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Thursday December 6 2018

Our regular round-up of news received from churches.

Please send items of parish news to magazine@lifeandwork.org or Life and Work, 121 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 4YN. Please check the quality of your pictures: images which are too small, blurry or too dark cannot be used. If there are children in any picture please confirm that their parents or guardians have given permission for publication.


St Michael’s Parish Church, Linlithgow will run its second Festival of Christmas Trees this weekend.

The church will host over 40 Christmas trees decorated by both church and community groups, on this year’s theme of Christmas carols. 

The 2017 event attracted hundreds of people to enjoy the imaginatively themed decorations, not to mention a quality cup of hot chocolate! This year the church will be open all day on Friday and Saturday December 7 and 8, and on Sunday December 9 from 2pm-7pm. 

The trees include both imitation trees borrowed from church members, and real trees which will be available for re-sale after December 9. Entry (including mulled wine or hot chocolate) is £5 for adults, £2 for children and £10 for families.


Coatbridge Townhead Parish Church in Glasgow had an eight-fold increase in the number of people attending its annual Christmas Fayre this year.

This year’s event was sponsored by Mark Millar, the successful comic book writer who was brought up locally, and his wife Lucy; and led by creative team Karen MacDonald and Debbie Marcuccilli, both art teachers, accompanied by five elves in the shape of senior pupils from Belmont High School in Newton Mearns.

Accompanied by Police Scotland community officers, Santa, his elves and Tinker the horse, ensured that almost every resident in Townhead, Coatbridge, had an opportunity to witness the Festive Sleigh arriving on November 24. As a result, over 270 children came to see Santa at the fayre – up from 34 in 2017.

Mark Millar has worked on many well-known comic series, including X-Men, Spiderman and Superman. Last year his studio, Millarworld, which he runs with Lucy, was sold to Netflix; and they have used some of the proceeds to set up a foundation supporting the regeneration of Townhead.

The minister of Townhead, the Rev Ecilo Selemani, said: “We are truly blessed to have Mark and Lucy in our community. This is answered prayer. They have brought so much joy to so many people today, and throughout the last 12 months. I also want to thank the congregation and local groups who also worked tirelessly on the day. A great team effort with incredible results.”


The first Ordained Local Minister (OLM) in the Presbytery of Dunfermline has been ordained at St Leonard’s Church. The Rev Margaret Mateos is pictured (second left) with the Rev Andrew Morrice, who gave the lesson at her ordination service, the Rev Christine Syme, past Presbytery Moderator who conducted the service, and the Rev Monika Redman, minister of St Leonard’s.


The congregation of St Ninian's Old Parish Church in Stirling celebrated 20 years of the Rev Gary J McIntyre's ministry with them, with an afternoon tea in the church hall.


George McDonald recently retired from active eldership at St Leonard’s Church, Dunfermline, after 55 years. On behalf of the congregation the Rev Monika Redman presented George with a plaque commemorating his service to St Leonard's, along with a Long Service Certificate from the Moderator of the General Assembly and other meaningful gifts.


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