Our Weekly Prayer
God of love who came to us as a baby, we praise you for the children who are in our Nativity play, for they pass on to us their sense of expectation, of excitement, and of joy and wonder that we may experience through them, a little of the expectation, excitement, joy and wonder of that very first Christmas.
May we never underestimate the spirituality of our children and their knowledge of You as their journeying companion. They bless our lives with their innocence and trust, and, with the deep questions they ask about faith, they point us to You, the Living God, who seeks to be born in our hearts and to lead us on a journey of exploration and wonder where we will meet young mothers of courage and self-sacrifice, fathers and step-fathers who protect and provide; lowly shepherds who, despite their fear, travel to meet You through the dangers of the night; and rich and powerful kings not too proud to humble themselves and serve You and the world.
By the power of the Holy Spirit, help us to have the courage of Mary; to overcome our fear as did the shepherds, and to humble our hearts as did the wise kings, for the sake of Jesus Christ who is Immanuel, God with us, Amen. (K.F.G.)
A VERY WARM WELCOME awaits you at INSCH-LESLIE-PREMNAY-OYNE PARISH CHURCH on Sunday the 15th of December when The Nativity “ABBA MERRY CHRISTMAS” will be performed.
Come and enjoy a delightful performance by the children and their parents. You will recognise the tunes although not the words! A great service to put you in the mood for Christmas. Please stay afterwards for mulled wine and hot mince pies. Lots of other lovely refreshments and home bakes will be on offer too. We would be delighted to see you there. ALL WELCOME!
SATURDAY 14th DECEMBER at 2pm! DO NOT MISS the AWARD WINNING AURORA CHOIR! They are amazing and will lift your spirits! Refreshments will be served at half time. The entry fee is a real bargain at £5 for an adult and £3 for a child twelve years and under. There will also be a raffle. The proceeds will be divided between the two charities: the choir and the church.
A MESSAGE from INVERURIE FOODBANK: “Our December wish list is quite a simple and specific one this year – that you pass on to your congregations the heartfelt thanks of all of us volunteers at Aberdeenshire North Food Bank for their loyal and generous support over the past twelve months and our most sincere wish that they (and you!) all enjoy the blessings of peace and joy that Christmas offers. We simply could not do what we do to help those in need without the bountiful donations that come our way from your worshipping communities month by month. So we are not sending out a specific wish list this month, although obviously we continue to be grateful for all donations that come our way. Have a break for a month!
Our cleaner and church hall keeper is Mrs Diane McCallum. You can contact Diane on 07828 456651.
Dr. Kay has four funerals this week as well as school services, so if you are trying to get a hold of her, please be patient and she will get back to you in between events. Thank you.
SUNDAY 15th DECEMBER at 2 pm: Foudland Court Christmas Service.
MONDAY 16th DECEMBER: The Bible Study Group meets at 7pm in the hall. ALL WELCOME!
FRIDAY 20th DECEMBER: Insch Primary School Service for the school only.
SATURDAY 21st DECEMBER YOUNG AT HEART CHRISTMAS PARTY 2pm to 4pm. If you know of anyone who would benefit from entertainment, good company and a lovely afternoon tea, please let us know. Transport is provided. This is FREE!
SUNDAY 22nd DECEMBER in Insch-Leslie-Premnay-Oyne Parish Church at 10.30am: Lessons and Carols and a light hearted message in preparation for Christmas Day.
TUESDAY 24th DECEMBER at 6.30pm Christingle Service in Insch-Leslie-Premnay-Oyne Parish Church. ALL THE INGREDIENTS will be provided for making Christingles, so please do come along from 6pm onwards and make your Christingle before the Family Service begins.
TUESDAY 24th DECEMBER at 11.15pm
in Insch-Leslie-Premnay-Oyne Parish Church Candlelight Watchnight Service. BRING A CANDLE!
WEDNESDAY 25th DECEMBER: THE COMMERCIAL HOTEL is putting on a FREE LUNCH from noon to 2pm for all those who will be on their own on Christmas Day, whether young or old. If you would like to go to an excellent lunch and enjoy some company, please get in touch with Dr. Kay. Volunteers PLEASE to help cook, serve, and tidy up afterwards. If anyone requires transport, it can be arranged.
THURSDAY 26th DECEMBER: Dr. Kay sleeping zzzzzzzzzzzzzz!