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Thursday January 19 2023

Our regular round-up of news received from churches

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Elders from the Parish of Traprain in East Lothian had an ‘away day’ in Stenton Village Hall, led by Ali Birkett, Director: Northern England and Scotland for Rural Ministries. Minister, the Rev Douglas Hamilton, said: It was such a good day. The fellowship was super and there were loads of new ideas for mission to the parish.”
The Parish of Traprain brings together churches at Athelstaneford, Prestonkirk, Stenton and Whitekirk.


Fifteen elders of Queensferry Parish Church, South Queensferry, received long service certificates during worship on January 15. With another two elders who were unable to be there on the day, the total years of service came to over 600 years. The fifteen elders are pictured with minister, the Rev David C Cameron.


In December, at Dalry: St Margaret's Parish Church, a celebration took place during morning worship recognising the long service of a group of elders. The eight elders photographed between them have served the church for a total of 290 years.
All were presented with Church of Scotland certificates and thanked for what they have achieved. David Nisbet has been an elder for 50 years; Daniel Reid, Jean Rodger and Gilda Smith have been elders for 40 years; and Donald Priestley, Isabella Walker, Ian Brown and Penny Brown, for 30 years. The minister, the Rev David Albon, who has been in post since 2019, said that it had been both inspiring and humbling taking part in the special service.


At a service held at Dun & Hillside Parish Church last month, long service certificates were presented by the Rt Rev Dr Martin Fair to: Isobel Shellard (35 years), Alistair Reid (36), George Doig (36), Raymond Nicoll (37), Irene McKechnie (43), John Griffith (43), Richard Calcott (47), William Aitken (53) and William Mackay (64).
In addition certificates were presented to the next of kin of two Elders who passed away during the Covid-19 restrictions: Mary Calcott (35 years) and Ian Salmon (45).


On Sunday, December 18 at Morning Worship at Kinnoull Parish Church, Perth, a Certificate, signed by the Moderator of The General Assembly was presented by the Rev Graham Crawford to Jack Rivett for 30 years’ service as an Elder.


On Sunday January 8 a large congregation gathered at St Leonard’s Church, Dunfermline, joined by others remotely, when the whole service was dedicated to the admission of a new church member, ordination of six new elders, and recognition of two elders who had served over 30 years. The hymns and readings were chosen by the six new elders, each announcing the reason why their hymn or reading was important to them. Each of the nine people being recognised was given a certificate and a card with a personal message and welcome from the church. The service was led by interim moderator the Rev Muriel Willoughby, and locum the Rev Margaret Mateos.


 


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