Mintlaw Academy to host Church

CHURCH: New Mintlaw church at Mintlaw Academy
CHURCH: New Mintlaw church at Mintlaw Academy

A NEW church is to be launched within MIntlaw Academy on Easter Sunday.

The academy’s Social Area will host the service starting at 2pm on April 8. The church will be part of the network of Christian churches known as the Assemblies of God (AOG) which has churches throughout the North-east of Scotland.

Church pastor, Stuart Watt, grew up in the area and went to Mintlaw Academy. He and his family of five recently moved back to the area to set up the church. Stuart said: “I grew up in the area, went to Mintlaw Academy, and still have many friends here. So needless to say I have a great love for this place.

“And I have many fond memories from my childhood. But it’s the thoughts I have about the future that excite me the most.”

The setting up of the church in Mintlaw is due to the combined efforts of Fraserburgh AOG and Rotherham AOG. Mintlaw Community Church hopes to complement the established churches in the area and work alongside them to make changes in the community.

Stuart always felt he had “unfinished business” in the area he grew up in so helping set up a church seemed the right thing to do. The Pastor only became a Christian at the age of 20 when he was invited to a service at Peterhead that was to change his life forever.

Pastor Stuart and his wife Elisha have been married for 15 years this year. They have three children Caleb (8), David (6) and Hannah (3) who are all supportive of their fathers work with the church. The family moved back to the area in the new year especially to set up the church.

Stuart spent four years in Rotherham to complete his pastrol training. The Mintlaw church hopes to involve itself in all aspects of the community and help with all community projects in the Buchan area.

Stuart said: “Mintlaw Community Church by name and will be a church for the community. We hope to assist the community in any way we can.”

The pastor hopes to help people who are in need of guidance and have had difficulties in their lives. He feels community is the one of the most important messages the church hopes to provide and nature what is already in the town.

It is hoped in the future that a more permanent site could be made in the town for the church but the concern at the moment is to establish themselves at the heart of the town.

Mintlaw has never had its own church before and it is hoped that the new church will only add to the community spirit of the town. Before the service on Sunday April 8 there is to be an Easter Egg hunt at Aden Park, beginning at 11am. The Egg Hunt is organised in conjunction with Aden Park Cafe.