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Thursday September 22 2022

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The Barn Church, Culloden celebrated 40 years since the opening of ‘The New Barn’ on the weekend of September 3-4.

Saturday saw a large crowd gather for a barbecue and light entertainment. Photos of bygone days along with old videos were shown.

Sunday was a Praise and Thanksgiving Service, with the participation of previous ministers, elders, missionaries and leaders, the Sunday Club and Boys’ Brigade company.

During the service on Sunday the Moderator of Inverness and West Moray presbytery, David Thompson, presented long service certificates to David Reid and Elizabeth Mackenzie, who both have served the Barn faithfully for 41 years each.

Ayr: St Andrew’s Parish Church was visited by descendants of two of the church’s original elders.

John McLelland and his sister Marion are the great grand nephew and niece of William McClelland. William and his son Robert were elders when the church, originally St Andrew’s Free Church, was built in the early 1890s.

John, Marion and her husband Tom were shown round the church by the minister, the Rev Stanley Okeke and session clerk Ian Lamberton.

They enjoyed looking through the early church records and photographs, learning of their ancestor's involvement in the life and witness of the church, as well as the construction of the sanctuary back in 1893. Inside the sanctuary, they saw the window given by the late Margaret McClelland in memory of her Grandparents, William and Margaret McClelland (nee Latta) as well as Peter Smith McClelland, one of the young men remembered on the war memorial.

The also viewed the hall, believed to be called ‘McClelland Hall’ after William McClelland drew up the plans for the building which was completed in 1897.

The family later headed to the Old Wallacetown Cemetery, where they found the headstone of William and Margaret McClelland as well as other McClelland family members.

John, Marion and Tom are pictured with the minister.

Hamilton South linked with Quarter celebrated six elders (three in each Church) being awarded 30 years service. The presentations were made by minister, the Rev Drew Gebbie. Pictured above at Quarter Church: Georgie McMillan, Jean Kirkland and Sheena Stachan. Below at Hamilton South: Catherine Keir, Mary McNee and Maureen Livingston.

Donald H Matheson ATCL has served as organist and choirmaster for 45 years, initially at Colston Milton Parish Church and for the last 36 years at Croftfoot Parish Church, Glasgow.

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