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Parish News Round-up

Thursday May 3 2018

Our regular round-up of news received from churches.

Please send items of parish news to 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 Andrew’s Presbyterian Church of Scotland in Rome welcomed five new young people as members on Palm Sunday.

Justin Ababbio Savage, Gloria Dansoa Savage, Anita Mumbe Mwandikwa, Emanuela Amaning Oforiwa and Harriet Arjarquah Adwoa had undertaken a six-week course of study and preparation for confirmation using the book “Exploring Faith” as the basis for their study.

During the final session, a meditation based on “The Last Supper” was followed by the sharing of a meal together.

The church in Rome is always busy with its usual congregation as well as the many visitors to the city who are looking for a “Presbyterian” style of worship.

But that day, it was overflowing because of all the relatives, friends and representatives from the embassies of the homelands of the young people. The service was followed by a huge party on the roof terrace of the church with food and drinks supplied by the youngsters’ families.

The Rev David Torrance, minister of Ormiston and Pencaitland Churches in the Presbytery of Lothian, reached the 25th anniversary of his ordination in March. Immediately after the Easter Day service he was presented with a plate by the congregation, and a cake was cut at the Easter Brunch held in the church’s Carriage House hall.

David is pictured with his wife, Ann.


Seventeen elders of Grangemouth: Abbotsgrange Parish Church have been presented with long-service certificates representing over 760 years cumulative service. 

Senior Elder, Arthur Bell, with 54 years of service is pictured accepting his certificate from the Rev Aftab Gohar. Also pictured (back l-r): Eric Davidson (46 years), Paul Bellamy (30 years), Roger Salvesen (42 years), Fraser Elliot (41 years), Wallace Nicol (44 years), William Trevis (50 years), Donald Sutherland (41 years), John Russell, Session Clerk, Jack Dougall (49 years), John Clark (46 years), (seated l-r) Harry Dougall (41 years), Douglas Semple (49 years), William Porter (50 years), Harry Campbell (46 years), Mrs. Isobel Dougall (30 years). Also recognised for their service but unable to attend were Lynne Jones (54 years) and William Ramage (49 years).

At a concert in St Margaret's Church, Forfar a varied entertainment was provided by the Arbroath Male Voice Choir.


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