Ministry in Aberlady & Gullane Parish Churches

Lothian Presbytery has appointed Rev Jock Stein as our new Interim Moderator.

Aberlady and Gullane Kirk Sessions have both approved the appointment of Rev Fred Harrison as our locum minister.

Both have written their own introductions below and we look forward to working with them over the coming weeks and months.

Jock Stein

Jock was ordained by the Presbyterian Church of East Africa, and was joint warden of Carberry Tower with his wife Margaret, as well as serving in parish ministry. In retirement he continues as editor of the Handsel Press, and enjoys gardening, piping and writing poetry. His own books and many others are available on here and he can be contacted through on email at jstein@handselpress.org.uk, or by finding him most Sundays in St Mary’s Haddington where he plays in the band.

Rev Fred Harrison

By way of an introduction to those members I have as yet not met, my name is Fred Harrison and I am honoured to have been accepted as your new Locum following Rev. Ruth Haley’s decision to move on to her new role at Greyfriars  Kirk.

I was ordained into the ministry in 2013 having spent most of my working life in the Buildings Services industry before my wife and I taking early retirement a couple of years ago.

Whilst I was a part of the generation of children going to Sunday School until fun and games with my mates won me over, I returned to church after my dad died and about the same time became a dad myself some 37 years ago.

I am married to Joyce and we are blessed with two lovely daughters and a total of nine grandchildren or step grandchildren, we don’t see any difference. Our eldest is now 18 and our youngest is now about 15 months and we love them all dearly.

Home for us is where God needs us which was Dunbar for a couple of years but is now back in Gorebridge where we both grew up. During our time in Dunbar I had the privilege of serving with Neil Watson at Belhaven with Spott and then was able to serve as locum at Dunbar Parish church whilst Gordon Stevenson was off during the early part of the Covid pandemic. This flexibility is because I am an Ordained Local Minister. Loosely translated, I am ordained to the ministry of Word and Sacrament as a voluntary part time minister who is normally deployed by Presbytery to assist in parishes as they see a need. During the Pandemic when churches were closed and there was no need for my deployment I was free to fill the role at Dunbar as locum and now to serve you in that capacity too.

As my official start date, the 20th of June comes closer, I find myself becoming more exited at the opportunity to serve the communities of Aberlady and Gullane. As locum I will be providing pastoral care and funeral cover as well as covering the services in the two churches whilst the Rev. Robin Allison serves as Interim Moderator to look after the Church Business.

I hope to spend a little over a day a week between the two parishes visiting folks but clearly that isn’t enough to get round everyone. For that reason I look forward to seeing you at either the in person services in church or at the evening services on Zoom and welcome a call should you need the services of a minister. All my working life I have been used to calls to go into work at strange hours of the night and ministry is no different. Whilst I may not always be able to take your call if I am with someone, I will always call back and will always be available to you God willing.

Meantime, until we meet face to face I pray you feel the presence of God in your life and know his love for you.

Regards Fred – 07703527240