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Church's Longest Serving Female Parish Minister Retires

THE Church of Scotland’s longest-serving woman parish minister has retired after 37 years of service.

The Very Rev Dr Lorna Hood, who served as Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland in 2013/14, celebrated the end of her ministry at Renfrew North Parish Church on Friday evening with a special Songs of Praise service that included family, friends and a number of high profile political figures, who all commended her long ministry and service to the Church of Scotland.

Paying tribute to Dr Hood, the Principal Clerk to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, the Very Rev John Chalmers said: “Not many people spend the whole of their parish ministry in the one place, but Lorna has done this with distinction. In that time she has both remained faithful to her congregation as well as bringing a significant influence to the wider work of the Church of Scotland.”

“In her parish she has been the model of what a parish minister should be and many people both in the congregation of Renfrew North and the town of Renfrew will miss the care and respect that she had for the whole parish.”

The full story of Dr Hood’s ministry and tributes can be read here

Read an interview with Dr Hood during her year as Moderator here


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