Aberdeen insight for Moderator during visit
Published on 23 April, 2015
The Moderator of the General Assembly has learned about two different aspects of life in Aberdeen during his presbytery visit.
Rt Rev John Chalmers visited a centre run by Sue Ryder Care which caters for people with neurological conditions and a Crane Operators' training facility in the oil and gas industry.
The Dee View Court centre offers individual freedom within a safe and caring environment for people who cannot live at home but for whom the option of a nursing home or hospital is inappropriate.
Mr Chalmers joined the weekly service of worship there which is taken by the local congregation of South St Nicholas Parish.
Mr Chalmers said: "It was a joy to see the residents being so completely included in the worship of the church. This was a living example of the way in which a congregation sees through the difficulties that others have and accepts them just as they are."
Mr Chalmers added: "Christ's love is seen in every face and those who lead this worship get at least as much out of it as those who participate."
The visit to the Crane Operators' training facility, run by Sparrows Group, at Bridge of Don was organised by Rev Gordon Craig who is workplace chaplain to the oil industry.
He was given the controls of a Liebherr BOS 2600 pedestal crane with a 120ft boom; these cranes are currently in operation in the North Sea and cost in excess of £1.2m.
Mr Chalmers said: "I will never make the grade as a crane operator, but I have been hugely impressed by the high regard in which workplace chaplaincy is held by all sectors of the oil and gas industry.
"During conversations with women and men across the industry I have begun to appreciate the complexity of the challenges that exist. The need for Chaplaincy services are most obviously real when disaster strikes, but which are also needed on a day-to-day basis when the moral compass of the industry has to be retuned or challenged."