In 2015 Liberton Kirk is celebrating! There have been 200 years of worship in our present beautiful church building – the foundation stone was laid on 27th January 1815. Before that there were centuries of worship on the same site, but we are celebrating having the iconic landmark which is Liberton Kirk today.
On Monday 26th January, the eve of the start of this year of celebration, we had a time of praise and prayer in the Kirk, with time to think of what the building meant to us all, and how everything about it, encourages us to worship God and to let his good news be known to the community around us.
On Sunday 1st February, we launched the Bicentenary with a special service at 11am, when we welcomed the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, the Right Rev. John Chalmers, to preach to us. He presented the church with a glass dove holding an olive branch, which he explained had been made in the Palestinian Territories from glass salvaged from buildings bombed in the conflicts. In turn he was presented with a copy of the recently published book “Liberton Kirk – a good place to be”.
After the service the Moderator and his wife joined us all for a congregational lunch in the Kirk Centre. (see Bicentenary Pictures)
Our year is now underway and there is a full programme of events.
In addition there are souvenirs available, and there will be more during the year, with a 2016 calendar ready before Christmas with memories of the year.
A cairn representing the people of Liberton Kirk who are the “living stones” of the church has been built between the West Door and the Tower, and it was dedicated at our annual covenant service on Sunday 30th August.
The first of our guest preachers in the year (following the Moderator on 1st February) was John Cameron, our previous Minister, on 22nd February. Our next guest was Roy Searle of the Northumbria Community in March, and in April we welcomed Rev. Tom Cuthell, former minister of St. Cuthbert’s Church, our mother church. Next we welcomed Rev. Malcolm Jefferson, Minister of St. Andrew’s Leckie in Peebles, a recent probationer at Liberton who is fondly remembered, then Rev. Alastair Keil, Minister of St. Andrew’s Clermiston, who was a Probationer at Liberton in John Cameron’s time as Minister here, and then Anne Logan, who was Assistant Minister at Liberton for a while in John Cameron’s time. Then we welcomed back Richard Begg, who did part of his training here some years ago, and finally Iain Penman, who was our close neighbour at K.L.M. preached to us in October.
The final event of our year will be on Sunday 13th December, when we dedicate and bury the time capsule, full of information about Liberton Kirk life today, which we hope will be of interest to the folk of Liberton Kirk in a further 100 or 200 years time. After the service we will enjoy a congregational lunch in the Kirk Centre, followed by a festive piano recital by our organist Calum Gubby, and a short sing-song.