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Welcome to Alves and Burghead

a welcoming Church The Congregation of Alves and Burghead is a family - a Church family. We are a diverse and inclusive community - everybody is made most welcome in our midst. Geographically, we represent the historic Parish of Alves to the west of Elgin in Moray, Scotland. In our parish there are two main communities: Alves and Burghead - one farming the hinterland, and the other based on an ancient coastal village extended to foster trade and the herring fishing. The church in use at Alves (1878) is the former Free Church, although the old Parish Church still stands. The present structure of the church at Burghead dates from 1908. In 1982 the united congregation of Alves and Burghead formed, and was linked with Kinloss and Findhorn in 1995 – a union symbolised soon after by the gift of four identical Celtic crosses. Visitors are always welcome in our churches
services of worship


First Sunday in each month at 11.30 a.m.


Every Sunday at 11.30 a.m, except for the first Sunday in June and December when a joint Communion is held at Alves. Sunday School is held alongside Sunday morning services in Burghead Church during school term times. All children age 3 and over are very welcome to join the Sunday School.

Where are we?

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Breaking news! Services are recorded  and made available on this web site, Please use the button ‘watch services’ at the top. It will also be available on a dvd - please contact the Session Clerk or Minister. Soon broadband will be installed in Burghead and Alves churches and services will be streamed directly to this website so that it can be watched as it happens. Burghead Church is open every Thursday from 11am - 12pm.
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Burning of the Clavie in Burghead 2018

Lent Programme You can download the complete Lent Programme using this link.

The text for


Monday 19:

Joh 11:9-10  Jesus answered, "Are there not twelve hours in the day? If anyone walks in the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world. (10)  But if anyone walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him."

About Lent

You are invited to attend our church services and to read the verses that are proposed for every day. Try to memorise the words printed in bold and reflect on it during the day. Lent is a journey – at the end we will find ourselves somewhere different from where we started. It is an opportunity to let go of those things that are redundant and that weigh us down. It is a journey of enlightenment and liberation, leading us to peace and fulfilment. It is an opportunity to explore what is the nature of the Kingdom of God on earth and to discern how we are called to work for it. Jesus said: (John 10:10) I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.
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