Bo’ness church plays part in UK-wide celebrations

Pastor Rob Young and wife Brenda with the baton
Pastor Rob Young and wife Brenda with the baton

Bo’ness Apostolic Church has played its part in a UK-wide centenary celebration.

The church on Stewart Avenue has been caretaker to a baton relay travelling 3000 miles across Britain to celebrate the church’s 100th anniversary.

The baton has already passed through Wales, the south of England, churches in London, the Midlands and churches in the north east of England.

It was passed to the congregation at the Bo’ness church on April 1 at Linlithgow Palace by members of the Edinburgh church.

The baton, which contains statements of faith and thanksgiving, arrived in the area by bike, despite atrocious weather.

Brave cyclists from the Edinburgh assembly biked along the Union Canal to Linlithgow, arriving “well and truly soaked”, to hand the baton to Pastor Rob Young.

The day after the baton arrived the congregation held a flower show with arrangements depicting some of the countries the Apostolic Church was represented in.

China, Ireland, Wales, Namibia, Australia, South Africa and Scotland all had country-themed floral displays created by the ladies of the Bo’ness assembly.

And the displays even attracted visitors from Germany.

A Berlin family, who were visiting the Bo’ness and Kinneil Railway Preservation, stopped by and spoke to members.

Retired Pastor Len Bennett said: “This family stopped because they were members of the New Catholic Apostolic Church, and they were over the moon to discover us out of the blue.

“We had a wonderful afternoon of fellowship which was a real joy to share.

“The events really brought everyone together.

“The Saturday was a grand day.

“My wife Margaret has been involved in the floral club for many years, and she twisted a few ladies’ arms to get together and organise the floral display.

“On the Sunday we had a special morning service and then afterwards we travelled to South Queensferry to hand over the baton to members from Kirkcaldy.”

The baton has yet to travel to Glasgow, Aryshire, Northern Ireland and Southern Ireland. The relay will return to Wales and will finish in Cheltenham at the end of July.

By that time, the baton will have passed through some 120 churches across the UK.

To follow the baton’s progress and the church’s centenary, follow @aposchurch100 on Twitter.