Message from the Minister
I am writing this while sitting at my desk in my new office in the church hall for the first time. It has been a whirlwind of a few weeks since Neal and I and the boys moved down from Aberdeen to Barnhill. I think the best thing for me to do is simply introduce myself to you.
As you already know, my name is Alisa and if you have heard me speak you can tell I am nae Scottish! Yet, I have lived over here in Scotland for nearly 10 years. I trained for ministry in the United States within the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A). My home congregation was large, with a ministerial staff of around 16 with even far larger numbers of support staff. I attended Princeton Theological Seminary in New Jersey and from there worked at churches in both New Jersey and in New York City. But, at the end of my time in training for ministry I felt a call to go abroad. I had studied for a year at the University of St. Andrews, so when I saw an advert for Mannofield Church in Aberdeen I thought, “well, why not.” And, we they say the rest is history.
It was during my time at Mannofield that one of the elder’s family introduced me to Neal. Neal and I have been married for six and a half years. We have two sons, Archie (nearly 4) and Finley (nearly 2.) And we have one very large dog, named Elmer. You may see Neal out walking the dog in the evenings. He is a lovely lurcher, and if you know anything about the bread you know in truth they are lazy beasts.
I am truly excited to be starting my time here at Barnhill St. Margaret’s to serve for, with and alongside everyone. And if you gathered from the first line of my letter, I have a new office down in the church hall. Please pop in and say ‘Hello.’ But, more importantly, tell me your name, over and over again until it drives you mad! I want to get to know all of you, and a great place to start is your name.
So to new beginnings and great beginnings. Let us serve God together in this beautiful patch of the world.
Grace and Peace,
We hope you enjoy exploring our pages to find out what is happening in our church. We see ourselves as a church that is here for everyone in the local community. Therefore it is important to us that everybody is given a wam welcome and made to feel at home.
Our main activity is of course, our worship and we meet together every Sunday morning to worship God. At 9.15 am we have our contemporary service using new technology and modern Christian songs. Then at 10.30 am we have our traditional service. I am very aware that we live in a world of multiple choices and these changes have produced a generation that expect to be offered options in every area.
Unfortunately when it comes to worship services most churches offer only two options – take it or leave it! We cannot change our doctrine or our message just to suit passing fashions but the way in which we worship and the way in which we communicate the gospel must resonate with modern men and women. If you haven’t been to church in a while, then why not come and join us?
As you scroll through our website you will see that there is also a wide range of activities on offer for all ages. Please come back and visit again soon.