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Thursday October 6 2022

Our regular round-up of news received from churches

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A new stained glass window has been installed in Pathhead Parish Church, Kirkcaldy, in memory of the minister’s late wife.
The window, by stained glass artist Carole Robinson, was commissioned by the Rev Andrew Donald to commemorate his wife Elizabeth, who died during the first Covid-19 lockdown. It was dedicated on September 18, the nearest Sunday to what would have been Elizabeth’s birthday.


Ahead of its merger into the new Presbytery of Lothian and Borders on January 1, the work of the Presbytery of Melrose and Peebles and its 22 congregations has been celebrated in a new commemorative booklet.
The booklet has been put together by long-serving Presbytery Treasurer Fraser Simm. He gave each congregation a suggested text but invited changes, so that the resulting publication is based on the thoughts of the congregations themselves. For each church, the booklet offers a mixture of history and the congregation’s vision for the future. It is tied in with a presbytery conference on mission at the beginning of October.
It also includes 122 photographs, including a section on some of the many stained glass windows in the area.
The booklet costs £5 and is available from the Borders Family History Association or contact Fraser on fraser.simm@btinternet.com


 

Five elders of Burntisland Parish Church received long service certificates last month. On Sunday September 18, Mary Reekie (40 years), Ken Cameron (30), Andrew Duffin (30) and Ann Smith (30) received their certificates from the Rev John C Duncan, the church’s former minister who ordained all the elders.
The following week, September 25, Gardner Brownlie was presented with his certificate for 40 years by the Very Rev Dr Russell Barr.


St Machar’s Cathedral in Aberdeen belatedly marked its 500th birthday with a weekend of celebration and thanksgiving. The programme of events included a thanksgiving service led by the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, the Rt Rev Dr Iain Greenshields, and showcasing the cathedral’s newly-restored 16th century heraldic ceiling.
Full story on the Church of Scotland website.


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