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Parish News Round-up

Thursday August 4

Our regular round-up of news received from churches

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The former session clerk and lay minister of a Fife church has written a history of the parish, with profits going to the church.

Angus Shaw has twice been Session Clerk of Howe of Fife Parish Church, and was set aside as an approved preacher in 2004. He had decided to write the history of the church back in 2010, but the project was put on ice when he became Lay Locum Minister of the church. It was only restarted after the arrival of the current minister, the Rev Bill Hunter.

Howe of Fife, in the Presbytery of St Andrews, was once four distinct parishes, three of which have a very ancient history with connections to St Andrews Cathedral and Lindores Abbey. In writing the story of the parish and its people, Angus has also had to tell of the ecclesiastical, social and political history of the area, including the Reformation, the Covenanters, Plague, Agrarian Revolution, Industrial Revolution, the Secessionists and the Disruption, as well as the upheavals of the 20th century.

Angus said that the book took him longer than expected, but that the research, writing and publication had given him a great deal of pleasure.

The book is entitled “Is There Any Scandal: A Brief History of the People of the Howe of Fife Parish Church.” It is 334 pages long, hard back and contains 250 illustrations. It costs £25 and profits go to the Howe of Fife Parish Church Development Fund.

For more information, contact Angus on


Scots Kirk Lausanne in Switzerland has opened its doors to visitors over the summer. “Open Church” is one of the congregation’s initiatives in order to be present for neighbours in the centre of Lausanne city where the church has stood since 1876. The invitation is for people to take a little time out, sit quietly, pray and ponder, and has been appreciated by people living in the area.

This summer the church is hosting apéro events for the neighbourhood in the church garden.


Killearnan and Knockbain churches in the Presbytery of Ross hosted a German Brass Band from July 21-23, as part of their UK tour.

They performed a concert to a sold-out Knockbain Church, Munlochy, raising over £600, which will be put to good use by both churches.


Cadder Parish Church’s Locum Minister, the Rev Douglas Clark, is pictured with newly ordained and admitted elders Robert Giles and (left to right) Ailsa Young, Tracy Gibson and Rebecca Wallace.



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