November 2016 – Giving Thanks for Ministry.
Sunday 20th November was a significant day in the life of our Church with the retirement of our pastor for the last 26 years the Rev. Ian Thomson. Ian & Morag have made a huge contribution to the life of the Church in so many ways and it is with a real sense of gratitude and thanks to God for these last 26 years that we’ve marked Ian’s retirement with a soup and sandwich lunch after the morning service. We are all pleased that they will continue to live in the local community and carry on their membership and involvement in the church in a new way.
As we look to the future and begin the search for a new pastor we have appointed the Rev. Douglas Hutcheon to be our interim moderator and help guide us through this time of vacancy. Douglas is a former minister of Dunrossness Baptist (1962-67) who has kept in contact with the church since then. We look to the future with confidence in God knowing that he is with us and will continue to lead and guide us as he has done in the past.
May 2016 – Centenary Celebrations.
Over the weekend of 27th to 29th May Dunrossness Baptist Church is celebrating its Bicentenary with a full weekend of events. 200 years ago to the day the Church was founded by Sinclair Thomson, a local man who had previously been convicted of the need for Baptism and who was the pioneer of the Baptist movement in Shetland during the early 1800’s.
The weekend begins with the North Ness Boys in concert at 7.30pm on Friday. Also at this event we will hear something about the founding of the Church. With tea and home bakes to follow. On Saturday there is a buffet at 7pm with friends coming from the other Shetland Baptist Churches where our guest speaker is the Rev. Alan Donaldson, General Director of the Baptist Union of Scotland. Alan has a busy weekend and is also preaching at our morning service on Sunday at 11am. At 6pm he is sharing in a service with the Rev. Douglas Hutcheon a former pastor at Dunrossness. This will be an evening of old time Redemption Songs. Tea and home bakes to follow this service too!
Naturally at such a time we look back and give thanks for what has been done in the past and for God’s faithfulness and goodness over 200 years. But we are also a church that looks to the future and we will be doing more of that in the weeks and months ahead following this significant milestone in our Church’s life.