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Parish News Round-up

Thursday May 17 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.

Sally Foster-Fulton, head of Christian Aid Scotland, was the guest speaker at a Big Breakfast held for the charity at Auchterarder Parish Church in the Presbytery of Perth.

About 200 people attended and the event raised £1264 for Christian Aid.

An artwork/written work competition for P5 pupils in local primary schools was held as part of the bicentenary celebrations of Dunfermline Abbey.

The topic chosen was Robert the Bruce in Dunfermline, as his remains were discovered during preparation works for the current Abbey Church.

Over 400 entries were received and everyone who entered was invited to professional story-telling sessions, led by Kate Walker, in the Abbey on Friday May 11. The first prize went to Millie McCormack of Canmore Primary School. Her prize was presented by Lord Charles Bruce, a direct descendant of Robert the Bruce.

Schaw Kirk in Drongan, in the Presbytery of Ayr, presented Mary (Moira) Pirie with a long service certificate marking 30 years as an Elder, flowers and a special commemorative card.

Moira, who was ordained on May 8 1988, was also treasurer for over 20 years and Presbytery Elder until recently. She is also a local councillor and Drongan’s current Citizen of the Year.

Wardie Parish Church in Edinburgh celebrated their Gold Eco-congregation Award on May 13 with a dialogue about gardening.

David Rae, formerly Director of Horticulture at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and a member of the Council of the Royal Horticultural Society, spoke about the benefits of gardening. He described the satisfaction of growing plants, bringing improved wellbeing for the gardeners and the creation of important wildlife areas through interconnecting gardens. Wardie has recently started a gardening group for the small church garden and holds an Open Gardens Weekend in June. This weekend has become a popular social occasion in the community as local gardeners walk round a variety of gardens and exchange ideas.

Pictured from left: David Rae, Heather McHaffie and Karen Bowman from the Green Team, the Rev Ute Jaeger Fleming



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