Final preparations are underway for the visit of the Moderator of the General Assembly, the Rt. Rev. Susan Brown, to Hamilton Presbytery. The visit will take place over the period from 9 to 18 March 2019.
During her visit the Moderator will preach at Stonehouse: St Ninian’s LEP on Sunday 10 March, and attend worship with several Blantyre and Hamilton congregations, including the Baptist and the Congregational Churches, at Hamilton: Hillhouse later that evening. On the following Sunday she will attend an “alternative worship” service at East Kilbride: Stewartfield, before participating in a Presbytery praise service in the evening at Airdrie: Cairnlea, at which around 4,000 years of “long service” by office bearers will be recognised.
As well as some congregational activities at East Kilbride and Uddingston Mrs Brown will visit a number of businesses across the Presbytery area, including the Tunnocks factory and Liberty Steel, as well as DBCargo (Railhead), Enable (Scotland) and SEPA, all based at Eurocentral.
During her visit she will also have breakfast with serving Ministers, with Senior Pupils from local secondary schools and meet with Spiritual Care Team members from across Lanarkshire NHS area, as well as visit Crossreach’s Threshold Service offices in Hamilton.
Meetings are also scheduled with the Provosts and some senior officials of both North and South Lanarkshire Councils.
Visits to the West Service Delivery Headquarters of Scottish Fife and Rescue and to the Lanarkshire Mosque and Welfare Centre based in New Stevenston are also on the Moderator’s itinerary.
She will also be in attendance when the Moderator and Clerk of the Presbytery “sign” the Stigma Free Lanarkshire Pledge on behalf of the Presbytery.
It promises to be a very full and varied but stimulating programme of events.