Maybole Gala Week 2011 got off to an
uplifting start on Sunday, June 5, with a united open air
service in the ruins of Crossraguel Abbey. Rev Brian Hendrie,
minister of Maybole Parish Church and chairman of Maybole
Council of Churches, welcomed everyone to the service.
Having been inducted only last October, this was Mr
Hendrie’s first Crossraguel service and he introduced
representatives from local churches who had chosen the hymns
for the day.
These included Gwen May, Baptist Church;
Cathy Massei, Our Lady and St Cuthbert’s Church; Lillias
McFarlane, Maybole Parish Church; and Rev Anne Tomlinson, St
Oswald’s Church. Prayers were led by Fr Philip Kitchen and
Rev Ian Meredith with Rev Tom McVicar reading the Gospel.
The Rt Rev Gregor Duncan, Bishop of Glasgow and Galloway,
thanked everyone for the opportunity to be with them and
gave the Benediction.
This was also the first public engagement for
Ryan Speirs and Jacqui Gibson who will be crowned Gala King
and Queen of Carrick this coming Saturday during the town’s
annual gala. The Council of Churches would like to thank
everyone who organised and participated in the service with
special thanks to Historic Scotland who gave permission to
use the Abbey precincts.