New Deacon for Fife congregation

Pamela Scott
Pamela Scott

A former complementary therapist will soon be playing a major leadership role at a church where she once attended as a child.

Pamela Scott, who specialised in massage, aromatherapy and reflexology, is being ordained as a Deacon at Lochgelly and Benarty St Serf’s Church in Fife later this month.

The 48-year-old of Rosyth said she was very much looking forward to her new role which is often referred to as “hidden ministry”.

Most Scots think only Ministers and Elders have leadership roles within the Kirk.

Love of God

Deacons are selected, trained and ordained according to the doctrine and discipline of the Church of Scotland.

They tend to serve in areas of great need and scarce resources.

It is said that they “grow where they are planted” and help equip people, through the Gospel, with the skills they need to build bridges between Church and communities.

Deacons are free to preach and conduct worship as they desire or as is necessary, take funerals and are licensed to conduct weddings.

Lochgelly and Benarty St Serf’s Church has been without a Minister and a Deacon for the last three years.

Mrs Scott, who attended the church as a seven-year-old when she lived with her family in Ballingry for a year, said: “I felt that God wanted me to serve people in a different way and the way to do this was as a Deacon.

“I personally see the role as someone who serves people, helping them to see the love of God whether this is in a practical way or through words that are spoken.

“In a parish setting, the Deacon serves both the congregation and the community and sometimes challenges the congregation to become more involved in what is happening outside the church.”

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Growth

Mrs Scott, who has also worked part-time as a Family and Children’s worker at her home church, Cowdenbeath Trinity, said her new role is “reflected in the purpose” of her current post as parish assistant.

“It is to support the minister in fulfilling the parish responsibilities and to develop new initiatives that engage with different groups within the community and which seek to share the Gospel message,” she added.

“However, the church has been without a Minister and Deacon for three years which has caused them to maintain activities that were started before but not allowing them to grow in certain areas.

“I would hope that now I will be there full-time, there will be some growth which will continue when the church calls a minister.”

Mrs Scott has been married to Gary for almost 28 years with whom she has two children, Paul, 25, and Gemma, 22.

“My ordination as a Deacon on February 23 will be a very special time as it brings me almost in a full-circle to the place of my baptism forty-six and a half years ago,” she said.

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