Welcome (written in pre-Covid times)
Worship is at the heart of the life of Northesk and is a time when the congregation gathers as God’s family. Worship is open to all and anyone is welcome, whether a member of the congregation or not. Worship takes place at 11am on Sundays and at other times as advertised. Members of the welcome team greet you at the door and make sure you have everything you need for worship, such as a hymnbook. You are welcome to sit anywhere in the church. A crèche is available every week for babies and young children. During school term time, children aged three and upwards are invited to come to Sunday school. Children either meet in the hall or sit with parents for the beginning of the service, then follow their own programme of activities. All volunteer leaders have undergone Safeguarding requirements.
Whether you are a well kent face, or a first time visitor, we look forward to welcoming you to worship at Northesk.
The Corovirus situation - A prayer for this difficult time:
Dear God, our Shield and Defender, guide and protect my neighbour in this time of health emergency; deliver them from all harm and may your love and care ever grow in this place. Through Jesus Christ, Our Lord, Amen.
Services in 'Normal' Times:
The sacrament of Holy Communion is celebrated on the second Sundays of February, May and October and at other times as advertised.
In the Church of Scotland you can be baptised at any stage of life, whether baby or adult. The Sacrament of Baptism takes place during Sunday worship, unless under exceptional circumstances. If you are seeking baptism either for yourself or for your child, please contact the minister.
To enquire about getting married in Northesk, please contact the minister. It is important to do this before you have set a date, both to seek the agreement of the minister and to secure the availability of the church.
The Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Act 2014 provided for an increase in the minimum period of notice required of intention to marry: this was increased from the current 14 days between the date notice is given and the date of the marriage to a period of 28 clear days. This change took effect from 1 March 2015.
This change may of course affect weddings already booked. The practical effect would be that from 1 March 2015, anyone giving notice of intention to marry to the Registrar will need to submit all the paperwork to be with the Registrar at least 28 clear days ahead of the date when they hope to marry. If, for example, a couple planned to marry on, say, 20 March, they could submit their marriage notices on 27 or 28 February but not 1 March. If they submitted their notices on 1 March, the earliest date on which they could marry would be 30 March (for the ’28 clear days’ can’t include either the date of submission or the date of marriage).
The minister is available to conduct funerals for members of the congregation or for those who live in the parish. If you wish the minister of Northesk to conduct a funeral, please ask your Funeral Director to make contact. This continues, with appropriate safeguards, during the pandemic.