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Thursday February 2 2023

Our regular round-up of news received from churches

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Lochend & New Abbey Church, Dumfries and Galloway commemorated the Platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II by refurbishing the church bell and re-installing it in a new structure. The bell had been removed from the tower several years before because of safety concerns.

On January 1, the bell was rededicated by the Rev Bill Holland and rung for the first time by the church’s longest serving elder, Ian Kingan. Photo by Gordon Kinghorn.


St Ninian's Parish Church, Corstorphine, in Edinburgh held their first Messy Church for Pets on Sunday.

As well as pet related craft tables, the local vets were on hand to give advice and join the fun.

A short informal blessing service followed, and pets were given the opportunity to be individually blessed and receive a certificate marking the occasion.

The group pic shows some of the attendees with the Rev Derek Munn OLM (third from left, with Crunchie) from Dalmeny and Queensferry Parish Churches, who led the service, and the Rev James Aitken (second from right), minister of St Ninian’s.


Four elders at St Serfs Lochgelly & Benarty, Fife, have received certificates for 30 years’ service.

Back row (from left): Ronnie Campbell, the Rev Zoltan Safrany, Laura Pepperday; front: Anne Scott, Margaret Morgan.


Mid Strathearn Guild, Perth and Kinross, recently took the sad decision to close, but there was one outstanding event to mark. 

President Heather Moir discovered that one member, Jean Garrie, had been a member of the Guild for 75 years! Jean joined her mother’s branch of the the Women’s Guild, at nearby Findo Gask, as a teenager.

Heather arranged for a certificate marking this achievement and it was presented during morning worship at Madderty Church on Sunday January 22

Heather (left) and Jean are pictured with Locum Minister the Rev Bob Milne.


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