Rev. Ann Knox
In November 2014, I first stepped into Westburn Parish Church, it was Remembrance Sunday and I sat upstairs as Karen and I had agreed that it was not the day for introductions. However those I sat near showed me the friendly, welcoming face of Westburn that I was going to become more familiar with over my probationary period.
I am taking with me some great memories: Messy Church and the Summer Holiday Club; usually being bested by the young folk during the Children’s Talk; our worship together; chairing a Kirk Session for the first time; the special Christmas and Easter celebrations; Bible Studies; Bubblegum ‘n’n Fluff; Eater Code, our Evening Services using various formats, and who could forget the fun of the ‘Early-bird’ Christmas Fayre.
These events all helped in my learning and preparation for ministry, but it is the people of Westburn Parish Church that made my probationary placement such an interesting and encouraging time. Meeting folk in their homes, having a cup of tea (and a biscuit), planning events, and having the grace to allow me to conduct funerals for loved ones has been a privilege. I cannot thank everyone enough and I am sure that the next student who crosses your threshold will also have a challenging but enjoyable experience.
Mostly though I would like to thank Karen for her gentle guidance, patience during our weekly meetings, and her grace in letting me loose on a Sunday morning. I have come to admire her tremendous work ethic for she very rarely stops working and puts 100% of herself into her ministry, and I know that I have a friend to whom I can rely on.
For myself, the next part of my journey is beginning as I have been elected for Inchinnan Parish Church,. Thank you for the well-wishes I have received, it means a great deal to me and I will keep Westburn Parish Church in my prayers as I hope you will keep me in yours.
On Thursday 9th February at 7.00 pm, the Presbytery of Greenock & Paisley held a Service of Ordination & Induction at Inchinnan Church. The Service was taken by Rev Ann McCool, Moderator Rev Dr Peter McEnhill, Presbytery Clerk, Rev Robert Mc Farlane, Minister of Mister of Paisley:St Mark’s Oldhall and Rev Yvonne Smith, Minister of Bishopton.
In a church, packed with both friends and members of the congregation a very meaningful Service took place during which Ann was first Ordained and then later Inducted to her Charge. At the conclusion of the Service, a Tea was laid out in the church hall with ample provision for all.
This was followed by a short social event introduced by the recent Interim Moderator of Inchinnan, Rev. Maureen Leitch, There was several presentations to Ann, including a set of Robes and a Preaching Scarf.
There was a strong representation present from Westburn who had the opportunity to congratulate Ann and wish her well in her new charge.