Serving others…

St Ternan’s seeks to encourage the many ways that members and friends of the congregation offer their time and treasure to various charities and aid groups.  We are generally happy to help advertise fund raising activities for the good causes dear to your heart.  This can include anything from displaying a poster to helping sponsor a walk or sporting event, to offering you a table in the Hall after church at which you might sell home bakes.  Check with a member of the Vestry to know more.

Beyond charitable giving, there are four main ways in which the community of St Ternan’s seeks to be of service to others. You can learn about them here.

Nadaikavoo As a congregation, one project particularly close to our hearts over the past decade or so is the school in South India. From the news and photographs received from Reverend Christopher Vijayan in Kanyakumari District, South India it appears that the school which this congregation has helped from its beginning, is flourishing.  This means more facilities are required. In addition, books, uniforms and other school materials need funding each year as well as the salaries for staff. Christopher and and his wife, Seline, are always most grateful for any help that we can give.

The Green Shoots Trust was established by the bequest of our much loved previous Rector, Rev’d Canon Lisa Eunson. You can click through to see the good work we are partnering with GST to do amongst local schools and with our own young people, children and infants. This initiative is led by Henna Cundill, our Green Shoots Trust Worker.

The Astonishing Community is beginning to take root here in Banchory. At one level this is a virtual community run by our rector, Canon Lynsay. Here at St Ternan’s we are reflecting on how we might better include those with mental health concerns, neurological and/or learning differences/disabilities and those who care for them. We are at the beginning of a journey that we hope will challenge us to grow in the likeness of Christ. Our first steps include the creation of worship resources for non-verbal worshippers and offering replenishment days for carers – keep your eye on our blog for more news.

As a Diocese, Aberdeen and Orkney churches are working to become more Dementia Friendly. St Ternan’s has been keen to take this cause to heart.There are already members of St Ternan’s with Dementia and those who care for them. For many years members have been involved in Banchory’s Forget-Me-Not Club. This year our Lent appeal money was donated to the Forget-Me-Not Club. We are also looking at how to make our building more Dementia friendly and how to better accompany those with dementia through services. A small group are also preparing to become befrienders of those with dementia who do not have family close by.