Andrew Bain has been welcomed as the new full-time minister for a local church.
The minister is making his pulpit position at St Anne’s Episcopal Church in Dunbar more permanent, after a six-month stint in a temporary role.
The 57-year-old had initially joined as cover after the departure of rector Sheila Cameron, who left the previous year.
Andrew’s arrival as a full-time member of St Anne’s was marked with a service led by the Bishop of Edinburgh, the Right Reverend John Armes and attended by many figures of the Episcopal diocese.
Andrew is well known in the local community with more than 15 years service in the wider Edinburgh area, including his work as a rector at the Holy Trinity Church in Haddington from 1998 to 2006 and as a chaplain at Emmaus House, a city centre retreat house at which he will continue his duties, alongside this new role.
The reverend has said he is very happy in the position at his new parish. He added: “I’ve greatly enjoyed my first six months here as an interim rector and I’m delighted to now be appointed on a permanent basis. The St Anne’s congregation has a lot to offer the town, alongside our sister churches
“St Anne’s has a joyful and inclusive approach to faith which has much to offer both individuals and the wider community, as well as a beautiful building we hope will be used more by the local people.”
St Anne’s church has been a feature of the East Lothian harbour town for more than 100 years, with the original building opened for service in 1890.
It was created from the designs of local architect Robert Rowland Anderson and fits the Victorian neo-gothic style of the period.
Andrew also extended praise to Dunbar residents who have made him welcome in his new role.
“The quality of Dunbar’s community life seems amazing.
“The church family at St Anne’s has made me very welcome and it’s been a real pleasure to start getting to know people around the town. The folks running the shops and the businesses in the high street couldn’t be friendlier.”
Andrew has already started making plans now that he is a more permanent fixture, including a chance for the congregation to bring their furry companions with them for a blessing, but admits he does have some nerves about animal-based accidents.
“For all of us this feels like a new beginning and we’re excited about what might be possible in the years ahead,” he said.
“In addition to Sundays, regular weekday services have now re-commenced every Thursday at 10.30am and we’re looking forward to a service of blessing for animals on September 22 to which I’m hoping many people will bring their pets – even if this might include the odd ‘Blue Peter’ moment.”