New Laurencekirk church service

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A church that is ‘bucking the trend’ with a growing attendance is opening a new church in the Kincardineshire area next month.

City Church, which started three years ago in Aberdeen City and Shire and describes itself as a ‘lively evangelical church’, is expanding with a Laurencekirk parish as well as one in Kingswells.

In 2013, City Church Stonehaven began, led by James and Tori Duce. The church has grown to a congregation of over 120 adults plus children.

James said: “We have been delighted by the growth of the church in Stonehaven.

“However, it’s never just about how many come but the personal stories of change and hope.

“Standing with people when they are having a tough time and celebrating when breakthroughs, healings and new starts happen... we have the best job in the world bringing hope to people.”

James will be the pastor at the new site in Laurencekirk, and explained: “Over the last year we have seen more and more people driving up from the Mearns area to our services and events in Stonehaven.

“City Church believes in not just providing worship services but we believe in doing life together, supporting and encouraging each other throughout the week too.

“We have a number of families that love what we are doing and have been urging us to start something nearer to them so it’s not so much that we are coming to Laurencekirk, but we have a bunch of folks already in the community that are desperate to have an expression of City Church on their doorstep to invite friends and neighbours too.”

The church will launch its service on September 4 at Mearns Academy, but people are being offered a ‘taster’ of what they have to offer on August 25.

The ‘Come as You Are’ (Nirvana fans also welcome) event will also take place at Mearns Academy at 7:30pm, and offer people a chance to hear about their vision over a glass of wine or cuppa.

James added: “We don’t take ourselves too seriously, so come along and explore faith with us.”