Annual Church Service at Lyle Kirk Greenock

20160508 GBC Annual Service 006I has been a tradition for members of The Mother Club to join the congregation of the Lyle Kirk, Greenock, in worship during the month of May each year. This is in memory of the relationship between Robert Burns and Mary Campbell (Highland Mary). Burns and Mary Campbell exchanged bibles at Failford, South Ayrshire, on the second Sunday 14 May, 1786. As Mary passed away in Greenock, the Mother Club has kept her name alive through the Highland Mary Monument.

On Sunday 8 May, 2016, members of the Greenock Burns Club attended the Lyle Kirk, Greenock and joined the congregation in worship.

Our members were made most welcome by Rev. Derrick Owen and his flock. I was privileged to do one of the readings. Rev. Owen gave an inspiring and thought provoking sermon. He remembered 75 anniversary of the Greenock Blitz on 6 and 7 May, 1941. The feelings of the residents of the Town at that time and made a comparison to today’s situation in places like Aleppo, Syria and Fort McMurray, Canada, which had been ravaged by fire in recent days, displacing a community of 80,000 residents.

20160508 GBC Annual Service 001After the service the members of the Mother Club and the Lyle Kirk enjoyed refreshments and some home-baking.

I would like to thank the Rev. Derrick Owen and the congregation of the Lyle Kirk Greenock for allowing us the opportunity to join them in worship. To members of the Greenock Burns Club for donating an array of splendid home-baking and helping to feed the multitude and clearing up afterwards.

Jim Donnelly


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