Millennium Open Air Service

Millennium Service[Click on the picture to see it full size]

A special open air communion service was held on St Olaf’s day, 29 July 2012, near the site (the precise location no longer known) of the first Christian chapel in Cruden parish, built on the dunes where the Battle of Crochdane between the Scots and the Danes in 1012 took place. 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 three churches in the community, Cruden Parish Church of Scotland, Cruden Bay Congregational Church and St James Scottish Episcopal Church gathered by the 17th hole on Cruden Bay golf course where still exists today St Olaf’s Well to worship

The Bishop of Aberdeen and Orkney Rt Rev Dr Bob Gillies preached and celebrated the Eucharist. Also taking part were Rev Peter Mander (St James Scottish Episcopal Church) Rev Rodger Neilson (Cruden Parish Church) and Ann Findlay (Cruden Bay Congregational Church).

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