Mothers’ Union hears priest’s talk

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AT the Mother’s Union meeting held on Tuesday November 6 in St Mary’s Hall, the Rev Max Paterson told us about his 51 years as an ordained minister in both the Church of England and the Scottish Episcopal Church.

As a boy, Max said that he didn’t attend Sunday School, but that he helped at services as a server and boat boy.

He felt drawn to the priesthood, and studied for the ministry in Kelham, before being ordained as a minister in 1961 at Derby Cathedral.

His time as a priest has been very varied, beginning with a curate’s post in a mining town. While there, he told the union, he spent time literally ‘at the coal-face’ to experience what the miners’ working life was like.

Max then went on to spend time working in the textile industry, with postings at Viyella and Van Houston. When he moved to Scotland, he spent time in Hawick as a parish priest, and was industrial chaplain at Pringles. Latterly, after his first retirement, Max looked after the congregation at St James’ Scottish Episcopal Church at the Holburn junction in Aberdeen. He has now retired for a second time and lives with his wife Moira in Inverurie.

Max also talked about the movement within churches for more unity between different Christian denominations. There were quite a few questions from the audience, and the vote of thanks was given by Sheila George.

The next meeting takes place on Tuesday December 11, at 1.45pm, with a carol service at St Mary-on-the-Rock, to which the Resource Centre have been invited. There will be tea afterwards.