Duns Presbytery will welcome special guest

Pope Francis exchanges gifts with Reverend John Chalmers, moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, during a private audience in the pontiff's studio, at the Vatican, Monday, Feb. 16, 2015. (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano, Pool)
Pope Francis exchanges gifts with Reverend John Chalmers, moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, during a private audience in the pontiff's studio, at the Vatican, Monday, Feb. 16, 2015. (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano, Pool)
  • Moderator and his wife will play golf at Eyemouth Duns Parish Church will host special event

The Right Reverend John Chalmers, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, is to visit the Borders Presbyteries next weekend.

The Moderator, and his wife Elizabeth, will arrive at Dryburgh Abbey Hotel on Saturday, March 28, where he will be welcomed by representatives from each presbytery (Duns, Jedburgh and Melrose and Peebles).

The visit of the Moderator of the General Assembly is always a big occasion for local churches

Rev Stephen Blakey

On Sunday, March 29 (Palm Sunday) he will visit Melrose and Peebles Presbytery and the Presbytery of Jedburgh and on Monday he will arrive at the Prebytery of Duns.

In the morning the Moderator and Mrs Chalmers will enjoy a game of golf at Eyemouth Golf Club and following lunch they will visit the lifeboat at Eyemouth harbour

The plan, weather permitting, is for the Moderator and Mrs Chalmers to then travel by lifeboat to St Abb’s Head to see the nature reserve. They will also visit Coldingham Priory to see around the Priory and share afternoon tea with members of the congregation.

On Tuesday, March 31, the Moderator and his wife will be taken to Lanark Lodge, the centre in Duns for people with learning difficulties.

Following lunch at Mount Pleasant Farm it’s then on to Duns Primary School where the Moderator will attend Duns Parish Church Children’s Easter event arranged by the Rev Stephen Blakey, Moderator of Duns Prebytery, the highlight of which will be an address by the Moderator.

Rev Blakey said: “The visit of the Moderator of the General Assembly is always a big occasion for local churches. It acts as a reminder of the role of the Church of Scotland as the national church, with a responsibility to provide pastoral support to all corners of our land. Our local congregations are important, of course, but so is the wider remit of the Kirk to take the Gospel and the ‘ordinances of religion’ to all those in Scotland who wish to receive it.

“The visit by the Moderator will present us with an opportunity to remind ourselves of the great things that are happening in the congregations across Duns Presbytery, and reflecting on how all of that links in with the bigger picture.

“These days with the Moderator in our midst will be uplifting and encouraging for us all, and I am looking forward to it all.”