As the banner says on
our church hall wall, Old Parish & St Paulís Church ďexists to put
Christ firstĒ. As a congregation, we have been blessed by the fact that
for many years, ministers have preached the truth of the Gospel to our
congregation and the preaching of the Good News of Christ our Saviour is
what feeds our congregation.
Our weekly church life
starts with our worship services on the Lordís Day. As we are linked
with St Johnís Church in Langlee Galashiels, our morning worship starts
at 11.30am. All are welcome to our services which are followed by a time
of fellowship when tea and coffee is available.
During worship, children
are welcome to stay with their parents during the service or we have
Sunday school and creche for all ages of church who meet in different
parts of the church building. Hymns and readings are projected onto a
large screen and we have a loop system available during the service.
During each week there
are a number of activities from prayer groups to bible study groups. We
have Wednesday badminton and Thursday lunch club for our senior members.
All details are listed on this website.
There was a good number
of our members in the service on Sunday 8th February to hear
Rev Dr Leon Kellor preach as the nominee for the linked charge with St
At the conclusion of the
service, a vote took place and both Kirk Sessions witnessed 144 votes in
favour of Dr Keller with 8 against across both congregations. Our
interim moderator had the pleasure of asking Dr Keller whether he
accepted the call to come to Galashiels, which he accepted.
During the buffet that
followed, Dr Keller was introduced to those present as the new minister
for Old Parish and St Paulís Church linked with St Johnís Church which
was met with a roar of approval which was great to hear. It was such a
blessing to see Godís plan in place.
Rev Dr Leon Kellerís
induction service will be on 8 May in St Johnís Church and his sermon
from 8th February is available on this site.
Dr Leon Keller
ďI have a desire and call to serve the Lord and
His Church. I have been a minister in the Church continuously
for the past 26 years and served in 4 parishes. I feel called to
serve The Church of Scotland in the remainder of my years as the
Lord guides and leads me. Because I concentrate mainly on
expository preaching it is my desire to preach and teach Godís
Word so that we all may come to the maturity of our faith. The
need of every man is the same and the truth of Godís Word is
still able to meet that
need and show us the eternal life which there is
in Jesus Christ so that the church may be grounded in the Word
and growing in the Spirit. My aim in the ministry is to bring
people to the knowledge of Jesus Christ as Lord Saviour.Ē
Dr Keller was born in 1958, is married and has three
grown up children. A minister with the Dutch Reformed Church, Dr Keller
speaks English and Afrikaans. During his ministry in South African, Dr
Keller has been the minister to both white and black congregations and
his references point in particular to him working with the marginalised
in society. Dr Keller loves reading and has many sporting interests;
cycling, running, squash, tennis and canoeing. Dr Keller is aware of the
need of ministers in Scotland and he has an ďinner callingĒ to make
himself available to serve in the church.