Celebrating 30 years of ministry with Alan Reid

On Saturday 5 October, a large company of members and friends of our congregation and neighbouring congregations met in the church for a special service to mark the 30th anniversary of the ordination of our minister, Alan Reid.

Among those present to share in this joyful occasion were members from Alan’s previous charge in Newcastleton in the Borders,;Alan’s two  predecessors, John Munro, with his wife,  Pat, and Leslie Barr; Angus Morrison from Orwell and Portmoak welcomed the congregation and thanked Alan for his “friendship, grace and many gifts” and said that “for 30 years, Christ’s servant, Alan, has been teaching the life-transforming message for individuals, communities and nations”. Alan’s long-term friend, Ken Stott, now minister in the North Church in Perth, reflected on Alan’s student days in Edinburgh and how a group had met regularly for prayer and mutual support.

Among presentations made to Alan from the Church were two bibles, including a pocket-sized one, a hand-painted commemorative plaque and a card, designed by Anne Sutherland. An enormous “30” cake, was enjoyed by everyone when we had refreshments afterwards. A collection was taken for a charity of Alan’s choosing, the Scottish Bible Society, and this raised over £400.