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Preaching of Sole Nominee, Sunday 20th September 2020 Guidance for Members


As you will see from the attached edict below, we are delighted to invite Rev. Morag Crossan, a probationary minister of the Church of Scotland, to preach as sole nominee for our vacancy on 20th September 2020. While the principles associated with this process remain as they always been in that every member will have an opportunity to vote on the appointment, current restrictions mean that the normal format for the service will not be possible. It is therefore very important for you to follow this guidance if you wish to hear Rev Crossan preach and subsequently cast your vote.

The Service

There will be two services on 20th September 2020, 0ne at Liddesdale starting at 10.00 a.m. and this will be followed by one at Canonbie starting at 11.30 a.m.

Due to current restrictions it is highly likely that numbers for each service will be restricted to a maximum of 26 people at Liddesdale and 28 people at Canonbie.

Allocation of places will be on a first come, first served basis so, if you would like to attend either service in person you must contact your session clerk at the contact number below as soon as possible and by Monday 14th September 2020 at the latest. We expect places to be allocated very quickly. Every effort will be made to accommodate your first choice but, as I am sure you will understand, numbers are strictly controlled under current Government guidelines.

For those who are unable to attend the service in person, it will be live streamed on the Church Facebook page at 11.30 a.m. on 20th September (https://www.facebook.com/CanonbieUnitedParishChurchLiddesdaleParish)

and uploaded to the Church Social Media at 3.00 p.m. on Sunday 20th

go to  (https://www.facebook.com/CanonbieUnitedParishChurchLiddesdaleParish)  and follow the link.

and available as an audio only version by ‘phoning  01576 224075

These links will remain active until 3 p.m. on Monday 21st September.


Every member is entitled to one vote to decide whether the sole nominee is to be called as our minister. For those attending in person, voting will take place at the end of each service. For those who view the service online or by Audio on the ‘phone, and who are able, can vote in person as follows: –

Liddesdale Church: Monday 21st September between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. Tuesday 22nd September between 6.30 p.m. and 7.30 p.m.

Canonbie Church: Monday 21st September between 6.30 p.m. and 7.30 p.m. Tuesday 22nd September between. 4 p.m. and 5 p.m.

For those who are unable to attend, postal votes can be arranged. If you would like to utilise the postal voting system you must contact your session clerk by Monday 14th September 2020 at the latest. Postal votes must be returned to the Interim Moderator to arrive no later than 10.00 a.m. on Sunday 27th September 2020, after which point no postal votes will be accepted. For the avoidance of doubt the ballot will close at 10.00 a.m. on Sunday 27th September 2020

We hope that these arrangements, while unavoidable, do not cause too much inconvenience for either the Sole Nominee or yourselves and we thank you for your forbearance. Should you have any queries about the procedures please do not hesitate to contact your elder or session clerk.

Christopher Wallace Interim Moderator

CONTACT DETAILS: Lois Lane Session Clerk, Canonbie Church. Tel. No. 07704201875

CONTACT DETAILS: Glynis Cambridge Session Clerk, Liddesdale Church. Tel No. 07469397065







At a meeting held online on 9th August 2020, the Nominating Committee chose the person whom they wish to propose to this congregation of Canonbie United and Liddesdale to be our new minister. The name of the person proposed is Rev. Morag Crossan. Arrangements have been made for Rev Morag Crossan, to conduct public worship in Liddesdale Parish Church on 20th September 2020 at 10.00 a.m. and Canonbie United Church on 20th September 2020 at 11.30 a.m. The Presbytery of Annandale and Eskdale have approved that at Liddesdale up to 26 and at Canonbie up to 28 numbers of members of the congregation shall be present when Rev. Morag Crossan conducts public worship. A live stream of the recording of Rev Morag Crossan conducting public worship will be available on Sunday 20th September at 11.30 a.m. online at (https://www.facebook.com/CanonbieUnitedParishChurchLiddesdaleParish)and by dialling  01576 224075  for an audio only stream.

A recording of Rev Morag Crossan conducting public worship will be available from on the 20th day of September 2020 from 3 p.m. online  by following  the link on (https://www.facebook.com/CanonbieUnitedParishChurchLiddesdaleParish) Immediately after these services, a vote on whether or not Rev Morag Crossan should be appointed as the new minister of this congregation of Canonbie United and Liddesdale will be opened. Anyone whose name appears on the Electoral Register of these congregations of Canonbie United and Liddesdale shall be entitled to vote. No one else shall be entitled to vote. Details  on this  are  to be found  in the attached  “Preaching of Sole Nominee, Sunday 20th September 2020 Guidance for Members”. Every vote returned must have a unique number written on it. Votes returned without a unique number will not be counted. The unique numbers will not be linked to how votes are cast. All votes must be cast or returned not later than Sunday the 27th day of September at 10.00 a.m.

Rev. Christopher Wallace Interim Moderator.

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Notice is hereby given that the Vacancy Procedure Committee of the Presbytery of Annandale & Eskdale proposes to allow the congregations of Canonbie United linked with Liddesdale  to follow the protocol agreed  by the Commission of Assembly on 7th July :


  • Section 22: Preaching by Nominee:  public worship may be conducted by any means which enables all those entitled to vote in the election to see and hear the nominee conduct the same act of worship including by means of a live stream or through recorded media made available by any appropriate means, or by a combination of the two;
  • Section 23: Election of Minister and Section 24: Ballot Procedure: the vote may take place by those physically present (if any) completing a hard copy of a voting paper and those not, completing and posting or hand delivering a hard copy of a voting paper; the arrangements made shall ensure secrecy of the ballot while maintaining verification of eligibility to vote;



This action will proceed unless at least four persons, who are either communicant members of this congregations of Canonbie United linked with Liddesdale  or full members of Presbytery, together or separately submit to the Presbytery Clerk a request for this proposal to be considered at the next meeting of the Presbytery. Any such request must set out the relevant reasons. You should submit any such request in writing to Rev William C Hewitt  Annandale&eskdale@churchofscotland.org.uk by Monday 31st August 2020. If four valid requests are received, then the permission to use the Vacancy Protocol will be suspended and the approval of Presbytery will be required.




Very Rev Bill Hewitt

Presbytery Clerk

Presbytery of Annandale and Eskdale


The Presbytery of Annandale and Eskdale is a component element of the Church of Scotland, Scottish Charity Number SC0011353




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Some very good news …

We are delighted to announce that Rev Morag Crossan will preach on 20th September, at 10.00am in Liddesdale and 11.30am in Canonbie, as sole nominee for the vacant charges of Canonbie and Liddesdale.

Whilst everyone is welcome to this service, we will be limited in numbers within the Church in order to adhere to COVID-19 guidance, but hopefully we will be able to make the most of technology and broadcast the service on the internet. More details will follow!

After the service, those who are on the current Church Electoral Register will have the opportunity to vote either by post or in person, details of which will be announced soon.

We thank God for all that has led to this point, especially in these difficult times, and pray that Morag and those around her will be blessed and that God’s will is clearly discerned.

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Whilst our Church building may be closed at the moment for services, it’s not going unused; there are children here most days enjoying the space, peace and surroundings. One of the things they have enjoyed is art, and we have put some of our work in and on the wall along the Church lane. They have even featured in the local paper! Here are just a few examples;

Eskdale and Liddesdale Advetiser

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Canonbie Church lit up!

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Please click on the link for the newest edition of Canonbie Chronicles. For the first time, we have included links to resources available. If you would like any more information or have any feedback, please feel free to contact us by phone or email.

Summer 2020 Canonbie Chronicles

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“The coronavirus crisis is still evolving, and we don’t yet know how long it will continue, or what the overall impact will be. But we do know that our work has never been more critical than today. Our decisive actions and contributions now, surely will make the difference in the lives of producers and their families, preserve economic activity, and strengthen our ties to one another, and between producers and shoppers. Please stay safe and healthy. Wash your hands. Keep apart, but stay united.” #FairtradeTogether


We can be part of making the difference by continuing to buy fairly traded products whenever we can. The church still has stocks of its regular products such as ground coffee (Machu Pichu and Kilimanjaro), loose leaf tea and teabags, hot chocolate, cocoa, rice and some sugar. If you let me (on 71725) or Lois (on 71386) know what you’d like we can organise getting it to you.

You can also by food, craft and household items directly from Traidcraft online shop at https://www.traidcraftshop.co.uk/ or of course from our local coop.


A Prayer: Defend the rights of the poor


God of justice, God of the poor

Grant us energy, resolve and perspective

to challenge the injustice we see before us.


Speak out with fairness

and make your views heard,

Defend the rights of the poor

We will


Speak out for those who cannot speak

Defend the rights of the poor

We will


Speak out on behalf of the silenced and voiceless

Defend the rights of the poor

We will


In the presence of God, in the light of the world, we commit ourselves to this task:


We will defend the rights of the poor.

We will speak out,

We will speak out.




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There are some great resources on the internet for children, follow the link for one which I particularly like https://www.authenticmedia.co.uk/images/Self%20Isolation%20Resources%20Downloads.pdf

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Click to access life-and-work-may-2020.pdf

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I have been accessing various resources online and one which I have particularly enjoyed is Daily Bread. Quite a few of their publications are free to access, so pop over and have a look. The above, ‘Hope in hard times’ is worth a read.

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