On a chilly but sunny Saturday 28th of January members of the Grand Bailiwick of Scotland gathered in the lovely setting of Holy Trinity Scottish Episcopal Church in Stirling to celebrate this important day in the life of the 0rder.
The congregation were welcomed to the church by the Rector, Canon Christoph Wuscher, who pointed out that we joined them during the 145th anniversary year of the Church. The Chaplain General Rev Alexander MacDonald then gave a brief word of welcome from the Order and the service was conducted by senior chaplain Rev Colin McAulay. The hymns had been selected to reflect the theme for the day – “Service for others” - and singing by the small but dedicated congregation was wonderful.
The opening prayer was led by the Secretary General Chevalier Colin Russell who used the word of the Knights Prayer. We were joined by the Very Rev Father Ian Evans from the Grand Priory of England and Wales who read the lessons. The last member of the ministry team was the Very Rev Emsley Nimmo who led the prayer of intercession.
The speaker for the afternoon was Mr Stuart McAra from Leprosy Mission Scotland. Stuart joined The Leprosy Mission Scotland in 2004 as Area Co-ordinator for South and Central Scotland and is now Head of Engagement.
Stuart talked very passionately about the work of the Leprosy Mission. By following Jesus Christ, the Leprosy Mission strives to break the chains of leprosy, empowering people to attain healing, dignity and life in all its fullness. One day they will eradicate leprosy, one person at a time. He went on to highlight that in Nepal the current hospital and research centre is in need of urgent upgrading as after 50 years of service it has outgrown the building which is no longer fit for purpose.
He reminded those present that our efforts can make a difference and thanked the members for their continued support in the vital work which the Leprosy Mission carries out.
The Grand Baillie H.E. Chevalier Roy Scott thanked all those who attended and looked forward to more events being organised to continue the work of the Order in Scotland. Following the end of this inspiring service the members of the Bailiwick gathered for lunch at the River House restaurant. This was a most enjoyable and successful day.