Keith: North, Newmill, Boharm & Rothiemay
Keith North Church - Mid Street, Keith
Keith North church was built in 1845 and became part of the Church of Scotland in 1929. The church is situated at the foot of Mid Street, directly across from the Manse.
The church hall which was built in 1990, and adjoined to the church, is a spacious facility which is well-used by the local community, as well as the church.
In addition to the main hall, there is a well-appointed kitchen which is greatly utilised for coffee mornings as well as for the soup and sweets (one of our main fund-raising events of the year for Christian Aid in May). The hall is used for hosting these type of fundraising community events on a regular basis.
Upstairs there is a large session room and, in addition to the main sanctuary, there is a smaller chapel dedicated to R.W. Garrow which can be used by small groups for worship. The church has five stained glass windows, the most recent of which includes the John Robertson memorial window, erected in 2007 in memory of our longest serving minister.
Our weekly services in Keith North, are at 11am. The Sunday School (Sunday’s Cool) meets in the hall after joining the congregation at the start of the service. Tea and coffee is always available in the hall after worship. There is a car service available for members who have difficulty in getting to church.
The church services are recorded for anyone who may ask, especially for those who are unable to attend. During Holy Week, there are joint services with other local churches who take turns to host these services. We also have an annual Service of Hope held towards the end of the year for the recently bereaved and take our turn to host the Thinking Days Services.
Rothiemay Church - Milltown of Rothiemay
The district of Rothiemay covers a wide area with parishioners in Knock, Kinnoir as well as several who have retired into Huntly. The main settlement is the small village of Milltown where you will find the church, primary school, pub, village hall and a local shop and post-office.
The first church was founded by a Celtic monk, St Drostan in the 6th Century on the banks of the River Deveron in front of Rothiemay Castle. The church was removed to its present site around 1752 on the orders of the then castle owner. The present church has occupied the site since 1807. Several artefacts from the original churches can be seen in and around the present church.
At present services are held on the last Sunday of the month throughout the year with special exceptions made for Easter, Remembrance and Christmas. Until recently there was a very successful Wednesday’s Cool Group for primary school age children.
Newmill is a village with a population of around 300 lying approximately 1 mile North of Keith. Although a small village, Newmill has a Primary School which was rebuilt in the late 1980’s, a well used village hall, shop, pub and Chinese takeaway/restaurant.
The church was closed in the 1970’s, was subsequently sold and is now a private dwelling. Since the closure of the church, transport has been put on to help members without a car to attend services at Keith North.
Boharm - Mulben Village Hall
To the west of Keith lies the rural parish of Boharm, the focal point of which, sited five miles from town, is the hamlet of Mulben where the village hall is the hub of the community. Since the closure of the church there in 1983 this is where worship has taken place one Sunday per month. A well organised community committee run a series of fundraising events throughout the year to maintain and upkeep the hall.Although Mulben no longer has a school, several new houses have been built over the past few years and school children from an increasing population are transported to school in Keith.
'Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.'
At the North Church in Keith: Every Sunday at 11am.
At Rothiemay Church: The Last Sunday of every month at 9.30am.
At Boharm in the village hall at Mulben: Every first Sunday in the month at 9.30am.
The next Communion services will be 23rd April at Keith North, 7th May at Boharm and 28th May at Rothiemay.
The next baptism services are on 30th April at Rothiemay and Keith North