Who are we?
My name is Rev Stella Campbell and I was ordained and inducted into the parish of Skene on January 19th 2012. Before entering into the ministry I was a chartered tax consultant with Ernst & Young in London and Aberdeen. I was born in Northern Ireland and am the youngest of three children. Growing up, my faith in God has always been a very important part of my life. I became a Christian when I was 11 and since then have been involved in Sunday School, Girls and Boys’ Brigade and youth work. I am passionate about Jesus and sharing both the good news of the gospel and the deep love of God with others. I am a proud Aunty of two nephews and two nieces and really enjoy spending time with my family. I do also have a love for rugby and the countryside –having grown up on a farm.
I am Marion Stewart and have been Deacon at Skene Parish Church since 1994. I began my working life as a Home Economics teacher in a large comprehensive school in North Ayrshire. I spent most of the 1980’s as a ‘Missionary of the Church of Scotland’—first of all in Malawi and then in Israel. Living and working in a new culture and being part of the World Church was an amazing experience , one to cherish for a lifetime.
Returning to the UK I went through selection and training to be a Deacon. On 2 Oct 1991 I was commissioned a Deacon of the Church of Scotland in Richmond Craigmillar Church, Edinburgh and worked there until 1994. At the General Assembly 2002, Ordination replaced Commissioning, and my Ordination to Diaconal Ministry took place on 26th Nov 2002 at Trinity Church.
In June 2016 I was elected President of Diaconate Council ( Church of Scotland Deacons) The role of President is to promote the work of Deacons. I had the privilege of representing Church of Scotland Deacons at the Diakonia World Federation Conference in Chicago in 2017 and extending an invitation to come to Scotland in 2019 for the DRAE ( Diakonia Region Africa Europe) Conference which will be held in the Queen Margaret University Campus in Musselburgh.
Clerk to the Congregational Board
Who are we as a congregation?
We are a congregation built on love and obedience to Christ. The two great commandments, Worshipping and loving God and loving others as ourselves are central to who we are and what we do.
We are followers of Jesus, at different stages on our journey of faith. We believe that Jesus reveals God the Father to us and that He has gifted us with His Holy Spirit to become part of God’s family and to be united as a church.
We long to further Christ’s mission in the world and here, in our parish and we know that to do that we need help from God through His Holy Spirit. We want to encourage deeper commitment to Christ, to nurture faith, to enable care and compassion and to see God’s Kingdom grow in this part of His Creation. And all the while, rejoicing in the fellowship that we have with each other.
We have activities for all ages, from the youngest to the oldest and we love to be together as a Church family. We seek to serve our community and to engage in social action across the world, supporting Christian Aid and doing our part for the environment as an Eco-Congregation.
What do we believe?
The following statement of belief was agreed by the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland in 1992.
We believe in one God:
Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
three persons living in the unity of love.
We praise God the Father:
in love he created the universe through his eternal Word and Spirit;
by his power he sustains and directs it.
He has made us his sons and daughters,
to share his joy and to live together in peace.
We confess Jesus Christ, God the Son:
in love, by the power of the Holy Spirit, he became one of us;
to fulfil the promise to Israel and to reconcile the world with God.
In his life he was obedient to his Father's will;
he forgave sinners, brought hope to the lost,
healed the sick, and set free those who were oppressed.
In his death on the cross he bore the sin of the world;
on the third day he was raised from death by the power of God.
He triumphed over all the powers of evil;
now he reigns in heaven, sharing his risen life with us.
We trust God the Holy Spirit:
in love he calls the Church into being.
He unites us to Christ, in whom we are justified.
He guides our understanding of the Scriptures,
as he also guided and inspired their writers.
He sanctifies us in sacraments,
and imparts to the faithful the fullness of Christ.
He assures us of forgiveness.
He empowers us to be disciples,
embodying the love of Jesus in the Church and in the world.
We rejoice in the gift of eternal life:
We hope for the coming resurrection, through the resurrection of Christ.
We look for his coming again in power and glory,
to judge the world and to make all things new.
Then all creation shall rejoice in communion with the Father, through the Son, in the power of the Holy Spirit, one God blessed forever.
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