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Parish News Round-up

                                                                                                     Thursday October 4 2018 

Our regular round-up of news received from churches.

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The Guild of Lower Eran Churches Together celebrated the Year of Young People by inviting three students from Perth High School to speak to their last meeting of the summer.

The evening, hosted by Allan Kelman, Session Clerk and Guild Representative for Aberuthven and Dunning parish, was to highlight the Churches’ involvement with YOYP 2018.

Amelia talked about YPI (Youth and Philanthropy Initiative) and her involvement with the Cycling Without Age project; Fraser of his involvement with the Scottish Youth Parliament and the National Youth Choir of Scotland; and Heather about the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland and being involved with the Perth High School Chaplaincy Team.

On the same evening, the Guild also heard of an initiative from Dunning Tuesday Club, where the young people filmed a series of interviews with people around the church.


The young people of St Andrew’s Church Dundee, known as the Seekers, spent the summer weeks working on a raised flower bed.

After some discussion, it was decided to combine the Year of Young People and the Church Moderators theme of ‘Walking with’ into the flowerbed.

They decided to use the design from the front cover of the church’s monthly magazine ‘The Wyvern’ – which was designed by a former Sunday Seeker, Helen, over 12 years ago. Helen’s idea was that whatever path we walk, we walk together with Jesus - very in-keeping with the Moderator’s theme.

Helen sadly died 11 years ago, and the Seekers also saw the design as an important way of marking her contribution to the church.

Gayle Lennon, Sunday Seekers leader, said: “It’s been great to see the young people embrace this project. They’ve loved mucking in and getting their hands dirty, be it digging, planting or creating the path of stones. We’ve been so lucky having such a great summer to work in, and with the help of the gardening group, who’ve made sure the flowerbed has been well watered each week, it’s well and truly blossomed.”

The Parish Churches of Maxton and Mertoun, Newtown and St Boswells raised £4707 over three years in aid of the Vine Trust ‘Build a House in Tanzania’ project. Events included a concert by Berwick Male Voice Choir, a ‘Steeplechase’ walk alongside the River Tweed between the churches, a collection of 5p pieces, a quiz night and many donations from the congregations and the public. Martin Holt, Chief Operating Officer of the Vine Trust, received a cheque from Inez McCall on behalf of the congregations, during Café Church worship in St Boswells on September 30.

For the past couple of months, the congregations of Caerlaverock Kirk and St Mary's Greyfriars' Church, near Dumfries, have been knitting Trauma Teddies for Police Scotland. The bears are given by police officers to very young children who may be frightened or upset, thus comforting the child and allowing the officer to do their job more easily. So far 110 have been knitted and handed over, with prayers for the police and the children who will be the recipients.


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Parish News Round Up

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