Moderators of the General Assembly, Church of Scotland have visited Aberdeen for many years to coincide with Founders Day celebrations at the University of Aberdeen. After a year’s absence due to the pandemic this annual event was celebrated again.

The Presbytery of Aberdeen and Shetland welcomed the current moderator of the General Assembly Lord Jim Wallace of Tankerness QC and his wife Lady Rosie Wallace over the weekend of 11th-13th February 2022.

On Friday 11th February the Annual Presbytery Service was held at High Hilton Parish Church. The service was attended by 108 presbyters and their families and was at full capacity given the Covid regulations that were necessary. During this service 47 members from 12 congregations were presented with long service certificates. In his address Lord Wallace said,
“It was always a privilege and a real pleasure to be present when people are in receipt of certificates. This was a physical sign of the extensive service over many years, representing a faithful following of Jesus”.

There were a number of certificate recipients who were unable to be present and were also recognised and thanked for their service.

The total number of years represented by the dedicated service from these presbyters amounted to 2,387 years!

Rev. Dr. John Ferguson, Presbytery Clerk said,

“This was a very successful visit and it was very encouraging that so many Elders were able to receive their Long Service Certificates in person from the Moderator. I found the Moderator’s sermon to be very appropriate when he spoke about changes to Presbyteries in the future and also the fact that at the centre of Presbytery Planning for congregations should be that of Mission.”

Thank you to each and every one of you and to all who dedicate their time and talents to the Church both at local and national level.

Here are the photos of all who received their certificates:

Craigiebuckler Church

Ferryhill Church

Holburn West Church

Kingswells Church

Mannofield Church

Peterculter Church

Ruthrieston West Church

South Holburn Church

St. Machar’s Cathedral

St. Mary’s Church

Torry St. Fittick’s Church

Woodside Church

Members of Presbytery present at the service on Friday 11th February

To watch the event click on this link:

Service at High Hilton Church

On Saturday 12th February Presbytery welcomed the moderator and his wife to lunch. This provided a great opportunity for the Moderator to speak directly with a small number of local ministers, Elders and staff.

L-R (back row) Dr Sundari Joseph (Communications Officer), Mr William and Mrs Marion Anderson, The Rev Dr John Ferguson (Presbytery Clerk), Lady Wallace, Lord Wallace, Rev Dr Edmond Gatima, Rev Peter Johnston.

L-R (front row) Mrs Cheryl Brankin (Depute Clerk), the Rev Duncan Eddie, the Rev Hutton Steel (Moderator Pro Tem), Mrs Lesley Steel, the Rev Tanya Webster and Mr Ronnie Johnstone.

The Moderator addressed those present with his concerns for the church and the planet and was interested to hear our concerns and aspirations.

He was presented with a hamper of locally sourced foods from Aberdeen and from Shetland, and reflecting the University links, a book written by the late Rev Dr Henry Sefton was included within the hamper. The Moderator’s wife, Lady Wallace, was presented with flowers.

The Presbytery Treasurer, Mr William Anderson, was presented with a Long Service Certificate recognising 30 years’ service.

We were very grateful for the opportunity to welcome our Moderator and enjoy a time of prayer, fellowship and hospitality. We appreciated his inspiration, leadership and shared vision for our Church.

On Sunday 13th February the Moderator gave the sermon at the Founders Day service at Kings College Chapel, University of Aberdeen. The annual Founders’ Day event, remembers Bishop Elphinstone who petitioned Pope Alexander VI on behalf of James IV to establish King’s College in 1495.

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The Church of Scotland promoted the event on their website:

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Lord Wallace said,

“It is a time to reflect on how accumulated learning can be used to advance justice for many of our global neighbours in need.”

The service is available to watch on the University’s YOUTUBE channel