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.
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.
The Worship Band comprises is regularly involved with our all-age worship in Bellie Church, where the focus is more on contemporary hymns and songs. The band comprises musicians and singers from within the congregation, who enjoy finding new material to introduce to the congregation in worship.
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.
In recent years, our Mission and Outreach has 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. It has been such a success that Messy Church is now held most months, either in Bellie Church Hall or elsewhere in our parish. 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 in 2009 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.
For more details about Bellie Babes, or to get in touch with the team, please access the Bellie Babes - Fochabers Facebook group.
Summer Holiday Club
In the last few years, Bellie and Speymouth Parish Church has organised several very successful Summer Holiday Clubs. The recent Summer Holiday Clubs have seen over 60 primary school age children attend over five mornings thanks to a team of thirty people giving generously of their time, talents and money to host the Holiday Club. The Summer Holiday Club has also operated for the young people attending Bellie Babes and the Youth Group.
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.
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 further teams from our congregation returned to Romania in Summer 2015 and Summer 2018.
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.
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.