Our Minister – Rev. Val Ott
Val was awarded a First Class Honours B.D in Theology from St Andrew’s University. Following Graduation she worked for a year as assistant minister at Bethesda Presbyterian Church, Aberdeen, North Carolina USA and a further eighteen months as assistant in South Queensferry Parish Church in Edinburgh Presbytery.
Mrs Ott was ordained and inducted to this charge of Gatehouse linked with Borgue on 15 March 2002. She is married to David, a retired lecturer in Law
Services of Worship
Every Sunday at 10.00 a.m. These are open to all and we would be delighted to welcome you to any of our services.
Gatehouse Church is united with Borgue Parish Church and linked with Tarff and Twynholm Parish Church. Services in Borgue are at 12.00 noon on the first Sunday of each month in the village hall. Services in Tarff and Twynholm are at 11.30 am each Sunday.
For the children of the parish we have the Sunday School, which meets once a month during the school term time. The children come into church at the beginning of Morning Worship for a talk by the minister and then leave for their classes in the hall.
Coffee and tea are served in the Hall at Gatehouse and in the church at Tarff and Twynholm following Morning Worship. This affords us time together for a chat and also, importantly, gives us the opportunity to meet and welcome those who have come into our midst either as visitors or as new residents.
The Church Choir
We are very fortunate to have a fine choir and an excellent organist and deputy organist to lead us in our worship and the choir perform anthems during Sunday worship. Like church choirs everywhere they are always eager to recruit new members.
The Gatehouse and Borgue Guild closed in 2018 but members of our church are now invited to attend the meetings of the Tarff and Twynholm Guild which meets on the first Tuesday of the month from October till March. The Guild’s motto is “Whose I am and whom I serve” and it aims to encourage its members to express their faith in Worship, Prayer and Action. Interesting speakers keep the members in touch with the outreach of the Church in our own land and throughout the world.
The Monday Club
The Club is organised for the senior citizens of the parish and meets in the Church Hall in the afternoon of the first and third Mondays of the winter months. The members enjoy a varied programme of activities and also tea and biscuits.
Church Membership Class
Anyone interested in becoming a full communicant member of the Church, please, contact the minister.
Each Sunday the chancel and the vestibule are adorned by arrangements of flowers gifted by members. Following worship the flowers are taken by the duty elders to those ill at home or in hospital, or who have been bereaved and sometimes to folk who have reason to celebrate.
Gatehouse Churches Together
Members of the three local churches, Church of Scotland, Episcopal, and the Community Church work together as the Gatehouse Churches Together (GCT). Although the Catholic church in Gatehouse has closed, the priest and local Catholics are still involved in the GCT
They hold an ecumenical service during Gatehouse Gala Week, on Remembrance Sunday at the war memorial and on Sunday summer evenings in Kirkandrews Kirk.
During Lent, following a short period of meditation in the church led by one of the clergy, members of the churches take it in turn to provide a soup and cheese lunch each Wednesday with donations going to a local charity.
GCT organise coffee mornings for charities. They also organise collection of donations of food and toiletries for the Stewartry Food Bank. At Christmas, GCT print a Christmas card which lists the Christmas services of each church and deliver it to every household in Gatehouse of Fleet.
Ecumenical services are held in the wee kirk at Kirkandrews on Sunday summer evenings between July and September. Each service is led by clergy from one of the four different denominations. A candlelit evening service is held in the kirk at Christmas led by the minister the Rev Val Ott.
The Sacrament of Holy Communion
We celebrate the Sacrament of Communion four times a year in Gatehouse – usualy the first Sunday of February, May, August and November, and twice a year in Borgue Village Hall in May and November. In addition, during Holy Week, we celebrate Holy Communion on the evening of Maundy Thursday in Gatehouse
The Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper is open to all who truly love the Lord.
The Sacrament of Baptism
Sometimes baptism is administered to adults, people who weren’t baptised as children but who later came to Christian faith. More usually, however, it is administered to children — and is often referred to as “christening the child”. Our minister will be pleased to discuss with you the baptism of your child.
Rev Val Ott is available to officiate at the wedding of anyone living in the parish. Weddings may take place in church or elsewhere (within reason). Mrs Ott will be pleased to discuss with you the details of your forthcoming marriage.
As part of the church’s service to this parish Rev Val Ott is willing to officiate at the funeral of anyone who resided in the parish. The funeral service can be conducted at the home of the deceased or in church or simply at the graveside or crematorium. The choice is what best suits the family.
As in all these facilities, there is no charge for the minister’s services.