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Parish News Round-up

Thursday June 9

Our regular round-up of news received from churches

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On Sunday May 29, Kirkmabreck Parish Church in Kirkcudbrightshire expressed its heartfelt thanks to Ronald Clark who has celebrated 50 years as an elder in the Church.

Mr Clark received a certificate, signed by the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland from the minister, the Rev Stuart Farmes. Mr Clark declared that his role as an elder had been a privilege and an honour. Above all, he affirmed the centrality of fellowship within the different churches (Kirkmabreck and the Border Kirk) in which he had served.


 A lunch club started by Ardgour Church in the Highlands is helping to combat loneliness in its area.

The Meet4lunch club was started in 2013 because parts of the parish are very scattered, and people living on their own have little opportunity to socialise. With initial finance from the Go For It fund, they provide transport and a two-course lunch at the Village Hall twice a month. The numbers have increased from five to 25 on the most recent Christmas, with around 18 on average. They have also celebrated two 90th birthdays and a 70th birthday.


Three Church of Scotland ministers from the Presbytery of Abernethy took part in their own version of this year’s Moderator’s Challenge cycle.

Instead of travelling south to join the ride round Loch Leven, the Revs Gordon Strang, Catherine Buchan and Donald Walker decided to hold a challenge locally.

They cycled from different parts of Badenoch and Strathspey, passing every church in the area and converging on Boat of Garten in time for lunch.

The event raised £2578 for the Moderators’ charity, the StARS refugee project at St Andrew’s Church, Cairo.

 Margaret Stewart celebrated reaching 40 years as an elder at the Border Kirk, Carlisle, on June 6.

Margaret was ordained as an elder at the church on June 6 1976 and is pictured receiving her Long Service Certificate from the current minister, the Rev David Pitkeathly.

Woodside Parish Church in Aberdeen welcomed three new teenage members recently. Cameron Taylor, Lydia Auffermann and Isabel Mariano are pictured with minister, the Rev Markus Auffermann.


Galston Parish Church ordained eight new elders on June 5. The Rev Alastair Symington is pictured with Jonathan Peberdy, Heather Peberdy, George Gray and Daphne Giles to his right and Margaret Moyle, Alastair Blair, Joann Allan and Aileen Black to his left.

The previous month, Mr Symington presented 13 members of the Kirk Session with Long Service Certificates ranging from 31-50 years’ service. Left to right: David Gemmell, John Bland, Bill McMahon, Robert Anderson, Jim Mills, Bill Samson, Alastair Cunningham (accepting on behalf of his mother, Sadie Cunningham), John Miller, Marie Fisher, Andrew Cowan, Marian Ayre (accepting on behalf of her father, Jim Taylor), Rev. Alastair Symington, Robert Murray, Iain Ramsay.



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