The past, present and future of worship in Forfar has been celebrated with a milestone event in the Lowson Memorial Church.
The Right Reverend Lorna Hood, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, joined congregation members at a special service last Wednesday to celebrate the church’s centenary.
Councillor Helen Oswald, Provost of Angus, also attended as did Rev David Wright, minister at the Lowson from 1964 to 1971 and Rev Robert McCrum, whose charge it was from 1992 to 2004. Each gave a Bible reading while a prayer was given by Malcolm Dowie, son of the late Rev Malcolm Dowie who was the Lowson’s minister between 1971 and 1992.
The service of thanksgiving, held 100 years to the day since the church was dedicated, also featured contributions from some of the church’s younger members including a performances by the Puppet Praise and Praise and Dance groups, while the Rt Rev Hood delivered the sermon on the theme of hope for the future.
Rev Dr Karen Fenwick said the evening was “superb” and struck the right note for the landmark celebration.
She said: “We were trying to celebrate the past but also acknowledge the present. The first minister came during the First World War, another during the second, but we’re in a different age. In 2014 we’re facing the future and we’re very involved in modern praise. That’s what the evening was about.
“The Moderator, whose visit was her last official function, said she was delighted with what she saw and during her year in office she wanted to bring a message of hope; what she saw complemented that. Although much is said about declines in attendance, the Lowson has experienced an upturn, with a lot of young people and young families which does give us hope for the future.”
The service was part of a programme of celebratory events which also included a flower festival at the weekend.