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Wellesley set to welcome Moderator

Right  Rev John Chalmers, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland (picture by Alan Rennie)

Right Rev John Chalmers, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland (picture by Alan Rennie)

Wellesley Parish Church in Methil is looking forward to greeting an important visitor this Sunday.

The Wellesley Road kirk is set to welcome the Right Rev John Chalmers, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, to the August 17 service.

He will be preaching the sermon and launching the congregation’s hall development appeal.

Mr Chalmers, who was born in Bothwell, south Lanarkshire, and attended Marr College in Troon, now lives with his wife Liz in Dunfermline.

The couple, who have three children and three grandchildren, have been immersed in Church work most of their lives.

During the early 1980s, Mr Chalmers was a minister in Renton Trinity Parish in West Dunbartonshire and, from 1986-95, he was at Palmerston Place Church in the west end of Edinburgh.

These contrasting parishes gave him a breadth of understanding of the challenges facing the Church.

In 2011, his youngest son John-James was injured in Afghanistan while serving with the Royal Marines.

Mr Chalmers said, at that time, the family experienced the Church as a healing and supportive community.

In a society in which so many people are friendless and lonely, he hoped his role as Moderator would allow him to encourage people to find faith, friendship and the spirit of Christ in the community of the local church.

This encouraging role is what Mr Chalmers will bring to the Wellesley congregation, as it seeks to raise a large sum of money to fund a new flexible, multi-purpose hall facility that will meet the needs of the church, congregation and community of Methil.

Wellesley minister, Rev Gillian Paterson, said: “We are excited about the Moderator’s visit but also about what the future holds for our congregation. We have a large team planning this project and it has already achieved a great deal in a short space of time.

“This is a good example of people working together and Mr Chalmers’ visit is an affirmation by the Church of Scotland about what we are doing in this parish and community.”

 

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