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.



    SUNDAY WORSHIP There are no Sunday services in Tarves Church while the current  coronavirus restrictions are in place but you can continue with worship, prayer and reflection wherever you are and each week we join with Barthol Chapel to worship over Zoom. Find details below.

    Sunday broadcasts of a weekly service take place on Radio 4, and also on Radio Scotland; other radio stations are available.  More locally, Kemnay Parish Church and Inverurie West Church are live-streaming their services on their websites.

    Sadly, the church building will no longer be open for personal prayer until restrictions are relaxed. Please be assured the Church through its minister and members is still active in the community. If you know of anyone who needs help or support at this time please contact Ruth Tel 851887. The minister is available to help with any pastoral emergencies Tel 851295.


    Live Worship Gathering on Zoom

    Joint services are currently being held with Barthol Chapel and Tarves Parish Church worshipping together over Zoom on Sundays
    From 9.45 am  (Service begins 10.00 am)
    All Welcome

    The link for each service is available from the minister, Alison Swindells
    T: 01651 851295  E: aswindells@churchofscotland.org.uk
    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


    Celebrating Easter Together in Tarves and Barthol Chapel

    Palm Sunday  28 March 2021 

    All Age Worship on Zoom 9.45 for 10.00am

    Journeying through Holy Week  Monday 29 March – Friday 2 April

    Series of United Services with friends from Methlick and Udny Pitmedden on Zoom 7.00pm.  Communion will be celebrated on Maundy Thursday.  

    Easter Sunday Celebration Sunday 4 April

    All Age Worship on Zoom 9.45 for 10.00am with Communion


    Music Group

    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.


    Letter from the minister — February 2021

    Changes of a radical nature are taking place in the Church of Scotland at present and radical changes are being planned by Gordon Presbytery which will affect Tarves Church. Find out more in the minister's letter.


    Parish Newsletter

    The March TBC is now online. Click on the image below to read it. Under present Covid-19 health/safety circumstances, unfortunately it cannot be printed and delivered as usual, but we hope you’ll take the time to read it in a different way.

    TBC March 2021


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  • Lent Study

    This year you are invited to take part in a Lent Study based on the book by Gordon Giles, "At Home in Lent". Each day the author takes a different object from around the home and uses it to help us think about Christian faith. It seems very appropriate for a season when we are spending so much time at home. The book is available for you to purchase on-line in paperback ISBN 9780857465894. There is also a kindle edition available for those who prefer an electronic version. The book also has material for discussion at a weekly group which will meet on Zoom at 4.00pm on a Wednesday beginning Wednesday 24 February.

    Please let the minister know if you would like the link for the on-line discussion group.
    Alison Swindells Tel 851295  email aswindells@churchofscotland.org.uk


    Lent Appeal

    Feeling relieved and grateful because you have had your Covid vaccination? Spare a thought for those in countries like Malawi which struggles to afford even basic healthcare. Gordon Presbytery has had a long relationship with Nkhoma Hospital. This year they are budgeting for $40000 extra expenditure because of Covid.
    Gordon Presbytery has challenged its congregations to raise £5000 towards this sum during Lent. More information can be found on Presbytery website



    CrossReach is the Social Care arm of the Church of Scotland providing invaluable care to people in challenging circumstances. The need is now beyond anything that could be imagined and an appeal has been made for urgent asistance. Anything you can give would be a blessing. Read more on the CrossReach website.

    COVID-19 A message from CEO Viv Dickenson from CrossReach on Vimeo.


    Coronavirus updates


    Find advice, information and tips on how to keep your spirits up during the COVID-19 outbreak on our Coronavirus page. Also links to helpful websites offering support.

    The situation contines to change so please watch this space for updates




    Care in our Community

    Thanks to all who have given so generously to look after the elderly and vulnerable in our community. A special thank you to everyone at Duthies (Spar) and Tarves Pharmacy which are acting as collection points.

    if you are aware of anyone in Tarves who needs help of any kind please contact Ruth Nisbet Tel 851887.



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