Last Sunday many people, relatives and friends, some who had travelled a great distance to be at Challoch, members of the congregations of the three Churches of the Wigtownshire group gathered in All Saints Challoch for the celebration of Canon Nigel E H Newton’s Silver Jubilee of his Priesthood.
Canon Nigel was made Deacon by Bishop Derek Rawcliffe on 1st July 1989 and Ordained Presbyter on 30th June 1990 by the Bishop and fellow Priests of the Diocese of the United Diocese of Glasgow and Galloway. Canon Nigel served his Curacy at St. Columba’s Largs, when the now Diocesan Bishop was his Rector. Canon Nigel’s first Charge was St. Ebba’s in Eyemouth Berwickshire, before being invited by Bishop John Taylor to take up the Charge of All Saints’ Challoch with St. Ninian’s Fellowship, where he was Priest in Charge. During the Diocesan Synod of 2003, held in Dumfries, he was elected Canon by his fellow Priests and automatically became Rector. The celebration Eucharist service on 28th June was conducted by Canon Nigel, and very fitting to his ministry in two Dioceses, the Bishop of our Diocese, The Rt. Revd. Dr. Gregor D. Duncan was the guest preacher. During the service Canon Nigel was assisted by the two Eucharisatic Assistants, Anne McWilliam and Janet Peers; the scripture passages were read by Clive E Newton and Pauline Brown, Canon Nigel’s sister-in-law; the prayers were led by Hazel Cain, the Offertory Procession was led by Pat Newton and Joyce I Randell, Canon Nigel’s Sister.
Music has always played a great part in Canon Nigel’s ministry, this was played by Marie J H Mortimer, the hymn ’Challoch’ which she wrote for him was just a part of the selection of hymns and music which she excelled at playing during the service. The Welcomers were Sarah Newton and Brenda Brookes. Special thanks are offered to all who have made the Day so memorable especially his Wife (Management) Pat; also as Canon Nigel wrote in the service booklet produced specially for the day, “we are grateful to Revd. Michael Buchan-an Hills and the Vestry of All Saints for this opportunity to celebrate.” Canon Nigel continues to serve in our Diocese and to support the Wigtownshire Episcopal Churches as well as playing an active part in the life of The Church and The Community in which he believes he is privileged to live and serve.