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Parish News Round-up

Thursday June 3 2021

Our regular round-up of news received from churches

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The Scots International Church in Rotterdam features in a BBC radio programme, Scotland and the Low Countries, broadcast this week.

The second part of the programme, presented by Billy Kay (pictured) on BBC Radio Scotland, focusses on the Netherlands, and includes interviews with three members of the Scots International Church, Jim Taylor, Hunter Smith and Ruud Witte.

They tell Billy about the rich history of the church in Rotterdam, which dates back to 1643, and about the orphanage set up by church members in a time that the (local) government didn’t look after orphans.

They also tell the story behind the famous painting of the Skating Minister, or The Reverend Robert Walker Skating on Duddingston Loch. As a young boy, he learned skating on the frozen canals in Rotterdam where his father was the minister of the Scots Church.

The programme is available on BBC Sounds until the end of June 

During morning worship on May 30, the Rev Scott Marshall, Minister at Pardovan, Kingscavil and Winchburgh, presented Billy Taylor with a long service certificate to mark 37 years of service as an elder. Billy was ordained elder in Pardovan and Kingscavil, and has served the united congregation of Pardovan, Kingscavil and Winchburgh as Session Clerk for the past 20 years. He has also been a church organist since March 1983, originally in Pardovan and Kingscavil, and then serving the united congregation. Billy also serves on the Property Committee, and in less socially distanced times is well known for his skills at church barbecues!

Pictured: Billy (centre) and Scott (right) with the Rev Derek Henderson, Ordained Local Minister.

On Sunday April 18 the Rev Anne McAllister ordained five new elders to the Kirk Session of St Kentigern's Parish Church, Kilmarnock, during the morning service. They were joined by members of their families and church family.

They are (from left to right) Callum and Mhairi McNee, Stacey Campbell and Ross and Anne McCabe. They are the first elders to be ordained in St Kentigern’s since 2010.

The Bruce Memorial Church in Cambusbarron, Stirling has for many years raised thousands of pounds for Christian Aid by doing the Forth Bridge Walk. With the Bridge Walks cancelled for the second year running this year, they decided to do their own sponsored Two Bridges Walk of a circular walk around Cambusbarron village, crossing the M9 twice.

32 people took part in the socially distanced walk on May 15, ranging in age from seven to a gentleman on a mobility scooter and another with a walking stick. In total the walk raised £1,430.

Twenty-three elders at St Michael’s Parish Church, Linlithgow, have received certificates in recognition of serving for at least 30 years in St Michael’s. Among the 23, June Adam, Jim Michie and Tom Chadwick have each given over 40 years’ service in St Michael’s, with William Ross and Alex Adam both reaching a half-century of service.

Remarkably, senior elder David Morrison (pictured) received his certificate in recognition of 70 years of service since his ordination in March 1951. Although he now considers himself a ‘back-bencher’, he remains actively interested in the congregation’s life and work.

The Rev Liam Fraser paid tribute to all 23 during an online service. His tribute was enlivened by ‘then and now’ photos (some provided more willingly than others!).

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