The Cyrenians have sent us a thank you for the money we sent recently. Liston Walker, their fundraising assistant writes "This Christmas Cyrenians made sure people in this part of the country had access to food, company and warmth in the following ways
-providing food for over 20,000 Christmas meals
-emergency food parcels to get people through the holiday
-500 Christmas hampers distributed to individuals in most need
-50 individuals experienced a family Christmas in our residential communities
From everyone here we thank you and wish you all the best for 2019.
Please note that the General Kirk Session has decided to cancel Haggis Sunday this year. It was felt that with us relying more on pulpit supply and the worship workshop to lead worship at this time, it was perhaps one event too many at the moment. We hope to resurrect it next year and apologies to all those who were looking forward to their haggis lunch.
With Rev Tony Foley's departure to be attached to the Old Parish Church in Peebles a decision has been taken to allow the Worship Workshop to cover the majority of services through January. A decision will be taken later whether to appoint a locum or to continue relying upon the Worship Workshop occasionally supplemented with pulpit supply assistance as we continue to seek a new Minister.
This edition looks back to the Harvest Supper and the activities in the parish to recognise the armistice centenary while looking ahead to a full programme of Christmas activities. More
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A Lifetime of Service
Miss Betty Eastland
As of the end of September Betty and Jessie Eastland are retiring as active elders in Skirling Kirk. They have however assured us that they still intend to be involved in the life of the Kirk and are keen to stay in touch with what is going on in the Parishes. The congregation in Skirling would expect and accept nothing less. Here are some of their recollections of their long involvement with Skirling and its church.
The sisters were both born in the village and attended Sunday school along with all the rest of the children, even those whose parents were not in church. Then when they were older it was Bible Class in the Church or in the Manse. Bible Class involved homework on that week’s text in a pink exercise book marked up each week by the Minister. Then they joined the church in their mid-teens again along with majority of the local children; they remember twelve teenagers joining one Sunday. Betty has seen ten ministers come and go in Skirling, initially Skirling Ministers, then linked with Broughton then in the 1970’s, as we are today, linked with Broughton, Stobo and Drumelzier and Tweedsmuir. Nine of those Ministers went into retirement from the charge.
The Harvest Supper held on 29th September was a huge success. Musical entertainment was provided by John (accordion) and Rebecca (violin) from Biggar, playing together for the first time, and by Strumash, the excellent ukulele band from Peebles.