An Edinburgh church has installed a stained glass window in its sanctuary as a tribute to the previous minister.
The late Reverend John Carrie, 64, who was minister of Queensferry Parish Church for 37 years, passed away suddenly in March 2008, months before he was due to retire.
On Sunday morning his widow Anne unveiled the window in memory of her late husband in front of a packed church. It was designed by artist Roland Mitton and based on Psalm 23, “The Lord’s My Shepherd”.
Following Mr Carrie’s death, a memorial appeal fund was set up by the congregation which raised over £16,000.
This paid for the window, and also funded the training of a school teacher in Chogoria, Kenya – reflecting Mr Carrie’s interest in the needs of the Third World. It is anticipated a further two teachers will be trained with the remaining balance.
Queensferry associate minister Reverend Sean Swindells said: “I worked with Reverend John Carrie for five months before his sudden death.
”John's untimely passing came as a great shock to everyone. He was a thoroughly decent man.
“It was a privilege to have known him and to have been there to support the congregation through a very difficult period. This window is our tribute to a very special man.
“Sunday was a very moving occasion and both the congregation and John's family are thrilled with the window.”
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