souper
Sunday, Guild and BB stall. Crossreach tent, Tradecraft and Fairtrade stalls.
The event ended with a service in the Ross Bandstand addressed by the Moderator, hymn singing with
the choirs and a pipe band from Victoria School in Dunblane.
It was so refreshing to see the Kirk let it‘s hair down (Paul would not have approved). Safe to say there
were thousands of folk there, amongst them folk from Dyce.
Men of All Ages
Our Area Breakfast at Newmachar are grateful to Bucksburn/
at the end of March was slightly Stoneywood for their hospitality.
down in numbers with 40 men
attending. However, all who Saturday 14th May was another sandwich lunch. It is hoped
shared this time with us agreed Area Breakfast, this time hosted that the change in time will
it was an inspirational message by the men at St Mary‘s Episcopal benefit those travelling from
received, not to mention the Church in Inverurie. Mark Stone, a distance and also allow for
worship, fellowship and, of Pastor of Aberdeen Elim Church, more fellowship time.
course, the food! Douglas MacNab, was our Speaker and he gave out
the new minister at Newmachar, the challenge for us to ―live full Our main speaker this year will
revealed his hopes and aspirations but die empty and in the process be Adrian Plass, the noted poet,
for the church and people of bless others as we have been author and raconteur—a man
Newmachar. Hugh Wallace of blessed‖ always remembering that with a profoundly deep faith.
Newhills shared with us his hopes what we do today will reflect on
and challenges for the future of our children and grandchildren. I would encourage men, young
the church in the north-east. All in all this was another and old to join us on 24
There could be exciting times all wonderful time of fellowship as September. I have no doubt the
round if we are willing to step 60 men sat down to breakfast Lord will be present with us and
out in faith! before worshipping together. there will be a message for each
There was also an opportunity one who shares that time with
The Easter Praise evening at to have a time to discuss certain Him.
Bucksburn/Stoneywood church points which led to us sharing
a couple of weeks later was well our hopes and inspirations for Further details will be forthcom-
attended by men and women the future of the church. ing but if you have any queries
alike. Thanks go to Maurice in the meantime then please
Maitland for putting together Our next venture will be our fifth speak to Rab Gunn or me.
and guiding us through the very Annual Rally which will be held
meaningful programme of praise at Newhills on Saturday 24 Yours in Christ
interspersed with words from Max September from 10am to 3pm. Ian Milne
Lucado on the events leading up Instead of the usual breakfast
to and including Easter. We we will share in a soup and
Dyce Guild usually meets on the first and third Some of us went to an open evening held by
Monday of the month in Dyce Church hall at Lakeland, where we had a chance to tour the shop
7.30pm and everyone is welcome. and watch demonstrations of cookery and cleaning.
We received a very welcome goodie bag to take
We have had some very interesting visits in the home.
past few months. Many of us visited JG Ross near
Inverurie. We had a very tasty meal and then got The guild walk this year was hosted by Mannofield
into our protective clothing for a walk around the Church and took the form of a treasure hunt.
bakery. As you can see from our photograph we all
look stunning! Although a very wet day we managed the route in
dry weather and it was very interesting to see this
part of the town and it was good fun trying to find
Our new session starts on the 19 September 2011
and our theme is “called to walk humbly with God”
We already have some very interesting speakers
lined up to inform and entertain us.
We watched a batch of rowies being made and had
a very interesting tour followed by a presentation We would be delighted if you could join us!
on the history of the bakery. A very enjoyable trip,
with a bag of rowies to take home! Kate Wood
Sales at the Fair trade table in Church after the
Sunday service (usually the second Sunday of the everyone. Prices range from 40p to £12.00. I would
month unless the date clashes with other events) be so pleased to see you at the sales table.
continues to be very well supported by the folks Imagine the difference we could make to so many
interested in the concept of a fairer deal for lives of the small producers if we all bought one
the people of the developing world who seek to thing next Fair trade Sunday. A lovely thought!
support their families with some dignity. The small
developers are not seeking hand outs but would The new Spring/Summer catalogue is available now.
like to get a fair wage for a fair days work. Not Just ask me and I‘ll be delighted to give you one.
many of us would like to eke out an existence on
around 60p a day I‘m sure! Anyway, as ever, the Thank you all again for the support given. It really
support given on Traidcraft Sundays is very much is much appreciated.
appreciated and as often mentioned there is a wide
variety of products on offer and something for TH ELMA
Dyce & District S.W.R.I.
Once again time seems to have very much against us but quite a come along and enjoy an evening
slipped by. few ladies made it and enjoyed a with us.
lovely evening with the talented
We have had a very enjoyable children from our Area. Like all organisations we are
session.The highlight of this was striving to recruit new members
our 80th birthday party which We had our business meeting so everyone, regardless of age
was held on 10th February in the as usual in April and I was etc. would be welcome to join us.
Church Hall. We were pleased to very pleased to be re-elected Why not come along as a guest
have with us our new Federation President. We had two ladies and see what we get up to –
President, Past Presidents of our stepped down from the you will always enjoy a warm
Rural and the Presidents from committee and I would like to welcome, some fine company
the other rurals in our group. thank them for the efforts and and a cup of tea with a fine
We enjoyed a lovely meal and work over the last two years. piece. We always have a number
entertainment. It was such an Consequent to this we have two of posters around shops etc in
honour to be President at such new committee members plus we the area that give information
a milestone. have co-opted another member about our meetings, so unless
who is now our new Secretary. the poster says differently, we
We had a visit to the Happy Plant I say new but we are lucky meet on the Second Thursday of
Centre in Mintlaw, where the enough to welcome back three every month at 7.30 pm in the
staff provided a very tasty after- ladies who have served before Church Hall.
noon tea and we had a chance to so thank you to them as well.
have a look around the shop and If you or anyone you know would
garden centre. We were lucky We have had a variation of like information about the Rural
with the weather, it was glorious, speakers and some very enter- please contact me on 722983,
which made it a lovely journey taining demonstrations over the Sheena Reid (Vice-President) on
and as usual most ladies came previous months. Our last meet- 771506 or Elaine Lind (Secretary)
home with either gifts or plants ing of this session will be on on 725234.
or in some cases both. June 9th and we will be having
a fun evening, with games, I look forward to welcoming you
In September our Fashion Show, quizzes and a fine piece with to our happy band of ladies.
which was provided by Asda, was our tea.
a great success and we managed Best wishes
to raise a tidy sum towards the We are in the process of Joan Burbeck
celebrations of our 80th birthday. organising our programme for President – Dyce S.W.R.I.
the coming session starting in
Our December outing was to the September. We have a number
Evening Express Carol Concert in of excellent speakers and demon-
the Music Hall. The weather was strations lined up so why not
Rock Solid & Ichthus
It‘s been quite a long time since I have done a little article about the Youth Groups so I thought it was
about time I gave you an update!
Ichthus They are absolutely delighted fever pitch! By the time you
The young people have had a and have found the children are read this we will have been. The
busy year, what with the much happier, comfortable and experience of going to Teenranch
planning and work involved in eager to stay in the crèche than is very special – it really is an
the transformation of the lounge. ever before. Indeed so pleased extraordinary place. In these
They are delighted with the were they that the crèche ladies days of technology overwhelming
results and very happy with the bought us pizzas for one of our every aspect of young peoples
very positive feedback they have sleepovers to celebrate! social interaction, to get away
received from the other lounge from it all for a weekend and
users. Manson has had many We can‘t thank the whole just play – in
compliments from families congregation enough for the a very old fashioned way –
attending baptisms and funerals. support and encouragement you is priceless. The message they get
At the design stage, catering for have shown us throughout the about their faith is very positive
the families attending the funeral whole project and can only hope and affirming and the young
of a loved one by providing them and pray that you are all as people who run they activities
with a comfortable and calm area happy with the result. at the centre are so encouraging.
to contemplate the service to If we do nothing else for our
come, was an aspect which was Rock Solid young people at the church,
uppermost on the list of what We haven‘t had quite such a busy allowing them this opportunity
they wanted to achieve by the year in Rock Solid as in Ichthus every year is something for
redesign. It is therefore very but are very much enjoying the which I, as a leader and I know
gratifying to know that they fantastic group of kids we have all the young people who have
achieved their aim. there. They really are a special gone to Teenranch in the past
bunch and get on so well and will go in the future, will
Another group which they were together. be eternally grateful.
anxious to make a special and
dedicated space for was the At the moment we are preparing Thank you
crèche. Again the feedback from for our annual pilgrimage to Carol Howitt –
this group has been phenomenal. Teenranch and excitement is at Youth Leader
Dyce Church Toddler Group
Our toddlers group continues to be busy on both Monday and Thursday mornings .
We have enjoyed playing with a range of toys, doing various crafts including
Valentine, Easter and Royal Wedding activities. We also enjoyed a teddy bears
We are always happy to welcome new faces – just pop in between 9.30 and
11am or phone Fiona on 729688.
New look lounge
The team have been quite busy this year. We to help people in poorer countries.
started off in February with a Soup and Sweet for For Christian Aid Week the Acclamations choir
Senior members of the congregation and we had came to Dyce Church for Daphne, their conductor‘s
a very happy lunch in the church hall where there last concert and we had a very good audience for
were around 60 present. The team are great at a great evening of singing. The team with a lot of
making soup and I challenge you to get better helpers served tea to the 40 strong choir and juice
in any hotel. and cakes to the audience
In March we had another Soup and Sweet as In September we are planning another Soup and
a fund raiser for Lisa Gunn (granddaughter of the Sweet for Senior Members who we were unable to
Gunns) who is going to Thailand in August to work accommodate the last time. If you would like to
for one year with an organization called Project attend and have not had an invitation by August
Trust. This was held after the church service please contact Morag Gunn 722831.
and £1,000 was sent towards her total fund. Can I take this opportunity to thank everyone
At the start of Christian Aid Week we had who has helped by making soup, baking, washing
a Souper Sunday where a selection of soup, scones dishes and making posters.
and bread were served, with donations collected MG
A new local project is being piloted in Dyce and Bucksburn by NHS Grampian to set up short health walks
for those with diabetes.
Would you like to help?
We are looking for volunteers to help lead weekly short health walks in Bucksburn or Dyce.
A one day training course will be provided free of charge which will equip volunteers with the practical
skills and ideas to lead short local health walks.
It is envisaged that there will be a team of volunteers in each area, working on a rota basis (2 volunteers
per walk) so there would not be a big commitment from anyone. Volunteers do not have to be members of
existing walking groups.
How do I get in touch?
A group meeting will be held locally for those who wish to take part.
If you would like to help others get active, then contact:
Mary.email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone Marjory D‘Arcy on 01224 722546
Women Walking with God
In March this year 14 ladies from our Church went to the Women Walking With God (WWWG)
conference in Edinburgh. This year the conference theme was “Free”, and gave us all the
opportunity to explore our relationship with God through worship, seminars and scripture.
The weekend started on Friday night with a two combined and enthusiastic voices of 1200 followers
hour evening celebration. The Conference Centre of Christ.
became the venue for around 1200 Christian women Awesome…… I personally didn‘t want the
praising the Lord through devotion, stirring song weekend to end and wished all the participants of
and amazing interpretation of the scripture. WWWG could meet on Sunday morning for
The band Phatfish, with Lou Fellingham, lead us worship.
in praise through well known worship songs. Amy As we couldn‘t, the Dyce ladies walked to the
Orr Ewing then used her intelligent and in-depth nearby Destiny Church. It was great to find that
knowledge and understanding of scripture to bring unlike Aberdeen, where churches have turned
this to life and help us to understand how this to clubs and casinos, the building which is the
applies and is important to us in our daily lives. Destiny Church used to be a Mecca bingo hall –
Amy has had a very interesting life as her surely that‘s a shout for the Lord!
evangelism has taken her to many countries and We were fortunate to be present for the baptism
given her the opportunity to meet many Christians. of three adult men who spoke honestly about their
Many of those she had been privileged to meet desire to be baptised, before a full body ‗dook‘ in
had been persecuted for their faith, yet stood a wee swimming pool.
strong in their desire to worship God and share The speaker for the rest of the service (a man
their faith with those around them. from Huntly) then spoke frankly and passionately
Saturday‘s programme allowed everyone to about his faith before and after a random accident
choose from a range of seminars based on this left him paralysed from the neck down. Despite his
year‘s theme. Most of us thoroughly enjoyed the injuries and the challenges his situation presented
seminars although some were emotionally very he continued to bring others to Christ through his
difficult – but truly inspiring. faith and belief in God‘s plan.
Saturday also included a drama production of Over the weekend, in between lots of singing,
Genesis (in an hour). It took a bit more than an praying, laughter, tears and worship, we also did
hour but was brilliant. A very funny whistle-stop lots of chatting and catching up with people met
tour of Genesis – with audience participation and at last years conference or from other churches
loads of laughs thrown in. (and lots of eating).
WWWG does not make money from the It was a fantastic weekend. The weekend offered
conference, however, they take an offering toward something for everyone whether at the beginning
a project which provides financial support to the of their Christian journey or much further along
Dalit women of India. Two representatives spoke to the road.
us about the plight of the Dalit women and their Last year there were three ladies from Dyce
hopes and prayers that one day they will be Church, this year 14.
released from the modern day slavery and class Lets hope there will be even more next year.
oppression in which they are forced to live. Put it in your diary now – 2nd-3rd March 2012.
The conference ended as it had begun – with Look forward to seeing you then.
thought provoking and inspirational interpretation ―Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your
of scripture and roof raising worship from the spiritual fervour, serving the Lord‖ Romans 12:11
The Future of Dyce Community
Centre – Can You Help?
As a result of Aberdeen City Council budget cuts, several multipurpose rooms, offices and out of
there will be radical changes to the way that school hours the use of the large sports hall and
Dyce Community Centre operates over the next small training pool. It also operates a minibus.
few months. The Community Learning and The centre currently offers activities and
Development and Administrative staff based in classes for all age groups and there is scope for
the centre are being removed and a committee further development.
of volunteers will become responsible for the all The City Council will keep the building wind
aspects of the operation and management of the and watertight, meet the cost of heating and
centre by the end of March 2012. lighting and give a small annual grant. The new
Are you interested in becoming involved in Management Committee will retain the income
organising or advising on the transition to the from membership and group fees and from
new system and ensuring that the centre letting accommodation to outside groups.
continues to play an important role in life of the The committee will be able to use these
Dyce community? We are also looking for funds to employ appropriate staff.
individuals with a commercial and financial For further information please contact Phil
background. D’Arcy, Chairman, Dyce Community Centre
The Community Centre in Gordon Terrace is Management Committee. Tel 722546 or email
linked to Dyce Primary School. It contains a wide email@example.com
range of facilities including a computer suite,
pottery room, large hall and stage, coffee bar,
Tuesday Coffee Mornings
Coffee Mornings resumed on Tuesday 5th Musical coffee Morning on Saturday 14th May
October, 2010 and finished on Tuesday 10th raised £952 donated to
May 2011. Maggie‘s Centre
Money raised from Tuesday Coffee Mornings Red Bus
went to:- Tillydrone Lighthouse
Church Heating and Lighting £1,000 If anyone feels they could spare a couple of
Community Alarms £500 hours on a Tuesday morning to help with the
Senior Citizens £200 Coffee Mornings, please contact Mrs Margaret
Dyce in Bloom £300 Mack, 724798.
Coffee Mornings resume on Tuesday 4th October, 2011.
Thought for the Day
from Today on BBC Radio 4 on Friday 20 May 2011
The “Thought for the Day” slot at 7.50 most mornings varies from day to day. The BBC have the
good sense to use a wide range of speakers – mainly religious. A recent broadcast by John Bell of the Iona
Community was immediately arresting because of his strong Scots tongue and the conviction it brought to
John Bell started by speaking about the Queen‟s recent visit to Ireland and the questions that had been
raised about how far there should be an apology to the Irish people for some of past British history. The text
of his talk, copied from the BBC web-site, was as
Should she have apologised? If we walk through the corridors of history, where
If she had been my mother’s child, she would have does the apologising stop?
had to. My mother spared her offspring no It is perhaps strange that for a religion which sees
embarrassment by sending us to apologise to reconciliation as central to its faith, the Christian
whatever adult we had offended by name-calling or Gospels don’t witness much to corporate apology.
kicking a ball into their sweet peas. Jesus – as a Jewish rabbi – doesn’t apologise to Hittites,
But what if she is the Queen? And what if the Gibeonites, Samaritans and a host of other nations
possible apology would not have been for a childhood which his genealogical ancestors demeaned, persecuted
offence, but for colonising an unwilling people, deny- and murdered.
ing them food in a time of famine, and using them as Was he in denial of his history? Or was it that he
the butt of racist jokes? recognised that what was done in the past was done
There is always an awkwardness about one nation when people lived by very different and very dim lights.
apologising to another. It has partly to do with the The historical sins of our nation’s past were committed
perceived necessity to avoid admitting guilt, lest when people believed that non-European races
restoration - economic or political - might be required. were innately inferior, that minority cultures were
It also has to do with the fact that many corporate primitive, that women were naturally subordinate,
offences happened a long time ago. that gay people were psychologically disordered.
If Britain were to apologise to Ireland, should we We cannot separate past iniquities from value
also apologise to every other former colony? Should we, systems, and from religious beliefs which have long
along with Portugal and Spain apologise to the since been discredited. If we still hold fast to these
American descendants of African slaves? Should damnable perspectives then we are the most benighted
lowland Scots apologise to highland Scots for their of creatures.
involvement in the Clearances? Should Scotland But if these perverse attitudes no longer infect us,
apologise to England for the Battle of Preston, and then acceptance of and openness to those our ancestors
England likewise for Culloden? Should protestants once oppressed has to be our enduring hallmark.
apologise to catholics for centuries of persecution? Thus reconciliation becomes real.
Should men apologise to women for centuries of It was powerful stuff, powerfully said. And
chauvinism? Should heterosexuals apologise to was followed on the Saturday morning by an
homosexuals for centuries of discrimination? equally thought-provoking thought about the
ridiculous “End of the World” prediction by far greater challenges to our Church today
Harold Camping in the USA. Taking the two than anything behind or ahead of us.
“thoughts” together, what came over was the AN Elder
need for Christians to put past attitudes and PS Isaac Newton apparently predicted that
wrongs behind us, not worry about the future the end of the world would come in 2060 –
and get on with the work of today. There are we‟ve a year or two yet to be working.
It is with great affection that I remember my the Calmac ferry from Oban arrives. I preached
first student placement, in 2006–2007, with for the nominating committee to hear me on
Rev Russel Moffat and your good selves in Dyce Easter morning, and spent Good Friday night at
Church. Thankyou all, and especially to those the manse. Eating my breakfast in the dining
who have kept in touch, and have kept me in room, looking out at ewes with new lambs, and
your prayers. a long stretch of glorious white sand, turquoise
I am delighted to be able to tell you that I am sea and with folk kite-surfing at the far end of
now Minister Elect for Tiree. Tiree is the most the bay, was a wonderful experience. It is very
westerly of the Inner Hebrides, a very beautiful exciting to know that is where I am going to live
fairly flat and sandy island. It is one of the for the next 5-10 years or more!
sunniest and one of the windiest places in It is going to be a huge change in lifestyle,
Scotland, and is very popular with watersports not only will I have the challenge of adapting
enthusiasts especially surfers, including wind- to life as ―the minister‖, but also adapting
and kite- surfers. The island is about 10 miles to island life with all its advantages and
long and about 5 miles wide at its widest point. disadvantages (if the weather is bad, the ferry
The population is 720 in the winter, 2–3 times doesn‘t get in, which means no fresh bread,
as many during the summer! fruit, veg, etc in the shop). I have a very strong
The Church of Scotland has two buildings, sense that God is calling me to Tiree, and
Kirkapol and Heylipol, but both are requiring I know that He will equip and guide me, but
major repairs, so it is planned to eventually sell I still welcome your ongoing prayers.
Kirkapol and use the proceeds towards the
costs of repairing Heylipol. The congregation Blessings and prayers to you all,
numbers 93 at present, and those who I have
met are all absolutely lovely, very welcoming to Elspeth
me. The manse is near Kirkapol church, at one (no date yet for my ordination and induction,
end of Gott Bay, quite close to the pier where but hopefully July this year).
Guiding in Dyce
Girl Guiding UK celebrated our centenary year where all the units contributed a song, dance, craft
between September 2009 and September 2010. or information on a country. We are now looking at
Our units have had a busy year taking part in various taking part in the Rotary Fun Day in August to raise
celebrations. The celebrations were launched at funds for our District.
Seaton Park in September 2009 where we all spent We would also like to mention Dyce Friends
an afternoon doing various activities and we had our of Guiding team who already do an excellent job
celebration finale in October 2010 at the AECC where fundraising for us to keep our subscriptions down.
we were treated to songs from Stacey Solomon and If you would like to help then we would love to hear
Olly Murs. We all renewed our promise together. from you. Recently they held a Ladies‘ night where
The girls (and the leaders) had a great night. In profits will go towards either a district outing or
between that we managed to fit it Rainbow Princess for some other interesting activities for each of
Parties, Brownies took over Templars Park for the the units.
day, sleepovers, holidays, camps and various other At the moment we have two Rainbow units, two
events. We also completed lots of tasks towards our Brownie units and a Guide unit which are all run
Adventure 100 badges. by a great team of volunteers. If you would be
We now have two District Commissioners, Fiona interested in joining our team please do not hesitate
Thomson and Christian Davidson, so hopefully this to contact Christian Davidson (722233) or
is the start of us beginning to do more things as a Fiona Thomson (631655).
district again. We had a joint Thinking Day event
A Mile in Another
I had this article written prior to finding out there would be no spring edition of the church
magazine. The message is still as relevant though.
In December I was religious and racial tensions can be you me, it is another thing entirely
lucky raised, and quite often it is the to be sitting in a church of over
enough to escape the worst of the Catholic church, indeed the 2000 worshippers, wondering if
snow that had hit the UK. I found ethnically Chinese Catholics that there is going to be an explosion or
myself working in Egypt, had a get targeted. My girlfriend is madmen with machine guns.
night in Belgium on the way home Catholic and also ethnically In the end, everything passed of
thanks to the failure of Heathrow Chinese and this would have a peacefully, the service was great,
to keep its runway open, and only 1 bearing on my celebrations that and singing along to various songs
full day in Scotland in the freezing Christmas. I didn‘t know and carols I did in a
cold prior to flying out to On Christmas Eve 2000, there language I am not entirely familiar
Indonesia to visit my girlfriend and were 15 bomb explosions across with was a great laugh, and a great
her family for Christmas. I would Indonesia, mostly targeting Roman way of being with these fellow
like to think that escaping the cold Catholic Christmas Eve Mass Christians who have the threat of
wasn‘t the best Christmas present services, but other Christian persecution looming over their
that God could give me, but the churches as well. As a result, 13 heads in a very real way. It was also
two lessons I received from him people died and 95 were injured. good to see the Muslim policemen
during my trip. As I approached the church with wish departing worshippers a
Indonesia is the most populous Lauren and her family, I noticed happy Christmas. The thought of
Muslim country on earth. There that there was a large police Jesus replying to the Sadducees
are around 200 million Muslims in presence around the church. I about the Greatest Commandment
Indonesia, with most of the popu- asked Lauren why that was, and she was in my head – ―Love the Lord
lation of the country living on told me the history of the with all your heart, soul, mind and
the island of Java. Indonesia has six bomb- ings, and on the 10th strength. That is the Greatest
officially recognised religions – anniversary, there had been more Commandment. The second great-
Islam, Protestant, Catholic, threats made by Muslim est commandment is love your
Buddhist, Confucianism and extremists against worshipping neighbour as you love yourself.
Hindu. There are also various Catholics. What unnerved me There is no other commandment
traditional beliefs across the whole even more was that the majority greater than these two‖ (Mark 12
country. It is interesting how of the police were Muslim. v30-31)
despite both being Christian, the It is one thing to be told of the In this I could see, regardless of
Protestants and Catholics are suffering and persecution of the threats given, it is still
defined separately. Despite the Christians from the pulpit, from important to worship the Lord, and
various religions, and the predomi- the TV or even in the publications also to love my neighbour, regard-
nance of Islam, by and large by the Barnabas Trust, but believe less of his religion. If it wasn‘t for
everybody gets along. However,
those policemen doing their job, suffers – all the rice crops in feet were slipping. And then it
things might have been different at the happened…I lost my balance and
the service… area were wiped out, as well as down I went. Thankfully my well
If this wasn‘t enough, I was to be people losing their homes. cushioned posterior wasn‘t needed
blessed with another very simple Although Yogyakarta city was to absorb the shock, as I managed
lesson later on that week. spared, lava and ash blocks several to get a hand down, but the local
The city that Lauren‘s family live rivers, and after heavy rains, some- people found my misfortune funny,
times these blockages give way. The and many of them laughed. As the
in is Yogyakarta. It is in very fertile
resulting flash floods wipe out only white person in the area, I
land, and has a population
bridges and more farmland, mak- stuck out like a sore thumb, and
ing the lives of the population even seeing me trip was highly amusing
500,000. Yogyakarta is Java‘s, if
more miserable. I have to confess, for the people at the side of the
not Indonesia‘s cultural centre.
even though I love photography, road.
However, it has a very big
I found taking pictures of the area
draw- back – it is only 20 miles I have to admit for a
hard, and even now when I
away from Mount Merapi, one of split second I could feel the
look back at my snaps,
the most active volcanoes in the anger rise inside of me. How dare
especially comparing the area
Pacific ring of fire. Funnily they laugh at my misfortune!
before and after, it is
enough, I had questioned the But then it struck me – I had
presence of steam coming from only lost my foot- ing and a little
We stopped at a barren area,
the peak while on a visit to the bit of dignity. These people had
and Lauren‘s father showed me the lost absolutely every- thing –
city in June last year, only to
remains of some motorcycles at
be told ―It‘s a cloud‖. houses, food, work and some
the side of the road, and then we had lost loved ones. I had
Unfortunately, Merapi erupted four
started to walk up the tarmac road nothing to be angry about. In the
months later, the volcanic
towards the peak. Scores of people following split second, all I
activity lasting about two weeks.
were trying to dig out the could do was laugh as well.
Lauren‘s parents took me to the
access roads to their property. We all hear the expression that
area where I had visited back
I was thinking that maybe people
in it is better to walk a mile
trying to dig themselves out of
2008. I could not have been in another man‘s shoes before
snow back home didn‘t seem so making a judgement about them,
pre- pared for what I saw. The
bad all of a sudden. Many people but it is so easy to not really
heavily forested area had been
were begging at the side of the
decimated. It wasn‘t lava that appreciate what others have to
road, some were trying to sell
devastated the area, but the hot go through. Sometimes it is so
DVD‘s about the disaster to try
gases from the volcano roaring easy to get caught up in our
and raise funds to try and
down the hillside in a massive own problems that we don‘t often
rebuild the area. After walking up
pyroclastic flow. I saw the remains truly appreciate that we do have.
the hill for about 30 mins, it How would you react under the
of a village I had once visited,
was getting hot, so we decided same circum- stances? It certainly
which used to have a popu- lation
to turn back. made me think for a long while.
of 3,000. All that was left was
Walking down the hill was even
rubble, charred remains and the Quite a sobering thought…
more treacherous than going up.
concrete foundations of buildings. Scott S
Lots of fine volcanic ash, which
Not a single house was left stand-
was like a fine sand and loose grav-
ing. And that was only one village –
el was scattered on the steep road.
several more suffered the same fate.
In keeping a decent pace up, my
Amazingly, only about 300 people
1st Dyce Scout Group
The Beavers, Cubs and Scouts meet in the Scout Hut, Challenge Badge. Over the past year, many of the
Pitmedden Road: Cubs worked very hard to gain the Chief Scout Silver
Beavers (age 6–8yrs) – Award, the highest in Cub Scouting. At the end
Thursdays 6.00pm–7.00pm of last year, we raised £1,000 for the Stop Polio
Moira Milligan (724156) & Sue Pettet Campaign, through the Rotary – all are so proud
of this achievement.
Cubs (age 8–10½ yrs) – There are currently 23 Cubs in the pack, made
Wednesdays 6.30pm–8.00pm up of boys and girls, so if anyone is interested in
Moira Milligan, Karen McKessack and Eric Digweed joining please let me know.
Scouts – Scouts are gaining in numbers and are an active
Friday 6.45pm–8.30pm troop, gaining badges and camping. They helped to
Jerry Morse (714727) organise the Jamboree on the Trail up Bennachie and
Group Scout Leader Jack Digweed (723526) all sections really enjoyed the day. Two Scouts,
Jamie Topley and Lee Riley, were also in the Gang
Beavers are always very busy working towards Show again this year. Jerry is helped by a couple of
their many badges from a varied programme. They go young leaders but another couple of leaders would
on outings and do various crafts and projects. This is really be beneficial. If interested, please speak to
the Beaver 25th Birthday year, with several special Jerry, or any of the leaders.
events planned. We give thanks to leaders Rhoda and
Aileen Law, who left us this Easter, for their years of World Jamboree – Zoe Donaldson, one of
dedication to the colony. Many Beavers gained the our young leaders, if off to the World Jamboree in
Chief Scout Bronze Award, a real testament to the Sweden in July. We wish her well in this and I‘m sure
hard work of the boys and leaders. Sue Pettet, a she will have loads to tell us on her return – Have
member of Adult Scouting Support, and two young Fun Zoe!!
leaders are working with us at the moment but if
anyone is interested in becoming a leader, please Jack Digweed and I have been very proud and
contact myself or Jack. honoured to accept the Chief Scout Silver Acorn,
awarded to us in the St Georges Day Awards.
Cubs work towards many different badges, from We would like to thank all boys, girls, leaders and
easier ones such as Home Help, up to Entertainers. families over the years for their support to enable
Four Cubs joined the Scout Gang Show cast this year us to accept this award. Thank You!
and all had a great time. Finlay Morse won the Cubs
Scout Award. We are just back from Area Cub Camp Moira Milligan
at Templars Park where we, along with 160 other Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cubs from across Aberdeen, gained our Scotland
Dyce Gardening Club
and Dyce in Bloom
By the time you have got this magazine the
lamppost baskets and tubs should be in flower and
hopefully delighting those who live here and those
who pass through. For the fact file, the 140 baskets year will also have an area of four square metres
have been filled with 2336 plants by 60 local o
to d experimental planting. The school hopes that
volunteers. The considerable cost is covered by villagers will want to sit and enjoy this feature
generous donations from individuals, organisations bet
between the school and Central Park.
in the community, shops and businesses plus the In April the Club went by coach to Brodie Castle
proceeds of the Gardening Club plant sale which whe re the daffs showed their very best and in June
this year netted £800. some members drove to Tomnavoulin, Glenlivet to
Previously the City Council was responsible for see a high-level garden lovingly developed over the
planting and maintaining all large tubs in the last ten years in difficult conditions. A Bennachie
village, but the response to cutbacks is that it will Ran
Ranger who came to speak at a winter meeting then
maintain only the large planters on the roundabouts gui
guided a walk to the Squatters‘ crofts in July.
at either end of Dyce. So that we do not lose the Ag
garden party in the Community Garden was held
pleasing colour, some residents have undertaken to in t Have a Go week and a Scarecrow Party is also
plant and look after large tubs at the War Memorial planned for 9th July when families and groups can
and Victoria Street and the watering team will add enj
enjoy making wonderful or scary creatures.
these to its twice-weekly round. The Christmas lights On 21st September the Winter programme begins
that brighten the winter gloom on the main street wit
with an Inter-club quiz at Kemnay, then meetings
have been bought through the years and belong to are in the Carnegie Hall monthly. New members are
Dyce, but this year, we will possibly have to search alw
always welcome whether or not they want to be
for a way to cover the cost of electricity needed. involved with the physical activities. As always,
With assistance from a couple of young lads, notices are posted with the dates, and details can
Gardening Club members planted over one hundred be got from secretary, Kevin Mavor, 722011.
mixed saplings on the bank of the Don between
Riverview Drive and the road to the car park. Evelyn Shearer
Amazingly this was completed in the one hour which p.s. Spotted in June by the marshy ground at
volunteers are asked to give. Some members are Riverview car park, a wonderful show of about 100
working with Primary School pupils in choosing Northern Marsh Orchids. They are on the left bank
plants which stimulate the various senses for the abo
above the trees as one faces towards Parkhill Bridge.
sensory garden and outdoor classroom. Each primary
5 Mrs C Duncan, Hillcrest, Station Road, Newmachar 4 Miss M Reid, Top Left 19 Summerfield Terrace,
12 Mrs J Yule, 179 Victoria Street Aberdeen
19 Mrs M Parley, 23 Berrywell Place 11 Mrs M Strachan, Cardenwell Glen Drive
26 Mrs H Strachan, 35 Parkhill Circle 18 Mrs S Rosie, 10 Raxton Place
25 Mrs C Macintosh, 155 Victoria Street
3 Mrs D Daun, 143 Victoria Street Flower Convenor for January, February, March/July,
10 Mrs M Gunn, 3 Glen Drive August, September
17 Mrs A Marjoribanks, 13 Brucklay Court Mrs Audrey Ross Tel: 773121 (Home) / 772424 (Shop)
24 Mrs P Henderson, 163 Victoria Street
31 Mrs J Johnstone, 253 Stoneywood Road, Stoneywood Flower Convenor for April, May, June/October,
AUGUST Mrs Lucy Thurley Tel: 722396
7 Mrs J Harper, 25 Garmaddie Lane
14 Mrs L Wilkie, 15 Parkhill Crescent NOTE: The church is open on Saturdays from 10am to 4pm.
21 Mrs E Middleton, 18 Glen Road
28 Mrs H Barrie, 1 Overton Walk Please remember it is the duty of the provider to
collect flowers for delivery after the 11am Sunday
DOOR COLLECTION AND FWO DUTIES
9.30am Services First named TWO in roster will officiate at early morning services
11am Services First named TWO bring in offering for dedication during singing of last verse of first hymn
First named SIX will officiate as follows:-
a) TWO at door
b) TWO at inner doors and
c) TWO within Church directing worshippers to seats
ALL EIGHT will assist at count in four teams of two.
Communion Services A separate detail will be issued for Communion Services
If you cannot attend please arrange a substitute.
PLEASE CHECK MASTER ROSTER FOR ALTERATIONS
July 3 Service at 10am only August 21 Service at 10am only
Messrs Innes, Mrs Irvine, Messrs Kelly, Messrs Roach, Ross, Mrs Shearer,
Kelman, Knight, Mrs Marjoribanks, Messrs Smail, Thurley, Mrs Whyte,
Messrs Martin, Mrs McCulloch Mrs Aitken, Dr Barber
A Lamb D Dunne
10 Service at 10am only 28 Service at 10am only
Mr Milne, Mrs Milligan, Messrs Milton, Mrs Barbour, Mrs Baxter, Mrs Beagrie,
D Murray, E Murray, Dr Orr, Mr Paul, Mr Brown, Mrs Bruce, Mrs Cattanach,
Mrs Pirie Mr Cheyne, Mrs Clark
D Dunne B Cruden
17 Service at 10am only Sept 4 Service at 11am only
Messrs Ramsay, Roach, Mr Ross, Mrs Cumming, Mrs Drummond,
Mrs Shearer, Messrs Smail, Thurley, Mrs Greenhorn, Messrs Gunn, Henderson,
Mrs Whyte, Mrs Aitken Howitt, Innes, Mrs Irvine
B Cruden J Thomson
24 Service at 10am only 11 Services at 9.30am and
Dr Barber, Mrs Barbour, Mrs Baxter, 11am Messrs Kelly, Kelman,
Mrs Beagrie, Mr Brown, Mrs Bruce, Knight, Mrs Marjoribanks, Mr
Mrs Cattanach, Mr Cheyne Martin,
J Thomson Mrs McCulloch, Mr Milne, Mrs Milligan
31 Service at 10am only
Mrs Clark, Mrs Cumming, Mrs Drummond, 18 Service at 11am only
Mrs Greenhorn, Messrs Gunn, Henderson, Messrs Milton, D. Murray, E Murray,
Howitt, Innes Dr Orr, Mr Paul, Mrs Pirie, Messrs Ramsay,
R Mack Roach
August 7 Service at 10am only
Mrs Irvine, Messrs Kelly, Kelman, Knight, 25 Services at 9.30am and 11am
Mrs Marjoribanks, Mr Martin, Mr Ross, Mrs Shearer, Messrs Smail,
Mrs McCulloch, Mr Milne Thurley, Mrs Whyte, Mrs Aitken,
M Reid Dr Barber, Mrs Barbour
14 Service at 10am only
Mrs Milligan, Messrs Milton, D Murray,
E Murray, Dr Orr, Mr Paul, Mrs Pirie,
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PARKHILL GARDEN CENTRE AND COFFEE SHOP
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Tel 01224 722167
OPENING HOURS (7 DAYS)
Centre 9am to 5pm Restaurant 9am to 4.30pm
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