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Visit from The Moderator of the General Assembly

Rt Rev Dr Derek Browning

Visit of the Moderator of the General Assembly of the General Assembly to the St Andrews Presbytery from the 9th to 18th September 2017.

The visit of the Moderator, the Rt Rev Dr Derek Browning and his Chaplain, the Rev John McMahon, will be the first visit by a Moderator for nearly ten years. Neither is a stranger to the area as the Moderator undertook some of his training for ministry at St Marys College and was called to his first charge at Cupar Old Church. His Chaplain has preached at Hope Park and Martyrs Church and was a student for a period in St Andrews.

The programme for the visit, planned and organised by a small committee of Presbytery members, is both full and varied. It will include speaking and preaching engagements, time in local schools and industries, as well as visits to a community Food Bank, Gibson House Care Home, Leuchars Army Base and Anstruther RNLI Station.

The industry visits, to Kettle Produce and Ardross Farm and Shop, are both agricultural as befits our area, and with the fishing industry in Fife now being so much reduced, the connection with the sea will be represented by a visit to the Anstruther Lifeboat Station and, weather permitting, a chance to go out with the crew on an exercise. Education will be represented in the programme by visits to Leuchars Primary School, with its interesting and potentially quite challenging mix of local children, Army children and a remnant of RAF children, and to the Waid Academy in its new premises. The Moderator and Chaplain will have tea with the Principal of the university and dinner with staff from St Marys College and also meet with representatives of the STEPS initiative through which two Palestinian students are financed to undertake post-graduate study at the university for a year. They will also visit the Universitys Energy Centre at Guardbridge.

Dr Browning will speak to Guilds in the Cupar Cluster and take part in a twentieth anniversary celebration of the Cupar Justice and Peace Group in Cupar. Through his good offices, this meeting will be attended by a group of international women which is being entertained by the Church of Scotland ahead of the womens participation in Women in the World Church Conference.

At The Lighthouse in Cupar, which celebrates its thirtieth anniversary this year, the Moderator who was the first Chairman of its Steering Committee, will cut a blue ribbon/offer thanks for the completion of external refurbishment of the building earlier this year. It is hoped that Mary Walker, the current K2 worker will be present as the Moderator was very instrumental in setting up this initiative too. During the week Dr Browning and Mr McMahon will also meet representatives of the Macedonian Ministries team.

The Moderator and Chaplain will take active part in four Sunday services and the mid-week Songs of Praise service at Newport Parish Church. Linked to two of the Sunday services there will be presentations to, of the order of, 60 Elders of long-service certificates. Dr Browning and Mr McMahon will also visit Leuchars St Athernase Church to learn more about the massive regeneration project under way there.

All these activities, and a Civic Reception will be packed into ten days! A copy of the programme for the visit is attached to this report. Two weeks after the time of the Presbytery meeting at which this report will be received, the visit will all be over, but we hope it will remain as a positive memory for all those who engage with the Moderator during his visit, and for the Moderator and his Chaplain too.

The timetable of events can be found at the link below

The following file can be downloaded in PDF format:

NB The stained glass images all derive from local churches.
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