A rededication service at St Columba’s Church in Lerwick was held last Thursday and attended by around 300 worshippers.
The organisers were delighted to see people from all over Shetland as well as a good representation from their own congregation.
The Very Rev Alexander MacDonald was the guest preacher at the service and rededicated the building after the recent refurbishment during 2008. Readings were by the Rev Jeremy Dare from the Methodist Church and Ellen Smith of St Columba’s Youth/Sunday School.
Prayers were led by the Rev Gordon Oliver of St Columba’s and the Rev Tom Macintyre, Moderator of Shetland Presbytery.
The new font which was donated by Dr Ramsay Napier and his wife Sadie was also dedicated. The oak font was made by Cecil Tait of Paperwark and the font bowl was carved from a piece of local elm burr from Seafield. The burr was made in the round shape of a coracle which was St Columba’s means of transport across the Irish Sea from Ireland to Iona.
An offering of £1,001 was made by the people during the service and presented to the CLAN 1,2,3 appeal after the event.