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This is the page where we will pass on important information about the activities of the Presbytery of Abernethy and also anything of relevance coming out of the Church of Scotland – the CofS website is always reachable at:

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7th February 2020




We are very lucky to have our National Convener, Marian MacIntyre, travelling all the way from Shetland to speak to us. We would like to invite anyone from our communities to join us at Boat of Garten Church on Monday February 10th at 2.30pm. There will be refreshments, of course.









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3rd February 2020

Information from the Law dept of the Church of Scotland on the subject of the rights of UE Citizens now that the UK is leaving the EU

                                                Brexit Update 31 January 2020



19th December 2019

Life and Work has produced an updated Supplement outlining the changes to the structure of the various councils within the Church of       Scotland.

Click on the link below to download the file

Life And Work supplement on reform



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The congregations of Tomintoul, Glenlivet and Inveravon – a part of the Presbytery of Abernethy are looking to fill the following post:

Parish Assistant, 

Part Time (18.75 hours per week)

Salary £25,122 £28,400 pro rata

Ref: M40/19

 Could you be part of something different? We have an exciting opportunity for a motivated and enthusiastic individual to use their gifts, skills and experience to make a different to the lives of the people in our parishes and communities.

The post holder will work as part of a team to develop the witness of this charge through worship and the engagement with the communities in which they are placed. There will be a particular emphasis to further develop the work with children and families and of pastoral care to the whole Parish.

 For a full job description and details on how to apply, please visit

Closing date:  Thursday 30 January 2020 at 12 noon.

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National Churches Trust – Foundation Grants Programme 2019-2023


Grants are available for listed and unlisted Christian places of worship of any denomination in the UK to support interventions to investigate or address small problems before they turn into large repairs.

Current Status

Open for Applications

Maximum value:

£ 5,000

Objectives of Fund

The funding is for projects which fit within the scope of the National Churches Trust Strategy for 2019-2023:

  • Preserve heritage.
  • Promote sustainability.
  • Inspire support.

The Foundation Grants Programme provides funding for:

  • Urgent maintenance works and items identified as high priority within a recent Quinquennial Inspection or Survey Report.
  • Small investigative works and surveys.

Value Notes

Normally grants of between £500 and 5,000 are available. The project costs should not exceed £10,000 (excluding VAT).

Please note that the Trust has a limited amount of funding available.

Match Funding Restrictions

Match funding of at least 50% is required. Applicants should have already raised 50% of the total project cost.

Who Can Apply

Places of worship of any Christian denomination and age can apply.

Applications will be considered from listed and unlisted Christian places of worship across the UK.

Applications from the Trust’s priority areas are encouraged: North East England, Northern Ireland and Wales, though this is not to the exclusion of churches in other areas.

To be eligible, applicants must demonstrate that:

  • The building is a Christian place of worship (but not a cathedral) within the UK, and open for at least six services of public worship each year.
  • They own the building or have the right to carry out the work. If the church is not part of a major denomination, then the denomination must be registered with Churches Together in Britain and Ireland or have charitable status.
  • The place of worship was built as a place of worship originally and is more than 30 years old.
  • The works must be to the main church building either directly part of the building or attached to it.
  • The building is open to the public for a minimum of 100 days a year beyond worship use.
  • Have already raised at least 50% of the total project cost.
  • The project has not yet started.
  • The project is being led by a qualified professional, with conservation accreditation from a recognised institution if it is a listed building.
  • Have two quotes in place for each element of the work in the application.
  • Have any necessary permissions in place.


Funding is not available for the following:

  • Buildings that have been converted into places of worship, such as shops, offices or houses.
  • Privately-owned churches, such as chapels within hospitals, hospices, schools or prisons or other such institutions.
  • Projects that have started before the application was submitted.
  • Construction of new places of worship or separate structures.
  • Works to cathedral buildings.
  • Works to buildings that were not originally constructed as a place of worship.
  • Works to an existing building that is separate from the existing place of worship (even if it is on the same site, a church hall, or owned by the church).
  • Repairs to or scheduled maintenance of clocks, organs, wall paintings, bells, monuments, fittings and fixtures, solar panels and heating systems.
  • Works to boundary walls, paths, churchyards or car parks.
  • Stained glass restoration (unless urgent repairs to window structure).
  • Quinquennial Inspection Reports, consents, planning permission fees.
  • Existing staff costs.
  • Regular inspection surveys.
  • Training in maintenance skills/knowledge.
  • Redecoration.
  • Replacement of historic fabric with new materials unless supported by the relevant statutory heritage body eg, Historic England.

Eligible Expenditure

The funding is for small repair projects to buildings that were originally built as churches.

Eligible projects are:

  • Urgent maintenance work.
  • Items identified as high priority within a Quinquennial Inspection Report/survey reports/other sort of report.
  • Small investigative works/surveys.

Projects can cost up to £10,000 (excluding VAT).

Due to having limited funding available, the Trust prioritises:

  • Work to architecturally and historically significant buildings.
  • Applications from regions identified as priority areas: Northern Ireland, Wales and the North East of England.
  • Urgent projects (as identified in a recent QIR or building survey report).
  • Places of worship that can demonstrate a suitable maintenance system, including a maintenance plan is in place to protect the investment.

Examples of projects eligible for funding include:

  • Addressing access issues to high level to allow volunteers or professionals to perform regular inspections or maintenance of roofs and rainwater goods.
  • Introducing improvements to rainwater systems, such as introducing overflow spouts or installing wider-diameter gutters and downpipes.
  • Removing inappropriate vegetation growth from buildings that threaten historic fabric or rainwater management systems.
  • Replacing faulty or damaged gutter systems.
  • Repairing or enhancing damaged or inadequate ground drainage.
  • Investigating, repairing or installing soakaways.
  • Addressing lost, damaged or slipped roof tiles.
  • Addressing pest infestations.
  • Renewing, re-fixing or repairing flashings.
  • Replacing broken floor tiles.
  • Addressing masonry/brickwork issues and repointing.
  • Fitting new louvres and bird mesh in tower openings.
  • Internal repairs to ceilings and walls.
  • Electrical work where there is evidence of a significant risk, such as fire or health and safety risk, from not carrying out the work.
  • Small investigative works/surveys when there is an issue within the church but the cause of the issue is unclear.

How To Apply

The Programme is open for applications and decisions will be made on a rolling basis from the end of January 2020. The final deadline for applications in 2020 is 30 October.

Guidance notes and an application form are available on the Trust’s website.

Applications must be submitted online.

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16 December

Attached is a letter from our partner  in Nepal – Joel Haverstein  and his family


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