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Much is perfectly clear about the early history of Ardeer Parish Church and the Mission, established in 1881, from which it sprang. While all the old material and records, inevitably, do not shine out down the years while equal lustre, that need not perplex us: - history, in a sense, is on our side since we know our founder and His assurance, the One, “whose light is truth, whose warmth is love”.
The word “Ardeer”, only a little fancifully, sounds like “our dear”. In remembering “our dear Church” we are mindful also of the enduring glory of His dear universal Church, to which all Christians have belonged for two thousand years. With this in mind, let us begin with a quotation.
“Ardeer Church, whatever else it might be, is not a sleeping church or a dead church, but a vivid and vital, a living and lively one… I give you a Moderator’s benediction, I big you God speed”.
These were the words of the Moderator of the General Assembly of the United Free Church of Scotland, the jovial Rev. C. G. McCrie, DD on 3rd April, 1908. It was a time of anniversary – yes, even in 1908, for our congregation was already celebrating the year 1883, twenty-five years before when its Mission hall, now our large hall, was built. We now look back to those very early years, described by Mr. Moodie, our first minister, who arrived in 1892 as one of the happiest periods of the history of our church. Now, as then, we go forward in faith. The constant vigilance and commitment referred to by St. Paul when he lamented “the church at Loaodicea” would not have been far, perhaps, from the Moderator’s thoughts when he gave us his little Lauren in words: - no church anywhere, at any time, can afford to rest on its laurels!
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