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Thursday July 4 2019

Our regular round-up of news received from churches

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A concert by the Brightons Parish Church Praise Group and Gargunnock Songsters, held in Stirling’s Albert Hall, raised over £5600 for Christian Aid. Jo Dallas of Christian Aid is pictured receiving the cheque from representatives of the groups.


A maritime service of praise and thanksgiving including Blessing of the Fleet was held in Macduff fish market on Sunday evening (June 30). The service was conducted jointly by Macduff Parish Church, Banff Parish Church and River Church, and led by the Rev Hugh O'Brien.


The Border Kirk, Carlisle hosted a concert by modern Christian singer Philippa Hanna. Philippa, who has sung with Lionel Richie and Little Mix, entertained a packed church with songs and Christian witness as part of her Known tour, raising money for Compassion.


A special service was celebrated at Kirriemuir: St Andrew’s on June 30 marking the union of the church with The Glens and Kirriemuir Old Parish Church to form the new The Glens and Kirriemuir United Parish Church.

Oathlaw Tannadice, previously linked with St Andrew’s, ‘relinked’ with the united charge.

Both charges are part of the West Angus Area Ministry, where an area team ministry has operated for many years. WAAM is also a participant in the Hub-style Ministry Pilot Project. This close working relationship over the years made the emotional decision to unite a little easier, and was part of the overall reshaping of WAAM as it responds to the changing shape of the Kirk nationally, and locally.

Following the Presbytery service of Union and Linkage the previous Thursday, this was to be the last service in the church as it met in advance of having its first united service later that morning. The service was all the more poignant as long service certificates were presented to a number of Elders. Totalling 212 years, the certificates were presented to Jim Hardie (44 years), Jock Kerr (52), Wendy Smeaton (31), Muriel Farquharson (31), and Bill Wells (54) (pictured left to right). Following the service, the congregation made their way to the (now former) Old Parish, where the congregations gathered outside before going in as the new united congregation.


Fond farewells and a presentation of book tokens were made to student Christine McWhirter who has finished her nine months placement at Banff Parish Church linked with King Edward.

Christine, from Buckie and a former solicitor, is currently studying to to be a minister and her next placement will be Echt and Midmar churches.

Handing over the book tokens are George Lorimer (left) and Casey Burgess on behalf of the congregation, with children and family worker Karen Cumming, flower convener Pat McLennan, the Rev David Locke and pastoral assistant Vera Lumsden.


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