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Vacancy Update 02/02/20

LENT APPEAL From Sunday 1 March until Palm Sunday you are invited to support local charity Instant Neighbour by donating items of food. Its food bank is located in its premises at the top of St Machar Drive, and assists many in need in the surrounding areas. Tins of soup, meat, fish, rice or fruit would be welcomed, along with cereals, tea and coffee, jam, sugar and biscuits. These can be left in the containers under the oval table. Financial donations can be handed to Elspeth Ross or Bill Howie, or any of the elders.

LENTEN STUDY A four-week study ‘Praying the Psalms of Lent’ will take place on Wednesday evenings throughout March to enrich your Lenten journey. The course will be organised by Rev’d Professor Philip Ziegler and Dr Amy Bender and will focus on the lectionary Psalms set for the Sundays of Lent. The Psalms are at the heart of the Scriptures and have been and remain a fundamental source of our praise, questioning, lament and longing. We look forward to welcoming you to engage with these profound texts of our faith in thoughtful reflection. We will meet weekly in the West Gatehouse from 7:00-8:00 p.m. beginning on Wednesday, 4th March. All are encouraged to attend.

ST MACHAR’S CATHEDRAL SPRING CRAFT FAIR - POSTPONED Due to the current situation regarding Coronavirus we have made the decision to postpone the Spring Fair. Many thanks to all those who offered to help. We hope to rearrange at a more suitable time in the future.

CORONA VIRUS MEASURES You will see that we have made some changes to the way we do things in St Machar’s. Mostly in greeting you on arrival and there will be changes to the way we serve tea and coffee after the service. We are sure that you understand that we are simply trying to minimise physical contact and to observe medical advice at this difficult time. Please be assured that you are as welcome as ever in St Machar’s

FLOWERS FOR 2020 Mark an anniversary or celebration with flowers in the church. The 2020 Flower Calendar is at the back of the church. If you haven’t done this before, speak to Patricia Keith, Elspeth Ross or Judith Norton. If you are willing to arrange your own flowers on the date you mark that would be most helpful and very much encouraged. Guidance can be provided by the flower team to help you create your arrangement. Please indicate on the calendar if this is of interest to you. Donations of money for the Flower Fund are always welcome. They provide for ‘unclaimed’ Sundays and the more lavish decoration at Easter, Harvest and Christmas.

‘RAISE THE ROOF’ Fundraising Campaign BUY A SLATE Stuck for ideas for that person who has everything? A few slates would make an ideal gift for friends and family at Christmas. Who wouldn’t want to own part of the Cathedral? Gift vouchers are available from the shop.

WORLD MISSION USED STAMP APPEAL It’s approaching that time of year when Christmas cards will be popping through your door. We ask if you can help us support this year’s World Mission Stamp Appeal by collecting the used stamps from Christmas cards and any other mail you receive, and placing them in the basket in the West End. Thank you.

CATHEDRAL SHOP New in stock – Calendar, ‘Aberdeen 2020’. Local photographer Veli Bariskan has produced a beautiful calendar of Aberdeen, with St Machar’s Cathedral featured inside. Calendars are £8 each, please come take a look at the display copy. Diaries for 2020 are in stock in the same popular style as last year, selling at £6.50 each.