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Christians from across the geographical spread of Hamilton Presbytery assembled earlier this evening in Blantyre Old Parish Church to mark the 500th Anniversary of the commencement of the Reformation with a special service of thanksgiving. The Moderator, Mrs Roberta Hutton, presided. Guest preacher for the occasion was the Rev. Canon Professor Charlotte Methuen of Glasgow University, a renowned Reformation scholar who spoke of the continuing value of Martin's Luther's contribution to the shaping of western Christianity, and the growing realisation than in God's grace we each have something to offer one another for the good of the whole Church.

In that spirit, members of the Presbytery were joined by representatives from several denominations with whom the Church of Scotland enjoys close fellowship, and others tendered their apology but sent good wishes and prayers. There was a brief gathering in the adjacent hall after the service for a time of further fellowship over tea and coffee.

The Moderator, on behalf of the Presbytery, expressed thanks to the Rev. Sarah Ross and the Kirk Session of Blantyre Old, which this year celebrates its own 450th anniversary as a congregation, and for hosting the occasion and providing hospitality.

Pause for Hope Posted on 17 Oct 2017

Moderator Roberta Hutton delivered the Homily at the ecumenical service for all people affected by cancer.  Held at Our Lady of Good Aid Cathedral, Motherwell on Thursday 12th October.

A Pause for Hope was initiated to bring together, in prayer, those affected by all forms of cancer; their loved ones and their carers.

FOCUS ON THE GUILD Posted on 04 Oct 2017  |  Website

The Presbytery of Hamilton, with the main focus of its meeting on the work of the Guild, gathered on 3 October 2017 at Dalziel St Andrew's Parish Church, Motherwell for its regular meeting. As well as receiving reports from the North and South Presbyterial Councils from their respective Conveners, Margaret Muir and Anne McIntyre, the Conveners delivered informative presentations on the six current Guild projects. The Presbytery was also pleased to welcome as its guest speakers for the evening, Iain W Whyte, national General Secretary of the Guild, and Karen Gillon, the Associate Secretary, who spoke to the wider work of the Guild and the important contribution it makes to the wider Church and Scottish society generally. (A copy of their presentation is available elsewhere on the web-site.)

Current Vacancies for Ministers (Charges with Premission to Call) Posted on 06 Sep 2017

Airdrie: Cairnlea linked with Calderbank (1 January 2016) [Unrestricted]: Interim Moderator - Rev. Derek Hughes

Airdrie: Clarkston (30 September 2017) [Unrestricted]: Interim Moderator- Rev. Alan Gibson

Bargeddie (7 March 2017) [50% Ministry - Reviewable]: Interim Moderator – Rev. Michael Lyall

Chapelhall linked with Kirk o’ Shotts (27 May 2014) [Unrestricted]: Interim Moderator - Rev. Margaret Currie

Coatbridge: Blairhill Dundyvan linked with Coatbridge: Middle (7 February 2017) [7 year Reviewable]: Interim Moderator – Rev. Sandra Black]

Shotts: Calderhead Erskine (12 August 2017) [Unrestricted]: Interim Moderator - Rev. Terry Moran

INDUCTION AT OVERTOWN Posted on 30 Jun 2017  |  Website

The Presbytery of Hamilton met last evening, to induct the Rev. Lorna MacDougall to the charge of Overtown. A rather wet miserable evening did not deter an excellent turnout, and sixteen visitors from the Presbyteries of Falkirk, Glasgow, Lanark and Stirling augmented the twenty-four members of Presbytery present. The occasion was again a joyous one, with the Moderator adding his usual light touch to the formal parts of the proceedings, and with an excellent sermon delivered by the Rev. Terry Taylor, who was herself inducted to a charge in the Presbytery three months ago. Pictured in the above photograph are Lorna, with the Rev. Neil Buchanan, Interim Moderator on the outer left, and her sister, Maudeen MacDougall, minister at Carnwath lw Carstairs, on the outer right. She is flanked by the Rev. Terry Taylor, and the Moderator of Presbytery, the Rev. Gavin W.G. Black.

INDUCTION NEWS Posted on 28 Jun 2017

Inductions to Hamilton Presbytery

The second of three inductions to charges within Hamilton Presbytery took place on Monday night, 26 June 2017, when the Rev. Bryce Calder, who has translated from Kirkintilloch: St David's Memorial, was inducted to the Pastoral Charge of Motherwell St. Mary's. Pictured left is the Rev. Bryce Calder (second left) accompanied by (left to right) the Rev. Gavin W G Black, Moderator of the Presbytery; the Rev. Arthur Barrie, Interim Moderator; the Rev. Christopher Rankine (Hamilton: Hillhouse) who led worship and preached the sermon; and the Presbytery Clerk, the Rev. Dr. Gordon A McCracken.

The Presbytery will also on Thursday evening, induct to the Pastoral Charge of Overtown the Rev. Lorna I MacDougall, who has successfully transited from the Auxiliary Ministry, having served in that capacity for a good number of years within Falkirk Presbytery.

Earlier this month, the Presbytery associated with the National Synod of Scotland of the United Reformed Church for the ordination of the Rev. Stewart Cutler, who was inducted to the Pastoral Charge of Stonehouse: St Ninian's LEP by both denominations, the joyous service being a clear demonstration of a closer working relationship between two branches of the one family. The service took place on Friday 9 June 2017.

The Presbytery of Hamilton is a component element of The Church of Scotland, Scottish Charity No SC011353