2013-2017 Copyright © Kirkurd and Newlands Parish Church of Scotland | Scottish Charity Number SC011353
Romanno Bridge, West Linton, EH46 7BZ
We are part of the Church of Scotland and the life of our Church revolves around our weekly Sunday worship. Holy Communion is celebrated on the 3rd Sunday of January, May and November. Other activities include Adventurers, the Guild and special events (such as an annual harvest supper).
Our Kirk session consists of the Minister and about 12 elders of the congregation. There is also an annual congregational meeting.
We try to inspire the people in the community with the Good News of Jesus Christ through lively worship, concern for others, nurturing people in their faith and serving the community.
The minister is happy to meet with anyone who is interested in finding out about faith and church membership. Bible Study groups take place and these are open to all.
John's gospel has no Christmas story as such, no angels, no stable, no wise men. But it does say that when Christ came, light flooded into the world and the darkness has never managed to put that light out. It seems entirely appropriate that when news of the first Christmas was announced to the world as in Luke's version of the story, the dark night sky was flooded with light and with the sound of angels singing. Darkness was dispelled in a very dramatic way.
If ever we are lying awake at night worrying about something, the darkness is always more intense, and the problems even greater than they seem when daylight comes. It is now 12 months since I was asked to come and serve in your three parishes. And if there have been some nights when I have lain awake and worried, how much more difficult it must have been for all of you as the months of uncertainty have dragged on. For all of us it has been a potent reminder that even in the best of societies, different forces can be at work and that people can be hurt and good work impeded and set back, often when we least expect it. But when we look at the Christmas story once more ,we see that this precious child was not born in a comfortable home, lying on silken cushions with an adoring world at his feet. This vital birth took place in a borrowed stable far from home because of a Roman decree to a conquered people. His birth occasioned the slaughter of many innocent babies, and he and his family immediately became refugees fleeing for their lives from a jealous king. Never was light more wanted or needed.
I cannot know exactly what lies ahead for you all, but I trust that it is within God's plan that there is a positive and vibrant future for the parishes as you seek to worship and carry out your ministries. It has been a privilege to work with you and I have enjoyed being 'back in harness'. I know that with Nancy's continuing work, and under the guidance of Dr Finlay Macdonald, the way ahead will be clearer. Kirk joins me in wishing you every blessing, this Christmas and always.
OUR WARMEST THANKS TO RACHEL DOBIE
We have been very fortunate to have The Rev Rachel Dobie as our Interim Moderator over the past year. She has worked tirelessly taking services, chairing meetings, ensuring the smooth running of the church and parish and guiding us through some difficult times. We enormously appreciate all her efforts, particularly during this 700 Anniversary year of worship at Newlands. We look forward to working with The Very Rev Dr Finlay Macdonald, who will be taking over as Interim Moderator in January.