news updated: 04 Nov 2013

Minister Inducted

On Wednesday, 30 October the Rev Paul R Read was inducted to the pastoral charge of Applegarth, Sibbaldbie & Johnstone linked with Lochmaben.

 The service was held in Lochmaben Church and was conducted by the Moderator of the Annandale & Eskdale Presbytery, Rev Adam J Dillon. Other participants in the service
were Rev J Daniel M Gibb, Rev C Bryan Haston and Rev I Scott McCarthy.

Following the Induction there was a Welcome Social in Lochmaben Church Hall. After refreshments, Harry Smith, Session Clerk, Applegarth, Sibbaldbie & Johnstone, welcomed Rev Paul Read and his wife, Joy, to the parish. Rev Paul Read gave an appropriate reply before taking the chair. Then George Smith, Session Clerk, Lochmaben, thanked John Bicket for his term as Interim Moderator during the vacancy and gave him a token of appreciation of the work he had done. There followed addresses by Rev Murdo Macdonald, Bathgate High Parish Church and Melvin Keenan, St Kane's Parish Church, New Deer. The evening concluded with musical items by Lochmaben Church Choir under their conductor, Ian More.