Bellie & Speymouth Parish Church of Scotland

Church History

Key dates in the history of Bellie Church

1153       

Parish of Bellie founded by monks from the Priory of Urquhart. Dedicated in the name of St Peter. 

1797

Present church in Fochabers built by 4th Duke of Gordon as part of model village.

1843

Rev David Dewar leaves Bellie Church along with several members of the congregation to form the Free Church in the village.

1947

Union of Pringle Memorial Church (former United Free Church) and Bellie Church.

1959

Present Manse purchased from Crown Estates. Bellie linked with neighbouring Speymouth.

1982

Pringle Church building sold.

1985

New church hall built to rear of Bellie Church.

1997

Bicentenary of Bellie Church.

1998

New stained glass windows installed in apse of Bellie Church.

2003

Rev Alison Mehigan is ordained and inducted as the first female minister of Bellie Church.

2007

The 120 year old Pipe Organ is replaced with a modern Allen organ as the first stage of the Bellie Church Re-order project.

2009

Work on major internal renovations of the church building (including a 180 degree rotation of the sanctuary, the creation of a larger chancel area, the replacement of the ceiling, a complete rewiring of the church building, an upgrade to the heating and lighting system, the replacement of pews with moveable chairs and the installation of audio visual equipment) is completed as part of the Bellie Church re-order project.

2009

The 50th anniversary of the linkage with Bellie and Speymouth was marked with celebrations in both churches.

2015

The linked congregations of Bellie and Speymouth are united.

2016

Significant renovations to the Clock Tower at Bellie Church are completed.

 

Key dates in the history of Speymouth Church

1733

Speymouth Parish formed as a result of the union of Dipple Parish and Essil Parish.

1959

Speymouth linked with Bellie; union with Garmouth broken.

1988

Speymouth re-united with Garmouth.

1991

Roof structure of Speymouth Church renewed. Church building in Garmouth sold.

1993

Refurbishments to the Parish Hall, Garmouth completed.

2003

Rev Alison Mehigan is ordained and inducted as the first female minister of Speymouth Church.

2004

Work on new extension to the church building, encompassing a vestry, kitchen area, disabled toilet facilities and larger hall, is completed.

2008

Work on the re-order of the church sanctuary, including the replacement and relocation of the organ, is completed.

2009

The 50th anniversary of the linkage of Bellie with Speymouth is celebrated.

2012

Church Hall in Garmouth sold.

2015

The linked congregations of Bellie and Speymouth are united.