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Thursday September 14 2017

Our regular round-up of news received from churches.

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Son of the Manse Gareth Wilson is Director of Girton College Chapel Choir in Cambridge. Although he's been to the ends of the earth with his choir and conducted them in many prestigious cathedrals, he admits he has never before participated in a 6-hand piano performance.

At Milton of Campsie 's GoMAD Ecumenical Mission, Gareth joined forces with two local people to produce a six-hand Hallelujah Chorus. Alison Fulton, organist at Milton of Campsie Parish Church, provided the second pair of hands; while Father John Deighan, parish priest at St Paul's, the local Roman Catholic church, provided hands five and six.

The concert was the climax of two weeks of GoMAD activities for children, young people and adults. Proceeds totalling £1350 were given to Christian Aid, Scottish Bible Society, Marie Curie and Strathcarron hospices.

"We've had a busy two weeks" commented Phyllis Wilson, leader of GoMAD. "Church and Community have come together in a remarkable way. The six-hand Hallelujah was a beautiful demonstration of our gratitude and togetherness".


Fort William: Duncansburgh MacIntosh Church held a triple celebration on Friday September 1. On the tenth anniversary of the creation of the congregation (when the congregations of Duncansburgh and MacIntosh Memorial united) we also marked the 50th anniversary of the ordination of the Rev Alan Ramsay (former MacIntosh Memorial minister) and 60 years of service by May Macintyre as an organist. 

Guests included the first minister of the united congregation, the Rev Donald MacQuarrie, the Interim Moderator who served for four years from 2012-2016, Rev Adrian Varwell, and many others. The present ministry team of the Rev Richard Baxter and the Rev Morag Muirhead spoke of the congregation's past and its future opportunities. The Rev Donald McCorkindale took part on behalf of Lochaber Presbytery, and the large congregation enjoyed a great supper and a special celebration cake.

Pictured: May and Alan cut the cake.


Between September 3-24, Elgin High Church are concentrating on 'Talents' as part of their Christian stewardship. To start the Stewardship Season, long service certificates were presented to three Elders who collectively have over 90 years’ service. Left to right: Edward Stuart, the Rev Stuart Duff, Margaret Cameron and Charles Stewart.


 


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