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Thursday February 8 2024

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The Moderator of the General Assembly, the Rt Rev Sally Foster Fulton, was the guest preacher as part of the bicentenary celebrations of Pathhead Parish Church, Kirkcaldy, in Fife.

Pathhead Parish Church was built in 1823, initially as a chapel of ease from Dysart Parish Church.Following the Disruption of 1843, part of the congregation separated to form Pathhead East Free Church. The two congregations united in 1958, and made their home in the present building which had been rebuilt following a fire in 1953.

At last week’s service a specially commissioned hymn, ‘The Light of Christ’ by organist Alan Urquhart was performed by Linda Hugh, and the Moderator joined the congregation for refreshments and fellowship afterwards.

The service formed part of a series of events marking the church’s bicentenary, including a ceilidh, a main bicentenary service in November preached at by Presbytery Moderator the Rev Jim Reid, and attended by former ministers and the local MSP, a bicentenary concert featuring Fife’s Kingdom Brass Band, a Christmas Fair and most recently a Scottish night with Kirkcaldy & District Pipe Band, Country Dancers from the local Sinclairtown Primary School and jazz musician Richard Michael.

Further plans include a quiz night and Fife Pilgrim Way walk and picnic.

Pictures: above: the Moderator with Pathhead minister, the Rev Andrew Donald. Below: the bicentenary lunch.

Members of Falkland Church Lunch Club enjoyed a 30th birthday celebratory lunch in the Covenanter Hotel in Falkland on Monday. Having been a volunteer since its inception, Isobel McBain was presented with a certificate of long service signed by the Moderator of the General Assembly and a bouquet of flowers by the Rev Jeff Martin, interim moderator.

Two elders of Thurso West Church, Ian Manson and Malcolm Clasper have received certificates of long service for 30 years. A third, Joan McLean, will receive her certificate this Sunday. Left to right: Ian Manson, the Rev Lyall Rennie (interim moderator), Alan Sparling (session clerk), Malcolm Clasper.

Three new elders have been ordained in St Andrew’s Wallace Green & Lowick Church, Berwick-upon-Tweed. Keith Montgomery, Joan Montgomery and Rena Telfer are pictured with the Rev Dr Adam Hood who ordained them to the session on January 28.

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