THE Rev Morag Dawson, minister of Trinity Church in Galashiels, which is linked with Caddonfoot, is leaving the Borders to take up a new charge in Dumfriesshire.
She confirmed recent speculation about her future at the weekend as Caddonfoot Church celebrated its 150th anniversary with two open days with flowers.
Mrs Dawson became minister at St Aidan’s Church, now closed, seven years ago to take over the link charge of Caddonfoot with St Ninian’s in Galashiels.
“It was not easy to tell the congregation on the same day as the anniversary, but it all happened so quickly,” she said.
“I received a call from God to move and now I have made that decision. I have enjoyed my time here. This was my first rural charge – and I was glad to be here for the anniversary. I wish you all my blessings for the future.”
Mrs Dawson is taking over the charges at High Tae, Dalton and St Mungo, near Lockerbie. Her final services in the Borders will be on September 11 and she will be inducted to her new charge on September 27. Church members are expected to join her at the service.
Session Clerk Anne Grieve said: “I wish Mrs Dawson all the best in her new church and our thoughts and prayers go with her.”
The church in Caddonfoot was open on Saturday and Sunday when many visitors came to see one of the oldest and most historic kirks in the Borders.
Mrs Wendy Hamilton and Mrs Joan Mundell, with the help of ladies in the church, put together a display of flowers and artefacts while elders John and Irene Bruce served tea, coffee, juice and biscuits.
“I would like to thank everyone who contributed to the success of the weekend and to Mrs Grieve who baked the cake,” said Mrs Dawson.
At the event, an organ bench, donated by Mrs Effie Brydon in memory of John Swanston and Mike Brydon, was dedicated by Mrs Dawson.
The Presbytery of Melrose and Peebles is expected to appoint an interim moderator for Caddonfoot and a locum is likely to take over until a new minister is named.