We are a Church of Scotland congregation of mixed ages and outlooks, meeting together as the local church to celebrate God's love for the world. Most of us live in and around the villages of Gifford, Bolton and Saltoun.
Here is what a few of us think about our church:
Our minister, the Rev Anikó Schütz Bradwell, is on Maternity Leave from 30 October 2017 until June 2018.
During her absence, the Rev John Smith is our Locum Minister. Please contact him with any enquiries about services, including baptisms, weddings and funerals, and any pastoral enquiries you might have. He can be reached on 01721 724 464 or 07710 530 193, and by email on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here, he introduces himself:
It is an enormous privilege to be invited to act as locum in the parishes during Anikó’s up-coming maternity leave. This is an exciting time for her and David.
I have known Anikó for many years and have a great respect for her as a skilled and creative colleague and affection for her as a friend. So it will be especially nice to be able to undertake this role.
She asked if I could tell you something about myself as we launch into what I’m sure will be a happy six months. I studied Arts and Divinity at Edinburgh and Geneva Universities, and worked as a local minister within the United Reformed Church and its predecessor body in Scotland for forty years. My last two appointments were ecumenical ones, and I was appointed to Morningside United Church in Edinburgh with “all the duties, rights and responsibilities of a minister of the Church of Scotland.” Fulfilling a number of roles in the Presbytery of Edinburgh culminated in me being called to be Moderator, and thereafter to convene the Presbytery Plan Committee during a difficult period of realignment.
I suppose the other two things I should mention about work is that I served as Convener of the Education and Leaning Committee of the URC, including responsibility for education from ordinands to all age education across the UK.
The other thing is that my retirement job has been to be appointed as a Lay Examiner in Communication Skills by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, and examining MRCS candidates all over the UK, South-East Asia, South Asia and North Africa. This was a fascinating period, and I retired from my retirement job last year when I was 70 years of age.
My wife, Jean, and I live in Peebles. We have three daughters and two grandchildren. In my spare time, I enjoy walking and photography.
So that’s more than enough about me! What about you? Well I look forward to getting to know as many of you as possible over the next months. If you have to tell me your name a couple of times, put that down to the fact that there is one of me, and an awful lot of you!
Your Interim Moderator, Sandy, will provide all the guidance and leadership you may need through the period. My job is to preach three Sundays a month, and to work as your minister for two days during the week. Which, as I said at the beginning, I look forward to very much indeed.
John R Smith
The Interim Moderator during Anikó’s Maternity Leave is the Rev Sandy Horsburgh, who can be contacted on 0131 653 3318 or email@example.com