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Parish News Round-up

Thursday June 10 2021

Our regular round-up of news received from churches

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In May the Scots Kirk in Lausanne, Switzerland, celebrated 50 years of faithful service from their organist, Melody-Pepita Suter.

Melody came to Switzerland from England with her Swiss mother in the 1960s after the death of her father. Blind from birth, she studied at the blind school in Lausanne and took organ lessons from another blind organist, being his only student. She was asked to fill in at the Scots Kirk and a local Anglican Church from time to time, and later accepted the post of organist.

Fifty years on, she continues to cover both churches, playing entirely from memory a wide range of hymns, songs and pieces for reflection. Not only that, she reads the lesson from time to time in Braille and is a well loved member of the church community.

As if she wasn’t busy enough, she enjoys accompanying singers on the piano and for well over ten years has been part of an instrumental group, playing traditional folk music mainly from Eastern Europe.

Melody was delighted to receive a letter from the Very Rev Dr Martin Fair during his time as Moderator, congratulating her on this special anniversary.

Port Glasgow New Parish Church, has welcomed 14 new members in the past two weeks – with another two to follow.

Twelve people - Maureen McWilliams, Pauline McPaul, Pauline Murdoch, Hayley Hoodless, Linzi Wiggins, Taylor Mitchell. Claire Steele, Lindi Steele, Gayle Boyle, Scott Derrick, Aynslie Knox and Linzi Derrick – were admitted on Sunday May 30 (above, with minister the Rev William Boyle).

Two others, Cameron Duffy and Gordon Hunter (below, also with Mr Boyle), who were unable to be there because of work commitments, became members on June 6; and another two, Abbie Hair and Louise Harte, will follow at a later date.

Each was presented with a Bible and Church of Scotland certificate, along with a handmade card from the church’s children.

Each of the new members went through a six-week new communicant's class on Zoom. Initially there were just five new members in one class, but the demand grew until three classes were needed.

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