Mission Development Worker

We are pleased to welcome Michael McMullin to the new post of Mission Development Worker. This post is shared among three congregations, Priestfield, Reid Memorial and Craigmillar Park. His job is to identify opportunities for intergenerational mission in the Blackford/Mayfield/Prestonfield area of south Edinburgh, developing new forms of outreach and building productive relationships with the community.

Michael is a Fifer and has worked across a range of fields including accountancy and taxi-driving. He felt called to ministry and studied at Highland Theological College, working during that time as a volunteer chaplain at HM Prison Grampian. He has worked most recently as the Community Outreach Worker at Gorgie Dalry Stenhouse Church here in Edinburgh and was instrumental in the project to transform the old Stenhouse St Aidan’s sanctuary into a permanent care shelter for the homeless, in partnership with Bethany Christian Trust.

We look forward to getting to know Michael better and to working with him on the work God calls us all to do in this area.

Minister Elect

It is with great pleasure that we can report that the congregations of Craigmillar Park linked with Reid Memorial elected the Rev Alex McAspurren to be their new minister, following his preaching as Sole Nominee on Sunday 17 March. Presbytery will be asked to sustain this call at their April meeting and, if all goes well, we expect to welcome Mr McAspurren to his new charge in the early summer (date of induction to be confirmed).

Rev. Alex McAspurre

Mr McAspurren was ordained in 2002 and has served in parishes in Edinburgh, Stevenston and Corby; he is currently the minister at Leith North. He has a qualification in substance misuse management and a long-standing interest in homelessness and addiction issues. He has been involved with Street Pastors and with local foodbanks, is a member of the Church of Scotland’s Society, Religion and Technology Project, is a recognised mentor for people exploring their call to ministry and is an occasional radio and television broadcaster on faith issues.

We are looking forward to working with Mr McAspurren and with our friends in Reid Memorial and Priestfield Churches on developing a mission project for this part of Edinburgh. There is much to be done and we face the future with faith and gratitude that God has shown us a way forward. At the same time, we realise that Mr McAspurren’s present congregation will now face the challenge of vacancy and we remember them in our prayers.

 

Sole Nominee

Rev. Alex McAspurre

The Rev Alex McAspurren has been invited to preach as Sole Nominee for the ministry at Craigmillar Park linked with Reid Memorial. He will be preaching in both congregations on Sunday 17 March 2019. He will be preaching in Craigmillar Park at 9.45am and then at Reid Memorial at 11.15am. After Mr McAspurren has preached, members of the congregations whose names are on the Electoral Registers will be invited to vote in a secret ballot to say whether they wish to call him as our new minister. The votes of both congregations will be mixed, then counted, and we expect the result to be declared on Sunday 24 March at the morning services.

Mr McAspurren was ordained in 2002 and has served in parishes in Edinburgh, Stevenston and Corby; he has been minister at Leith North since 2011. He has a qualification in substance misuse management and a long-standing interest in homelessness and addiction issues. He has been involved with Street Pastors and with local foodbanks, is a member of the Church of Scotland’s Society, Religion and Technology Project, is a recognised mentor for people exploring their call to ministry and is an occasional radio and television broadcaster on faith issues.

All are welcome at either service on 17 March although only registered members and adherents of the congregations are eligible to vote.