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Thursday July 8 2021

Our regular round-up of news received from churches

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East Kilbride Old Parish Church, in conjunction with East Kilbride YM FC, held an interchurch football tournament in memory of former senior elder Angus McConnell.

Six local church teams entered and about 70 primary school-aged boys and girls took part. International referee Bobby Madden, who is from East Kilbride, agreed to officiate.

The first-ever winners of the Angus McConnell Memorial Shield were a joint team from St Kenneth's Primary School and St Bride’s Catholic Church, East Kilbride (pictured). The presentation was made by members of Angus’s family.

The event was organised by East Kilbride Old’s children and families worker, Iain Shaw, who said it had been ‘a wonderful day of fun, football and food’.

The Rev Alan Sorensen, minister of Wellpark Mid Kirk, Greenock, has been presented with a portrait of himself in his role as a Deputy Lieutenant, to mark his twenty-one years as minister of the church.

The portrait was painted and the presentation had been arranged for last year to mark 20 years in post, however lockdown meant that plans had to be postponed until the restrictions were eased enough to allow the congregation to celebrate this milestone.

The portrait was painted by Les Donaghy, a former minister and old friend of Mr Sorensen’s, who has for some years been a professional artist. He had been invited to submit a painting to the National Portrait Gallery’s prestigious annual show in London (which ultimately didn’t happen) and suggested that this portrait of the minister in his other role as a Deputy Lieutenant, would make an interesting submission.

Mr Sorensen said he was ‘completely overwhelmed’ by the gesture. “So many things have been postponed or cancelled, but kindness and generosity wasn’t, and between my friend Les offering his amazing skill as an artist and (Session Clerk) Grace (Kennedy)’s wonderful thoughtfulness in organising our wee celebration as soon as it was allowed,  this is truly an amazing way to mark my first 21 years as minister of the ‘Toon Kirk’!”

Mr Sorensen is pictured with Mr Donaghy and Mrs Kennedy.

Six elders at St Andrew's East Church, Glasgow received certificates for long service in June. Pictured are Sheena Furnace (43 years), Bill Frame (54) and Joan Wylie (42). Not in photo: Mary Dale (42), Loretta Bowman (31) and Agnes Nicholson (31).

The Rev Alex MacPherson retired on June 30, after 24 years at Buchanan and Drymen Churches. He is pictured with his wife Ruth and members of the Buchanan Kirk Session.

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