Moderator's Reception

Posted on: Friday, September 09, 2016

Dr Russell Barr, Moderator of the General Assembly hosted a reception for Company Chaplains and Parish Ministers today.  The event took place in St Andrew’s & St George’s West Church and was organised by The Boys’ Brigade in Edinburgh, Leith & District.

A number of Chaplains / Ministers attended the event along with 3 Seniors & Young Leaders.  Ian Montgomery, Battalion Secretary; Niall Rolland, PR / Development Officer; and David Scott, Development Officer were also in attendance.

The focus of the event was on ‘What The Boys’ Brigade can offer to your congregation?’

The Boys’ Brigade, Britain’s largest uniformed Christian youth organisation has a proven track record of equipping and resourcing leaders to share their faith with young people.  The event was a great opportunity for churches to look at how the BB can support their youth work.

The event focused on the Brigade’s key success of working in partnership with the local church to attract young people into the life of the church.  The Brigade through its programme of activities is often able to access communities that the church has traditionally found difficult to reach.  Many people have a perception of the Brigade that is a little old-fashioned, but recent changes including programme materials have enabled the movement to be flexible and meet the needs of different situations.

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John Wilhelm, Dr Russell Barr, Rev Easter Smart and Cameron MacLeod

Dr Russell Barr and Rev Ian Gilmour, Battalion Chaplain both spoke about their Boys’ Brigade experiences.  Rev Easter Smart, 65th Edinburgh spoke about her experience as a parent as well as a Chaplain.  Callum Dewar, 1st Lenzie & Cameron MacLeod, 65th Edinburgh spoke about how the Brigade supports youth leaders, and John Wilhelm spoke about how the it engages young people.

Thanks must go to Dr Russell Barr for hosting the event and Rev Ian Gilmour for organising the venue & refreshments.

Anyone requiring information about 'What The Boys’ Brigade can offer to your congregation?’ should contact David Scott, Development Officer on 0131 551 1200 or or visit our website at