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Celebrating two decades of ministry in Castletown

February 20, 2013

Congregations across Caithness gathered on Sunday evening to celebrate 20 years of ministry for Rev Howard Stone at Castletown and Community Free Church.

The Castletown congregation has been Mr Stone’s only charge in the Free Church ministry since his ordination.

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Friends from Wick, Lybster, Thurso and the north coast congregation were in attendance as Jim Morrison (pictured below) took charge of proceedings; his own speech was heart-warming and gracious as fits with his nature.

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He then invited any others who wished to contribute, and many took the opportunity to express their own heart-felt thanks and appreciation to Howard for his diligence, devotion and ongoing faithfulness in his work in the county over the last two decades.

Thereafter, the ladies of the congregations, ably led by Miss Ann Manson, provided a wonderful buffet and thereafter, presentations were made to both Howard and Christine (pictured below).

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In closing, Howard thanked everyone for the generous gifts, for the lovely buffet and most particularly for their ongoing support to him in his work, not just in Castletown, but throughout the county.

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He highlighted the many blessings of God during his twenty years, particularly highlighting the ongoing work amongst the children and young people; giving thanks also for the many young people who have now left the congregation and who are serving the Lord in the city churches.

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The evening closed with the singing of several psalms and prayer, the words of Psalm 126 being very meaningful and appropriate as the prayer-song of the people of this place.

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Please pray that we may yet see that harvest, not just in Caithness but throughout our land.

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With grateful thanks to Michael Stone for the excellent photos

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