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Parish News Round-up

Wednesday November 3

Our regular round-up of news received from churches.

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Six members of 17th Ayr Boys’ Brigade received their Queen’s Badges during a service of dedication at Castlehill Parish Church.

David Houston, Darren Morrison, Jack McDougall, Rory McNeil, Craig Reid and Angus Stuart joined the previous 73 recipients of the Badge since the Company was formed in 1959.

After the service, the boys served up a soup and sweet lunch which raised £350 to go towards a trip to Romania next year. The company has a 10-year association with the Rhema Foundation, which helps abandoned children living with HIV/AIDS. They previous visited in 2011 and 2013.

Some of the Foundation were at the  service along with some Romanian friends.

St Michael’s Linlithgow mounted a memorable production of ‘The Seed Must Die’, a musical passion play scripted by acclaimed Christian author Jenny Robertson, in March 2016. The show is now available on DVD, bundled with a CD studio recording of some of the music. 

Musical numbers include Mary Magdalene’s soulful ballads, the Judas Rap, and ‘The Sanhedrin Blues’ as sung with relish by Caiaphas (the Rev Stewart Gillan - pictured).

The DVD and CD can be ordered on eBay, for £10 + P&P. All proceeds go to St Michael’s Cross House Energy Action Project. 

Amanda Murray, aged 30, is the new beadle at Insch-Leslie-Premnay-Oyne church in the Presbytery of Gordon. She is pictured kitted up for a sky-dive which she did in October to raise funds for the church.


St Michael’s Church and Guild in Edinburgh hosted the exhibition celebrating the 175th Anniversary of the Edinburgh Medical Missionary Society (EMMS) from September 30 to October 3. The exhibition featured mainly on  the work done by EMMS in Malawi and Nepal especially the new palliative care programme in Nepal. Picture: the Rev James Petticrew, Church Development Manager for EMMS, with the Rev James Aitken, Minister of St Michael’s and Guild members.


Seven elders and one organist in Yester, Bolton and Saltoun Kirk were recently honoured for a total of over 280 years of service between them.  They received their certificates and the warm appreciation of the congregation on consecutive Sundays in Bolton and Yester churches.   

Pictured above:  the Rev Anikó Scheutz Bradwell, Jim McDougal, Alex Hogg, Hugh Main, Finlay Marshall and Percy Craigie; and below: Mrs Scheutz Bradwell, Jim Paterson, Sandy Boswell and John Burleigh.



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