Notices 16th Feb 2020

Parish Fellowship: Monday 17 February (Tomorrow!)
8 pm in the Church Hall

Topic: The Forget-Me-Not Club, Banchory.
Speaker: Heather Morrison
Please do come and learn of the important work being done on our behalf

A Message from Bishop Anne:
All in the Diocese are invited to attend the Diocesan Eucharist marking the start of Synod on Friday 28 February 2020 at 5 pm in St Andrew’s Cathedral.
This service will include a reaffirmation of baptismal vows, ministerial vows and promises and a blessing of the oils used in ministry.
The President and Preacher will be the Bishop. 

A Message from our Treasurer
Dear Friends of St. Ternan’s,

At our Annual General Meeting on January 26th we reviewed the church’s financial outcome for the year 2018/ 2019. During this year we incurred a deficit of £4,685, on a total income turnover of £65,021. This is, of course, very concerning, but it is in the context of being the first year we have supported a full-time stipendiary priest without the linkage and financial contribution from Christ Church, Kincardine O’Neil, who have been contributing £3,600 p.a.

The budget forecast for 2019/ 2020 is for a continuing deficit of £6,640, excluding extraordinary fabric maintenance costs.

We have to conclude that without an increase in our ‘giving income’ we are unable to cover our underlying basic costs and will be forced to dip into our reserves to keep paying the bills. The Vestry is resigned to needing to cover extraordinary expenditure from our reserves, but I’m sure we all feel uncomfortable with doing this to meet our normal day-to-day expenditure. We will, of course, only have 4 – 5 years before we run out of reserves.

Everyone will be well used to the Treasurer’s annual plea for a review of giving, but with last year’s deficit and a similar forecast for this year this is a more serious and urgent request. 

Some of you have already increased your donations, for which many thanks. Our biggest plea is for those of you who already donate to do so by a bank standing order, then the church will still receive your donations even if you are not actually at services. Chris Fry is always on hand to help with advice regarding cost-effective giving. Each month a graph is posted on the board on the hall to track our financial progress, and I would encourage you to cast a quick eye on this to see how we are doing. Of course, the Vestry will be examining other ways for fund raising, including events and ways to increase our income from use of the hall, but there’s no substitute for an increase in planned giving – an increase of £2 per head at the Sunday service would fix it, for now!

Thank you, in anticipation!

Yours sincerely,
Ken Elliott

Plans for Lent at St Ternan’s.

Wednesday 26th February 7pm Ashing Communion in Church

Sunday 5th April (Palm Sunday) 7pm Tenebrae
A journey of music and readings taking us through holy week .


Please copy any news, details of forthcoming events or changes to the rostered duties to Michael at or 01569 730589.

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A priest and poet in the Scottish Episcopal Church, exploring the workings of the Holy Spirit in Banchory .