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Thursday January 25 2018

Our regular round-up of news received from churches.

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On Sunday December 17 Cranhill Parish Church in Glasgow celebrated the baptism of three young people and the confirmation of three others. This followed a six-week ‘Discipleship Lab’ with the young people exploring Luke’s Gospel.
As part of their preparation, each young person prepared an introduction for themselves, telling about hobbies and interests but also about their desire to be ‘a child of God’ and to ‘live a new life’. This was shared with the congregation a part of the service.
The young people - Divine, Wisdom and Lucy (confirmed) and Priscila, Miracle and Terry (baptised) - are pictured with family members, Cranhill minister the Rev Muriel Pearson and minister in training Sonia Blakesley.

An ecumenical service of Christian Unity was hosted by the Rev Aftab Gohar in Abbotsgrange Parish Church, Grangemouth, on Sunday January 21, when Alice Hamilton received the Jimmy Murphy Trophy in recognition for her work in the community.
The award, named after a local man who went above and beyond for the local community, is presented each year to a Grangemouth resident who has given of their time to help others.
Alice was recognised for her work with Grangemouth Children's Day, creating dresses for those taking part, something she has done for almost 50 years.
Alice is an Elder of Abbotsgrange Church and is heavily involved with the Girls' Brigade as an Officer of 1st Grangemouth GB, where she has served since she was 17 years old, and a very active member of the weekly Coffee Club.
Alice is pictured with the Rev Aftab Gohar and also (from left) the Rev Colin Mailer, the Rev Alison Meikle, the Rev Canon Leo Glancy and the Rev Willie Shaw.



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