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Parish News Round-up

Thursday December 12 2019

Our regular round-up of news received from churches

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In the late summer of 2018, after a great deal of prayerful consideration, the Minister and Kirk Session of Coupar Angus Abbey Church decided to create a meeting place within the church where various groups could meet. The aim was to create a space that could be used not only by church groups but which would also be made available to other groups and charities within the local community.

After many months of planning, work finally began in July 2019 and the Abbey Gateway was officially opened on Sunday December 1 by senior elder Bill Pattullo and youngest member Esme Rodger. The name Abbey Gateway was chosen because of the link to the last remaining ruined remnants of the original Abbey and also because in Biblical times, the gateway was not only the way in to different towns and cities, but often a place where people would meet and congregate. The logo and stencilling, designed by Catriona Henderson, was also intended to reflect this idea.

Money for the project came from fundraising within the congregation, individual donations and help from the Church of Scotland and other organisations.

Logie and St John’s (Cross) Parish Church in Dundee has again partnered with a local art and design college to challenge students to ‘finish the tower’.

The project involves inviting students from Duncan of Jordanstone College (part of the University of Dundee) to come up with designs for completing the church’s tower, which was left unfinished when it opened in 1914.

The students are invited to a presentation by the ‘client’ and given the chance to engage with the church congregation over a five-week period, before coming up with designs helping the church to reflect and represent the Christian faith relevantly in the community.

The project first ran in late 2015 and was the idea of the church minister, the Rev David Gray, who was an architect before being called to the ministry. The college has already expressed an interest in repeating the collaboration next year, and it is hoped that the local high school, Harris Academy, will also take part.

Mr Gray and the Rev Anita Kerr (who is on a familiarisation placement at the church), are pictured with the students and some of their designs. Picture: DC Thomson

Arbroath: St Andrew’s Church ordained eight new elders, four of them in their twenties, on December 1. Minister, the Rev Martin Fair, said: “The time had come to freshen up the Kirk Session and what better way to do that than by ordaining some of the younger people in whom we have invested through many years - half of the new elders being in their twenties. We’re reminded that ‘elder’ doesn’t necessarily mean ‘elderly’ and are much blessed to have younger people, fully committed in their faith and ready to commit themselves to leadership and to building up the church.”

Pictured (from left) back: Elaine Fair, Tracey Mcleod, Amy-Louise Scott, Michael Marr. Front: Louise Smith, Linda Hunter, Jennie Christie, Carla Ingram

John Goodfellow and Bill Douglas were both ordained as Elders at St Vigeans Church, Arbroath on October 1 1967. On Remembrance Sunday they were both presented with Long Service Certificates.

Dick Mclean received a long service certificate for 50 years’ service at Kirknewton and East Calder Church of Scotland. He is pictured with church minister, the Rev Alistair Cowper.

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