Fascinating tour of Moray beckons for Moderator and his wife

Dr Morrison and his wife Marion.

Soldiers, airmen, street pastors, lifeboat crewmen, fish curers, care home staff, counsellors and biscuit, sweater and whisky makers.

They are just a few examples of the eclectic types of people the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland the Right Rev Dr Angus Morrison will meet during an eight-day visit to Moray later this month.

The packed and varied itinerary put together by Moray Presbytery includes visits to RAF Lossiemouth, the Army base at Kinloss, Glen Grant Distillery in Rothes, Knockando Woolen Mill, Walkers biscuit factory in Aberlour and RNLI Buckie Lifeboat Station.

Privilege and delight

Dr Morrison, who will be accompanied by his wife Marion on the visit which starts on April 30, said he was "greatly looking forward" to what will be his fourth and final Presbytery visit before he stands down next month.

"It will be a privilege and delight to spend time with colleagues there and to visit congregations as they bear witness by word and action in their communities to the Good News of God's love revealed in Jesus.

"I am very grateful for all the effort that has gone into preparing a full and fascinating programme."

Boys Brigade

Over the course of the week the Morrisons will meet staff at a counselling service run by the Church of Scotland's social care arm CrossReach in Buckie, visit Anderson's Care Home in Elgin, New Elgin Primary School and Cluny Fish Supplies in Buckie.

The Moderator will visit 1st Buckie Boys Brigade Company, which has more than 200 officers, helpers and boys, hand out long-service certificates during a visit to Dallas Church and attend a service for the deaf at Bellie Church in Fochabers.

Moray Presbytery has a dedicated minister for the deaf the Rev Mary Whittaker from Lhanbryde.

Her hearing dog Scott charmed commissioners at the General Assembly in Edinburgh last May.

MaryWhittaker The Rev Mary Whittaker and her hearing dog Scott.

Long-service certificates

Dr Morrison will attend a Guild Songs of Praise event at St Rufus Church in Keith, led by Keith Silver Band, and join Elgin Street Pastors for a few hours to see for himself the work they do.

He is handing out long service awards at Aberlour Parish Church and is preaching at Findochty Church, Portknockie Church and St James 'Church in Lossiemouth where he will hand out long-service certificates.

Neil Sutherland of Moray Presbytery, a member of Elgin High Church, said: "We are delighted that the Moderator is visiting us and we hope it will be a great source of encouragement to everyone.

"The visit will highlight the work of fantastic organisations like Step By Step in Forres, a parent, baby and toddler group designed for lonely or vulnerable families with young children, and the Boys Brigade.

"People will feel privileged to be presented with their long-service certificates by the Moderator to mark many, many years of dedication to the Church."