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During this challenging period, Life and Work is committed to helping keep our Christian community connected and so have made the May 2020 issue available on their website. This can be accessed by clicking the Life and Work image above or visiting their website HERE

Caledonia Thesis

A wee note from Meredith Greiling came through a couple of days ago letting me know that she passed her viva examination at the end of November and has now fully completed her PhD. WELL DONE! Meredith is Senior Curator of Transport with responsibility for all land, sea and air transportation in the collections, and has a particular interest in Scottish maritime history.  You can find out a little more about her work HERE (National Museums Scotland website).

The whole document is very large but she has kindly sent me a few extracts which you may be interested to read. She also said “I haven’t sent my entire thesis because it is a huge document, but if you are interested I could send it to you via a file-sharing website, but do not feel obliged!  I also intend to publish my research in some way, probably a follow up piece in Life and Work at the very least as that original article was so helpful at the start of my research.

Please contact the webmaster if you are interested in reading the full thesis and I will forward the request.

Caledonia Saltcoats Abstract

Scottish Church Ship Models summary 2019

Scottish Church Ships Chronological Order

Presbytery Moderator’s Message

March 2020

Dear Friends,

As we approach Easter this year it is like no other approach to Easter in living memory. Church Services have been cancelled and there will be no services during Holy Week, no early morning services on Easter Sunday morning, like the ones on Bigholm Hill just outside Beith or on the beach at Whiting Bay. Both services I have attended. These early morning services are held in quiet places, and the peace that we feel makes us all think of why we celebrate Easter, the resurrection of Jesus.

Jesus had been betrayed by one of his disciples, Judas, and he must have been apprehensive of what was to come when found guilty of a set up crime and nailed to the cross. What joy we now know on Easter Sunday when the women found the stone was rolled away and the tomb empty, Jesus was no longer there. But at the time, did the women have a feeling of fear, just as we all have a feeling of fear at this time of the Coronavirus? Everyone is now to isolate to try to beat this virus. For my wife and I there will be no trip over to Arran, where we usually celebrate Easter, no hugs from family and grandchildren, hugs that are so needed when things get difficult. The time ahead will be difficult and uncertain for each and every one of us, we may have fears when illness strikes, when jobs are lost, like the fear the women had when they found the empty tomb.

However, when this emergency is over we will all be able to celebrate with our families and friends and receive the hugs we miss so dearly especially from our grandchildren.

I hope and pray that you will all be able on Easter Sunday to take time to think of the Easter story, the story that Jesus is alive and like God is with us all in good times and sad times.

May God’s blessings be with you all and your families at this difficult time.

R Allan Richardson


Ruby Wedding

On Sunday 15th March members were delighted to welcome Jim and Elizabeth Maxwell back to the church where they were married 40 years ago.

Before moving to Kilmarnock Jim and Elizabeth were active members of the congregation. Both were serving elders in St. Cuthbert’s Church and for many years they were heavily involved with our 1st Saltcoats Boys Brigade Company where Jim was captain.

Jim and Elizabeth said “It was really great and we had an amazing welcome from everyone. It really did feel like coming home.”

We send them our congratulations and best wishes.