School’s out as pastor takes 50th service

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by Mark Davey

Lorne and Lowland church was packed on Maundy Thursday afternoon for the primary school’s end of term Easter service.

Pastor Chris Holden led the rapid fire, half hour, retelling of the Easter story supported by Reverend William Crossan and  four pupils – Hannah Jackson, Iona Renton, Aaron Donnachie and Hannah McCaig – who read lessons in front of their peers and many mums, dads, friends and relations.

It was Pr Holden’s 50th consecutive and last end of term service since 2000, when he returned to Campbeltown after a break of six years.

Pr Holden told the children what a privilige it had been to come into the primary schools each week and how good it was to see some mums and dads attending on Thursday who he had taught.

Against the background of a simple wooden cross, Pr Holden opened the service and said: ‘It is 33 years since Jesus birth and all round the world this Easter people will be remembering the special and amazing events of Jesus’ resurrection.’

During his graphic sermon Pr Holden opened his jacket to reveal labels stuck to the lining which he said represented sins hidden from the world. In addition he used shredded paper, which he described as impossible to read, to represent God choosing not to remember our sins.

Pr Holden said: ‘Easter is not just a story from the past but a story that can help us today.

‘I hope you enjoy your easter eggs and at some point stop and think about the message of Easter.’

Pastor Holden reassured the church cleaners he would ‘pick up his mess’ as he sprinkled shredded paper representing sins on the floor.  25_c14easterservice02_Chris_Holden

Hannah Jackson read the first lesson.  25_c14easterservice07_Hannah_Jackson

Aaron Donnachie read the second lesson.  25_c14easterservice01_aaron_Donnachie

Iona Renton read the third lesson. 25_c14easterservice05_iona_renton

Hannah McCaig read the last lesson. 25_c14easterservice06_Hannah_McCaig

Dalintober head Caroline Armour thanks Pastor Chris Holden for his many years service.  25_c14easterservice03_Caroline_Armour