Ministers page

30 June, 2013

Dear friends,


Summer has arrived!  It is holiday time for many of us.  We have enjoyed some sunny days although the infamous midgies have also come to visit us!  Whether you go away or stay at home during the summer months I hope that you enjoy a little rest from all the busyness of our daily lives.


Our holiday this year will involve packing and moving to Aberdeen.  Details of our move are falling into place.


Aberdeen Presbytery met on 25th June and ‘sustained the call’.  Argyll Presbytery has already agreed to my ‘translation’ from the linked Charge of Central Cowal to Midstocket Church subject to the approval of Aberdeen Presbytery. 


Rev. Drew Barrie of Trinity Church, Rothesay, has been appointed as Interim Moderator during the Vacancy in Central Cowal, and he will introduce himself to the three congregations when he preaches after my induction. 


My last Sunday will be 28th July.  This will be a united service held in St. John’s Church.   I hope that this will be a family service so that all ages from the three congregations can share together in worship.   Happy songs will be the order of the day to minimise triggers for tears!


When we left Bermuda our farewell was a ‘pool party’ so we could joke about all the water falling into the pool!  Perhaps there will be some good Argyll drizzle around us that day!


We have enjoyed living and worshipping amongst you since our arrival in April 2009.  You gave us such a warm welcome into the congregation and community.  You have shown great commitment to God and His Church.  You have impressed us by your willingness to work hard, to support each other through difficult times, to accept new ideas, to adapt to changed circumstances.


We are going to miss you deeply, for in a relatively short time you have become very special brothers and sisters in Christ.  We will take a close interest in your progress towards a new minister and a new chapter in your life as the congregation of God’s people in Kirn.


We shall keep in touch with you through calls and emails and hopefully some visits to and from Aberdeen.


In the words of Laban to Jacob, “May the Lord watch over us while we are apart.” (Genesis 31 v 49)


With our prayers for God’s blessings,

Sarah and family.



Parish Profile

The recently updated Parish Profile can be found here.


COG resumes with an open meeting on 14th September when our guest speaker will be from the R.N.L.I. All are welcome and invited to attend (including men!) to show our support to a worthy organisation. Meetings take place in St John's Church Hall, Wednesdays at 8pm.

Molly McNair’s 100th Birthday

See here for photographs from Molly McNair's 100th Birthday tea in the Church.

Mission Partner Update

We have an update on the work of our Mission Partner - Dr Ruth Shakespeare. Read more on our Mission Partner News Page

Community of Faith Conferences

At the beginning of 2016, the Community of Faith Conference will be running in Glasgow, Dumfries and Inverness for those that are involved in ministry with children and young people all over Scotland. The theme for the 2016 events will be 'for churches with few or no children'. See here for more details.

Our Wee Shop

Click here to see an update on "our wee shop" from Lawther.

Interim Moderator

A letter from the new Interim Moderator can be found here.


We meet every Sunday at Kirn Parish Church at 10.30 am see our Location page for details of where we are

Sunday School

We have an enthusiastic Sunday School who meet every week during morning service. At present there are about 15 children aged 3-12 who enjoy singing, stories, making things and participating in services. There is a rota of 6 adults who lead the Sunday School activities in discussion with the minister and deacon. We have a prizegiving service for our children in June every year and we always organise a barbeque or picnic at around the same time. In recent years this has been a joint celebration with the St. John’s Sunday School. The children also lead a nativity service in December each year and this is greatly enjoyed by the whole congregation.