Founded in 1244 by Duncan, Earl of
Carrick, Crossraguel Abbey was a place of worship for more than
three centuries. Last Sunday, June 8, it was once again the
venue chosen by Maybole Council of Churches to launch the town’s
annual gala week.
Rev. Andrew Baldock, Rector of St
Oswald’s Episcopal Church, welcomed representatives from all of
the churches in Maybole on an afternoon which varied from
brilliant sunshine to a threat of rain.
As usual, the hymns were chosen by
individuals from each church who explained why they had chosen
the particular hymn.
Gerry Murphy, Our Lady & St
Cuthbert’s Church, picked “Christ Be Beside Me” ; Moira Gill,
Maybole Baptist Church, selected “As the Deer Pants for the
Water”; Elizabeth Riome, Maybole Parish Church, chose “You Are
Before Me, Lord”; and Gilly Baldock, St Oswald’s Episcopal
Church, opted for “Amazing Grace”.
The annual service at Crossraguel
Abbey is also the first opportunity for the Gala King and Queen
of Carrick to be introduced in public. Gardenrose Primary pupils
Owen Grant and Zoe Lamont, were allowed to show their crowns to
those attending, although they will not be officially crowned
until Saturday June 8 at the annual gala.
Before concluding the service, Mr
Baldock thanked everyone who had attended and all who had
helped to organise the event. He added, “We owe grateful thanks
once again to Historic Scotland for the use of Crossraguel