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John Ferguson reflects on the Kingdom of God.
The Kirk Session met last night and agreed that we would seek to return to public worship next month. This very much depends on the situation regarding the Aberdeen lockdown and so these dates could be changed and the return to worship delayed.
Assuming it is possible, we agreed that our first service back will take place on Thursday September 10th at 10.30 am, with another week day service taking place on Thursday September 17th at the same time. We will then switch to Sunday worship every week, with the first service taking place on Sunday September 20th at 10.30 am
We estimate that the sanctuary can accommodate 45 people with social distancing measures in place, depending on how many people attend individually or in family groups. In light of this, we will be introducing a pre-registration booking system and details will be released later about how to register in advance.
The worship will be a normal service, other than the fact that there will not be any singing. It will be necessary to wear a face covering and keep 2 metres apart from those who are not in your family group and of course everyone is asked to observe the hand sanitising requirements. The church will be thoroughly cleaned before every service. Young Church will be in operation and all children and young people are welcome to come along.
The online worship services are planned to continue at least until the end of September.
Although it is now possible to resume public worship in our building, subject to strict conditions, we will not be doing so as yet. In line with the other Aberdeen West churches we are looking to mid August as a possible restarting time. The Kirk Session meets in early August and will make a decision then.
The large Communion Table in Peterculter Church was 100 years old in April.
It was originally the Communion Table at St Peter’s Church and it bears the inscription:
“This Communion table is dedicated to the glory of God, and in loving remembrance of Alice Margaret, wife of Captain Holland, C.B., R.N., daughter of Theodore and Margaret B Crombie of Culter – 18th April 1920”.
Callum Stuart, from the Heritage Trust, recently undertook some research into the background to this inscription. Alice Margaret Crombie married Captain (later to be Rear-Admiral) Hubert Henry Holland on 14th February 1912. Daughters- Joan Kathleen Holland was born on 6th December 1912; Joycelyn Maud Holland was born 27th July 1917. A third daughter, Alice Margaret Holland arrived on 15th November 1918. Her mother, Alice Margaret Holland, died on 30th November 1918, just 2 weeks later. The obvious conclusion would be that this was as a result of childbirth – in fact Alice was a victim of the Spanish Flu which according to her death certificate she had been suffering with for 16 days. The communion table and chair were presented, by the Crombie’s of Culter, to remember her untimely death.
When Theodore Crombie died in 1922, the Rev. James L Thomson said:
“We think today especially of his great interest and help towards the work of the Church of Christ. He was a devoted member of the West Parish Church, Aberdeen, of which he was for many years an elder. We also know how interested he has been in this church, contributing generously to the organ fund, while he further greatly improved the church by the alterations carried out in the choir seating, and in the gift of the beautifully carved oak Communion table and chair in memory of his beloved daughter. We think, too, on the very special interest which in these days of feebleness he took in the erection and equipment of the new Recreation Hall.”
The Recreation Hall mentioned above is now the Village Hall.
Alice Margaret was engaged in 1939 and is pictured in the Society Pages- but the marriage does not seem to have taken place- instead she eventually married Philip Alexander Clement Bridgewater (1910-1979). He had a previous marriage to Ursula Vanda Maud Vivian, Countess of Glasgow. She was a decoder for SOE during the war in Italy, it stands for the Special Operations Executive
Alice, as you can see in the photograph below, lived to get her telegram from the Queen and died on 3 April 2019 in Tavistock, Devon.
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