Aberdeen residents honoured for 1,500 year collective service to Church
8 February, 2016
A group of people have been honoured for collectively giving more than 1,500 years "selfless and unstinting" service to the Church of Scotland in Aberdeen.
The Moderator of the General Assembly the Right Rev Dr Angus Morrison said it was a "great privilege" to hand out long service awards to members who have given up their spare time over many decades to support their congregations in a variety of ways.
Long Service Certificates are presented to those who have served for 30 years or more and to Sunday School teachers who have served over 21 years.
The vast majority of the 43 people honoured at a special service at Holburn West Parish Church are Elders and members of congregational boards and sessions.
But people were also recognised for running a Sunday school, playing the organ and singing in church choirs.
Dr Morrison said: "It was a great privilege to hand out long service certificates at an Aberdeen Presbytery service on Friday.
"These represent in each case decades of faithful and committed service to the church, in different capacities.
"They are a reminder of the way in which so many in the church provide selfless and unstinting service and leadership for the benefit of others.
"It is right that we recognise and honour such people as this."
The Rev Duncan Eddie, minister at Holburn West Parish Church and Moderator of Aberdeen Presbytery, said he was pleased that Dr Morrison was able to attend the annual service.
"It was a delight to see so many people from different congregations who have served in a dedicated and committed way recognised," he added.
"It means a lot to people and itwas a very moving and pleasing service for their families and friends."