Two elders give 100 years service to Edinburgh church

Two Kirk elders have been recognised for serving an Edinburgh church for a combined 100 years.

Professor Jack Rorke and Norman Stocks were presented with long service certificates by Cramond Kirk minister, Very Rev Dr Russell Barr, on Sunday.

Ordained in 1962 and 1961 respectively, the men were admitted to the church’s Kirk Session in 1967 - 50 years ago - and are now the most senior elders.

Cramond Elders 100 years
L-R Professor Jack Rorke, Very Rev Dr Russell Barr and Norman Stocks. Cramond Kirk.

Although Prof Rorke’s failing mobility and eyesight mean he is no longer active, Mr Stocks continues to attend session meetings and takes his turn on the Sunday morning duty rota.


Dr Barr, who was Moderator of the General Assembly in 2016-17, said: “Jack and Norman are outstanding examples of the very best in Church of Scotland elders.

“Over the years they have inspired other members of Session with their loyalty, enthusiasm and willingness to be involved.

“It was a pleasure to celebrate the occasion and to give thanks for their 100 years of service to Cramond Kirk.”

The two men were the guests of honour at a special reception after the morning service on Sunday.