The Minister

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.

Friends

2021 is now a few weeks old and it looks as if it might be another few weeks older before we are allowed to reopen again, but be assured that we will reopen. As soon as the First Minister gives the word, the Auld Kirk will throw open its doors in readiness to welcome every member back to Church and I know that many of you are praying that that day comes sooner rather than later. How fortunate I am to minister to such a loyal and faithful congregation.

Once again, I would like to thank the Senior Office Bearers for all their support and hard work over the past months; especially to John Little and Fred Stevenson for preparing the annual accounts. They may not make great reading this year, but I suspect that we are in a much better position than many others. Thank you for your continued financial support during lockdown, it is greatly appreciated.

Thank you also to the Session for your support of the Congregation, I hear many stories of phone calls and acts of kindness and it bodes well for the future.

While we might not be out of the woods just yet, the ever- increasing numbers being vaccinated is encouraging and hopefully once people have had their vaccine and we are allowed to open our doors, members will have more confidence to come and worship in the Auld Kirk, but don't feel you have to rush back, do so in your time.

Please keep praying for the NHS, Teachers, Shop workers and our Local Authority as they try to guide us through what we all hope are the final chapters of the pandemic.

God bless, you are always in my thoughts and prayers.

Your minister & friend

David R Gemmell