Ayr Official Opening
Last Saturday marked a new chapter in the history of the Ayr congregation when a ceremony and service was held to mark the official opening of their new place of worship. It was a source of encouragement to see many visitors and people who were formally associated with the congregation present.
The congregation has been renting the property at 7 Lindsay Street, Ayr, since 2014 from South Ayrshire Council.
However, in March the Free Church of Scotland (Continuing) bought the premises, known locally as the Bethel Mission Hall, from the Council for the exclusive use of the Ayr congregation.
The afternoon began with around sixty adults and children gathered outside the property to sing Psalm 122 led by the Ayr precentor Mr. Stuart Mackay. Ayr’s interim Moderator Rev Andrew R Allan, Partick, led in prayer, and then Rev William Macleod, Knightswood, Moderator Designate, was invited to cut a ribbon to officially open the church.
Once inside Rev Macleod conducted public worship and preached an appropriate sermon from Judges 7. Following the benediction, the congregation remained and enjoyed refreshments provided by the Ayr ladies and a time of fellowship.
Mr. Macleod cut a specially prepared cake for the occasion. Afterwards, Mr. Allan gave a vote of thanks and gifts were presented to Mr. Macleod and Mr. Allan by Mrs. Liz Mackay, wife of Stuart, and Rev Dr. Jim Millar, Ayr elder, and Session Clerk, respectively.
Following the singing of Psalm 133 Mr. Allan closed the afternoon proceedings with prayer.