Gala’s uplifting start

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Maybole Gala Week 2011 got off to an uplifting start on Sunday, June 5, with a united open air service in the ruins of Crossraguel Abbey.

The Rev Brian Hendrie, minister of Maybole Parish Church and chairman of Maybole Council of Churches, welcomed worshippers.

Having been inducted only last October, it was Mr Hendrie’s first Crossraguel service and he introduced representatives from local churches who had chosen the hymns for the day.

These included Gwen May, Baptist Church; Cathy Massei, Our Lady and St Cuthbert’s Church; Lillias McFarlane, Maybole Parish Church; and the Rev Anne Tomlinson, St Oswald’s Church.

Prayers were led by Fr Philip Kitchen and the Rev Ian Meredith, with the Rev Tom McVicar reading the Gospel.

The Rt Rev Gregor Duncan, Bishop of Glasgow and Galloway, thanked everyone for the opportunity to be with them and gave the Benediction.

This was also the first public engagement for Ryan Speirs and Jacqui Gibson, who will be crowned Gala King and Queen of Carrick this coming Saturday during the town’s annual gala.

In a joint statement, the Council of Churches said it would like to thank everyone who organised and participated in the service, with special thanks to Historic Scotland for giving its permission for the Abbey precincts to be used.