L to R: Rev Alistair Kennedy (Tearfund),
Rev Brian Gibson, Elma Lindsay (Harvest
decorations co-ordinator) and Barbara Bailie
(Railway Street�s Tearfund representative).
Presbyterian Women office bearers L to R: Anna
Toombs (Secretary), Elma Lindsay (Leader), Jean
Murray (Treasurer) and Phyllis Spence (Deputy
Harvest Thanksgiving Services were held in Railway Street
Presbyterian Church on Sunday 12th October. The minister,
the Rev Brian Gibson welcomed the congregation and visitors
to the morning service and the guest speaker was the Rev
Alistair Kennedy of Tearfund. Basing his address on the
topic �Water is Life�, Mr Kennedy spoke of Tearfund�s
ten-year vision to see 50 million people lifted out of
poverty through a global network of 100,000 local churches.
Barbara Bailie, Railway Street�s Tearfund representative,
read the first Scripture lesson. Bertha Cowan was organist
for the service and together with the Praise Band, led by
Ian Menown and Church Choir, directed by Janet Ferguson
(Musical Director) the harvest praise included �Come, you
thankful people, come� and �Great is Thy faithfulness�. The
anthems were �All the ends of the earth� and �Hide me now�
with Karen Bowden on lead vocal. The children from KIDS
Church sang �Every blade of grass�.
All the children had written prayers shaped as an apple or a
pear for the service which were hung on a Prayer Tree after
Cameron Forrest, Anna Curragh, Katie Jamieson and Ewan
McAteer read out their prayers.
At the evening service, pupils of Brownlee Primary School
celebrated the Harvest with a programme of verse, music and
drama organised by Miss Alexander. Children from P7 read the
poem, �Harvest Alphabet�. Frank Thompson and Rebecca Morton
led the harvest prayers and Joshua Magill read the Scripture
lesson; Gemma Barber played a piano solo, �Sonatina in C
major� and Emily McClearn played a flute solo. The choir
sang, �Harvest Hymn� and �Everything Around Me� and Lydia
Heath sang the solo, �Give Thanks�. Children from P6
performed a seasonal drama, �A Really Good Harvest�, based
on the Parable of the Sower from Matthew�s Gospel allowing
the children the chance to display their acting talents. The
service closed with a short epilogue from Rev Brian Gibson.
The harvest offerings from both services will be divided
equally between Tearfund and Christian Aid.