On Sunday 23rd October, Kenny Macleod was ordained as an elder of Grace Church Leith.
Kenny and Anna joined the church when they returned to Edinburgh in August 2014 to get ready for their son Daniel to be born. Having settled in Leith they soon became committed members of the church, and for the past year have been leading one of our Community Groups.
Speaking to the gathered church on Sunday, our minister Athole Rennie spoke warmly of the Macleods as model Christians and church members:
“They’ve been an incredible blessing, not only to the church but to me personally. Seeing the way they’ve been involved in the work here over the last two years, the way they serve, their devotion to the people here and their commitment to Leith – they really are a model and example to us of what it looks like to live our lives for Christ.”
With the growth of the church over the past year, the elders had been prayerfully considering adding another elder to the session (the church’s governing body) and came to the decision to nominate Kenny Macleod for eldership. The members of the church approved this nomination, and Kenny was ordained as an elder of the church this past Sunday.
Kenny and Anna later reflected on some of the ways they'd been blessed by being part of Grace Church Leith:
“We were really struck by how much Grace Church Leith is a family” said Kenny, “and how keen everyone is to live in community with each other and commit to Leith. That’s such a central part of what Grace Church Leith is about - applying the gospel and living out the gospel in Leith and with each other. That’s something we hadn’t really experienced before, but it’s really something you see the early church doing in the New Testament and something Grace Church Leith strives to fulfil.
“We’re thankful every week for Grace Church Leith, for our friendships, the support we’ve had and for being part of a loving family - it’s something we’re very thankful for.”
“We’ve been really encouraged by the life of the church here” Anna added, “and we’re looking forward to serving more and being part of the community in Leith.”