A message from Brian - November 2023
Last week I visited a friend who is working at a Church in Edinburgh which is dedicated to St. Columba. After a coffee we visited the Church and there was a little leaflet which contained on its back page St. Columba’s final prayer. It read:
Love on another with a true heart
And be at peace.
If you keep this course,
God will strengthen and help you.
Written in the year 597 and yet when I read it, I felt that this was a message that all of us in our world needed to read again today.
It is all too easy to feel hopeless as we look at many things in our world but it is so important that each one of us tries to go forward in a positive, helpful and caring way.
Each loving and caring action we have makes the world better and if we try to keep this course we will find that peace and strength that St. Columba left to his followers all those years ago.
May God bless you all.
Help us to remember that You are with us at all times, even when we forget.
We thank You for the gift of prayer. Help us to remember that we do not need special words to pray but only need to open our hearts to You.
We pray for those who are struggling because of their personal circumstances, that they may find comfort and peace and that we may be shown ways that we can help them.
Bless our neighbours, friends and those we love and keep them safe we pray.
In Jesus’ name.
Aberlemno Parish Church
This small country parish church has a long history. A church here was dedicated by Bishop David de Bernham in 1242, but the site's history may be substantially longer.
There is documentary evidence to suggest that Aberlemno Kirk was originally called Egglespether, a Pictish church of around 710AD by King Nechtan, although this is not agreed by some scholars. On the register of churches belonging to Restenneth in 1161/2 Egglespether is mentioned but by 1230 it had become known as Aberlemno.
The building today largely dates to 1722 when the church was more or less completely rebuilt, although a ridge of possibly earlier stonework survives at the base of the church's walls. It has a T-shape plan, with a later porch and rear extension. The church is built in coursed sandstone rubble, with ashlar surrounds and has a slate roof. It is surrounded by a small graveyard and the manse stands to the east.
The church is surrounded by a graveyard with many 19th century stones. It is famous for its Pictish stone however, which stands near the west gable of the church. It dates to the 8th century and commemorates the battle of Nechtansmere.
In 1983 the Church was linked to the neighbouring parish of Guthrie and Rescobie.
Although it is a very historic Church, it still has a very active congregation with weekly services.
A few photos taken when putting up the Christmas decorations in the Church:
Aberlemno Church Coffee Morning
5th November 2022
Click here to download an annotated PDF copy of the above photos.
Did you know there is the Aberlemno book club based in Aberlemno Church? The idea is that you can go along to the ‘library” to pick up a book. You may also take one you have read and no longer need in to the library as a swap. If you simply take a book the charge is £2. However, if you take along a book to exchange the charge is only £1.
The books are in the Church at the back of the west pews so can be accessed at any time during the day whilst the church is open. Please do feel free to browse the selection or add to the books on offer.
It was a very poignant 2022Easter Church service for the congregation of Aberlemno Parish Church .
In the presence of all eight elders, it was the last time that our much loved Reverend Brian Ramsay stepped down from the pulpit at Aberlemno.
We all hope he will enjoy a long and happy retirement.
During the first lockdown I was asked to find a gravestone at Aberlemno for a gentleman trying to trace his ancestors. Whilst researching this I discovered that there was an area at the West of the Kirkyard which had been set aside for the burial of infants and still-born babies. As there was nothing to mark this area, we decided we should put a Memorial stone on the wall where these little ones were laid to rest. I contacted David McGovern of Monikie Rock Art who, when he heard what the memorial was for, very kindly donated the stone which he created. Raymond and Kelly prepared the area beside the stone and we were able to dedicate it on Sunday 25th of April not only to remember those little ones and their heart-broken families but also those today who go through the same tragic loss.