The East wing of Lauder Church sits under the organ loft as seen here. The outside wall of the East Wing faces the Church Centre previously known as the Session House before its extension following a very successful project in the tercentenary year 1973.
Of the four wings of Lauder Church the East Wing is least well used. Though well used by church and community groups the Church Centre has limitations in access and in accommodation. Some church members see the possibility of creating a fellowship area within the church by converting the East Wing for such a purpose together with accommodating a community purpose thereby bringing folk into the heart of the church. Developing this proposal is at an early stage with a detailed proposal to be considered by the Kirk Session before the end of 2020.
GARDEN FOR REFLECTION
In the summer of 2010 the Kirk Session sought to improve this untidy corner of Lauder Cemetery.
Elders supported the idea, very appropriate for this sun spot area to the rear of Lauder Church, that a remembrance garden be created; a place where anyone might choose to sit a while and simply reflect. The donation of a garden bench and the central plaque together, with some physical effort, transformed the area into this …
A further suggestion allowed for the placing of a small memorial stone by permission of the Kirk Session. To date three such requests have been approved. Our Flower Convener keeps a close watch on the upkeep of the permanent flower arrangements, wreaths laid after funerals and flowers laid following Reflection.
The Garden of Reflection was dedicated some time later by the Rev John Riddell, the Locum Minister for Channelkirk and Lauder, at that time in vacancy.
Consideration is now being given to how this popular facility might be further enhanced.
AN EMPTY MANSE
At present the charge of Channelkirk and Lauder is without the support and services of an ordained Church of Scotland Minister. Until recently our minister lived in the Lauder based manse but now we are “in vacancy”. As the Channelkirk and Lauder Kirk Session works through a team building exercise Presbytery has approved the linkage between Channelkirk and Lauder and Earlston Churches – Earlston is also “in vacancy”.
Hopefully, in the not too distant future, the two congregations and Kirk Sessions will commence discussions on how they will work together sharing talents across what will become the Church in Leaderdale, including the calling of a minister to Leaderdale. Revisiting the findings of our Future Focus findings could well be an outcome of this exercise in coming together.