Churches celebrates 1,000 years of worship

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The Churches of Cruden are planning to celebrate 1,000 years of Christianity in the Parish of Cruden.

It was in 1012 that there took place around the sand dunes of Cruden Bay the Battle of Crochdane between the Scots and the Danes.

After the battle, out of sorrow for the many left dead on the battlefield, there was established a chapel dedicated to St Olaf. So in 1012, Christian worship started in Cruden and has continued to the present day.

The Churches of Cruden are celebrating this millennial anniversary by holding three events over coming months.

On July 29 at 9.30am at St Olaf’s Well there will be an open air service near the site of the first Christian chapel in Cruden parish which was built in the dunes where the battle took place.

By the 17th hole on Cruden Bay golf course, there still exists today St Olaf’s Well and, by permission of the Golf Club, the service will take place beside the Well.

On August 18-19 from 10am to 5pm people can visit each of the three parish churches which will be enhanced by the many flower arrangements and accompanied by information on the 1,000 years history. Details of refreshments being available on the Saturday will be given nearer the time. On the Sunday, the churches will be holding their usual services of worship to which visitors will be especially welcome

On October 28 at 11 am Cruden Parish Church will host a Thanksgiving Service. After the first chapel was buried by sand, another was built beside the Water of Cruden as it flows into Cruden Bay.

That too did not last long and a third site was chosen to build a pre-Reformation church. Still standing on that site is the present Cruden Parish Church, the oldest church building in the parish and this will be the venue for a Thanksgiving Service to round off the millennial celebrations

The Rev Rodger Neilson, minister of Cruden Parish Church, says that these events have been getting planned over the last twelve months and the three churches have been pleased to work together to celebrate 1,000 years of Christian worship in the parish of Cruden.

They are looking forward to welcoming visitors to the planned events.