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).
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.