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Thursday December 8

Our regular round-up of news received from churches.

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A Port Glasgow church has installed new stained glass windows in honour of its five former ministers.

The new windows at Hamilton Bardrainney Church were dedicated at morning service on November 27, with two of the ministers taking part in the service.

The initial inspiration for the windows came after the sad death of the Rev Tom Preston, when a donation was made for a reminder of his 10-year ministry in the church.

The Kirk Session decided that two stained glass windows in the church would be a fitting tribute. These windows were put in place and they now adorn and transform the entrance to the church.

Following this, it was decided to fit four more windows dedicated to the church’s other former ministers – the Rev Norman Orr, the Rev David Easton, the Rev David McAdam and the Rev James Munro. These windows have been installed over the last few months.

David Easton preached and James Munro offered prayers at the dedication service, which was led by the Rev Stuart Stevenson OLM. Retired deacon Greta Gray shared memories of each of the former ministers.


Scone and St Martins Parish Church Lunch Club had its Christmas lunch on Thursday December 1 at Scone Old Church Hall, where 68 people enjoyed their lunch prepared and served by a team of 15 volunteers.



Kenmure Church, Bishopbriggs celebrated the end of Guild Week and 65 years of its Guild by presenting Long Service Badges to: (back, left to right) Margaret Forbes, Jessie Carlisle, Marion McFarlane, Nonagh Bell, Maureen Brownlie; (front) Rena James, Irene Crème.



James Beresford marked over 60 years as an elder at Shotts: Calderhead Erskine Parish Church in Lanarkshire. Still active within his district, the Kirk Session and church life, he is pictured (centre) with clerk to the congregational board Joan Muir, session clerk Liam Haggart, interim moderator the Rev Dr Georgie Baxendale and treasurer Robert Williams.


The Rev John Burns of Portpatrick Church, in the Presbytery of Wigtown and Stranraer, presented long service certificates to: William McMiken and David Maxwell, church treasurer and session clerk respectively, who have been both elders for 42 years; Mary Gibson, who has been church cleaner for 33 years, and Fiona Maxwell who has edited the church newsletter for 32 years.


Church of Scotland Guild members at Logie and St John’s (Cross) Church in Dundee who were recently presented with long service certificates. Back (from left): Pat Milne, Elma Cathro, Nessie Ogilvy, Margaret Laird, Norma Birds, Margaret Sloan, Betty Taylor; front: Dorothy Aversano, Elma Herd, Catherine McLean, Isobel McDiarmid.

 The Rev David Logan, minister at St Mary's Greyfriars' Church, Dumfries presenting Ronald McEwan with a Long Service Certificate to mark 50 years as an elder in the church. Ronald was also given a set of crystal glasses on behalf of the congregation.




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