Lilly’s time as pres­bytery leader Role of the mod­er­a­tor

The Galloway News - - DISTRICT NEWS -

Glenkens Churches Guild A glimpse into the role of the pres­bytery mod­er­a­tor was pro­vided by Lilly Stevenson.

The first meet­ing of the new ses­sion took place in the Ses­sion House, Dalry.

The con­vener, Joan Walker, wel­comed nine mem­bers and one vis­i­tor and led open­ing de­vo­tions.

In keep­ing with the guild strategy One Jour­ney, Many Roads and this year’s theme Seek­ing the Way, Joan had cho­sen the hymn Teach me Thy Way, O Lord to open the meet­ing. Betty Pea­cock gave the read­ing, taken from Psalm 86, verses 11-17.

Joan asked ev­ery­one to remember Dorothy Shaw, a de­voted guild mem­ber, who had died re­cently. Joan re­called how Dorothy had been a stal­wart mem­ber who would al­ways pro­vide bak­ing and help at events. Dorothy was re­mem­bered dur­ing a short pe­riod of si­lence be­fore the open­ing prayer.

The speaker Lilly Stevenson, last year’s pres­bytery mod­er­a­tor, was in­tro­duced.

She gave a talk de­scrib­ing how she had been per­suaded to take on the role and how she had tack­led the some­what daunt­ing as­pects of it, given she is not a church min­is­ter.

Mrs Stevenson pro­vided de­scrip­tions of the many ser­vices and events she had at­tended and told of the high­lights dur­ing the year.

An es­pe­cially mem­o­rable event was the visit of the mod­er­a­tor of the gen­eral as­sem­bly, the Right Rev­erend Dr Derek Brown­ing, to the pres­bytery. Dur­ing the visit, Mrs Stevenson had en­joyed the ser­vice in St Michael’s Church, Dum­fries.

At the gen­eral as­sem­bly in May, Mrs Stevenson had been cho­sen as the el­der to meet the lord high com­mis­sioner, along with a min­is­ter and a dea­con. Her at­ten­dance at the gen­eral as­sem­bly had been an­other high­light of the year.

Mrs Stevenson had vis­ited most churches in the pres­bytery and par­tic­i­pated in dif­fer­ent types of ser­vices in dif­fer­ent types of church build­ings – some with tra­di­tional pews, some with chairs.

She con­cluded that she was very glad she had agreed to take on the chal­lenge of the role of pres­bytery mod­er­a­tor which had brought her many new and en­rich­ing ex­pe­ri­ences.

Prim­rose Mor­ri­son thanked Mrs Stevenson for her de­tailed de­scrip­tion of her year as pres­bytery mod­er­a­tor and the in­sight she had pro­vided into the va­ri­ety of du­ties in­volved.

Af­ter tea, busi­ness mat­ters were dis­cussed, in­clud­ing ar­range­ments for the Novem­ber meet­ing. Con­vener Joan closed the meet­ing with a prayer.

Me­mory Ex-mod­er­a­tor Lilly Stevenson and guild con­vener He­len Teenan with The Rt Rev Dr Derek Brown­ing dur­ing his visit

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