Church’s half-century

Carbrain Baptist Church is holding a number of special events this weekend to mark its 50th anniversary.

Reverend Grant Hamilton, who is in his first year as the third minister in the Church’s 50 years history, said: “We are looking forward to a weekend of celebration.

“A small group of our younger members have taken on the task of trying to contact children and grand-children of early members.

“We’re expecting some former members from Petershead and the London area to share in our celebrations.

“They have also spent a lot of time looking out old photographs of the church and church activities while conducting some interviews to create a montage or film to share with members.”

The first event of a weekend of celebrations will be a meeting on Saturday at 2 pm when the guest speaker will be the Rev Norman Rollo, a former Moderator of the Baptist Union of Scotland.

A dinner will be served at Cornerstone House at 5 pm, followed by a social evening of celebration and reflections on the past 50 years.

The first Morning Service was held on Sunday, August 6, 1961 with a Sunday School at 3 pm.

Following agreement with the Baptist Union of Scotland, there was a Service of Constitution on Sunday May 27, 1962, when 21 signatories became members of the new Church.

A month later, the first baptism took place in Stirling Baptist Church – that person welcomed into church membership was Mrs Helen McDaid who remains the longest serving member of the present day church.

Isobel Jarvie, prayer leader and a member of the Leadership Team, said: “The Church is looking forward to a weekend of thanksgiving and anticipation of what the future holds.”