By David Fleming, Buildings Convener and Vestry Member –
Now that the work of creating the ‘Priests and Pipes’ Exhibition in the West End of St James’ Church in Stonehaven is complete, we are very pleased to announce that the Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church, the Most Revd Mark Strange has kindly agreed to lead the Service of Dedication.
The Service will be held on Saturday 16th November 2019, and it will start at 4:00 pm. Also taking part will be our own Bishop, Right Revd Andrew Swift, Bishop of Brechin.
Invitations are also being issued to the very large number of people who have contributed to the Exhibition, including donors, suppliers and volunteers. Some people even fall into all three categories!! We will also welcome many civic dignitaries and members of other local churches.
As the Exhibition covers over three centuries of church history and the role of church organs, the service will contain elements of previous celebrations held at St James and some special musical items, including a new piece specially commissioned from a local composer. Full details of the Exhibition are on our Exhibition web site at https://www.stjames-stonehaven.org.uk/exhibition/ .
The Exhibition is the last of three phases of renovation in the church, costing more than £240,000 over 4 years. The prime funder was the Heritage Lottery Fund, but other significant contributors include SUEZ Communities Trust, Fife Environmental Trust, Stonehaven Heritage Society, Wolfson Foundation, Aberdeenshire Council, John S Cohen Trust, Garfield Weston Foundation, and the Luscombe Trust.
The work included major repairs to the main roof timbers to overcome a dry rot infestation, replacement of the electrical switchgear and new heating, and a number of safety improvements, and concluding with the ‘Priests and Pipes‘ Exhibition.
After the service the Primus will asked to cut the celebration cake, and coffee and tea will be available, and of course the Exhibition will be open for all to view.