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Parish News Round-up

Friday February 23 2018

Our regular round-up of news received from churches.

Please send items of parish news to magazine@lifeandwork.org or Life and Work, 121 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 4YN. Please check the quality of your pictures: images which are too small, blurry or too dark cannot be used. If there are children in any picture please confirm that their parents or guardians have given permission for publication.

A memorial plaque has been dedicated to Maidie Hart at Dirleton Church in East Lothian.

Maidie, who died in 1997, played a major role in ecumenical affairs and the promotion of women’s equality in church and society in the second half of the 20th century. She was the founder and chair of the Scottish Convention of Women, a founder member of the Ecumenical Forum of European Christian Women, and co-chaired a Community of Women and Men Group in the Church of Scotland.

The plaque was part of a larger memorial bench in her memory in the grounds of Scottish Churches House in Dunblane. When that closed, the bench was brought to Dirleton, where Maidie was a Church elder. Sadly most of the bench was rotted beyond repair, but the memorial inscription has been restored and now forms a plaque on the inside wall of the church.

Church minister the Rev David Graham is pictured with Maidie's daughter, Jennifer Macmillan.

The Presbytery of Ayr has raised over £40,000 through an alternative gift scheme buying much-needed equipment for people in its partner presbyteries of Bandawe and Limphasa in Malawi.

The scheme started in 2013, with people invited to buy a mosquito net for £5 as a gift at Christmas. In 2015 the appeal was for solar lamps, helping reduce the danger of fires and fumes in confined spaces; and this year the focus switched to the purchase of seed and fertiliser.

A group of 20 are going out to Malawi in July from Alloway Parish Church, and a team from Malawi are visiting in September.


Long Service Certificates were presented to five elders of Motherwell St Mary’s who have each served for 30 years. From left: the Rev Bryce Calder, Janette Rennie, Harry Corbet, Findlay Cornelius, Les Innes, Bill Taylor and session clerk Allan Joyce.

George Ralston of Denny Westpark Church received a long-service certificate for 30 years’ service as an elder. Pictured from left: the Rev Kipchumba Too, George Ralston, his wife Mary Ralston, and session clerk Campbell Young.

Internationally-known singer Barbara Dickson is to sing at the latest in a series of celebrations at Dunfermline Abbey church next month. Ms Dickson will sing ‘Scots Wha hae’ during the performance of a play on the rediscovery of King Robert the Bruce’s bones in the grounds of the abbey, which took place 200 years ago.
The play, ‘Bones, Bogles and Coronets’, has been written by local playwright Diane M Stewart and will be prefaced by significant musical input from the pupils of Pittencrieff Primary School, the Abbey Choir of Dunfermline and local musicians from Dunfermline Folk Club.

The play starts at 7pm and tickets are now available, priced £15 for adults and £10 for children/concessions, from ‘Sew, Yarn, Crafty’ in the High Street; from Dunfermline Abbey before and after Sunday services, or via the Dunfermline Abbey website.


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