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Parish News

                                                                                                                                               Thursday September 22 2016

 

Our regular round-up of news received from churches.

Please send items of parish news to magazine@lifeandwork.org or Life and Work, 121 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 4YN. Digital photographs should not be reduced. Please check the quality of your pictures: images which are blurry or too dark cannot be used. If there are children in any picture please confirm that their parents or guardians have given permission for publication.

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The minister of Rankin and Chapelton Parish churches in Lanarkshire celebrated the 25th anniversary of the ordination and induction of minister the Rev Shaw J Paterson at the linked charges earlier this month.

Services were held in both Churches with presentations being made to Shaw and his wife Christine.

Taking part in both services were the Very Rev Dr.Hugh Wyllie, former Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, the Rev Maxine Buck and the Paterson family.

After the service at Rankin, Shaw released 25 balloons with a scripture message attached to each to symbolise the 25 years Shaw has spread the good news in Strathaven and Chapelton.

A large number then attended a splendid buffet lunch in Rankin Hall when Shaw cut a celebratory cake.

Shaw was ordained and Inducted as minister to the church and parish of Strathaven Rankin linked with Chapelton on August 29 1991.

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North Leith Parish Church in Edinburgh recently celebrated the 200th anniversary of its building with a weekend of festivities.

On Saturday the Church was open with an exhibition relating to its restoration following war damage, along with members' stories. The church hall was open for refreshments, as youth organisations leaders led a series of popular activities for young people in the church ground.

On the Sunday congregations from neighbouring Leith churches and former ministers joined the congregation for a special service which involved a parade of the church's uniformed organisations.

The congregation also welcomed a representative of the Lord Provost of Edinburgh and the local MSP and MP. MSP Ben Macpherson has lodged a motion in the Scottish Parliament to congratulate the congregation and recognise its service to the local community.

Minister, the Rev Alex McAspurren is pictured with the Rev Dr Martin Scott, Secretary to the Council of Assembly and a former Interim Moderator at the Church.

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A church in North Berwick has helped to feed over a hundred children by having lunchtime piano recitals.

During the month of August, half-hour 'pop-up piano performances' in the Abbey Church by local pianists raised £1234 for the charity Mary's Meals.

The idea came from Patricia Coxhead. A donation plate at the door during the music resulted in this total. 

The grand piano was recently donated by a friend of the congregation, and a rota of local pianists filled the slots all month from Mondays to Saturdays.

The minister, the Rev Dr David Graham, said: "The generosity of people has been amazing. We hope this will help the Mary's Meals programme of providing school lunches to the world's poorest children, especially during the present food crisis in Southern Africa."

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Scone and St Martin’s Parish Church in Perthshire held a very successful Summer Fair on the last Saturday in August and raised the sum of £5,800 (and the sum is still rising).

The weather ensured a good attendance from local villagers.


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