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Thursday April 28 2022

Our regular round-up of news received from churches

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A ‘resurrected’ cross was dedicated at Bridge of Don Oldmachar Church, Aberdeen, on Easter Sunday.

The cross was made from wood from the old cross from the roof of the building, which had to be brought down after it was found to be crumbling and the metal support corroded. One of the  church members, after consultation with the property convener, used the wood he could salvage to construct a new one, which was then hung by contractors in a new location on the wall of the church.

Minister the Rev Jim Weir said: “It’s almost the Easter story: the old cross was broken, it was taken down, and it was restructured and rebuilt and reborn.”


Cumbrae Parish Church was finally able to celebrate the success, following lockdown of seven of its young people in the Boys’ Brigade. Zack Stevenson, Troy Laidlaw, William Ferris and Aiden Armstrong were awarded the President’s Badge, and Benjamin Hamilton, Ross Hagan and Luke Laidlaw the Queen’s Badge.

On the same day, four retiring elders were honoured with long service certificates and a copy of the Passion translation of the Bible. Margaret Meechan, John McCubbin and Ann McGill are pictured with parish assistant Gus McKay and former minister the Rev Marjory McKay. Iain McGill was unable to be present.


An active elder Dreghorn and Springside Parish Church, North Ayrshire, has been presented with a certificate recognising 60 years’ service.

John Halbert received his certificate on Easter Sunday from minister, the Rev Jamie Milliken.

Over the years John has served the church as Sunday School Superintendent, Session Clerk and Chairman of the Nominations Committee, as well as being one of the first officers of the 2nd Dreghorn BB Company.

Session Clerk Sheena Henderson (also pictured) said: “John has shown his Christian faith through everything he has done in so many practical ways. He has dedicated his time and energy to the church and supported it whole-heartedly as an elder through five ministers and countless Session Clerks. The whole congregation is really proud of John, and very, very grateful for all the work he has done over the last 60 years and, we hope, will go on doing for many years to come.”


Seven new elders were ordained to the Kirk Session of Fallin Parish Church, Stirling, on Easter Sunday. Megan Firth, Gilliane Grainger, Sarah Grainger, Caroline Thomson, Jim Thomson, Wendy le Plongeon and Elaine Wright, received their certificates from Betty Spence.


Members of Luce Valley Guild in Glenluce, Wigtownshire, enjoyed lunch to celebrate 102 years of their Guild Branch.  The Centenary Celebration was delayed in April 2020 due to the pandemic.

Pictured: Guild President Margaret Benson, and Barbara Rodger, one of the senior members, cut the anniversary cake with Jean McKie, Secretary.


This miniature Easter garden was created in the grounds of Uddingston Old Parish Church during Holy Week.


Nine members of Buckie North Guild have received long service certificates totalling 337 years. Back row, l-r: Naomi Moir (30 years), Isobel Souter (37), Kathryn Cowie (joint Convenor) Pat Phimister (37), Eileen Slater (35). Front: Roberta Cormack (36), Janet McRae (42), Mona Sutherland (36), Elizabeth Sutherland (50). Missing from the photograph is Helen Wood (37).


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