Last evening, the Ordination of Mrs Fiona Anderson as an Ordained Local Minister took place at East Kilbride Old Parish Church. Fiona is one of a trio of OLMs ordained and deployed by the presbytery between September and November: a significant contribution to the Ministry at a time when an increasing number of Full-Time Ministers are approaching retirement.
The Service was held at East Kilbride Old to facilitate live-streaming, and was watched by friends of Fiona’s in the Caribbean, Holland, and the United States of America. Fiona, however, will be working with the Rev. Shaw Paterson and the congregation of Strathaven: Trinity, where she did one of her training placements.
Worship was led by the Rev. Anne Paton, Minister at the Old Parish in East Kilbride where Fiona undertook her probationary period, so she felt very much ‘at home,’ although a member of Hamilton St. John’s.
The Moderator, the Rev. Maxine Buck presided, and gave the charges; and the Rev. Anne Paton preached on the Call of Jeremiah in conjunction with the assurance of Jesus in Matthew chapter 6 that there is no need to worry, because the future is, as it has always been, in God’s hands.
The service can be view at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a9x2HoZ5Euk