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Parish Page – November 2016

From the Session Clerk

First of all an update on where we are with regards the appointment of a minister to Kelso Country Churches (KCC – Roxburgh, Stitchill, Smailholm & Makerstoun) and Oxnam Parish. A nomination committee consisting of six members from KCC and five from Oxnam now meet regularly. The five members from Oxnam are Jayne Palmer, Morag McKeand, Moira Land, Ann Fraser and Andrew Dodds. Ann Fraser has been nominated by the committee as the committee convenor. Our Kirk Session has agreed on our Parish Profile which can now be read, in conjunction with the KCC profile, on the website so the position is being advertised and we now wait for applications. If you wish to be kept completely up to date please contact Ann Fraser. Our Church website goes from strength to strength. Jan Scott, who has been our website co-ordinator for many years, has handed over the role to Morag McKeand with Moira Land acting as the deputy. A huge thank you to Jan for all her hard work with the website. Do follow our website for up to date information and indeed those who do will already see that Morag has made a number of changes.

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!

In October we held our Harvest Thanksgiving Service. A full report on this service appeared in the Southern Reporter with a photograph under the heading of ‘Hen lays her claim to fame at Oxnam Kirk’. Many thanks to Moira Land who brought Henrietta who took a great interest in all that was going on around her during the service. The church had been beautifully decorated by Beryl Barbour and her team. A huge thank you to them all. Indeed throughout the year flowers always appear at our Sunday services as if like magic an our continued thanks to Beryl for ensuring that this happens. On 6th November we held our Remembrance Service. As in the past, the first wreaths laid were in remembrance of F/O Robert Bruce and CQMS Thomas Hall KOSB. Heather Rhodes, the sister of Robert Bruce, laid the first wreath and Irene Dalton, niece of Thomas Hall, the second wreath. The congregation, led by Marion, and to the accompany of the pipes then went outside to our 1st World War Memorial to remember the twenty two from the Oxnam valley who did not return. After a prayer from Marion the names of the fallen were read out then Anna Barbour sounded the Last Post. Bob Young laid the wreath which was followed by the piper playing The Flowers of the Forrest and then the two minutes silence. Reveille was then sounded by Anna. We returned into the warmth of the church with the pipes playing Blue Bonnets o’er the Border, the Regimental March of the King’s Own Scottish Borderers. Eleven of those named on our memorial plaque lost their lives serving with the KOSB’s. Marion, as always, led us in a most meaningful service with peace being very much the theme. Not only did Marion recite Binyon’s famous lines “They shall
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.

Moira Land

Parish Page - July 2016