Our friends, pastors Sandor and Erzsebet Keresztúri and their eldest son Daniel are visiting Kilmarnock between 20 and 25 June. It will be a busy week for them as they visit St Kentigerns, have lunch with the Provost, a meal with the committee, visit Culzean and surrounding country and then Edinburgh. They will be at church on Sunday 24 June, when Sandor will take part in the morning service, then we have a Congregational Meal and they meet the Kirk Session for a short time in the afternoon.
We are working in partnership with the Reformed Church of Hungary in the villages of Amati and Hirip, Romania, to help the elderly in these villages. The elderly in Romania have little or no money to pay for medicines, fuel or at times food. They rely very much on their small holdings, which many of them still work.
In August 2016, elders Jon Herd and Sandy Brown, visited both parishes and met with their Pastor, Sandor Zlost Kereszturi, his family, elders of the church and some of the villagers.
We have been raising money through the sale of books on a Sunday after church, having Praise Nights and some of the Junior Church and adults went Carol Singing at Tesco just before Christmas 2016.
We sent over £600 to the churches in June 2017 and when Jon and Sandy returned to Romania in July 2017, they discussed how this money would be spent with the Pastor and the Elders from both churches. They decided that they would identify the most needy of their elderly parishioners/villagers and they would purchase their necessary medicines.
Also whilst in Hirip and Amati they attended two services where a Twinning Agreement was signed on behalf of St Kentigern’s and the Reformed Churches in the villages. This brings a closer bond between our churches in Scotland and Romania. During the visit we were presented with a wooden plaque commemorating the signing of the Twinning Agreements.
A report has been submitted to the Church of Scotland Mission Council and a report will also be given to the Kirk Session at it’s September meeting. Further discussions have to take place with Session about future projects in Romania.
Below are photos of the signing of the Twinning Agreement and presentation of plaque.