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Parish Page – November 2016
From the Session Clerk
In September Jan and Sandy moved from Dolphinston to St Boswells and we wish them both many years of happiness in their new abode. I am so glad to report that Jan will continue as an Elder but as she has moved out of the valley will find it more difficult to be so ‘hands on’ as she has been in the past.
From time to time it has been suggested that our Kirk sound system required to be updated and Alan Strickland has kindly done research into how we might proceed with this project. Session have agreed that the suggestions made by a Selkirk firm have merit and a site visit has taken place. Hopefully at our next Session meeting in November a decision can be made to go forward with the suggested new sound system.
Since our last Parish Page in July we held a fun pet service in September which was held outside and luckily the weather was kind to us so we did not have to revert to the ‘wet weather programme’! There were lots of dogs but sadly no other animals so hopefully next year, if we hold a pet service, there will be lots of different species brought along! I must report that there were no dog fights!
grow not old as we that are left grow old. Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. As the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them” but also “Tell them of us and say, for their tomorrow we gave our today” these lines were written by John Maxwell Edmonds in 1916 but perhaps better known as the Kohima epitaph. Our service ended with singing all three verses of God Save the Queen. Not long till Christmas. Hope that we will see lots of support for all the planned activities over the next two months details of which are given throughout the Parish Page.
Col Colin Hogg
There is a new idea emerging from Presbytery and Ministries Council in Edinburgh, looking at churches . The idea would be to have a hub- based ministry – this image is rather one of hub and spokes in an inseparable relationship of independence. While the hub (leadership) is essential to good function, it can achieve little on its own, the spokes (partner workers) transforming the hub into an effective and efficient wheel. This is just in its infancy and would need much discussion and effective working with everyone.
The idea would be to have one hub in Kelso and one hub in Hawick.
There was a talk on Street Pastors in Galashiels. These volunteer Pastors go out on Saturday nights to “look out” for the youth on the streets. They are very well thought of by the police and the people in need. Always looking for more volunteers.
Anyone who is familiar with “Facebook” can type in “rural churches in Scotland”. There they can see interesting things happening in the Rural Churches, Oxnam is featured.