Life at Bellie and Speymouth is about so much more than just Sunday worship. Please see below details about what is going on - there really is something for everyone.
Young Church meets on Sunday mornings at 9.50 am in Bellie Church Hall before joining the rest of the congregation in 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. The Young Church also leads family services throughout the year at Christmas, Easter and before the Summer holidays. The teenage members of Young Church attend TGIS on Sunday evenings on a monthly basis.
In recent years, our Mission and Outreach as included some successful Messy Church events where children and their families have been able to learn about the Bible in a fun, creative and interactive way. Messy Church has proved very popular with the wider community and average attendance is now in excess of 60. It has been such a success that Messy Church is now held on a bi-monthly basis, with plans to move to a monthly basis in future. Watch this space - all Messy Church dates are posted on our Facebook page.
Take Note is an ecumenical music group for primary school aged children. Founded in 1996, it meets on Friday evenings at 6.30 pm during term time in Bellie Church Hall.
Suitable for children in Primary 2 upwards, the children enjoy participating in a range of activities such as singing and team games, all centred around a Christian ethos. Over 40 children attend each week from throughout the local community.
The Bellie Babes meet on Friday mornings in Bellie Church Hall from 9.30 am - 11.00 am. The group was set up to allow pre school children to play, while their parents can share fellowship over a tea or coffee. The Friends of Bellie Babes, volunteers from within our congregation, provide support and encouragement to young families. All families with pre-school children welcome every Friday.
Summer Holiday Club
In the last few years, Bellie and Speymouth Parish Church has organised several very successful Summer Holiday Clubs. In 2015, the Polar Explorers Holiday Club for primary school age children was attended by 57 children over five mornings thanks to a team of thirty people giving generously of their time, talents and money to host the Holiday Club. It was a fun week with the children enjoying games, a wide variety of crafts, creative storytelling, action songs, ice dancing and expedition snacks, including an igloo ice cream cake! The scope of the Holiday Club was extended in 2016 to include the pre-school children attending Bellie Babes on the Friday morning.
Preparations for the 2017 Summer Holiday Club are under way. Full details will be posted on our dates are posted on our Facebook page.
The Guild has a very active presence in our congregation. The Guild meets fortnightly on Tuesday evenings between October and March in Bellie Church Hall and on the first Tuesday afternoon in the month in Speymouth Church Hall. The Guild's aim is to encourage those whose lives are committed to Jesus Christ to express their faith in worship, prayer and action. An open invitation is extended to both men and women. Once a month, Guild members and friends meet to knit and sew for Malawi.
At Bellie and Speymouth, we see our mission as not being confined to our parish or even our country. In 2012, the congregation established links with Friendship International and a team of young people from our TGIS group, supported by adult volunteers, undertook a mission trip to a Friendship International camp in Romania to work with children from a nearby orphanage.
A life changing experience for our young people, this mission work was such a great success that a team of 17 from our congregation returned to Romania in Summer 2015. There are plans for a further mission trip to Romania in 2018.
Bellie Praise Group
The Bellie Praise Group is an all-age male and female vocal group mainly from within the congregation, however there are also members of the group from neighbouring churches in the area. Rehearsing on Monday evenings at 7 pm, the group makes a regular contribution to Sunday morning services in Bellie Church throughout the year and also provides entertainment for a range of social functions within the local community.
The Worship Band comprises some of the young people from TGIS, along with other musicians within the congregation. It is regularly involved with our all-age worship in Bellie Church, where the focus is more on contemporary hymns and songs. The band is also involved with playing at other churches in the area.
Coffee & Chat and Brew & Blether
Coffee & Chat takes place in Bellie Church Hall on Monday mornings between 10.00 am and 11.30 am. Open to all ages, this was initially part of the fundraising for the Bellie Re-order Project and then latterly for the restoration of the Bellie Church Clock Tower, however Coffee & Chat now raises money for the Audio Visual project in Bellie Church. Brew & Blether takes place in Speymouth Church Hall on the first Friday of the month between 2.00 pm and 3.30 pm. Both are a great opportunity for fellowship over a cup of tea or coffee.
Fochabers Community Lunch Club
Following the success of a previous lunch club operated under the auspicies of the RVS, the Fochabers Community Lunch Club launched in Autumn 2016. Whilst this is a church organisation, it is open to senior citizens throughout the local community. The lunch club is supported by volunteers from Bellie and Speymouth Parish Church and the other churches in Fochabers.
Men's Breakfast Club
The Men's Breakfast Club meets on selected Saturday mornings throughout the year. The main object of the club is to allow men of all ages to share fellowship over a nicely cooked breakfast.
The Speyside Quilters meet in Bellie Church Hall on two Thursday evenings per month, between 7.30 pm and 9.30 pm. A talented group whose members have produced some outstanding banners which help to beautifully decorate the interior of Bellie Church. The group has now been meeting for over twenty years, but is still keen to welcome new members.
Scottish Country Dance Class
The Scottish Country Dance Class meets weekly on Wednesday evenings in Bellie Church Hall. Always keen to welcome new members, prepare yourself for a night of fun.
The Exercise Club
The Exercise Club meets on Tuesday afternoons between 2.00 pm and 3.00 pm in Bellie Church Hall (excluding the summer months). Having been established for a number of years, the group is very popular with an attendance of around 25 each week.
Other organisations using our church halls
A range of other organisations, although not all directly related to the church, use Bellie Church Hall and Speymouth Church Hall on a regular basis. As well as being used by the meetings of the 2nd Fochabers Brownies and 1st Fochabers Rainbows every week, the Bellie Church Hall is often used within the local community for social functions and fundraising events, such as Coffee Mornings and Quiz Evenings, and it has even been used as a polling station. The Revellers Music Group meets regularly in Speymouth Church Hall.