DUNS Parish Church held its ‘Heart and Soul’ weekend event celebrating its life and work both past and present and as Rev Stephen Blakey reflected – the church is very much “alive”.
Over two dozen stands were testament to the creativity and talent of the people within the congregation with the event showcasing both the work of the wider church as well as its local community involvement. The exhibitions depicted the history of the church, seasons in the Christian calendar, the Sacraments, Remembrance, the Guild, children’s work and the small groups, which meet outwith the Sunday service, as well as Fairtrade and books stalls.
Duns Primary School P4-7 pupils were the first through the doors on Friday with over 190 attending in small groups. They enjoyed singing, quizzes and crafts helped by members of the congregation and then had an opportunity to leave their comments and suggestions for the future, which included ‘can we have more things like this event’.
The children seemed particularly inspired by a prayer sanctuary (marquee) erected in the church where they were able to spend quiet time and write personal messages.
Members of the congregation and public were invited to view the exhibition over the course of the weekend with Rev Stephen Blakey giving a short presentation on all that it takes to run a church. He shared his hope that the ‘Heart and Soul’ event would be a springboard to the future possibilities of Duns Parish Church.
The event culminated in an upbeat and uplifting ‘Songs of Praise’ on Sunday evening when a packed church, represented by people from all over Berwickshire, came together to sing their favourite hymns.