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Parish News Round-up

Thursday March 7 2019

Our regular round-up of news received from churches.

Please send items of parish news to magazine@lifeandwork.org 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.


A new lectern made by members who had formed a woodworking group was presented to Boghall Parish Church on February 24.

The group is an unexpected spin-off from the building of a garden of remembrance and peace, which was made possible by a grant from the Church of Scotland’s Go For It fund.

The church worked with Artlink Leylines Project on the garden, and the evolving group took the name Sanctuary.

Three of the group – Alisha, Diane and Ian – discovered a love of working with wood while cutting and shaping the recycled timber beams for the garden, and the church asked them if they could design and make a new lectern reflecting the unique architecture of the church.

With the guidance of furniture maker and designer Susan Harper the group, taking inspiration from the church’s cedar-clad hyperbolic paraboloid (shaped like a Pringle crisp) roof and Piet Mondrian-inspired stained glass, produced a lectern which seamlessly fits into the environment. 

Along the way they learned many new furniture design and making techniques, using new machinery and showing themselves what they were capable of.

Diane, a member of the wood-working group and now also a member of the congregation, said: “Wood is our passion. And trees are like a little community. Their roots intertwine and feed off each other. This is what it is like working in our group together.”


A cheque for £380 was presented during a Sunday morning service at Banff Parish Church to the Banff and Buchan branch of SANDS, the still-born and neonatal death charity.

The cheque was handed over by Casey Burgess (left) and George Lorimer and accepted by SANDS representative Wendy Angus (standing left).

The money had been donated by the congregation as an extra retiring collection following the baptism of Isaac, the son of the Rev David and Marie Locke at a service on January 27.


Anne Carstairs is pictured receiving a certificate for 30 years of service from the Rev Sally Russell, minister of Crossmichael, Parton and Balmaghie Church. As well as being an elder, Anne is the church’s Safeguarding Officer, a part of the church’s worship team and member of the Guild, as well as having been involved with the Girl Guide movement for most of her life; and is a fundraiser for the Red Cross, Abbeyfield Society and the Vine Trust.


Six new elders were ordained at Kinghorn Kirk, Fife, on February 24. They are pictured with five long-serving elders who received certificates from the Moderator of the General Assembly during her visit to Kirkcaldy Presbytery last year. Pictured: standing - Mark Petrie, Sharon Mclean, Helen Duncan, Ann McIlravie , Ena Hudson (Session Clerk), Alan McIlravie, Alan Bushnell, and the Rev Jim Reid (Minister). Seated – the five long-serving elders: Jim Chalmers, Albert Gunn, Jenny Simpson, John Dingwall and Bill Sinclair.


Dollar Parish Church held a tea party on Saturday March 4 to celebrate the 100th birthdays of Elspeth Campbell and Katie Macaulay. This is the second double-hundredth party held at the church in less than a year – and last year’s two centenarians, Ruet Roe and Dorothy Baird, were also at the party.

The four ladies are pictured, from left: Ruet, Dorothy, Elspeth, Katie.


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Parish News Round-up

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