Six local churches, including ours, are closing their doors on Sunday, June 4th and going for a picnic!

In what may well be a first for kirks in Aberdeen, six congregations have got together to host “Pentecost in the Park”. The park is Hazlehead and we’re planning a one-off praise event, with a joint choir and an ever-growing orchestra all pitching in to guarantee a very special occasion.

The congregations of Craigiebuckler, Cults, Holburn West, Kingswells Mannofield and Peterculter will NOT be opening their doors for worship on that Pentecost Sunday. With the full approval of all six kirk sessions and Aberdeen Presbytery, we will instead worship together – in Hazlehead Park – to celebrate the birthday of Christ’s Church. Because that’s exactly what Pentecost is: the birth-day of Christ’s Church.

A fleet of cars and coaches from all six locations will converge on Hazlehead Park for “Pentecost in the Park”. Our worship will be at midday and then, because the weather is bound to be wonderful (!), it’s picnic time.

Imagine six congregations getting together in this way to praise the Lord and pass the sandwiches! Imagine what an amazing witness it will be, to praise our Lord on Pentecost and in the very same moment show publicly and joyfully that “Jesus Christ is Lord!”

And what we need, most of all is you. Don’t see June 4th as a Sunday off. And please don’t see it as a novelty turn; nothing could be further from the truth. “Pentecost in the Park” is a superb opportunity to honour Christ and celebrate the faith we hold in common.

Here’s what everyone needs to know:

  • Each congregation will make its own arrangements about sharing transport etc but two coaches will visit all six churches, to collect anyone of any age who doesn’t have alternative transport. And bring you back. No charge!
  • Everyone meets at their local church at 11am, before making their way to Hazlehead or waiting for the coaches.
  • The service will be at 12 noon, followed by a picnic.
  • Please bring picnic food with you and, if possible, fold-up seats and blankets.
  • There will be children’s activities
  • If the weather turns nasty, everything will relocate to Craigiebuckler Church.Your minister and session clerk will keep you posted on precise details as the day draws closer.Meanwhile, please place “Pentecost in the Park” in your prayers, and plan for a very special day.