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We also had a visit from some men from the east, great scholars who bowed down before our son and worshipped him.

They gave us giPs too - gold (for a king), frankincense (for worship) and myrrh (a strange-smelling gum resin normally associated with the dead). When they had gone, an angel appeared to Joseph in a dream and warned us to flee to Egypt, as King Herod was on the lookout for Jesus and had ordered that all the babies under two years old be killed in case my son might try to take over his kingdom in the future. . .

Well, to say that the last weeks have been evenTul would be an understatement. Our baby boy Jesus was born in that smelly stable, and we were just se,ling down for a rest when some excited shepherds arrived.

So here we are in Egypt. I don’t know what this child’s future holds, but I do know God has given us new hope and will always be with him. Truly God has looked with favour on me, his lowly servant.

An angel had told them -ordinary folk, just like us - to visit the newborn King.

Solve the Christmas carol ini.als (just for fun)

Kirk of St Nicholas Uni.ng Service of blessing of the city na vity scene in the kirkyard December 3rd at 11am.

St Mark’s Church

Queen Street Church

Kirk of St Nicholas Uni.ng

Minister: Rev. Diane Hobson (manse) 641758 email: dianehobson.rev@b nternet.com Church office: 640672 e-mail: stmarksabdn@btconnect.com Website: www.stmarksaberdeen.org.uk

Minister: Rev. Dr. Graham D. S. Deans Church office (Weds): 643567 email: queenstreetchurch@btconnect.com Website: www.queenstreetchurch.org.uk

Minister: Rev. Stephen Taylor email: minister@kirk-of-st-nicholas.org.uk Church office: 643494 email: mitherkirk@btconnect.com Website: www.kirk-of-st-nicholas.org.uk

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Councillors: George Street/Harbour: Andrew May (SNP), 522619, email andrewmay@aberdeencity.gov.uk; Jean Morrison MBE (Lab), 346626, email jemorrison@aberdeencity.gov.uk; Nathan Morrison (Lab), 346625, mobile 07876 757982, email namorrison@aberdeencity.gov.uk. Midstocket/Rosemount: Bill Cormie (SNP) 523022, email bcormie@aberdeencity.gov.uk; Jenny Laing (Lab) 523009, mobile 07717 513597, email jelaing@aberdeencity.gov.uk; Fraser Forsyth (Con), 586938, mobile 07876 745707, email fforsyth@aberdeencity.gov.uk. MSP: Kevin Stewart (SNP), Aberdeen Central, 624719 or 0131 348 6382, email Kevin.Stewart.msp@scoSsh.parliament.uk. (For regional MSPs, see www.scoSsh.parliament.uk) MPs: Frank Doran (Lab), Aberdeen North, 252715, email frank.doran.mp@parliament.uk Anne Begg (Lab), Aberdeen South, 252704, email anne.begg.mp@parliament.uk Grampian Police Local Policing Teams : Rosemount: Inspector Graeme Cou,s; Seaton: Inspector Chris ne Gordon; City Centre: Inspectors Iain MacLelland and Gordon McDonald. Contact the inspectors or their teams on 0845 600 5700 or mylocalpolicingteam@grampian.pnn.police.uk Crimestoppers: 0800 555 111. Aberdeen Samaritans: 574488, or 08457 909090 or jo@samaritans.org. Aberdeen City Centre Parish Grouping Community Outreach Worker: Ian McIver, 07890 932677 or email ianmci@hotmail.co.uk

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nce upon a me there was an evil king. He was supposed to love God, but he actually hated him. Every me God was men oned, this evil king cringed and got angry. One day in winter one of his officials brought him a best-seller – a book of stories about God and people. The officials read the stories one by one to the evil king, and one by one he took his penknife and cut the stories out of the book and threw them on the fire. Up in flames they went. What pleasure he had seeing them reduced to ashes, never to be heard of again. . . or so he thought. Once upon a me there was another evil king. He made no pretence to love God; he just hated God and everything about him. One day one of his officials came and told him a far-fetched story of a baby king having been born. One by one the evil king disposed of every baby boy, because he hated God so much. He was so angry, so afraid! Once upon a me, one winter’s day, there was a person who picked up a magazine which had A CHRISTMAS HOPE The people of The Kirk of St Nicholas Uni ng, Queen Street Church and St. Mark’s Church hope that you will have a Peaceful Christmas and a Happy and Contented New Year. We also say a special ‘thank-you’ to the emergency services and to all health staff and carers who work during the holidays to keep us safe and make us well.

come through their le,erbox, landing on their doormat. It was about a story of God’s Love for every single man, woman and child in the world - them included. They scrumpled it up and put it in the waste bin - no me for such rubbish! At the end of the day, however, they were so troubled that they went to the bin and rummaged for the magazine. Secretly they read it. Through moist eyes they saw words: shepherds, joy,

peace, worshipped, amazed, baby, manger. They felt a strange warming in their heart. They felt embraced, included, brought home. This was not farfetched rubbish - this was true. God loves YOU - God’s Word. Bible footnote: The first evil king is Jehoiakim in Jeremiah 36, the second is Herod in Mahew 2, and the third message is from Luke 2.

ABERDEEN CITY CENTRE PARISH GROUPING “Christmas Good News” is the magazine of the Aberdeen City Centre Parish Grouping, a joint working arrangement between three city centre churches. St Mark’s (next to HM Theatre) and Queen Street (opposite the Arts Centre) are Church of Scotland charges, whilst the Kirk of St Nicholas Uni ng (on Union Street) is an ecumenical union of

the Church of Scotland and the United Reformed Church. The Grouping has a Triskeles logo, symbolising the three-way coopera on and the Chris an doctrine of God as a three-in-one Trinity - Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given . . . and he shall be called Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6)

I was wrong! We’ve been given a place in the stable. It’s a bit cold, dark and smelly, but at least it’s dry. I’ve been having pains and I think that my baby will be born very soon.

Once they had seen Jesus, they hurried away to tell everyone the good news. I hope their families and friends believed them.

UK Oil and Gas Chaplaincy Carol Service - December 12th at 12 noon. 'Blue Christmas', a quiet, reflec ve service for those who may find the Christmas season difficult, th December 16 at 5.30pm. Morning worship for Christmas Day, including Eucharist - December 25th at 11am.

December 2012

We’re now in Bethlehem and the town’s teeming with people, all trying to find somewhere to stay. We’ve been to so many inns, but they’re all full up. Joseph’s speaking to the inn-keeper here and pleading our case, but I don’t suppose it’ll do any good. . .

St Mark’s Church Christmas coffee shops, with stalls and grand raffle - December 1st, 8th and 15th from 10am to 1pm. Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres Carol Concert, followed by th refreshments - December 6 at 7pm. Church open at lunch mes for prayer/quiet contempla on – th st December 17 to 21 , 11.30am to 2.30pm. Shoppers’ Christmas Carol Service, with soup and sandwiches aPerwards - December 20th at 12 noon. Carol singing on the church steps December 20th, 6pm to 8pm. Watch Night Service of fun, games and carols, music by the Boys’ Brigade Centenary Band - December 24th from 10.45pm, followed by Christmas Eve Service, with tea/ coffee and mince pies aPerwards.

Queen Street Church Christmas Eve Service, followed by tea/coffee and mince pies December 24th at 7pm.

Issue 4

Christmas diary

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1. See in Yonder Manger Low; 2. S ll the Night, Holy the Night; 3. O Come All Ye Faithful; 4. Angels from the Realms of Glory; 5. In the Bleak Mid Winter; 6. The First Nowell; 7. As with Gladness Men of Old; 8. Come and Join the Celebra on; 9. Once in Royal David’s City; 10. Away in a Manger; 11 Good Chris an Men Rejoice; 12. Hark the Herald Angels Sing; 13. We Three Kings of Orient are; 14. The Holly and the Ivy; 15. While Humble Shepherds Watched their Flocks; 16. The Virgin Mary had a Baby Boy; 17. It was on a Starry Night when the Hills were Bright; 18. See Him Lying on a Bed of Straw; 9. Child in the Manger; 20. On Christmas Night All Chris ans Sing.


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efore Jesus was born, couples were pledged to each other as young as 12 or 13. Betrothal was what we would call an "engagement" today and could only be broken by a formal divorce. The terms "husband" and "wife" were used during this period, though the couple did not live together. Sexual rela ons were forbidden, and any unfaithfulness was considered adultery, punishable by stoning. Also, if one of the young people died, the other would be considered a "widow" or "widower". Mary was aged between 12 and 14 when she was betrothed to Joseph, who was a good bit older. She lived her life faithfully, according to the Jewish laws, and loved God with all her heart. The following is an imaginary blog (an online diary of sorts) as Mary might have wri,en it:February I just can’t believe what happened today! I was doing chores and milking the goats when an angel visited me. Yes, an angel! His radiant presence was awesome, if slightly scary.

I was going to become pregnant and bear the Son of God, the Saviour of our people, for whom we’ve long been wai ng. My amazement was matched by confusion, given that I’m a virgin, but the angel explained that the Holy Spirit would place the baby in my womb and that I shouldn’t be afraid. I was filled with an inexplicable joy! What about Joseph, though? What’s he going to say? Will he believe me? Will he divorce me? No, I’m not going to worry. I’ll leave it with God to sort out.

I’ve just heard that Elizabeth has had her baby! It’s a boy, John. I already know, of course, that I’m to have a son too, and that his name will be Jesus, which means ‘the LORD saves’. December Would you believe it? The Romans are doing a census and Joseph and I have to go to his home town of Bethlehem to register. Joseph says not to worry, but my precious wee Jesus is due to be born at any moment. And guess what? I’m to be travelling on a donkey!

I’m off to stay with my cousin Elizabeth and her husband Zechariah. They’re old and childless, but the Lord has blessed them too, and Elizabeth is pregnant. Zechariah’s been struck dumb because he ques oned the wisdom of the angel who gave him the good news. He can’t speak a word. Elizabeth says that’s a blessing too! May

He told me that God was pleased with me. Me, a nobody from Nazareth! Oh, and he also said that

Joseph that I needn’t worry about him divorcing me, as he too has had a visit from an angel of the Lord, telling him all about the coming Saviour and the miracle of his concep on. I’m going home soon. I’ve so much news to share with Joseph. I don’t have a bump yet, but I think my shape is changing. . .

I’ve so enjoyed spending the last three months with Elizabeth and Zechariah (who’s s ll not talking), and I was relieved to hear from

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hristmas will soon be with us. At a me when family and friends come together, spare a thought for those who are homeless. Homeless people oPen lose contact with family and friends and do not have anyone they can share the celebra ons with. Many churches extend a hand by providing hospitality, giPs and prayers. But the needs of homeless people last throughout the year. So Aberdeen City Churches Partnership will be launching a ‘starter packs’ project during Poverty and Homelessness Ac on Week, 26th January to 3rd February 2013. Whilst most people moving to a new home have a furniture van full of their goods, people who have been homeless in hostel or temporary accommoda on can find themselves moving in without even a ke,le to make a cup of tea! Starter packs supply household necessi es to people at the point of moving from homelessness or vulnerable situa ons to se,led accommoda on. Typically, they include pots and pans, cutlery and crockery, cleaning equipment and materials, bed linen, electric ke,le and duvets. Packs are collected or bought through churches, and distributed by volunteers. These are essen al in rese,ling vulnerable people and sustaining tenancies. ScoSsh Churches Housing Ac on, a partnership of 13 Chris an denomina ons and organisa ons in Scotland, all with a commitment to ending homelessness, has been working with the Aberdeen churches over the past year to help reach this launch point. Find out more at www.churches-housing.org, and learn about Poverty & Homelessness Ac on Week at www.ac on-week.org.uk. If you can help with starter packs by giving goods or funds, or by volunteering, get in touch with Daniel Johnston, Co-ordinator, Cash In Your Pockets Partnership, 74 Huntly Street, Aberdeen, AB10 1TD, tel. 01224 202257, email daniel.johnston@ciypp.co.uk. “Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.” (Hebrews 13: 2)

Na.vity scenes from Aberdeen’s ‘Mither Kirk’ Like I really want to go that distance in my condi on on a donkey! Mind you, there’s no way I could walk now. I’m very big and my back’s always sore. . .

Con nued on Page 5

Le= The Chalmers stained-glass window in the Kirk of St Nicholas Uni ng. Right Aberdeen City Council’s na vity display is on view in the kirkyard of St Nicholas, Union Street, during December.

For unto you is born this day in the City od David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord - Luke 2:11

North-east seasonal tradi.ons Temperance walks - Aberdeenshire Each year the villagers of Inverallochy, Cairnbulg and St Combs take part in temperance walks da ng back to an evangelical me in the 19th century when the villages were regenerated aPer a bad period of figh ng and drunkenness, which only ended aPer a cholera outbreak in 1847. APer this epidemic, the communi es grew and turned to religion.

The walkers are led by a flute band, and the first villagers to follow them are always the oldest man and a female partner. The Inverallochy walk takes place on Christmas Day, the Cairnbulg walk on New Year’s Day and the St Combs walk on January 2nd. ‘Nippy Dipper’ - Aberdeen Aberdeen beach is the venue each Boxing Day for the ‘Nippy Dipper’, a chance for hardy souls to blow away the Christmas cobwebs by taking part in a sponsored dip (not a swim) in the chilly North Sea. Run by Aberdeen Lions Club, many par cipants wear fancy dress, braving the water for no more than two minutes to raise money for the Lord Provost's Charitable Trust and other chari es.

“The Fireballs”, Stonehaven This colorful annual fes val, unique to Stonehaven, a,racts thousands of spectators in fes ve mood on Hogmanay (December 31st). Around 45 par cipants welcome in the New Year by parading up and down the High Street in the Old Town, swinging fireballs around their heads with gusto.


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efore Jesus was born, couples were pledged to each other as young as 12 or 13. Betrothal was what we would call an "engagement" today and could only be broken by a formal divorce. The terms "husband" and "wife" were used during this period, though the couple did not live together. Sexual rela ons were forbidden, and any unfaithfulness was considered adultery, punishable by stoning. Also, if one of the young people died, the other would be considered a "widow" or "widower". Mary was aged between 12 and 14 when she was betrothed to Joseph, who was a good bit older. She lived her life faithfully, according to the Jewish laws, and loved God with all her heart. The following is an imaginary blog (an online diary of sorts) as Mary might have wri,en it:February I just can’t believe what happened today! I was doing chores and milking the goats when an angel visited me. Yes, an angel! His radiant presence was awesome, if slightly scary.

I was going to become pregnant and bear the Son of God, the Saviour of our people, for whom we’ve long been wai ng. My amazement was matched by confusion, given that I’m a virgin, but the angel explained that the Holy Spirit would place the baby in my womb and that I shouldn’t be afraid. I was filled with an inexplicable joy! What about Joseph, though? What’s he going to say? Will he believe me? Will he divorce me? No, I’m not going to worry. I’ll leave it with God to sort out.

I’ve just heard that Elizabeth has had her baby! It’s a boy, John. I already know, of course, that I’m to have a son too, and that his name will be Jesus, which means ‘the LORD saves’. December Would you believe it? The Romans are doing a census and Joseph and I have to go to his home town of Bethlehem to register. Joseph says not to worry, but my precious wee Jesus is due to be born at any moment. And guess what? I’m to be travelling on a donkey!

I’m off to stay with my cousin Elizabeth and her husband Zechariah. They’re old and childless, but the Lord has blessed them too, and Elizabeth is pregnant. Zechariah’s been struck dumb because he ques oned the wisdom of the angel who gave him the good news. He can’t speak a word. Elizabeth says that’s a blessing too! May

He told me that God was pleased with me. Me, a nobody from Nazareth! Oh, and he also said that

Joseph that I needn’t worry about him divorcing me, as he too has had a visit from an angel of the Lord, telling him all about the coming Saviour and the miracle of his concep on. I’m going home soon. I’ve so much news to share with Joseph. I don’t have a bump yet, but I think my shape is changing. . .

I’ve so enjoyed spending the last three months with Elizabeth and Zechariah (who’s s ll not talking), and I was relieved to hear from

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hristmas will soon be with us. At a me when family and friends come together, spare a thought for those who are homeless. Homeless people oPen lose contact with family and friends and do not have anyone they can share the celebra ons with. Many churches extend a hand by providing hospitality, giPs and prayers. But the needs of homeless people last throughout the year. So Aberdeen City Churches Partnership will be launching a ‘starter packs’ project during Poverty and Homelessness Ac on Week, 26th January to 3rd February 2013. Whilst most people moving to a new home have a furniture van full of their goods, people who have been homeless in hostel or temporary accommoda on can find themselves moving in without even a ke,le to make a cup of tea! Starter packs supply household necessi es to people at the point of moving from homelessness or vulnerable situa ons to se,led accommoda on. Typically, they include pots and pans, cutlery and crockery, cleaning equipment and materials, bed linen, electric ke,le and duvets. Packs are collected or bought through churches, and distributed by volunteers. These are essen al in rese,ling vulnerable people and sustaining tenancies. ScoSsh Churches Housing Ac on, a partnership of 13 Chris an denomina ons and organisa ons in Scotland, all with a commitment to ending homelessness, has been working with the Aberdeen churches over the past year to help reach this launch point. Find out more at www.churches-housing.org, and learn about Poverty & Homelessness Ac on Week at www.ac on-week.org.uk. If you can help with starter packs by giving goods or funds, or by volunteering, get in touch with Daniel Johnston, Co-ordinator, Cash In Your Pockets Partnership, 74 Huntly Street, Aberdeen, AB10 1TD, tel. 01224 202257, email daniel.johnston@ciypp.co.uk. “Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.” (Hebrews 13: 2)

Na.vity scenes from Aberdeen’s ‘Mither Kirk’ Like I really want to go that distance in my condi on on a donkey! Mind you, there’s no way I could walk now. I’m very big and my back’s always sore. . .

Con nued on Page 5

Le= The Chalmers stained-glass window in the Kirk of St Nicholas Uni ng. Right Aberdeen City Council’s na vity display is on view in the kirkyard of St Nicholas, Union Street, during December.

For unto you is born this day in the City od David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord - Luke 2:11

North-east seasonal tradi.ons Temperance walks - Aberdeenshire Each year the villagers of Inverallochy, Cairnbulg and St Combs take part in temperance walks da ng back to an evangelical me in the 19th century when the villages were regenerated aPer a bad period of figh ng and drunkenness, which only ended aPer a cholera outbreak in 1847. APer this epidemic, the communi es grew and turned to religion.

The walkers are led by a flute band, and the first villagers to follow them are always the oldest man and a female partner. The Inverallochy walk takes place on Christmas Day, the Cairnbulg walk on New Year’s Day and the St Combs walk on January 2nd. ‘Nippy Dipper’ - Aberdeen Aberdeen beach is the venue each Boxing Day for the ‘Nippy Dipper’, a chance for hardy souls to blow away the Christmas cobwebs by taking part in a sponsored dip (not a swim) in the chilly North Sea. Run by Aberdeen Lions Club, many par cipants wear fancy dress, braving the water for no more than two minutes to raise money for the Lord Provost's Charitable Trust and other chari es.

“The Fireballs”, Stonehaven This colorful annual fes val, unique to Stonehaven, a,racts thousands of spectators in fes ve mood on Hogmanay (December 31st). Around 45 par cipants welcome in the New Year by parading up and down the High Street in the Old Town, swinging fireballs around their heads with gusto.


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efore Jesus was born, couples were pledged to each other as young as 12 or 13. Betrothal was what we would call an "engagement" today and could only be broken by a formal divorce. The terms "husband" and "wife" were used during this period, though the couple did not live together. Sexual rela ons were forbidden, and any unfaithfulness was considered adultery, punishable by stoning. Also, if one of the young people died, the other would be considered a "widow" or "widower". Mary was aged between 12 and 14 when she was betrothed to Joseph, who was a good bit older. She lived her life faithfully, according to the Jewish laws, and loved God with all her heart. The following is an imaginary blog (an online diary of sorts) as Mary might have wri,en it:February I just can’t believe what happened today! I was doing chores and milking the goats when an angel visited me. Yes, an angel! His radiant presence was awesome, if slightly scary.

I was going to become pregnant and bear the Son of God, the Saviour of our people, for whom we’ve long been wai ng. My amazement was matched by confusion, given that I’m a virgin, but the angel explained that the Holy Spirit would place the baby in my womb and that I shouldn’t be afraid. I was filled with an inexplicable joy! What about Joseph, though? What’s he going to say? Will he believe me? Will he divorce me? No, I’m not going to worry. I’ll leave it with God to sort out.

I’ve just heard that Elizabeth has had her baby! It’s a boy, John. I already know, of course, that I’m to have a son too, and that his name will be Jesus, which means ‘the LORD saves’. December Would you believe it? The Romans are doing a census and Joseph and I have to go to his home town of Bethlehem to register. Joseph says not to worry, but my precious wee Jesus is due to be born at any moment. And guess what? I’m to be travelling on a donkey!

I’m off to stay with my cousin Elizabeth and her husband Zechariah. They’re old and childless, but the Lord has blessed them too, and Elizabeth is pregnant. Zechariah’s been struck dumb because he ques oned the wisdom of the angel who gave him the good news. He can’t speak a word. Elizabeth says that’s a blessing too! May

He told me that God was pleased with me. Me, a nobody from Nazareth! Oh, and he also said that

Joseph that I needn’t worry about him divorcing me, as he too has had a visit from an angel of the Lord, telling him all about the coming Saviour and the miracle of his concep on. I’m going home soon. I’ve so much news to share with Joseph. I don’t have a bump yet, but I think my shape is changing. . .

I’ve so enjoyed spending the last three months with Elizabeth and Zechariah (who’s s ll not talking), and I was relieved to hear from

C

hristmas will soon be with us. At a me when family and friends come together, spare a thought for those who are homeless. Homeless people oPen lose contact with family and friends and do not have anyone they can share the celebra ons with. Many churches extend a hand by providing hospitality, giPs and prayers. But the needs of homeless people last throughout the year. So Aberdeen City Churches Partnership will be launching a ‘starter packs’ project during Poverty and Homelessness Ac on Week, 26th January to 3rd February 2013. Whilst most people moving to a new home have a furniture van full of their goods, people who have been homeless in hostel or temporary accommoda on can find themselves moving in without even a ke,le to make a cup of tea! Starter packs supply household necessi es to people at the point of moving from homelessness or vulnerable situa ons to se,led accommoda on. Typically, they include pots and pans, cutlery and crockery, cleaning equipment and materials, bed linen, electric ke,le and duvets. Packs are collected or bought through churches, and distributed by volunteers. These are essen al in rese,ling vulnerable people and sustaining tenancies. ScoSsh Churches Housing Ac on, a partnership of 13 Chris an denomina ons and organisa ons in Scotland, all with a commitment to ending homelessness, has been working with the Aberdeen churches over the past year to help reach this launch point. Find out more at www.churches-housing.org, and learn about Poverty & Homelessness Ac on Week at www.ac on-week.org.uk. If you can help with starter packs by giving goods or funds, or by volunteering, get in touch with Daniel Johnston, Co-ordinator, Cash In Your Pockets Partnership, 74 Huntly Street, Aberdeen, AB10 1TD, tel. 01224 202257, email daniel.johnston@ciypp.co.uk. “Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.” (Hebrews 13: 2)

Na.vity scenes from Aberdeen’s ‘Mither Kirk’ Like I really want to go that distance in my condi on on a donkey! Mind you, there’s no way I could walk now. I’m very big and my back’s always sore. . .

Con nued on Page 5

Le= The Chalmers stained-glass window in the Kirk of St Nicholas Uni ng. Right Aberdeen City Council’s na vity display is on view in the kirkyard of St Nicholas, Union Street, during December.

For unto you is born this day in the City od David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord - Luke 2:11

North-east seasonal tradi.ons Temperance walks - Aberdeenshire Each year the villagers of Inverallochy, Cairnbulg and St Combs take part in temperance walks da ng back to an evangelical me in the 19th century when the villages were regenerated aPer a bad period of figh ng and drunkenness, which only ended aPer a cholera outbreak in 1847. APer this epidemic, the communi es grew and turned to religion.

The walkers are led by a flute band, and the first villagers to follow them are always the oldest man and a female partner. The Inverallochy walk takes place on Christmas Day, the Cairnbulg walk on New Year’s Day and the St Combs walk on January 2nd. ‘Nippy Dipper’ - Aberdeen Aberdeen beach is the venue each Boxing Day for the ‘Nippy Dipper’, a chance for hardy souls to blow away the Christmas cobwebs by taking part in a sponsored dip (not a swim) in the chilly North Sea. Run by Aberdeen Lions Club, many par cipants wear fancy dress, braving the water for no more than two minutes to raise money for the Lord Provost's Charitable Trust and other chari es.

“The Fireballs”, Stonehaven This colorful annual fes val, unique to Stonehaven, a,racts thousands of spectators in fes ve mood on Hogmanay (December 31st). Around 45 par cipants welcome in the New Year by parading up and down the High Street in the Old Town, swinging fireballs around their heads with gusto.


Some .me later

We also had a visit from some men from the east, great scholars who bowed down before our son and worshipped him.

They gave us giPs too - gold (for a king), frankincense (for worship) and myrrh (a strange-smelling gum resin normally associated with the dead). When they had gone, an angel appeared to Joseph in a dream and warned us to flee to Egypt, as King Herod was on the lookout for Jesus and had ordered that all the babies under two years old be killed in case my son might try to take over his kingdom in the future. . .

Well, to say that the last weeks have been evenTul would be an understatement. Our baby boy Jesus was born in that smelly stable, and we were just se,ling down for a rest when some excited shepherds arrived.

So here we are in Egypt. I don’t know what this child’s future holds, but I do know God has given us new hope and will always be with him. Truly God has looked with favour on me, his lowly servant.

An angel had told them -ordinary folk, just like us - to visit the newborn King.

Solve the Christmas carol ini.als (just for fun)

Kirk of St Nicholas Uni.ng Service of blessing of the city na vity scene in the kirkyard December 3rd at 11am.

St Mark’s Church

Queen Street Church

Kirk of St Nicholas Uni.ng

Minister: Rev. Diane Hobson (manse) 641758 email: dianehobson.rev@b nternet.com Church office: 640672 e-mail: stmarksabdn@btconnect.com Website: www.stmarksaberdeen.org.uk

Minister: Rev. Dr. Graham D. S. Deans Church office (Weds): 643567 email: queenstreetchurch@btconnect.com Website: www.queenstreetchurch.org.uk

Minister: Rev. Stephen Taylor email: minister@kirk-of-st-nicholas.org.uk Church office: 643494 email: mitherkirk@btconnect.com Website: www.kirk-of-st-nicholas.org.uk

COMMUNITY CONTACTS (as at October 2012)

1. SIYML

2. STNHTN

3. OCAYF

4. AFTROG

5. ITBMW

6. TFN

7. AWGMOO

8. CAJTC

9. OIRDC

10. AIAM

11. GCMR

12. HTHAS

13. WTKOOA

14. THATI

15. WHSWTF

16. TVMHABB

17. IWOASNWTHWB

18. SHLOABOS

19. CITM

20. OCNACS

Solu.on:

Councillors: George Street/Harbour: Andrew May (SNP), 522619, email andrewmay@aberdeencity.gov.uk; Jean Morrison MBE (Lab), 346626, email jemorrison@aberdeencity.gov.uk; Nathan Morrison (Lab), 346625, mobile 07876 757982, email namorrison@aberdeencity.gov.uk. Midstocket/Rosemount: Bill Cormie (SNP) 523022, email bcormie@aberdeencity.gov.uk; Jenny Laing (Lab) 523009, mobile 07717 513597, email jelaing@aberdeencity.gov.uk; Fraser Forsyth (Con), 586938, mobile 07876 745707, email fforsyth@aberdeencity.gov.uk. MSP: Kevin Stewart (SNP), Aberdeen Central, 624719 or 0131 348 6382, email Kevin.Stewart.msp@scoSsh.parliament.uk. (For regional MSPs, see www.scoSsh.parliament.uk) MPs: Frank Doran (Lab), Aberdeen North, 252715, email frank.doran.mp@parliament.uk Anne Begg (Lab), Aberdeen South, 252704, email anne.begg.mp@parliament.uk Grampian Police Local Policing Teams : Rosemount: Inspector Graeme Cou,s; Seaton: Inspector Chris ne Gordon; City Centre: Inspectors Iain MacLelland and Gordon McDonald. Contact the inspectors or their teams on 0845 600 5700 or mylocalpolicingteam@grampian.pnn.police.uk Crimestoppers: 0800 555 111. Aberdeen Samaritans: 574488, or 08457 909090 or jo@samaritans.org. Aberdeen City Centre Parish Grouping Community Outreach Worker: Ian McIver, 07890 932677 or email ianmci@hotmail.co.uk

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nce upon a me there was an evil king. He was supposed to love God, but he actually hated him. Every me God was men oned, this evil king cringed and got angry. One day in winter one of his officials brought him a best-seller – a book of stories about God and people. The officials read the stories one by one to the evil king, and one by one he took his penknife and cut the stories out of the book and threw them on the fire. Up in flames they went. What pleasure he had seeing them reduced to ashes, never to be heard of again. . . or so he thought. Once upon a me there was another evil king. He made no pretence to love God; he just hated God and everything about him. One day one of his officials came and told him a far-fetched story of a baby king having been born. One by one the evil king disposed of every baby boy, because he hated God so much. He was so angry, so afraid! Once upon a me, one winter’s day, there was a person who picked up a magazine which had A CHRISTMAS HOPE The people of The Kirk of St Nicholas Uni ng, Queen Street Church and St. Mark’s Church hope that you will have a Peaceful Christmas and a Happy and Contented New Year. We also say a special ‘thank-you’ to the emergency services and to all health staff and carers who work during the holidays to keep us safe and make us well.

come through their le,erbox, landing on their doormat. It was about a story of God’s Love for every single man, woman and child in the world - them included. They scrumpled it up and put it in the waste bin - no me for such rubbish! At the end of the day, however, they were so troubled that they went to the bin and rummaged for the magazine. Secretly they read it. Through moist eyes they saw words: shepherds, joy,

peace, worshipped, amazed, baby, manger. They felt a strange warming in their heart. They felt embraced, included, brought home. This was not farfetched rubbish - this was true. God loves YOU - God’s Word. Bible footnote: The first evil king is Jehoiakim in Jeremiah 36, the second is Herod in Mahew 2, and the third message is from Luke 2.

ABERDEEN CITY CENTRE PARISH GROUPING “Christmas Good News” is the magazine of the Aberdeen City Centre Parish Grouping, a joint working arrangement between three city centre churches. St Mark’s (next to HM Theatre) and Queen Street (opposite the Arts Centre) are Church of Scotland charges, whilst the Kirk of St Nicholas Uni ng (on Union Street) is an ecumenical union of

the Church of Scotland and the United Reformed Church. The Grouping has a Triskeles logo, symbolising the three-way coopera on and the Chris an doctrine of God as a three-in-one Trinity - Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given . . . and he shall be called Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6)

I was wrong! We’ve been given a place in the stable. It’s a bit cold, dark and smelly, but at least it’s dry. I’ve been having pains and I think that my baby will be born very soon.

Once they had seen Jesus, they hurried away to tell everyone the good news. I hope their families and friends believed them.

UK Oil and Gas Chaplaincy Carol Service - December 12th at 12 noon. 'Blue Christmas', a quiet, reflec ve service for those who may find the Christmas season difficult, th December 16 at 5.30pm. Morning worship for Christmas Day, including Eucharist - December 25th at 11am.

December 2012

We’re now in Bethlehem and the town’s teeming with people, all trying to find somewhere to stay. We’ve been to so many inns, but they’re all full up. Joseph’s speaking to the inn-keeper here and pleading our case, but I don’t suppose it’ll do any good. . .

St Mark’s Church Christmas coffee shops, with stalls and grand raffle - December 1st, 8th and 15th from 10am to 1pm. Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres Carol Concert, followed by th refreshments - December 6 at 7pm. Church open at lunch mes for prayer/quiet contempla on – th st December 17 to 21 , 11.30am to 2.30pm. Shoppers’ Christmas Carol Service, with soup and sandwiches aPerwards - December 20th at 12 noon. Carol singing on the church steps December 20th, 6pm to 8pm. Watch Night Service of fun, games and carols, music by the Boys’ Brigade Centenary Band - December 24th from 10.45pm, followed by Christmas Eve Service, with tea/ coffee and mince pies aPerwards.

Queen Street Church Christmas Eve Service, followed by tea/coffee and mince pies December 24th at 7pm.

Issue 4

Christmas diary

Con nued from Page 2

1. See in Yonder Manger Low; 2. S ll the Night, Holy the Night; 3. O Come All Ye Faithful; 4. Angels from the Realms of Glory; 5. In the Bleak Mid Winter; 6. The First Nowell; 7. As with Gladness Men of Old; 8. Come and Join the Celebra on; 9. Once in Royal David’s City; 10. Away in a Manger; 11 Good Chris an Men Rejoice; 12. Hark the Herald Angels Sing; 13. We Three Kings of Orient are; 14. The Holly and the Ivy; 15. While Humble Shepherds Watched their Flocks; 16. The Virgin Mary had a Baby Boy; 17. It was on a Starry Night when the Hills were Bright; 18. See Him Lying on a Bed of Straw; 9. Child in the Manger; 20. On Christmas Night All Chris ans Sing.


Some .me later

We also had a visit from some men from the east, great scholars who bowed down before our son and worshipped him.

They gave us giPs too - gold (for a king), frankincense (for worship) and myrrh (a strange-smelling gum resin normally associated with the dead). When they had gone, an angel appeared to Joseph in a dream and warned us to flee to Egypt, as King Herod was on the lookout for Jesus and had ordered that all the babies under two years old be killed in case my son might try to take over his kingdom in the future. . .

Well, to say that the last weeks have been evenTul would be an understatement. Our baby boy Jesus was born in that smelly stable, and we were just se,ling down for a rest when some excited shepherds arrived.

So here we are in Egypt. I don’t know what this child’s future holds, but I do know God has given us new hope and will always be with him. Truly God has looked with favour on me, his lowly servant.

An angel had told them -ordinary folk, just like us - to visit the newborn King.

Solve the Christmas carol ini.als (just for fun)

Kirk of St Nicholas Uni.ng Service of blessing of the city na vity scene in the kirkyard December 3rd at 11am.

St Mark’s Church

Queen Street Church

Kirk of St Nicholas Uni.ng

Minister: Rev. Diane Hobson (manse) 641758 email: dianehobson.rev@b nternet.com Church office: 640672 e-mail: stmarksabdn@btconnect.com Website: www.stmarksaberdeen.org.uk

Minister: Rev. Dr. Graham D. S. Deans Church office (Weds): 643567 email: queenstreetchurch@btconnect.com Website: www.queenstreetchurch.org.uk

Minister: Rev. Stephen Taylor email: minister@kirk-of-st-nicholas.org.uk Church office: 643494 email: mitherkirk@btconnect.com Website: www.kirk-of-st-nicholas.org.uk

COMMUNITY CONTACTS (as at October 2012)

1. SIYML

2. STNHTN

3. OCAYF

4. AFTROG

5. ITBMW

6. TFN

7. AWGMOO

8. CAJTC

9. OIRDC

10. AIAM

11. GCMR

12. HTHAS

13. WTKOOA

14. THATI

15. WHSWTF

16. TVMHABB

17. IWOASNWTHWB

18. SHLOABOS

19. CITM

20. OCNACS

Solu.on:

Councillors: George Street/Harbour: Andrew May (SNP), 522619, email andrewmay@aberdeencity.gov.uk; Jean Morrison MBE (Lab), 346626, email jemorrison@aberdeencity.gov.uk; Nathan Morrison (Lab), 346625, mobile 07876 757982, email namorrison@aberdeencity.gov.uk. Midstocket/Rosemount: Bill Cormie (SNP) 523022, email bcormie@aberdeencity.gov.uk; Jenny Laing (Lab) 523009, mobile 07717 513597, email jelaing@aberdeencity.gov.uk; Fraser Forsyth (Con), 586938, mobile 07876 745707, email fforsyth@aberdeencity.gov.uk. MSP: Kevin Stewart (SNP), Aberdeen Central, 624719 or 0131 348 6382, email Kevin.Stewart.msp@scoSsh.parliament.uk. (For regional MSPs, see www.scoSsh.parliament.uk) MPs: Frank Doran (Lab), Aberdeen North, 252715, email frank.doran.mp@parliament.uk Anne Begg (Lab), Aberdeen South, 252704, email anne.begg.mp@parliament.uk Grampian Police Local Policing Teams : Rosemount: Inspector Graeme Cou,s; Seaton: Inspector Chris ne Gordon; City Centre: Inspectors Iain MacLelland and Gordon McDonald. Contact the inspectors or their teams on 0845 600 5700 or mylocalpolicingteam@grampian.pnn.police.uk Crimestoppers: 0800 555 111. Aberdeen Samaritans: 574488, or 08457 909090 or jo@samaritans.org. Aberdeen City Centre Parish Grouping Community Outreach Worker: Ian McIver, 07890 932677 or email ianmci@hotmail.co.uk

O

nce upon a me there was an evil king. He was supposed to love God, but he actually hated him. Every me God was men oned, this evil king cringed and got angry. One day in winter one of his officials brought him a best-seller – a book of stories about God and people. The officials read the stories one by one to the evil king, and one by one he took his penknife and cut the stories out of the book and threw them on the fire. Up in flames they went. What pleasure he had seeing them reduced to ashes, never to be heard of again. . . or so he thought. Once upon a me there was another evil king. He made no pretence to love God; he just hated God and everything about him. One day one of his officials came and told him a far-fetched story of a baby king having been born. One by one the evil king disposed of every baby boy, because he hated God so much. He was so angry, so afraid! Once upon a me, one winter’s day, there was a person who picked up a magazine which had A CHRISTMAS HOPE The people of The Kirk of St Nicholas Uni ng, Queen Street Church and St. Mark’s Church hope that you will have a Peaceful Christmas and a Happy and Contented New Year. We also say a special ‘thank-you’ to the emergency services and to all health staff and carers who work during the holidays to keep us safe and make us well.

come through their le,erbox, landing on their doormat. It was about a story of God’s Love for every single man, woman and child in the world - them included. They scrumpled it up and put it in the waste bin - no me for such rubbish! At the end of the day, however, they were so troubled that they went to the bin and rummaged for the magazine. Secretly they read it. Through moist eyes they saw words: shepherds, joy,

peace, worshipped, amazed, baby, manger. They felt a strange warming in their heart. They felt embraced, included, brought home. This was not farfetched rubbish - this was true. God loves YOU - God’s Word. Bible footnote: The first evil king is Jehoiakim in Jeremiah 36, the second is Herod in Mahew 2, and the third message is from Luke 2.

ABERDEEN CITY CENTRE PARISH GROUPING “Christmas Good News” is the magazine of the Aberdeen City Centre Parish Grouping, a joint working arrangement between three city centre churches. St Mark’s (next to HM Theatre) and Queen Street (opposite the Arts Centre) are Church of Scotland charges, whilst the Kirk of St Nicholas Uni ng (on Union Street) is an ecumenical union of

the Church of Scotland and the United Reformed Church. The Grouping has a Triskeles logo, symbolising the three-way coopera on and the Chris an doctrine of God as a three-in-one Trinity - Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given . . . and he shall be called Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6)

I was wrong! We’ve been given a place in the stable. It’s a bit cold, dark and smelly, but at least it’s dry. I’ve been having pains and I think that my baby will be born very soon.

Once they had seen Jesus, they hurried away to tell everyone the good news. I hope their families and friends believed them.

UK Oil and Gas Chaplaincy Carol Service - December 12th at 12 noon. 'Blue Christmas', a quiet, reflec ve service for those who may find the Christmas season difficult, th December 16 at 5.30pm. Morning worship for Christmas Day, including Eucharist - December 25th at 11am.

December 2012

We’re now in Bethlehem and the town’s teeming with people, all trying to find somewhere to stay. We’ve been to so many inns, but they’re all full up. Joseph’s speaking to the inn-keeper here and pleading our case, but I don’t suppose it’ll do any good. . .

St Mark’s Church Christmas coffee shops, with stalls and grand raffle - December 1st, 8th and 15th from 10am to 1pm. Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres Carol Concert, followed by th refreshments - December 6 at 7pm. Church open at lunch mes for prayer/quiet contempla on – th st December 17 to 21 , 11.30am to 2.30pm. Shoppers’ Christmas Carol Service, with soup and sandwiches aPerwards - December 20th at 12 noon. Carol singing on the church steps December 20th, 6pm to 8pm. Watch Night Service of fun, games and carols, music by the Boys’ Brigade Centenary Band - December 24th from 10.45pm, followed by Christmas Eve Service, with tea/ coffee and mince pies aPerwards.

Queen Street Church Christmas Eve Service, followed by tea/coffee and mince pies December 24th at 7pm.

Issue 4

Christmas diary

Con nued from Page 2

1. See in Yonder Manger Low; 2. S ll the Night, Holy the Night; 3. O Come All Ye Faithful; 4. Angels from the Realms of Glory; 5. In the Bleak Mid Winter; 6. The First Nowell; 7. As with Gladness Men of Old; 8. Come and Join the Celebra on; 9. Once in Royal David’s City; 10. Away in a Manger; 11 Good Chris an Men Rejoice; 12. Hark the Herald Angels Sing; 13. We Three Kings of Orient are; 14. The Holly and the Ivy; 15. While Humble Shepherds Watched their Flocks; 16. The Virgin Mary had a Baby Boy; 17. It was on a Starry Night when the Hills were Bright; 18. See Him Lying on a Bed of Straw; 9. Child in the Manger; 20. On Christmas Night All Chris ans Sing.

Christmas Good News  

The Christmas 2012 Triskeles Magazine - Good News

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