Bellie & Speymouth Parish Church of Scotland

Worship

Our morning worship services are normally held at 10.00 am in Bellie Church and 11.30 am in Speymouth Church.  During the Summer months, we normally hold united services at Speymouth in July and Bellie in August. We also hold united services at other times during the year, including Christmas and Holy Week - please check our Facebook page for more details of our united services.

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.

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.

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, our Yahama Clavinova or through our audio visual system.  

Bellie Church  Speymouth Church

Our Worship Band was established in 2014 and now supports sung praise at Bellie on at least a monthly basis throughout the year. The focus of the Worship Band is more on contemporary hymns and songs. The Bellie Praise Group, an all-age vocal group from within the congregation, is also involved with various services throughout the year.

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 and outdoor nativity in Fochabers Square.

Pentecost  Outdoor Nativity

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

Cafe Kirk   Cafe Kirk Cafe Kirk

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 Allen organ.

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

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 brothers 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 is also celebrated on an ecumenical basis.

Easter Sunday

Both church buildings 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.