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Pray
For Our Community Continue to pray for all those who work in the NHS and health services, and for those who have the responsibilities of leadership and decision-making as we respond to the coronavirus outbreak.

A Prayer for Sunday 29 May

May we hang around for people,
may we linger with intent… to care,
may we breach the peace… with justice.
May we not just look for a new thing, but follow it through,
not just have an idea but make it happen,
not complain about this and that, but do something about it.

In all our joys and in all our concerns, may we be ever mindful
Of the presence of God among us

May we turn our words into acts,
our thoughts into reality,
our intent into a way of life.
May we move beyond the word,
becoming the word
and move with the word,
becoming flesh.
May we walk the talk,
speak of good things,
and find ourselves living them as well.

In all our joys and in all our concerns, may we be ever mindful
Of the presence of God among us

So may we dare to speak of setting people free
and find ourselves working towards a freedom
bound up in each other.
May we dare to speak of justice
and find ourselves proclaiming that justice here,
in everyday acts of compassion.
May we dare to speak of welcome towards the stranger
and find ourselves among strangers here,
and loving them into community.

In all our joys and in all our concerns, may we be ever mindful
Of the presence of God among us

May we pay Christ more than lip-service
but serve Him with our whole lives.

Amen

(From The Church of Scotland worship materials.)

Sunday 29 May

There is no on-line Morning Service from Macduff this week.

At 6pm this evening Buchan Presbytery is holding a Service of Thanksgiving to mark the platinum jubilee of Queen Elizabeth at St Ninian's and Forglen Church in Turriff. The service is being livestreamed using the link below. A recording will be available to watch on-line afterwards using the same link.

Wednesday 25 May

Midweek Study

Continuing his series of thoughts on a favourite song, Hugh considers "These are the days of Elijah" by Robin Mark. The reading is 1 Kings 18:20-39. The songs are "These are the days of Elijah", "Lord of life we come to you" and "May the God of peace go with us". The latter two songs merge and are sung by Aileen Sim with the backing of the Macduff Parish Church Praise Band, arranged by Morven McNeil.

Coffee and Chat is Back

We look forward to seeing you and chatting with you again this Wednesday at 7.30pm on Zoom. The link can be found in the members area.

We are planning a return to face-to-face meetings in the Church Hall soon so watch for more information in due course.

Wednesday 6 April

Ukraine Aid

A consignment of boxes left for Eastern Europe today.

THANK YOU to all who have donated so generously.

***Please note that the drop-off facility at Macduff Parish Church will not be operating until further notice.***

Wednesday 30 March

Presbytery of Buchan

Mission Plan 2022 Committee

Please click here to see the Mission Plan 2022 for the Presbytery of Buchan.

Ukraine March 2022

Hugh reflects on the current situation in Ukraine, speaking about our responsibilities as Christians to help others, particularly the homeless, the widow and the orphan. He gives details of how a few local churches Macduff and Banff are working together to send help to Ukrainian refugees.

A Message from Hugh O'Brien

Ukraine

Dear Friends,

Macduff Parish Church (MPC) is bathed in the colours of the Ukrainian flag, blue and yellow, to show solidarity with the people of Ukraine in their plight. We have all been shocked at the images on our screens of ordinary people such as us having their lives turned upside down, losing their homes, livelihoods and, sadly for a growing number, their lives. Our hearts go out to all involved, including many who are disposessed and homeless refugees and also conscripted Russian soldiers who have been forced into a war not of their making. While calling on President Putin to cease all hostilities, we offer our prayers and practical support for the people of Ukraine. We have been encouraging our folk to donate listed items through our friends at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Roman Catholic Church in Banff, who have been coordinating donations - although this route has been suspended meantime due to the overwhelming generosity of local people. We at MPC are also having a retiring offering this Sunday and next Sunday following morning worship. This will be forwarded to a special relief fund organised by the Church of Scotland and administered by church partners including the Reformed Church of Hungary Aid programme (RCHA).

Though RCHA we can support those fleeing from the east and coming to the west of Ukraine where they can be helped through the churches there; those in the west already who don’t have access to their money when the banks run out and who will need food and other help; and those who cross the borders into Hungary, Slovakia or Romania.

If you wish to give in this way but will not be at Church on either of the Sundays, you can donate directly to the following account:

Royal Bank of Scotland
Church of Scotland No 1 Account
Account no 00134859
Sort code 83-06-08
Reference "RCHA donation"
(Please gift aid this if possible).

Please continue to pray for the people of Ukraine and those who seek to help them in and from other countries.

Thank you

Hugh O'Brien,
Parish Minister

On Line Giving

Can't make to church this week? Connected to us but live further afield now? You can now support the work of MPC financially by giving on-line using our new PayPal button at the foot of this page – even if you don’t have a PayPal account. This is a great way to be part of our team! Remember that PayPal will deduct a small administration fee from your donation.

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Welcome to our website!

We are a congregation of the Church of Scotland with a passion for sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ. Our aim is that everyone in our town, parish and beyond will hear about the saving Grace of Jesus and our prayer is that many men, women, boys and girls will respond to His invitation to follow Him. We are a lively church with a lot going on for all-ages during the week, not just Sundays.

So take some time to look through this site to find out more about what’s happening here. It will give you a flavour of who and what we are as a congregation. More immediate information can be found on our Facebook Page. We hope that as you browse our site and Facebook page, you will want to come and join us in worship and our other activities, but more importantly, that you may be encourage to find out more about Jesus.

Our church building has stood on its present site since 1805, overlooking the town and harbour. Adjacent to it stand the town cross and a large historic anchor, recovered from the bay, both of which together provide a symbolic reminder of the message of the church - that Jesus Christ, crucified and risen, is our steadfast anchor in life; and as our church tower was once used to guide boats into the harbour, it is our hope and prayer that Christ’s light will guide you through life and, in time, into His 'heavenly harbour'.

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