A group from St Andrew's travelled over to East Kilbride Old Parish Church tonight to support Steven Preston as he was admitted to the office of Reader in the Church of Scotland by Hamilton Presbytery along with another colleague, Stuart Mellroy. Congratulations to them both. (Apologies for terrible quality of photo - must get a better camera phone!)
We will no doubt see more of Steven over the years to come when he takes on pulpit supply for us.
The car was full on the way over and doubly so on the way back as I had to make two journeys! But we had a good laugh too and the Old Church did us proud with a good selection of the always necessary homebakes!
Anne Paton, the minister at East Kilbride Old, gave an excellent message on "the call to follow", and David Watt led the service as one of his first official duties as this year's Moderator for presbytery.
It is always a privilege to be at these services and especially to support someone we at St A's have seen growing in confidence into their call to follow Jesus as a Reader.