Welcome to Tarves Parish Church
We are an inclusive Christian congregation with a history dating back many hundreds of years. We are at the core of the community of Tarves and we shall do all we can to help during the coronavirus pandemic.
Tarves Kirk has re-opened. A short service of worship takes place on Sunday mornings at 9.30 am followed by coffee and a time of fellowship. Find the Order of Service and Worship Materials on the Worship page.
The Church is laid out cafe-style. The wearing of masks is no longer required but please respect in so far as possible the wishes of anyone who wants to maintain physical distancing.
All are welcome.
Live Worship Gathering on Zoom
If you are unable to come to the Church, you will still be able to hear the service through Zoom as we have been doing over the past year but with the minister leading worship from the Church and not the manse. Just log in between 9:15 and 9:30 in the usual way using the link provided. All Welcome
The link for each service is available from the minister, Alison Swindells
T: 01651 851295 E: email@example.com
You do not need a computer to join in – you can access the service with your landline or a mobile phone
Find the Order of Service and Worship Materials on the Worship page
Gordon Presbytery Plan
How many ministers does it take to change a light bulb?
All joking aside, if you had 600 ministers, how would you allocate them across Scotland, which has a population of around 5,463,300?
If you divided them solely on the basis of population, then it would come to roughly 1 minister per 9,105 people. If you considered other factors, such as geography, economic deprivation and the Church of Scotland’s commitment to provide the ordinances of religion across the whole of Scotland, then the numbers might vary.
In order to equally distribute 600 ministers across the whole of Scotland, the Church of Scotland has taken in the above considerations and has allocated a certain number of FTE (Full-Time Equivalent) ministers to each Presbytery. Gordon Presbytery of which we are part, has been allocated 16 ministers. That’s a drop of 49% from the previous allocation of 31.4 ministers in 2011. Over the last number of months, the Presbytery Planning Review Group of Gordon Presbytery has been painstakingly trying to figure out how best to allocate these numbers. They presented their Draft Presbytery Plan on 2 March 2022, and this plan can now be viewed on the Presbytery website. This what it will mean for Barthol Chapel and Tarves and our Formartine Area Grouping with Methlick and Udny Pitmedden
- Ministry Posts: Going forward, there will be 1 minister allocated to the parishes of Methlick, Tarves and Barthol Chapel and Udny Pitmedden, which, for those who are curious, has a total population of around 6,253.
- Buildings: In terms of buildings, Methlick Church, Tarves Church and Youth Hall and Pitmedden Church are all deemed to be necessary church buildings, but it is suggested that Barthol Chapel Church, Udny Green Church and Methlick Stables, are to be sold, let or disposed of within the next 5 years.
Conclusion: There will undoubtedly be a sense of sadness and loss. Gone are the days of one minister per parish. That said, as Christians, we believe that God is never gone from us. Christ remains the head of the church, and so there is hope, even though the landscape of church life will be different. There is a Working Group of the Formartine Area Churches working hard on developing a sustainable model of ministry for the future. Watch this space for more information and a chance to ask questions and or offer your thoughts and feedback on the situation.
Alison I Swindells (9 March 2022)
Formartine Churches Together
News Briefs from the Churches working together
The congregations of Tarves and Barthol Chapel (TBC), Udny & Pitmedden (UPC) and Methlick are meeting regularly to plan how to work together more closely in future.
Musicians/Singers If you can play an instrument or sing and would like to join the group who provide the music for our worship week by week Katherine would love to hear from you. Email Kathbarthol@btinternet.com
The contribution which this group makes to our worship week by week is hugely important and greatly valued by everyone.