West Lothian churches: Moderator of the General Assembly starting online presbytery visits

The Moderator of the General Assembly is meeting with members of churches across West Lothian in online calls.

Rt Rev Dr Martin Fair is also meeting with a variety of organisations that local churches support over the next five days.

All events will be held online due to the coronavirus restrictions, but is still a significant meetings for church members.

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The Moderator-Designate of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland (who will serve from May 2020-May 2021) Rev Dr Martin Fair

Dr Fair said: “This is the first of my three presbytery visits so I’m very much looking forward to engaging with folks across West Lothian - even if it is just on video conferencing platform, Zoom.

“I’ll be speaking on a few occasions but I’m very much looking at this as a listening exercise.

“It is vital in my role as Moderator that I’m listening to what people are saying - the things that are going well and also the frustrations and challenges of this particular year.”

Dr Fair will be meeting with The Bridge Community Project, Ignite, West Lothian Faith group and the BUSY Project among others.

Churches across West Lothian are encouraged to broadcast a special online service on Sunday morning.

Dr Fair will ask viewers to ponder: ‘What might need to be cleared away from the Church today in order for it be more fully what it’s called to be?”.

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Rev Thom Riddell, clerk to the Presbytery of West Lothian, said: “Although the Moderator’s visit cannot be in person, it is still significant to the congregations.

“Many people will appreciate joining in the online service and will look forward to hearing him speak.

“There is an air of excitement around the visit.”

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