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Thursday June 13 2019

Our regular round-up of news received from churches

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With no Gala Day for a number of years and the last Street Fair in Bellshill two years ago, Bellshill West Church formed a partnership with Bellshill Community Council to put together a new venture for the community.

This came to fruition on Saturday June 8 in and around the grounds of the Church.

The event was opened with bagpipes and a welcome from Community Council members and local MPs, councillors and church minister, the Rev Calum Stark.

Despite a grim weather forecast the day was blessed with reasonably good weather and the folk of the town were able to enjoy a range of activities including church and charity stalls, first aid and health information, a smoothie bike and free fruit bags, bouncy castle, games, face-painting, arts and crafts, tearoom, police and fire service vehicles, a mixed martial arts display and football tournament.


Lesley Mowat of the 1st Aberdeen Company, Girls' Brigade was presented with a long service certificate for 50 years’ service as an officer in the GB at a service in St Stephen's Church, Aberdeen.

Ms Mowat, who has been involved in the Company for 64 years, was presented with gifts and the certificate signed by the Moderator of the General Assembly by minister, the Rev Maggie Whyte. Lesley is pictured with the minister and with friends and members of the Company past and present, alongside her mother Edith Mowat (aged 100) who is an Honorary Captain of the 1st Company.


A commissioning service was held for the Church of Scotland’s latest mission partner, the Rev Prof Ken Ross, at Oban Parish Church last week.

Prof Ross has been appointed as a theological educator working alongside partner churches in Malawi and other African countries. The commissioning service was led by the Moderator of the Presbytery of Argyll, the Rev Dr Roderick Campbell, and the act of commissioning by the Rev Ian Alexander, secretary of the World Mission Council, assisted by Carol Finlay, also of World Mission.


The kirk session of Kintore Parish Church, in the Presbytery of Gordon, heard, and decided to act on, the call from former Moderator of the General Assembly, the Very Rev Susan Brown for local churches to address the divisions that have appeared in society as a result of Brexit. It was decided that the main focus would be to help people consider ways of discussing politics more respectfully.

The church building, which celebrates its bicentenary this year, is regularly open between 9:30am and 4pm on Wednesdays and Sundays to provide a quiet space for anyone who wishes to spend time with God. As an extension of this, there are now four prayer stations set up in the sanctuary to help focus thoughts on respecting others, particularly those with differing opinions. Each station has a different theme: Welcome, Unity and Diversity, Respect and Reconciliation. These have a variety of materials to stimulate thought aimed at helping to promote the notion of agreeable disagreement.


A collection run by the 3rd Inverness Girls Brigade enabled them to pack 50 backpacks of school equipment and clothes for children in Malawi. The girls had chosen to support the Mary’s Meals backpack project for their volunteering badge, and organised a collection round the congregation and their families.


Elders Tracey and Sharon Hamilton and Sandy Brown, from St Kentigern’s Parish Church in Kilmarnock, travelled to Amati and Hirip, Romania, to visit twinning partners in the Reformed Church of Hungary.

They were there to find out how the support provided was continuing for the elderly in both villages. The congregation have been supporting the elderly for three years, by providing food parcels and assisting with the purchase of medicines for those most needy. The visitors managed to meet some of those they had been assisting, as well as interviewing the village doctor to ascertain how things have been progressing.

On the Sunday prior to returning to Scotland they attended two services in the villages, where they exchanged gifts and had an opportunity to talk to the congregations.


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