Newsletter 17th June - NOTE - we take a break over the summer


Pastoral Care

If you know of anyone who is in hospital or would appreciate a card or a visit, please let a member of our Pastoral Care Team know. (Jean Morrison, Val Ramshaw, Mary Taylor, Maureen McLellan - 01224 582491)

Messy Church

The next Messy Church will be held after the school holidays on 5 September.


The Newsletter will not be published during July and August but will restart on 2 September.


Seen in another church’s Newsletter:- “All singles are invited to join us on Friday at 7 p.m. for the annual Christmas Sing-alone.”

“The worse the passage the more welcome the port.”  Thomas Fuller

“ is more civilized to make fun of life than to bewail it.”  Seneca

“The wise man in a storm prays God, not for safety from danger, but deliverance from fear.” Ralph Waldo Emerson



Susan Zappert writes:-


Those of you who were in church when Amy Pierce was preaching, may remember singing “Immortal, Invisible, God only Wise” as the first hymn.


I looked it up to see if it had an interesting story and was quite surprised by what I found.   It was written by a man from Aberdeen!


Walter Chalmers Smith was born in Aberdeen on December 5 1824.   After attending grammar school at the University of Aberdeen he enrolled at New College, Edinburgh and was ordained as a minister of the Free Church of Scotland in 1850.   He was minister to churches in several places including the village of Milnathort.   In 1874 he became minister of the Free High Church (Presbyterian) of Edinburgh, a charge he kept until his retirement in 1894.   Two years into his ministry, he published a collection of hymns entitled “Hymns of Christ and the Christian Life”.   This collection included “Immortal, Invisible”.   Walter Smith was blessed with two other honours.  In 1893 he was elected Moderator of the Free Church of Scotland and, in 1902, a collection of his poetry was published.  


“Immortal, Invisible”, was based on 1Timothy 1:17.  

Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.”


 It originally had six verses. When it was republished in 1884, Smith made a few alterations. Today’s version has only four verses and uses Smith’s first three verses with the fourth verse being pieced together from lines in the now-discarded verses 4-6.


The melody, St Denio, is based on a Welsh folk song.