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Parish News Round-up

Thursday April 26 2018

Our regular round-up of news received from churches.

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While on Study Leave in Rome the Rev Chris Wallace, minister at Kirkmaiden and Stoneykirk in the Presbytery of Dumfries and Kirkcudbright, met a group of New Zealanders who would be coming to Scotland in the footsteps of the St Ninian this April. They arranged to be welcomed by Chris at Cairnryan off the ferry from Belfast and accompanied on their way to Whithorn to mark Anzac Day (the national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand).

Due to a blip in timings the trip to Whithorn wasn’t possible and a detour was made to Sandhead Church where the happy pilgrims found at least three New Zealand plants growing in the Church garden(!) and led a moving commemoration of Anzac Day in the Sanctuary, in both English and Maori, probably the first for Sandhead but hopefully not the last of pilgrim visits to the area.

The Border Kirk Carlisle hosted the commissioning of the Church of Scotland’s new mission partner, Dr Linus Nnabuike Malu, on April 22.

Dr Malu, a noted Nigerian lawyer, is moving to Malawi to head up the legal team of the Church and Society Programme in the Synod of Livingstonia, part of Church of Central Africa Presbyterian. The programme provides grassroots legal support and outreach for communities based in northern Malawi.

In a moving service Linus spoke of himself and his work before being officially welcomed as Mission partner by Moderator Designate Rev Susan Brown of Dornoch Cathedral. Jennie Chinembiri, African and Caribbean Secretary of the World Mission Council, read the lesson and the Rev David Pitkeathly preached.

The Border Kirk congregation send their prayers as Linus takes up his new position.

Pictured from left: Jennie, David, Linus, Susan.

Six churches in East Ayrshire ran a Celebration Sunday for primary aged children on the theme of the Road to Emmaus.

The event was the first of two the churches – Coylton, Dalmellington, Drongan, Ochiltree, Patna and Stair – are organising to mark the Year of Young People. Organised by John Urquhart, the organist from Stair and Ochiltree, activities included drama, story, trust games, follow the leader and painting feet, as well as party food.

The Very Rev Dr Hugh R Wyllie, former Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland and the most senior active member of the Presbytery of Hamilton, dedicated the new Presbytery offices in Rex House, Bothwell Road last week. He compared the office facilities he had known in the past with the well-equipped and accessible office of today. Referring to the Presbytery Mission statement – “To bring glory to God in working to advance Christ’s kingdom within the bounds of the Presbytery” - he encouraged those present to use the new offices and the staff that are based there as a resource for congregations across the Presbytery.

Cranhill Parish Church in Glasgow were delighted to welcome the family of Lily Magee on April 15, the first anniversary of her death, to dedicate a window given in her memory. The window depicts the Parable of the Mustard Seed, where the smallest seed grows to be a large tree where all the birds of the air can roost and find a home. The window was designed and made by Dorte Pape and Marc Peters, East End glass artists.

The service was conducted by the Rev Ian Galloway, Moderator of the Presbytery of Glasgow, who said, “One of the roots of our faith is that we stand on the shoulders of all those who have gone before us in the faith, and in this window Lily – the lily - is a reminder of that reality.”

Visitors included friends from neighbouring congregations. The Rev Muriel Pearson, minister of Cranhill, said: “This window has many stories to tell to all the folk who use this building throughout the week and on a Sunday. It is a constant reminder to a wee community of faith that we are rooted in Christ and that small steps lead to big things.”

Woodside Parish Church in Aberdeen is to host a fundraising concert this Saturday, April 28, at 2pm. ‘Friends in Harmony’ will help raise money for the refurbishment and modernisation of the building.


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