In the words of our new Minister, Rev Milliken "A wee boy from Dundonald has taken to our pulpit" and we are delighted.
In spite of the miserable, wet weather on Thursday evening, March 12th,the atmosphere in Dreghorn and Springside Parish Church was warm and welcoming for the induction of our new minister, Rev Jamie Milliken.
Nearly 100 members of our own congregation were joined by representatives of Irvine and Kilmarnock Presbytery, Jamie and Joanne’s family and friends, members of the Naval Chaplaincy and many people from local churches.
The induction itself took place in the church with Mrs Margaret Hamilton, the Moderator of the Presbytery, the Clerk to the Presbytery Mr I. Steuart Dey and the Rev Linda Godfrey, officiating.
Members of our own congregation read the lessons, Walter Carey from Psalm 121 and Peter Murray read from Luke 24.
Mrs Hamilton conducted the service and Mr Dey explained the church’s journey to this point after which Jamie and the congregation took their vows under the direction of Mrs Hamilton. The Rev Godfrey preached a humorous and uplifting sermon.
Mrs Nan Reid, Mrs Merron Watkins and Freya Watkins took part in the Liturgy “ The signs of Shared Ministry”, with Jamie and the congregation.
Once this formal service was over and Jamie had been officially installed as our minister, we crossed to the hall for a finger buffet and the social, more informal part of the evening. This consisted of a speech of introduction from the Rev Neil Urquhart ( Interim Moderator) and Mrs Margaret Carey (Session Clerk) welcomed Jamie to Dreghorn and Springside Parish Church. Jamie replied to this explaining how much he was looking forward to working with us in the parish.
Bouquets were presented to Mrs Joanne Milliken and Mrs Dorothy Urquhart while Neil and Jamie both received gifts from the congregation.
There were musical items from the congregation, the Church choir sang ‘I come to the garden alone’. Lilly Watkins sang an inspiring solo entitled ‘Rebel Heart’ and then was joined by members of the Starlight Group in the Sunday school in a lively rendition of ‘Lean on Me’. Rev Grant Barclay of Orchardhill Church, Giffnock, was the guest speaker. The audience were highly entertained by his many stories about Jamie and himself over the years of their friendship.
The vote of thanks was ably given by John Halbert, (Senior Elder) who thanked everyone who had contributed to make the evening such a memorable one. It was wonderful to see the hall so full of people enjoying themselves – it was truly a celebration of a new ministry beginning in Dreghorn and Springside.