St Mary’s hosts church flower festival

Flowers at St Mary on the Rock Church Flower Festival

Flowers at St Mary on the Rock Church Flower Festival

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Ellon’s St Mary on the Rock Church held its annual Flower Festival last Saturday.

The theme of this year’s event was poetry. Organisers described the exhibitions as “outstanding with the display depicting poems penned by a wide range of authors from well known writers to some that could be remembered from childhood”.

The church was open all day and boasted a steady stream of visitors. Refreshments were served starting with morning coffee, followed by lunch and finishing with some afternoon tea.

Donations totalling some £1,000 will be going to Macmillan Cancer Support.

On Sunday a large crowd came together to celebrate the Patronal Festival, commemorating the opening of the church in 1875.

The guest preacher was the Rev Ali Harvey who is the chaplain to HM prisons, Peterhead and Aberdeen.

In her address, Ali related testimonies from some of the current residents of the establishments and went on to challenge the congregation to deepen their faith when she encouraged them to learn, unlearn and then relearn.