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Thursday September 7 2023

Our regular round-up of news received from churches

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The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, the Rt Rev Sally Foster-Fulton, visited Dalserf Parish Church on August 27, and presented long service certificates to elders Bruce Archibald, John Grove, Eric Budgell, Hilton Brady and Rita Fairley.


Two Elders from Stoneykirk Parish Church, Sandhead, Isobel McCulloch and Gillian Lynn received Long Service Certificates during worship on Sunday September 3. Both have served for over 30 years and were thanked for their dedicated service, and for the work they continue to do by the Interim Moderator Ronnie Irving.


Lochmaben Church members recently recognised 214 years of dedicated service by five elders. Long-service awards were presented at morning service by a former Lochmaben minister, Rev Jack Brown, to (left to right) Ian Scott (36 years), Tom Russell (42), Sandy Grant (47), Willie Sloan (39), and John Wilson (50). Sadly, John Innes, an elder for 32 years, died before the presentation.

At the same service, Sandy Grant was presented with a gift to mark 20 years as Gift Aid Convenor.


An Inverness church has celebrated 180 years of service with the award of certificates to five of its longest-serving members.

Inverness and West Moray Presbytery Clerk the Rev Trevor Hunt presented long-service certificates ranging from 30 years to half a century of service to the group of elders at The Barn Church, Culloden.

The 50 years of service certificate went to Stewart McDonald, with Ann Clark receiving one for 40 years and Issy Freudenthal, Richard Mansfield and Andrew Ramsay each marking 30 years.

The five elders have taken a very active role in the life of the Barn and have served in various roles, from Boys Brigade captain to property convenor to session clerk, roll keeper, treasurer, youth leaders and many other positions over the years. 

Pictured with the Rev Trevor Hunt (third from left) are certificate recipients (back) Richard Mansfield, Stewart McDonald and Andrew Ramsay, and (front) Ann Clark and Issy Freudenthal.


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