Parish of Boat of Garten, Duthil and Kincardine
When the railway came in the mid 19th century there was no church in Boat of Garten. Worshippers went to either Kincardine or Duthil. Because of the distances to the other churches and the burgeoning population of the village it became the practice towards the end of the 19th century to hold services of an evening in the local school, the waiting room of the railway on a so-called Missionary basis – i.e an outpost of the established church of Duthil.
In 1881 a number of local worthies – notably the Minister of Duthil, the Missionary Minister, the Stationmaster, the Postmaster and the Station Hotel Keeper approached the Seafield Estates with a petition for the establishment of a Missionary Station and the building of a place for it. Money had already been promised by the Church of Scotland.
For some reason nothing happened until the end of the century when records show that a feu charter had been granted by the estate and in summer 1900 the church was finished at a cost of some £820.00.
Kincardine was joined to Boat in 1911 – the whole still on a missionary basis from Duthil. The United Free Church who had been using the village hall (built at the turn of the century), joined the Church of Scotland in 1929 – thus strengthening the church and its usage and its independence – although the church only became independent in 1931.
Shortly after that, in 1932 and in some ways to celebrate this authorised permanent status the Manse was built. In 1934 the Church Hall was added and it remains one of the focuses of village life.
In recent years the parishes of Boat of Garten, Duthil and KIncardine were united into one congregation and then subsequently linked with that of Abernethy under the charge of the Rev Donald Walker.
St. Columba’s, Duthil and Kincardine Church Services
|St Columba’s||1Oam, Every Sunday|
|Duthil||Midday, Every Sunday|
|Kincardine||6pm, Second Sunday, March to November; also Christmas and Easter.|
|Church of Scotland Guild||7.30pm, Second Monday, October to April|
Christmas Services A warm invitation is extended to everyone to all of these events and services
|Thurs, 11 December||Christmas Soup Lunch, Duthil Church Hall, Carrbridge 12 noon|
|Sunday 14 December||Christingle Service in Boat of Garten Church 10am|
|Wednesday 17 December||Service in Duthil Church, Carrbridge 11.30am; Deshar School Christmas Concert. Boat of Garten Church 2pm|
|Friday 19 December 11am||Carrbridge School Christmas Service in Duthil Church|
|Sunday 21 December||Christmas Service in Boat of Garten Church 10amChristmas Service in Duthil Church 11.30amCandlelight Christmas Service in Kincardine Church 6pm|
|Monday 22 December||Carols in Carrbridge car park 6.30pm+ Christingle Service in Duthil Church|
|Christmas Eve, 24 December||Carols round the Christmas Tree in Grampian Crescent, Boat of Garten6.30pmWatchnight Service in Duthil Church, Carrbridge 10.00pmWatchnight Service in Boat of Garten Church 11.30pm|
|Christmas Day, 25th December||Short Celebration for all the Family. Boat of Garten 10.00amShort Celebration for all the Family in Duthil Church 11.30am|
|Sunday 28 December||End of year Service of Thanksgiving in Boat of Garten 10.00amEnd of year Service of Thanksgiving in Duthil 11.30am|