South St. Nicholas Church of Scotland is here because of and for Jesus. We are an open, friendly and welcoming group of people who come in all kinds of shapes and sizes and backgrounds. Many of us have journeyed through life together with each other and with Jesus for a long time. Some of us, Jesus has brought some of us into the church family more recently. All of us are learning and growing and responding to Jesus call to follow him, to make disciples and to love the people of our large and exciting Parish of Cove and Kincorth .
Our Church was planted out of St. Nicholas Church, in the centre of Aberdeen. Our current church building was opened in 1955 by the Queen. We are grateful to her planting one of our trees as an act of thanksgiving to God. As grateful as we are to the Queen’s initial presence we are even more grateful to King Jesus’ on-going and life-giving presence. The Queen’s tree is a good reminder of the King’s tree and His promise in Psalm 1 "Blessed is the one… whose delight is in the law of the LORD, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither".
South St. Nicholas is also a church on a hill and is a good reminder of Jesus’ words and challenge to his friends found in Matthew Chapter 5, “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden…let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” We feel these words are particularly relevant to our church family. Please see Our Values to see what else is important to us.
Cove and Kincorth Parish Church . In January 2017 our Parish was extended by the Presbyery of Aberdeen to include a large part of the community of Cove, which lies south of Aberdeen south of the current church building. With a new parish of 15,000 people we are aware of the challeges of being a witness to Jesus as much as we can to as many people as we can. The Kirk Session, (our leadership team,) has wholeheartedly decided that it is important that regular worship should be started in the Cove community so we are starting new Evening Services in Cove , using the Church building which is owned and run by St Mary's Episcopal Church. We are very greatfdul for the opportunity to share this building with our friends in St Mary's!
Love – On the cross we find a God dying to love us, dying to forgive us and dying to be our friend. At S. St. Nicholas we remember that Jesus’ love comes to us through blood, sweat and tears as well as through the supernatural and spectacular. We rejoice that in Jesus we find a love that is stronger than death and believe that Jesus’ love changes everything.
Serving – Knowing Jesus’ love and what He’s done for us on the cross moves us to love and serve and bless others. At S. St. Nicholas we aim to be a blessing to families, friends, neighbours and our wonderful community.
Relationship – God the Father, God the Son, God the Spirit somehow being one and three at the same time means relationship is at the very heart of the God of the Bible. Jesus makes a way for us to enter in to this eternal divine dance of love and life and glory. It is a personal invitation to have a relationship, not with an abstract energy force, but a living person. As Jesus related to people 2000 years ago He calls his followers to relate to everyone they meet with the same mix of love and truth and kindness. This is what we try to go for at S. St. Nicholas and thank God we get help from the Holy Spirit!
Prayer - With any relationship speaking and listening and responding is vital. At S. St. Nicholas we see this (prayer) as a vital part of our relationship with God. We are grateful that we can speak to God about anything. We try to remember that God our Father already knows and knows what is best for us even when we don’t understand why things are happening. As well as valuing praying on our own we value praying with and for each other as well as for our city, nation and the world. In our prayers we try to get a healthy mix of praise, thanks, asking for God forgiveness as well as asking Him for help.
Integrity – Jesus scored 100% on integrity. He was always loving, always truthful, always kind, always doing what God the Father asked of him. The Jesus in private was the same as the Jesus in public. At S. St. Nicholas we know we don’t come close to Jesus level of integrity. Mercifully, Jesus knows what it’s like to be human and thankfully he starts with where we are at. He calls us to be honest with him and each other. At S. St. Nicholas, with the help of the Holy Spirit, we aim to be honest with God and with each other. Helping each other up when we fall and fail and lovingly challenging each other to go for what is right and good and true.
The Bible – At S. St. Nicholas we believe that through the Bible God speaks to us and shows us what He is like. And that he does this because He is good and kind and He wants us to get to know and enjoy Him rather than having to guess or imagine what He’s like. We believe that the Bible is the best and clearest and most reliable way to hear from God. We rate and value the Bible very highly. As a result we would say God knows best and wants our best. We believe that Jesus is the real Hero of the Bible and all of the Old and New Testament points to him. The big message of the Bible confirmed by Jesus dying on the cross is that “we are more sinful than we care to think and more loved than we dare to hope!” At first glance this might not sound like good news but it is the best news. This is the kind of good news that saves! This is the kind of good news that saves us from being proud and thinking we’re better than others whilst at the same time lifts us from the depths of failure, fear and despair. Knowing God loves us because of His goodness not our own humbles us and lifts and changes us whilst making the world a better place.
JESUS - Jesus is central to all that we are and all that we do at S. St. Nicholas. Our God, maker, friend, Saviour and Brother deserves centre stage. We try to make it all about Him.