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Parish News Round-up

Thursday July 1 2021

Our regular round-up of news received from churches

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Churches in Grangemouth have joined with a local community project to provide a breakfast club for children and families over the summer holidays.

The initiative came about after the churches were looking for shop premises to give them a presence  in Grangemouth town centre, and were made aware that the Kersiebank Community Project were able to offer their premises. Following a conversation with the project, the churches decided to offer the breakfast club for the seven-week summer break.

John Haston, candidate in training for the ministry in the Church of Scotland, said: “The best thing about us doing this is that we have been able to work ecumenically with the Scottish Episcopal Church and the Roman Catholic churches in Grangemouth.

“On day one we were able to feed and nourish 14 children and two adults, and have been able to plant a seed of faith with children and families having a massive Noah’s Ark colouring sheet. We are demonstrating the love of God through the sharing of food and having conversations in the community. We pray that God will encourage more to engage over the seven weeks of the holidays and ask the whole church to pray as we continue to work with Kersiebank Community Project.”

The Border Kirk Carlisle marked the final service of its minister, the Rev David Pitkeathly, on Sunday June 20. After almost 14 years at the Border Kirk, David is moving to Horsham in West Sussex where his wife Sarah takes up a post in the Methodist Church.

Many people, self distancing in the sanctuary and hall where the service was streamed, attended the service at the end of which David was presented with a cheque and gift from the congregation. For his work in the Community and his outreach he also received a framed letter of thanks from the Mayor of Carlisle.

At the same service Janice Moore, retiring from the position of Session Clerk after 10 years, received a gift from David on behalf of the congregation (pictured).

Later in the day, David joined the Border Kirk’s Longtown congregation at a joint service with Methodist friends whose minister Rachel Williams is also leaving. The service, led by Methodist Superintendent David Newlove, was a truly ecumenical goodbye as Anglican Vicar Brett Murphy is also transferring from his charge.

Elders at Trinity Church in Galashiels have been presented with certificates to mark a total of 563 years service to the Church of Scotland.

The certificates were handed over by the retiring Minister, the Rev Elspeth Harley, who was standing down at the end of June, a year after the presentation was delayed due to the Covid pandemic.

Also honoured was Jim Melrose, a member of the choir for 81 years.

The Rev Harley praised the elders for their commitment. They included a former Session Clerk and Property Convener.

Elders honoured were George Rae (61 years), Bill Cheyne (53), Gladys Brown (46), Tom Lawson (44), Alistair Wilson (43), David Nightingale (42), Alistair Bell (37), Fiona Wilson (34) and Bert Adamson (31). Certificates were also presented to Jim Gilchrist (51), Jimmy Dickson (43), Alistair Russell (40) and Violet Howden (38).

Pictured: Bert Adamson, Alistair Bell, Alistair Wilson, Tom Lawson, Bill Cheyne, Gladys Brown, Jim Melrose, David Nightingale, George Rae and Fiona Wilson with Jimmy Dickson, Violet Howden and Alistair Russell.

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