Port William woman Pam Bellis was ordained into the Church of Scotland last week as an Ordained Local minister after three years training
The ordination ceremony took place last Thursday evening in Penninghame St John’s Church. Newton Stewart. Penninghame church was chosen because Pam spent her probationary year there as Assistant to Rev Edward Lyons.
Many parishioners from local churches as well as Pam’s family and friends attended the ceremony.
The new minister said: “As an OLM (formerly Auxiliary Minister) I’m committed to give an average of 10 hours a week to the Presbytery – and will be asked to take on other roles as required. I will be doing the Hospital Chaplaincy in Newton Stewart Hospital, Stranraer Hospital, and Dumfries whenever feasible. Also, I will for a time, be acting as locum in the linked charge of Stoneykirk and Kirkmaiden with effect from September. That means Sundays and a day per week/on average in each Parish.
The ordination was “a wonderful occasion”, and was attended by Moderator of Presbytery, the Rev Mike Binks and the Rev Edward Lyons who was the preacher on the day and whose church the service was held.
Pam added: “I feel very blessed by the number who turned out, or if unable to be there sent their good wishes, prayers, cards. It was lovely to have visitors from different parts of the UK and included The Bishop of Glasgow and Galloway, The Right Reverend. Gregor Duncan (Scottish Episcopal Church), my brother Major Brian Lowndes (Salvation Army) and Robin Lockhart – Mochrum Kirk Elder and former Session Clerk doing the readings.”