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Parish News Round-up

Thursday September 5 2019

Our regular round-up of news received from churches

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Aberdeen Woodside Parish Church Sunday School enjoyed an adventure weekend at Dalguise in Perthshire from August 23-25. Pictured left to right: the Rev Markus Aufferman, camp instructor Fraser, Su, Drew, Izzie, Camy, Emmanuel, Lydia, Hannah, Findlay, Alexander, Becca and Isabell.

On August 24 the new Free Church of Scotland formally opened its new building in Fortrose, near Inverness. At the event a presentation was made by Fortrose and Rosemarkie Church of Scotland, with permission of the General Trustees, of a Communion Cup engraved 'Free Church Fortrose 1843'.

In 1843 the Rev Simon Fraser, minister of Fortrose Church of Scotland, and many of his congregation 'came out' in the Disruption, and started worshipping in the new Free Church. One of the first actions at the time was obviously to have the Communion Cup made, and the cup stayed with the  congregation as it became a United Free Church in 1900, and subsequently rejoined the Church of Scotland following the reunion of 1929.

However, members of the Free Church who did not join in the 1900 union built their own building in Fortrose in 1910, and it is this building which has been replaced with the new church.

The Rev Dr Warren T Beattie, minister of Avoch linked with Fortrose and Rosemarkie Church of Scotland, (left), is seen presenting the cup to the Rev Sandy Sutherland, recently retired minister of Fortrose Free Church, returning it to what is probably its rightful home.



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