May 18 inaugurated a new chapter in the history of Ayr Free Church of Scotland (Continuing). Many visitors and former associates of the church gathered to give thanks for the Lord’s provision of a building and to mark its official opening.
The congregation had been renting the property (in Lindsay Street, Ayr) from the council since 2014. 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 gathering outside the property to sing Psalm 122, led by the Ayr precentor, Mr Stuart Mackay. Ayr’s interim moderator, Rev. Andrew R Allan, led in prayer before Rev. William Macleod, moderator designate, was invited to cut a ribbon and 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 to enjoy refreshments provided by the Ayr ladies as well as a time of fellowship.
Rev. Macleod cut a cake specially prepared for the occasion. Afterwards, Mr Allan gave a vote of thanks and gifts were presented to Rev. 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.
Andrew R Allan