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Parish News Round-up

Thursday February 27 2020

Our regular round-up of news received from churches

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Youth, church, vision and future where the themes for the International Youth Presbytery, last weekend in Paris.

Young people from different congregations of the International Presbytery of the Church of Scotland met to discuss, but also to get to know each other. And of course there was free time to explore Paris and visit the Musée d'Orsay for cultural enrichment.

The group also led worship at The Scots Kirk.

There was an encouraging response to the recent screening of Before the Flood, a documentary film shown by Hope Park and Martyrs Church of Scotland as a fringe event of the St Andrews Green Film Festival. The film features Leonardo DiCaprio in his role as UN Messenger of Peace, travelling across five continents and highlighted the devastating effects of climate change.

Following the film, members of the audience were invited to submit questions to the three panellists, the Very Rev Dr Sheilagh Kesting, former Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, Mr Alistair Macleod, Project Manager of Transition St Andrews and The Rev David Coleman, Eco Congregation Scotland chaplain. Those attending also had the opportunity to chat over tea and coffee.

The Rev Allan McCafferty, minister of Hope Park and Martyrs said: “We were delighted to welcome around 75 folk to our green film afternoon with representation from local churches, University and those who live or work in the town. We recognise there are many initiatives addressing climate change within St Andrews and hope the event may have helped us explore how we can work together on environmental issues as part of the local community”.

For further details on Hope Park and Martyrs’ eco activities or to express an interest in working on inter-church initiatives around environmental issues, contact the church’s Green Shoots Development Worker, Lorna Hutcheon, email 

Southend Parish Church, in the Presbytery of Argyll, thanked Neil Ronald on his retirement as session clerk after 32 years of service on February 23. Mr Ronald was given a presentation Bible and glass picture, and his wife Jen a gift and flowers. Malcolm Ronald, the incoming session clerk, thanked Neil for his guidance and hard work over the years.

Neil is not disappearing: he will continue as church roll keeper and elder.

Muhammad Fahmi Ramadhan from Indonesia has been the guest at Greenhills Parish Church, East Kilbride, thanks to the cultural exchange organisation HOST UK. He sang, danced and recited poetry at the congregation's Scottish evening, and found a liking for haggis with whisky cream sauce and for trifle.He was warmly welcomed at worship where he was interviewed by the Rev John Brewster.

Eight new elders were ordained at St Ninian’s Church, Dunfermline on Sunday. From left: Elizabeth Oliver,  Elizabeth Fulton, Rita Davidson, Thomas Baldwin, Anne Marshall, James Turpie, Marie-Thérèse Baldwin. Not in picture: David Murray

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