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Presbytery sustain New Minister Call - 29 June

It is now official - the Rev John Urquhart will be our new minister, following Presbytery sustaining the Call at their meeting on Thursday 29 June, ending 5 years of vacancy for our church.

St. Mungo’s congregation, after being cited to appear, was well represented at the Presbytery meeting on Thursday 29th June. 29 members of your church made the trip to St. Andrews High in Musselburgh, on what was reported as the wettest day for the Edinburgh area since records began.

Sandy Robertson spoke to the gathering of ministers from across Lothian Presbytery in
support of our case, and John McCulloch of Presbytery reported that 102 people voted on 30th April after John preached to us, with only 1 against. This resulted in the Call being signed by 217 members and papers of concurrence, representing an impressive 70% of our church membership
Our anticipation was palpable as we listened to the case unfold. The heart stopping moment is always when Presbytery members are asked if they wish raise any concerns. Silence, you could hear a pin drop. Only when the vote was carried in favour did we dare let our breath out. Success.

John will be officially inducted into his new charge at St. Mungo’s on Thursday August 10th at 7.00pm in the church, where he will be welcomed into our church and community by other ministers and dignitaries in the town. This will be followed by a social gathering in the hall. Members from all the churches across Penicuik
and beyond will be invited.

John will then be ‘preached in’ to our church at the Sunday 13 August service.

A moment to rejoice and thank God, for His guidance to send John to us, and to everyone for their prayers that this time would come

Penicuik: St. Mungo's Parish Church (Church of Scotland). Scottish Charity No SC005838