THE CONGREGATION of Maybole’s new church have celebrated the arrival of a new baptismal font - and its first christening.
Maybole Parish Church-goers were delighted to welcome David Kiltie and his wife Margaret from Our Lady & St Cuthbert’s Church on Sunday to present the table-top font, which had been specially made for the new church.
Rev Brian Hendrie told his congregation: “Several months ago, on one of his first visits to our new church, Fr Philip Kitchen, of St Cuthbert’s, told me that his congregation wanted to make a gift to Maybole Parish Church.
“Our Kirk Session discussed this generous approach and unanimously decided that we would like a new baptismal font – one which was a contemporary design for a contemporary church - a table-top font.
“We told Fr Philip about our decision and before he moved to Prestwick he arranged for the table-top font to be purchased. And today, I’m delighted that our good friend David Kiltie has joined us to present this gift to us on behalf of everyone at Our Lady & St Cuthbert’s.”
In his remarks, Mr Kiltie spoke about the history of Christianity in Maybole dating from 1193 when Duncan McDowall, Lord of Carrick, had founded a church dedicated to St Cuthbert.
He alluded to the connections between the churches in personal and religious terms and wished the congregation and the community facility which they had created every success in the future.
In reply, Mr Hendrie said: “Please pass on our warmest thanks to all out friends at Our Lady & St Cuthbert’s for their wonderfully generous gift to us.
“This gift also symbolises the unity between our churches. I’m delighted that there’s such a strong ecumenical spirit within Maybole. It is a great witness to our community.
“We are brothers and sisters together acknowledging that we are one in Christ Jesus - one church, one faith, one Lord.”
He then dedicated the new font in prayer and the service continued with the Baptism of Hannah Isobel, baby daughter of Robin and Julie Briggs, using the new font for the first time.