Our Minister Retires

Our Minister Retires

On Sunday 24th October, the congregation of Dreghorn and Springside Parish Church said farewell to our minister the Rev. Gary Horsburgh. He was our minister for more than 32 years. Many tributes were paid to Gary prior to his retirement. This included an entire assembly produced in his honour by the Primary 7 class of our local Primary School.

Janice, his wife, was included in these tributes. She has been a tremendous support to Gary throughout his ministry.

Gary has guided the congregation through good times and difficult times. He played a pivotal role in the union of the two Dreghorn churches. One particular highlight was a successful visit from the Moderator of the Church of Scotland, the Right Reverend David Arnott  There have been many other happy times together as a congregation and some sad. However, the one thing we will all miss are Gary’s sermons which have inspired and uplifted us over the years.

At the end of Gary’s last service, presentations were made to him and Janice from the congregation and the Loyal Orange Lodge. Following morning worship, the congregation enjoyed an excellent buffet lunch, after which more tributes were paid. This provided a much more relaxed atmosphere in which to say goodbye.

We have been asked by Gary to move forward with confidence into the future.

All of us wish Gary and Janice a long, healthy and happy retirement. He will be sorely missed.

Margaret Carey

Session Clerk