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Parish News Round-up

Thursday April 25 2019

Our regular round-up of news received from churches.

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At her recent visit to Airdrie Cairnlee Parish Church, the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland presented a number of long-service certificates. These included presentations to two long serving elders of Shotts Calderhead-Erskine Parish Church: Robert E Williams, treasurer and elder, and Nancy McGuffie, elder, both of whom have served for over 30 years. Robert and Nancy are pictured with the Interim Moderator, the Rev Terence C Moran.

The Easter Day Service at Polwarth Church in Edinburgh was enhanced this year by the Ordination and Admission of eight new elders.

The six ordained were Claire Elizabeth Holmyard, Mike Holmyard, Averill Stapley, Rob Stapley, Astrid Daphne Telfer and Alison Kristina Joyce Wright. The two admitted were Peter Braynion and Pauline Rumbles.

Minister, the Rev Jack Holt, ordained Pauline in his last charge, Birse and Feughside Church in the Presbytery of Kincardine and Deeside. She is now Polwarth’s volunteer Outreach Worker.

Three members of the Guild at Clarkston Church in Airdrie were presented with long service certificates at a Guild Dedication Service. Elizabeth McCrone (committee), Norma Mitchell (secretary) and Elizabeth Kennedy (treasurer) have all served for over 25 years. They are pictured with church minister the Rev Hanna Rankine and Margaret Muir, convenor of Hamilton North Guilds Together.

Newhaven Church held their Easter service in the local park. Prayers for good weather were answered spectacularly with a sunny warm morning when about 150 moved round the park hearing about four events from the Gospels. The service culminated with the news that Jesus is alive and the personal testimony of the minister Rev Peter Bluett to the difference Jesus makes in our lives.

Christian Aid supporters from Queensferry Parish Church visited a branch of HSBC in Edinburgh as part of the charity’s national action calling on the bank to stop investing in fossil fuels.

Campaign supporter Lesley MacKenzie said: “We decided to join Christian Aid's Big Shift campaign because we feel very concerned about the damage climate change is doing throughout the world, especially to those already living in poverty. It was very disappointing to hear that a major bank like HSBC is continuing to finance coal power in Bangladesh, Indonesia and Vietnam so we collected signatures on a petition from others in Queensferry who felt the same way, asking that the bank reconsider this policy and delivered it to the Edinburgh branch”.

A minister is to undertake a 10,000ft parachute  jump in aid of CrossReach, the Church of Scotland’s social care provider.

The Rev Pamela Gordon, minister of Bourock Parish Church in Barrhead, East Renfrewshire is hoping to raise £1000 with the jump, which will take place over Auchterarder on July 13.

You can support Pamela at


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