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LENTEN STUDY CLASSES A new opportunity to study will be offered during Lent. The course will begin on Ash Wednesday, 6th of March with a service at 7, and run until 3rd April on Wednesdays throughout Lent. We will meet from 7-8 for fellowship and study with light snacks. The theme will be “Glimpses of God, Hope for Today’s Word.” Come and join us for a time of conversation and fellowship in this special season of the church year.

LENT APPEAL From Sunday 17 March until Palm Sunday 14 April, you are invited to support local charity Instant Neighbour by donating items of food. Its food bank is located in its premises at the top of St Machar Drive, and assists many in need in the surrounding areas. Tins of soup, meat, fish, rice or fruit would be welcomed, along with cereals, tea and coffee, jam sugar and biscuits. These can be left in the containers under the oval table. Financial donations can be handed to Elspeth Ross or Bill Howie, or any of the elders.

A BREW AND A BLETHER Please join us for a cup of tea or coffee and a blether here in the Cathedral on Friday 29th March, 1.30-3.30pm

CHARITIES CHOSEN FOR 2019-2020 As many will know, it is our practice in St Machar's, every two years, to choose two charities, one local and one international, to support. We have just completed two years supporting Aberdeen Cyrenians and the Uganda Schools Trust, and the Kirk Session has now chosen the two charities for 2019/2020.

The local Charity is Aberdeen Counselling and Information Service. Developed from Mental Health Aberdeen, this organisation gives support and advice to people coping with a wide variety of mental health issues. In particular, they are focussing on the issues of young people struggling with depressive and suicidal tendencies throughout the North East.

The overseas Charity is the Leprosy Mission Trust. Often thought of as a disease of the Biblical era, leprosy continues to be a problem in many parts of Africa and the Indian Sub Continent. Leprosy Mission provides medical and practical support to sufferers and their families.

The first opportunity to support these charities will come at the Christmas Eve Carol Service, when the collection will be split between the two charities. Other fundraising opportunities will follow. Spokespersons for both charities will be invited to give a brief summary of their work after morning worship one Sunday, early in 2019.