There are a number of ways in which individuals get involved in the life of our church community:
Sunday Worship Support Teams
Share out the task of decorating the church for each Sunday, and work together to create that special ambiance for Harvest, Christmas, and Easter.
Readers and Welcomers
Essential to our gathering on Sunday morning. Duties assigned in advance on a rota.
Intercessory Prayer Leaders and Chalice Bearers
Some training required. Talk to a member of the ministry team for more information.
Our worship is also supported by a small team of sacristans, who set the altar and maintain the linens and elements; and a dedicated selection of worship leaders, who are licensed to assist with leading worship and also in some cases to preach. Our service pattern includes liturgy from traditional matins and communion through to interactive multi-age style worship, requiring a wide spectrum of talents and creative gifts.
The St Ternan’s choir offers music on Sunday mornings for the 11 o’clock service, and at Evensongs the first Sunday of the month. In addition, they are called upon to support other church-related events on Deeside and around the Diocese. Highlights to the year include the Diocesan Choral Festival in the spring, which gathers singers from around the United Diocese of Aberdeen & Orkney, and our own Advent Lessons & Carols Service, which is also supported by our sister congregation of Christ Church, Kincardine O’Neil.
Rehearsals are Sunday mornings, with additional dates added in advance of major events. Audition and serious commitment required.
Refreshments on Sundays after the 11 o’clock service
Help prepare, serve, and clean up refreshments, so folks can stay after church to get to know each other a bit better.
Meetings occur in the Church Hall at 8pm on the third Mondays of the month, from September or October through April or May. Speakers on a variety of topics, from local charities to the special interests of individuals from the congregation.
Each group meets regularly (except for Christmas and summer holidays) in each others’ homes for lively discussion on various books of common interest, generally related to faith.
Seasonal Study Series
Generally offered during Advent and Lent, these tend to be three to six week programmes on a topic of special interest.
All of these groups and activities began because someone took action to serve a perceived need. If you have an idea to try, please talk to a member of the Vestry about it.
Reaching Out into the Wider Community
We share in visiting homebound members, and in offering special care to individuals and families in time of special need. A vital ministry of showing God’s love in tangible ways.
Administration and Care of Facilities
As a registered charity, the Vestry members are by definition the Trustees for our church.
Tasked to oversee our financial affairs, this group reports to the Vestry and is convened by the Treasurer.
Volunteers who keep the front garden neat and tidy, ensuring that the High Street ‘face of the church’ offers a welcome to all. Help always MOST welcome.