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Parish News Round-up

                                                                               Thursday September 20 2018 

Our regular round-up of news received from churches.

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The War Memorial at Bourock Parish Church, Barrhead was formally rededicated after restoration at a service on Sunday September 2.

The memorial, carved out of pink Corrennie granite, was erected in 1920 to commemorate the 49 men of the church and parish who died in the First World War. The names of 16 members who died during the Second World War were added in the late 1940s.

As 2018 marked the centenary of the end of the First World War, the Kirk Session decided this would be a fitting time to restore and rededicate the memorial. Over the spring and summer, work was carried out to completely refurbish it, revealing the original pink colour of the granite and ensuring the names are now easy to read.

The service of rededication incorporated some of the hymns used in the original dedication service in September 1920 and afterwards the congregation moved outside to the memorial where a short service was held including the reading of the names of all the men commemorated on the memorial.

During the service a wreath was laid by Isobel Alexander (pictured, with church minister the Rev Pamela Gordon), whose two uncles, James and George Ellingham, died in the First World War and whose names appear on the memorial.

The restoration of the memorial was supported by a grant from the Centenary Memorials Restoration Fund.

In late August a group of eight people from Bearsden Cross travelled to France to help deepen and strengthen the twinning relationship begun last year with l’Église Réformée de Poitiers.

Highlights of the four-day visit included a trip to the Protestant Museum in La Rochelle to learn of the struggle of the Huguenots and an opportunity to see the magnificent painted nave ceiling of the Abbey church of Saint-Savin. The group also met with the Jewish community, other local reformed denominations and with groups supporting refugees and homeless children in the Poitiers area.

The sacrament of communion was celebrated on the Sunday morning and was a moment when language became unimportant and the unity of shared bread and wine shone through. It is hoped that a group from Poitiers will visit Scotland next year.

Members of the two churches are pictured together on the steps of the Temple, which is located on the Rue des Écossais!

Following a number of successful events earlier this year to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the discovery of the remains of Robert the Bruce and the laying of the foundation stone of the current Abbey Church of Dunfermline, an Evensong Service is being held in the Abbey on Sunday September 30 at 4pm. This will be led by Abbey minister the Rev MaryAnn Rennie, the Master of Music Matthew Beetschen and the Abbey Choir.

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A refurbished War Memorial and a twinning visit to France in this week's parish news.

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Parish News Round Up

Parish News Round Up

A refurbished War Memorial and a twinning visit to France in this week's parish news.

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Parish News

Parish News

A refurbished War Memorial and a twinning visit to France in this week's parish news.

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