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Parish News Round-up

Wednesday October 27

Our regular round-up of news received from churches.

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Logie Old Graveyard Group has published a new short history of Logie, telling the story of the church and parish which is one of the oldest parishes in Scotland. While recording much of the known history of the parish, near Stirling, the book includes stories from more recent times recorded from oral history gathered during the restoration project at the Old Kirk.

A happy evening was held at the end of September when, author Eleanor Young presented the minister, the Rev Stuart Fulton with the first copy of “Logie, the first 1000 years.” Copies of the book, which has been produced with funding by the Strathmartine Trust, can be ordered through the group web site at £6.50 including post and packing, all money going to support the conservation and preservation work at the Old Kirk.



Five new Elders were ordained in Blackford Parish Church, in Perth Presbytery in September. Left to right: Gordon Eadie, Laura Peacock, Bruce Tarbet, Thelma McNaught and Gordon Roy with the Rev Mairi Perkins.


Banff and King Edward Parish Churches in Aberdeenshire took part (for the first time) in their regional area Wedding Show on October 23.

This was to try and encourage couples to consider the possibility and benefits of a church wedding, even if they had no current association with the church, rather than opting automatically for a secular location and service.

A stall was set up displaying a selection of photos from recent and past weddings and a looped video of parts of a recent wedding, along with wedding brochures, Q&A sheets, sample orders of service, love heart sweets, and other information about church, even all-in packages in the church hall.  The fictitious car registration plate WE2R1 perhaps attracted most interest!

Manning the display and ready to answer any questions were the Rev David Locke (himself recently married) along with the Banff church's children and family worker Mrs Lillian Brown.

The Minister was asked back next year to be included in the fashion show!

Tom Pryde received a long-service certificate in recognition of his 40 years' service as an Elder, and 27 as Session Clerk, at Largoward Parish Church in Fife.

He is pictured receiving the certificate from minister, the Rev Dr Peter Mills, during morning worship.



Two elders were recently presented with Long Service Certificates for many years’ faithful service to St Andrew’s Longtown, part of the Border Kirk Carlisle. Margaret Carlyle and Agnes McGarva, together with William Hardie, who was unable to attend, had together served well over 90 years.

The service however was tinged with some sadness because this Harvest Festival would be the last in the  building as it is due to close early next year. However the congregation will continue, sharing a building with Longtown Methodists.

Trinity Possil and Henry Drummond Church in Glasgow celebrated the 100th birthday of Robert Dey in the summer. Mr Dey, who served in the Army in World War 2 and survived over a year as a POW, has been a member of the church since the mid 1950s and still rarely misses a service. He is pictured with church minister, the Rev Richard Buckley.


The Kirk Session at Lamlash Church of Scotland on the Isle of Arran paid tribute to the work of Laurie Campbell, who is taking a back seat after 47 years of faithful service as an Elder.

Laurie was ordained in Newlands South Church in Glasgow in 1969 and joined the Session in Lamlash Church in 1994, where he has been greatly appreciated by all those he visits regularly and by his fellow Elders for his weekly assistance on the Finance Committee, his contribution to Session meetings, his commitment to the work of the church and his meticulous arrangements for the celebration of the Sacrament of Communion. Throughout his years of service, Laurie has been supported ably by his wife Morag who also assists in the Communion preparations.

The photo shows some of the Kirk Session with Dr Robert Buchanan, Senior Elder (seated), the Rev Lily McKinnon,  Morag Campbell, Laurie Campbell and Ian Watt, Session Clerk.


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