Welcome to St Ternan’s Banchory

‘The woman held my hand with both of hers and said: No matter how often we come or do not come to this church, the language of welcome is always spoken here. Thank you.’

It is in that language of welcome, of sacred and radical hospitality, that we greet you as you look over our website and consider whether or not to join us in worship or other activities of fellowship and service here in Banchory.

Banchory is an unexpected place: a rural village filled with people who have lived all over the world. There is unexpected good will between the various churches here, each of whom has its own special style and strand of worship, but we share in our care for each other and the community. Many of its inhabitants came from elsewhere because of work or family connections and end up staying because life on Deeside is so nurturing of health and a sense of community.

St Ternan’s is very much a product of this place, filled with all kinds of people, who grew up worshipping in various kinds of Anglican and Episcopal traditions, or other kinds of religious experiences, or none. Our worship reflects that, offering different services that reflect the dignity and richness of our ancient traditions with the flexibility and participation of emerging church. Our fellowship reflects that, as we engage with each other in respect and goodwill, and seek to serve each other, the local community, and the world with pastoral care, learning and fellowship events, and ongoing formation opportunities.

This past Lent a group of people aged from six to 83 gathered to work on a banner for the season. The six year old, a typical young boy who has been known to come up for communion either dressed as a pirate or with green paint on his hands, was cutting out hearts and putting them onto his bit of the banner. What is that, I asked? It is a picture of our church, he said. Oh? I encouraged… Yes, he said. It is a picture of hearts on pews.

We hope you will bring your heart and join us.

With love and prayers,
Rev Canon Lisa Eunson, Rector

After the service

After the service

Hearts on Pews

Hearts on Pews