The retirement of the Rev Ann Inglis, minister of Langton and Lammermuir Kirk, was marked by a special service in Langton Church, Gavinton, on Sunday.
The church was packed with members and wellwishers all wanting to bid her a fond farewell. The service was conducted jointly by the Rev Ann and Rev George Grubb, former Lord Provost of Edinburgh and former minister of Craigsbank Parish Church in Corstorphine, where Ann was for some years his assistant.
There were contributions from members of the Kirk Session describing the work that Ann has done in the parish and thanking her for all she has done for the community, in which she was ably supported by her husband Jack.
Towards the end of the service, a birthday cake was carried in to mark the fact that Ann was leaving the congregation on the very day of her 65th birthday.
It was in March 2003 that Rev Ann was inducted as minister of the linked parishes of Langton and Polwarth and Kirk of Lammermuir. In the 12 years she has served the community, she has been involved in many changes.
The two linked parishes decided, under her guidance, to unite in 2006 as Langton and Lammermuir Kirk. Attendance at Sunday worship has risen to an average of 40% of the membership, considerably higher than the national average.
Ann has placed special emphasis on Stewardship, resulting not only in material benefits for the church, but also in spiritual benefits for her congregation. She was instrumental in starting a Prayer Circle among members and in fostering the development of members’ skills in leading worship.
The Guild has flourished during her tenure and now boasts its first few male members. She has also managed to fit in, without detriment to her parish duties, a significant contribution to the Church at presbytery and at national level, aided by her experience as an advocate before she was called to the ministry.
After the service, most of the congregation walked down to Gavinton Village Hall where the female members of the Kirk Session had laid on a sumptuous meal for 80 guests.
The congregation wishes Ann and Jack Inglis a happy and fulfilling life in their new home in South Queensferry.