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Thursday December 22

Our regular round-up of news received from churches.

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A service of rededication took place in St Andrew’s church, Forteviot on Wednesday November 16. Fragments of Pictish carved stones from three separate crosses – the Invermay Cross, the Forteviot Cross and the Forteviot Ring Cross – are now displayed in the church.

These fragments bear witness to the enduring Christian community of Strathearn.

Speaking at the rededication, Professor Stephen Driscoll of Glasgow University said: “The installation of this collection of Pictish sculpture in Forteviot Church is important both for what it reveals about Scotland’s past and what it says about the community’s present…

“The care and attention given to these relics of Forteviot’s heroic age is to be celebrated for what it says about the health of the community and the wider institutional support from Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust, Historic Environment Scotland and the University of Glasgow.”

Also part of the display is the Forteviot Handbell, a rare surviving cast bronze handbell typical of the Irish and Pictish churches of the 9th and 10th centuries.


 

The Rev Evelyn Hope, a retired Church of Scotland minister, has published an anthology study book for Lent based on the Ruthwell Cross.

The eighth century Anglo-Saxon cross stands in the parish church at Ruthwell, in Dumfries and Galloway.

The book was launched at a recent meeting of the Presbytery of Dumfries and Kirkcudbright, and proceeds from the sale of the book will be donated to the upkeep of Ruthwell Church buildings. Evelyn is pictured with Jennifer Squires, Presybytery Elder from Cummertrees, Mouswald and Ruthwell.


 

Most Advent calendars start full and then empty as it gets closer to Christmas, but this year the congregation of Broom Parish Church decided to do it in reverse.

Each member of the congregation was given an empty ‘Advent calendar’ bag donated by the local Co-op and asked to donate an item of food each day for the first 10 days of December. The proceeds have been given to the local East Renfrewshire foodbank.


 

Five new elders were recently ordained in Glasgow St Columba’s Gaelic church. Left to right: George Barry, Raymond Wilson, Kathleen Robertson, Interim Moderator the Rev Melvyn Wood, Pauline Mitchell, Donald MacKechnie and Duncan Mitchell, Session Clerk.


 

 

 


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