We would like to welcome our Interim Moderator - Rev Brian Hilsley. Brian has recently retired from the Ministry and was the Minister at Aberlady, with Gullane before his retirement.
Brian will be guiding us as we seek a new Minister.
MESSAGE FROM REV BRIAN C HILSLEY
Dear Friends As a recently retired Church of Scotland minister, living in Dunbar, I have been appointed by Lothian Presbytery to serve as your Interim Moderator following Neil’s demission. The role of the Interim Moderator is to chair Kirk Session meetings and to give guidance and support to the congregations as you maintain and develop your ministry to your respective parishes. Privileged to serve as an Interim Moderator on a number of occasions, I have always enjoyed the experience. I look forward to getting to know many of you as the months unfold and to working alongside you. The Kirk Sessions have agreed that I should also serve as Locum during the vacancy. I will provide part-time pastoral cover and lead Sunday services on most Sundays. My appointment is for two days per week [14 hours] plus Sunday worship. Funerals, weddings and worship planning will take up a large part of that time, but I will make pastoral visits to homes and hospitals when possible. If you feel the need of a visit or know of someone who is in that situation then please contact Christine Gray for Spott and Maureen Watt for Belhaven.28 MAY 2021 ISSUE 20 Born and brought up in Galloway, I studied law at Aberdeen University before qualifying as a Solicitor in Edinburgh . After 10 years, I felt the call to Ministry and on gaining my BD, I was ordained on 27th September 1990. I greatly enjoyed almost 25 years in Wardie Parish Church, Edinburgh. In 2015 I was called to Aberlady and Gullane Parish Churches. Once again, my wife Dorothy and I found many blessings there until my retirement in October 2020. These are challenging times for the Kirk, nationally and locally. No congregation is exempt from the anxieties of uncertainty and the discomfort of enforced change. Even within the relatively short period of Neil’s tenure things have become more acute. It is Now far from an automatic conclusion that Belhaven and Spott will be allowed to Call another Minister on a full-time basis. The next few months will see the Kirk Sessions engaged in discussions and consultations with Lothian Presbytery. I know that as your representatives the elders will take that responsibility very seriously and together with the Sessions I will do all that I can to keep you informed as to progress. The process will take some time, so we will all need to be patient. However , if you have questions or concerns please speak, in the first instance, to your Session Clerk.