Hugh Nicholl, a devoted member of Kinning Park Parish Church in Glasgow, has been recognized for his unwavering commitment to his local church spanning six decades.
The Church of Scotland Moderator, Rt Rev Sally Foster-Fulton, personally presented Mr. Nicholl with a 'Long Service' certificate during a special ceremony held on Sunday.
"Sixty years of sharing his time and gifts, his insights and wisdom, his sense of humour and commitment to community," Rev Sally remarked.
"It was a genuine honour to thank Hugh Nicholl in person for his generous service to the Church of Scotland and the community of Kinning Park.
"This is a beautiful milestone and I promised that when he receives his 70-year certificate, I'll come and cheer with the congregation."
Rooted in a deep Christian faith, Mr. Nicholl was ordained as an elder on January 27, 1963, at what was formerly St. Andrew's Plantation Parish Church, now known as Kinning Park Parish Church.
Over the years he has taken on diverse roles, including fabric convener and treasurer, and served as the highly esteemed session clerk for 25 years until 2021.
Parish minister, Rev Marnie Johnston said: "The service was a very moving and a very memorable occasion for Mr Nicholl, who is a remarkable person and very unassuming.”
"It was a fitting tribute, marking 60 years' service given by our senior elder.”
She continued: “In a very moving and fitting sermon, the Moderator spoke of the importance of forging paths and building bridges to the future which God has planned.
"The occasion was a very warm and friendly one, and the congregation were delighted to have the opportunity to meet the Moderator and her husband.
"It was a happy day which will be long remembered."