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Parish News Round-up

Thursday November 10

Our regular round-up of news received from churches.

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An organ recital was given on October 29 by the international organist Andrew Forbes, to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Father Willis Organ in Knightswood St Margaret’s Parish Church, Glasgow.

The organ was initially built in Townhead Blochairn Church in 1866, and was the first Father Willis organ in a church in Scotland. When Townhead Blochairn was closed the building and organ were vandalised. In 1993 the organ was removed by a team of organ enthusiasts and lay in a dismantled state until permission was finally given in 2002 to be rebuilt.


On Sunday October 2 the congregation of Innerleithen, Traquair and Walkerburn Parish Church was joined by the Very Rev Dr Finlay Macdonald, who presented minister, the Rev Janice Faris with a certificate marking the 25th anniversary of her ordination. He also presented long service awards to six elders with a total of 260 years’ service.

Pictured left to right with Mrs Faris and Dr Macdonald: Norman Donald, Peter Anderson, Robert Scott, John Taylor, Tommy Pederson, Douglas Watt.


The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, the Rt Rev Dr Russell Barr preached at Wellesley Parish Church, Methil, and presented long service certificates to six members of the Kirk Session. Jack Warrender and David Donaldson have served for 50 years and Linda Gartshore, Christine Whitelaw, Maureen Cation and Margaret Rae have each served for 30 years, making a total of 220 years.

The Vale of Alford Junior Agricultural Club joined worship at Lumsden Church in Aberdeenshire on October 23, and after the service they provided a Sweet and Sweet lunch for the congregation.

The offering of £420 was to be given to two charities that the Young Farmers support: the Royal Northern Countryside Initiative and Penumbra in Aberdeen, which supports mental health and wellbeing.


As part of the Moderator of the General Assembly’s visit to Moray in May, the Rt Rev Dr Angus Morrison presented a number of Elgin High Elders with Ruling Elder’s Long Service Awards. Those elders were Anita Chapman,  Gordon Farquhar, William McPherson, George Roger, Ian Shayer, Neil Sutherland and Affleck Urqhuart. George Rae was unable to attend the Service in May and was subsequently presented his Long Service Award by Rev Stuart Duff at Elgin High (right). The total service for all eight elders was over 330 years.




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