It is indeed my immense pleasure to express sincere thanks to the joint family of All Saints Lockerbie & St Johns Moffat for the lovely warm welcome given to me as the Rector on 14th August 2019. I experienced the guidance of God’s Spirit when I was instituted by the Most Reverend Dr Mark Strange. Me and my family were so touched by the incredible warmth welcome and generosity of the ministers, vestry members and the church members. I would like to say that there is much work to be done in the world, and I look forward to doing that work together with the members of the All Saints Lockerbie family.
Families are amazing things. They are for most people, what they are born into, a place where they grow and are nurtured, a place of safety. All Saints Lockerbie is called by God as a church family to open that loving family out to everyone around us. We are a family of community-oriented mission. We, the community of God’s love come together every Sunday to participate in a Love-Meal instituted by Jesus Christ and other worship services including Taize service. We welcome all to be nourished with the love of God and go to our valleys and hills to announce and witness the same love.
Rev Paul Singh J R
Well what a year this has been! From relying on retired clergy for our services every week, having joint Vestries with St John’s Moffat, advertising for clergypersons, short listing, interviewing and then finally selecting Rev Paul Singh J R. Not only do we get a new Rector but a splendid family in Abida, Kegan and Kevin. We are so fortunate and already we feel the start of an exciting phase in our Christian development in Lockerbie and Moffat. The selection and appointment has brought us much closer to the Moffat congregation and indications from recent Vestry meetings see us working together, sharing occasional services and social events. We have met such generosity from all sides in preparing for the Singh family. What a wonderful institution we had at St John’s with the Primus Mark Strange leading the processions, and singing which would match any cathedral. A thundering good buffet followed!
Rev Paul is earnestly taking driving lessons and hopefully a driving test soon. Kegan and Kevin are enrolled and settled into the new term at Lockerbie Academy and along with Abida we have welcomed them to our services at Moffat and Lockerbie. We also look forward to Rev Paul receiving his Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) at Edinburgh University later this autumn.
With a new clergyman appointed to Dryfesdale Parish Church shortly we have the opportunity of re-establishing a strong ecumenical relationship with all the Lockerbie Churches, new brooms and all that!
We must remember all the help we have had from retired clergy during the eighteen month interregnum. Without them we would be in a sorry state. Rev John Stevenson, Canon John Higgins, Rev Steven Ballard, Rev Christopher and Rev Anne Wren together with Jane Stevenson, Kay Higgins and Elizabeth Ballard all in support, we have been most fortunate. We hope to thank these clergy on an appropriate occasion this autumn.
Good news: Kath Leadbeater is now an Authorised Worship Leader for All Saints, Lockerbie. Kath has undertaken a training course with the Diocese and can now conduct Services in our Church. She already organises our monthly Taize Service which is proving to be most successful and is drawing a wide range of people from non church goers to those of different faiths. Throughout the interregnum, Kath has kept our Thursday 4pm Evening Prayer going for which we are most grateful.
Your Vestry has been trying hard to keep up with developments and we ask you to carefully note the following dates on your calendar/diaries.
Saturday September 21stAnnual Gift Day in the Church from 11am to 1pm. Church members are invited to call, make a donation and have Coffee/Tea and a chat. This event replaces the Annual Coffee Morning in the Lockerbie town Hall.
Thursday September 26th 7pm Taize
Sunday 29th September 1pm BBQ for neighbours, friends and Church members in the Church grounds or in the Church if wet. The Wardens can still cook outside under the gazebo! Neighbours will be invited to meet the Rev Paul and family and we hope we can say thank you to the Clergy who have helped us during the interregnum. The BBQ will follow shortly after the11.15 Morning Service is concluded.
Sunday 6th October 11.15am Joint Harvest Festival Service with St John’s Moffat to be held at All Saints Church. Following the Service we will be providing soup, and rolls followed by tray bakes/biscuits, tea and coffee.
We will as usual be filling shoeboxes as our harvest gifts. Leaflets have been ordered from Blytheswood Care.
Sunday 24th November 11.15am Short Communion Service followed by All Saints Church Annual General Meeting. This will be kept as brief as possible but we need to hear about our financial matters and elect our Vestry and officials.
Sunday 22nd December 11.15am Service of Carols and Lessons (without Communion)
Tuesday 24th December 6pm. Christmas Eve Service and Communion followed by festive drinks and eats(mulled wine and mince pies!)
The All Saints Lockerbie Team at the Authorised Ministry Service of Celebration at St John’s Church, Dumfries on Saturday 31st August 2019. We all went to support Kath when she received her authorisation to lead services. Kath has worked very hard keeping our Taize services going, she has been able to do this as she was given special permission by the Bishop before he retired.
The Taize services have been very successful, attracting folk who do not normally attend our other services and numbers continue to grow.
Kath has supported our congregation in many other ways, including managing our website and we, the Vestry and congregation, thank her for all her hard work and devotion.
There’s a new reverend at the helm of All Saints’ Episcopal Church, Lockerbie, and St. John the Evangelist, Moffat.
The institution of the Re. Paul Singh Job Retnaselvsam as rector of the two churches took place last weekend.
For many years the two churches had been part of the Annandale group of Episcopal Churches but following a re-organisation they became a linked charge with their own rector.
Rev Paul was ordained in the Diocese of South Kerala in the Church of South India.
For the past five years he has been living in Edinburgh with his wife, Abida, and their two sons, Kegan and Kevin, and has been studying for his PhD at the University of Edinburgh.
The institution was conducted by the Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church, The Most Revd. Mark Strange, Bishop of Moray, Ross and Caithness in front of a packed congregation.
During the service Rev. Paul was presented with various symbols to aid his ministry.
Local clergy from other denominations were in attendance as well as a large gathering of Episcopal clergy from throughout Scotland. An excellent and uplifting sermon was delivered by the Rev’d. John Stevenson.
After the service there was time to meet the new rector, his family and catch up with friends from across Scotland.
Paul and his family are now settling in at the rectory in Lockerbie and at his inaugural services at each church on Sunday Pa
Ul thanked everyone for the warm welcome they had received and said how much he was looking forward to being part of the family of the joint charge and to serving God and God’s people in this lovely part of Scotland.
Everyone is welcome to attend the services in the two churches which are held at St John’s Burnside, Moffat, on Sunday at 9.30 am, and Holy Communion Wednesdays 10 am.
The Services at All Saints, Ashgrove Terrace, are Sunday at 11.15 am and 4 pm on Thursdays and Taize service, a meditative and candlelit service, once a month.
We commemorate Jesus’ final meal with his disciples. The word ‘Maundy’ comes from the Latin word for ‘Commandment’. At this meal, Jesus raises his Golden Rule ‘Love your neighbour as yourself’ to the status of a New Commandment: ‘Love one another as I have loved you.’ He exemplifies this by washing the feet of his disciples – the act of a humble servant. This meal, of course, is the foundation of our Eucharist. At this service we celebrate this Eucharist and also recommit ourselves to living our lives in obedience to this commandment.
At the end of this service, by tradition, we prepare the church for Good Friday by making it as plain and bare as possible.
3pm on Friday, 19th April
On this, the most solemn day of the church year, we mark the torture and killing of Jesus by using traditional readings: Psalm 22, St John’s account of Jesus’ Passion, and by solemn intercessions for the church and the world.
Firstly, can I thank the Dean and Synod for allowing me to speak about a charity very close to my heart and which has been selected as The Diocese Lenten Appeal
The charity MACS (Malawi Association for Christian Support) was founded in 1993 by Bishop Donald Arden. He returned to the UK 1n 1981 after many years’ service as a priest and Bishop in Africa. When in Malawi he was based at Malosa and was very much involved in the administration of St Luke’s Hospital. MACS responds to requests for help from schools, hospitals and churches and in the year 2017/18 a total of £172,737 was granted to 23 new projects ranging from building a house for a Medical Assistant in a Rural Health Centre to bursaries for 72 secondary school pupils and a roof for a new church building.
Malawi is a land locked country in Central Africa bordered by Tanzania to the north east, Mozambique to the South East and South West and Zambia to the North West. It remains one if the 10 poorest countries with few natural resources. Its exports of Tobacco, Tea and Sugar have suffered badly in the World Markets.
St Luke’s Hospital is a busy mission hospital located at Malosa about 20 miles north of the old Colonial town of Zomba. It offers a full range of medical and surgical services to 140,000 people living in the vicinity of the hospital and the five health centres for which it is responsible. It has just over 140 beds and is staffed at present by two doctors from Holland supported by a team of Malawian Clinical Officers and nurses. HIV affects about 10% of the population. Travel is difficult as many can’t afford a bicycle or transport to hospital and unlike us here in Scotland with a doctor for every 357 people in Malawi they are lucky to have one for every 65,000.
The new Operating Theatre Block will provide two Operating Theatres compared to the existing single theatre. This will allow Emergencies to be accommodated in the Second theatre if the first is in use and this alone can lead to the saving of a life or a surgeon having to make difficult choices. Strict Infection control will be achieved, a recovery room will allow the close monitoring of patients and post-operative problems can be quickly addressed.
Why am I encouraging you to support this appeal? Apart from what I have said already and the close links Scotland has with Malawi, it has a link to Kilmarnock and to the Scottish Episcopal Church. My brother in law, Dr Colin Bullough went out to Malawi in 1967 as a Medical Missionary with USPG accompanied by his wife Mary. Colin was born here in Kilmarnock while his father Canon Joe Bullough was Rector here at Holy Trinity. Canon Bullough was a curate at St John’s Dumfries, Rector of Holy Trinity, Motherwell and finally Rector of St Ninian’s Pollokshields and was Synod Clerk of the Diocese. Colin served in Malawi for many years and when he returned to the UK he continued to go out to Malawi with the support of the Bill Gates Foundation and Dougal Baird Institute training Traditional Birth Attendants.
On the 20th December All Saints’ Lockerbie and St John’s Moffat came together to thank Martin for his commitment to the Annandale Group for the past 20 years. The two congregations joined together in All Saints’ Lockerbie for a special Eucharist service. A presentation was given by David Rose from Lockerbie and Wendy Harrison from Moffat, followed by light refreshments .