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From the Church of Scotland Website - 7th February 2017 - Full Article at 

http://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news_and_events/news/recent/new_deacon_for_fife_congregation

Pamela Scott

A former complementary therapist will soon be playing a major leadership role at a church where she once attended as a child.Pamela Scott, who specialised in massage, aromatherapy and reflexology, is being ordained as a Deacon at Lochgelly and Benarty St Serf’s Church in Fife later this month.The 48-year-old of Rosyth said she was very much looking forward to her new role which is often referred to as “hidden ministry”. Most Scots think only Ministers and Elders have leadership roles within the Kirk.Deacons are selected, trained and ordained according to the doctrine and discipline of the Church of Scotland.They tend to serve in areas of great need and scarce resources.It is said that they “grow where they are planted” and help equip people, through the Gospel, with the skills they need to build bridges between Church and communities.Deacons are free to preach and conduct worship as they desire or as is necessary, take funerals and are licensed to conduct weddings.Lochgelly and Benarty St Serf’s Church has been without a Minister and a Deacon for the last three years.Mrs Scott, who attended the church as a seven-year-old when she lived with her family in Ballingry for a year, said: “I felt that God wanted me to serve people in a different way and the way to do this was as a Deacon.“I personally see the role as someone who serves people, helping them to see the love of God whether this is in a practical way or through words that are spoken.“In a parish setting, the Deacon serves both the congregation and the community and sometimes challenges the congregation to become more involved in what is happening outside the church.”  

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