Bellie & Speymouth Parish Church of Scotland

Worship

Our morning worship services are normally held at 10.00 am in Bellie and 11.30 am in Speymouth.  Refreshments are normally served in Bellie Church Hall, so if you are coming along to the service at Bellie, please join us for fellowship after the service. A warm welcome is extended to all and we always look forward to meeting new people.

Young Church meets at 9.50 am in Bellie Church Hall before joining the rest of the congregation in Bellie Church for the all age talk. The young people are an important part of the services each Sunday before continuing their learning in the Church Hall. Young Church also leads family services throughout the year at Christmas, Easter and before the Summer holidays.

A warm welcome awaits you at Bellie and Speymouth Parish Church

During the Summer months, we normally hold united services at Speymouth in July and Bellie in August. We also hold united services during Christmas and Holy Week - please check our Facebook page for more details of our united services.

The Kirk Session

The Kirk Session at its 2015 Stewardship Conference

Hymns in both churches are mainly sourced from The Church Hymnary 4th Edition. In Bellie Church, musical accompaniment is normally provided by either our modern Allen organ or our Yahama Clavinova.

Our Worship Band was established in 2014 and now supports sung praise at Bellie on a monthly basis, during the united services at Bellie in August and at family services throughout the year. The focus of the Worship Band is more on contemporary hymns and songs.

Worship Band

Our Worship Band in action

The Bellie Praise Group, an all-age vocal group from within the congregation, is also involved with various services throughout the year.

Bellie Praise Group

The Bellie Praise Group singing in Bellie Church

Throughout the year, we also try to worship in different ways. An outdoor Sunrise Communion service has been celebrated on Easter Sunday at Speymouth Church for several years. Other outdoor worship has included Praise in the Park at Garmouth Village Park and ecumenical Pentecost worship in Fochabers Square.

Daffodil cross

A daffodil cross from an Easter Sunrise communion service at Speymouth

In the last few years, we have started holding Café Kirk services in the Summer, where the Church is laid out with tables and the format of worship is informal.

Cafe Kirk            Cafe Kirk

Bellie Church becomes Café Kirk in Summer 2014

The Fochabers Fiddlers are occasionally involved with worship. This is normally at the Christmas Eve worship and Celtic Kirk service, which takes place annually in August in the Speyfest tented village.

Pentecost

Outdoor Pentecost worship in Fochabers Square

Worship in Speymouth Church has a slightly more traditional emphasis and is slightly shorter than the Bellie service, with all hymns being accompanied by our new Allen organ.

Speymouth Church

Members of the congregation worship in Speymouth Church

Holy Communion is celebrated in both churches at four morning services per year - normally in February, April, September and November. Short evening Communion Services are also held in the sheltered housing complex at Milnescroft on the same days and our Worship Team leads an evening service at Milnescroft on a regular basis.

Communion at Milnescroft           Communion at Milnescroft

Holy Communion being served at Milnescroft Court

Bellie and Speymouth Parish Church has very strong links with the other churches in the local communities. During the local Speyfest celtic music festival, we unite with our brother and sisters in Christ at St Andrew's Lhanbryd and Urquhart Church, Gordon Chapel (Scottish Episcopal Church) and St Mary's Roman Catholic Church for an annual “Celtic Kirk” service. Worship during Holy Week and Christian Aid week is also celebrated on an ecumenical basis.

Easter Sunday

OASIS, a time for quiet reflection and prayer, is available in Bellie Session Room on Monday mornings whilst Coffee and Chat takes place in the Bellie Church Hall. A home bible study group has also recently started in Mosstodloch.

Bellie Church

Members of the congregation worship in Bellie Church

Both churches have installed a 'loop' system for the benefit of the deaf and hard of hearing and have good disabled access. Baby changing facilities are available in Bellie Church Hall. In addition, all Sunday morning services in both churches are recorded and CD recordings of services are circulated to housebound members on request to the Minister.