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Do not be afraid

Jackie Macadam reflects on some of the partnerships – and relationships – with overseas churches.

Church members from Yatta, Kenya with partners from St Marks, Drumchapel

ACCORDING to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the first use of ‘partner’ was in the 14th century. It meant ‘partaker’, meaning ‘one who shares’.

If that’s not the best description of what the central Church of Scotland along with twinning partnerships involving individual churches and presbyteries across the country, does with churches across the globe, then I don’t know what is.

A partner shares. A partner gives as much as they take. A partner is not a rival. Partners works together.

The Church of Scotland places a great deal of importance on working with others to spread the word and work of Christ, and with a huge variety of churches, this is sometimes achieved in ways that are imaginative and yet always practical.

The Rev Aaron Stevens is minister at St Columba’s in Budapest, Hungary.

“A charge in the International Presbytery, St Columba’s Budapest also belongs to the Reformed Church in Hungary (RCH), so I’ve had an opportunity over the years to observe the Reformed Hungarians”, he says.

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