Kemnay Parish Church is a congregation of Gordon Presbytery. We are known simply as Kemnay Kirk.
We are a lively congregation offering worship and activities for all ages and we continually look for better ways to serve God and our Parish.
Our Mission Statement is
‘For everyone to know, and to grow in Christ,
and to spread the Good News to the whole Parish’
We aim to fulfill this through our worship, work and witness, by encouraging every member of the congregation to use the gifts given to them for the care of each other, the building up of the Church and outreach to others.
Members at Kemnay Kirk are encouraged to take on leadership in the life and work of the Church, and to be involved in the decision making processes through various Kirk Session working groups and Congregational Board Committees.
We work very closely with St Anne’s Scottish Episcopal Church and share a number of activities and events. We are also part of the Gordon Presbytery Area Group that aims to provide opportunities to come together to learn and share, to reach out and to provide fellowship.
We have built up a very good working relationship with local schools, as chaplain to the two Primary (and Nursery) schools, and is part of a chaplaincy team at the local Academy.
The Kirk is set in the village of Kemnay in the beautiful area of Donside. The striking Church Centre building in the heart of the village commands an impressive view of Bennachie and surroundings. Kemnay has grown from a small hamlet to what is now a busy community with a current population of about 4500
There has been a centre of worship in Kemnay for a great many years. The earliest records we have go back as far as the 16th century, but people had been worshipping here long before. The present Church building was completed in 1844. The kirk underwent a major change to the internal arrangement in 2008. New seating, heating, lighting and a comprehensive PA/AV system were installed. The introduction of glass and oak screens and partitions create a welcoming entrance and fellowship area.
Kirk Session has overall responsibility and oversight for the work of the Congregation and does this mainly through Working Groups such as Education, Outreach, Youth, Worship, World Church and Care. Members who are interested in the these groups are invited to be part of them while at least two elders will also be members and report to the Kirk Session. Each of these Working Groups is given an annual budget.
The Congregational Board is mainly responsible for the property and finances of the congregation. The Board is made up of all Elders plus elected members of the congregation. The Board committees include Finance and Stewardship, Property, Church Centre, Publications and Social with an additional committee for the Church Project. These committees are given an annual budget.
The Kirk Session has a responsibility to ensure that we fulfill the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act. One way we have responded is making sure our buildings are accessible and we provide, where we can, facilities that help people who are disabled. However, the rights of the disabled go beyond physical things and it is about our attitude and how we treat people.
A leaflet is available providing guidelines for all those involved in working with others at Kemnay Church.
A CHURCH FOR ALL
A Policy For Inclusion. As a Congregation of the Church of Scotland we are committed to this Policy. A copy is available from the Church Office – Click Here for contact information