An exciting milestone was reached at Wellesley Parish Church this weekend, when Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, Rt Rev John Chalmers, joined the congregation in worship to launch their new hall funding appeal.
Mr Chalmers preached an inspirational sermon based on the feeding of the 5000 and the Lord’s Prayer, and encouraged the congregation to fulfil their vision to provide a seven day a week multi purpose facility that will benefit the whole community, as well as the church congregation itself.
Mr Chalmers also presented the church minister, Rev Gillian Paterson with a dove made in Bethlehem from broken glass from past conflicts as part of an innovative national campaign asking people to pray for peace in a troubled world.
Each person at the service was also given a paper dove for them to write their name and a prayer for peace which will be returned to the church this Sunday, before being sent back to Mr Chalmers who will forward many of them to Prime Minister David Cameron, while some will form a window display at the Church Offices in Edinburgh.
Following the service, Mr Chalmers was presented with a history of the Ryder Cup from 1927 as a gift, before enjoying a lunch with local elected officials and Lord Lieutenant for Fife, Margaret Dean.
The next step for the congregation is a series of meals in September where they will all view the detailed plans for the project.