Reverend David R Gemmell
David studied at Glasgow University, was ordained in August 1991 in Fenwick and moved to the Auld Kirk in October 1999.
He is married to Helen and has two children and three grandchildren. He enjoys playing golf and watching rugby.
His vision for the Auld Kirk is to help the congregation create a place where people can encounter God in worship; to make the church more relevant and useful in the modern world; and to make sure that the good news of Jesus is still seen and heard by all.
These are unprecedented times; never in our history have we been told to shut the doors of the Kirk. But it is the right move during these troubling times and that is why, at this point at least, I am suggesting that we do not even open for times of private prayer. Doing so would mean asking volunteers to be in attendance at all times; it would mean cleaning the church after every opening and what would happen if someone forgot to keep their distance, who would tell them to move. Then of course, how would we feel if one of our members became infected while in Church? I simply think it sends a clearer, safer message to keep the doors closed at the moment.
With that in mind, I have asked every Elder to try and keep in contact with their District by phone or email. If you would like a call from the minister, let them know and I will happily make contact. We also hope to introduce an email newsletter and I would again ask that if you know someone who would like the letter, but doesn't have a computer, print a copy off or let me know and I will arrange delivery. We are also going to trial a short worship video each Sunday on the website. Just think Rev IM Jolly weekly from the Auld Kirk!!!! If you have any other good ideas or thoughts about keeping in touch over the coming weeks, please pass them on.
So having dispensed the doom and gloom, let me remind you that our Congregation will come through this, just as we did during the Disruption in 1843, two World Wars and the Three Day Week and power cuts of the 70's. We are strong, resilient and GOD LOVES US VERY MUCH. He has never let us down in the past and he won't today, tomorrow, next month or even next year.
I end with a request that you pray regularly for our congregation, for the Government, for our nation, for our NHS and Emergency Services, that we might prevail over our troubles.
And in the immortal words of Cpl Jones, "Don't Panic", because we are Scots and we have a core of steel at our centres and a sense of humour that will see us through darker times than these and if you don't believe me, here's a poem supplied by David Leckie to make you smile.
God bless, you are in my thoughts and prayers daily.
Tae a virus
Twa months ago, we didna ken,
yer name or ocht aboot ye
But lots of things have changed since then,
I really must salute ye
Yer spreading rate is quite intense,
yer feeding like a gannet
Disruption caused, is so immense,
ye've shaken oor wee planet.
Corona used tae be a beer,
they garnished it wae limes
But noo it's filled us awe wae fear
These days, are scary times.
Nae shakin hawns, or peckin lips,
it's whit they awe advise
But scrub them weel, richt tae the tips,
that's how we'll awe survive
Just stay inside , the hoose, ye bide
Nae sneakin oot for strolls
Just check the lavvy every hoor
And stock-take, your, loo rolls
Our holidays have been pit aff
Noo that's the Jet2 patter
Pit oan yer thermals, have a laugh
And paddle ' doon the waater '
Canary isles, no for a while
Nae need for suntan cream
And awe because o this wee bug
We ken tae be..19
The boredom surely will set in,
But have a read, or doodle
Or plan yer menu for the month
Wi 95 pot noodles.
When these run oot, just look aboot
A change, it would be nice
We've beans and pasta By the ton
and twenty stane o rice.
So dinny think yell wipe us oot
Aye true, a few have died
Bubonic, bird flu, and Tb
They came, they left, they tried
Ye might be gallus noo ma freen
As ye jump fae cup tae cup
But when we get oor vaccine made
Yer number will be up.
Love the Scots🏴