Atlantic crossing for two church ministers

The Meeker family
The Meeker family

A minister from Kirkintilloch has swapped his Scottish pulpit to fly over the Atlantic and preach for the summer in the USA.

Sandy Forsyth and his family, who live in Kerr Street, are taking part in a cultural exchange, which will see him preach each Sunday in Savannah, Georgia.

Meanwhile, the Reverend Andy Meeker, the pastor at Wilmington Island Presbyterian Church, and his family are settling in to look after St David’s Memorial Park Church, in Kirkintilloch.

The families are swapping homes, cars and jobs for the summer.

Sandy, who teaches divinity full-time at the University of Edinburgh, does not have a pulpit job here in Scotland, so his own parish minister, Bryce Calder, offered him the option of using St David’s.

Reverend Meeker, along with wife JeriLyn and their two teenage children, are currently enjoying exploring Scotland, as well as delighting the congregation with preaching on a Sunday morning.

They recently experienced a local canal boat trip with the Seagull Trust and are continuing to enjoy “castles and everything scenic and old”.

And they say they don’t mind the typically unsettled Scottish weather.

JeriLyn, who has enjoyed walking in the Campsie Fells, said: “We dress to cope with everything and always take a raincoat. Everyone in this lovely country is so very friendly and welcoming”.

A welcome social, organised by the congregation of St. David’s, took place on American Independence Day and made the most of much home-grown talent with a varied programme of singing, piano music and an enthusiastic jazz band, all complemented by haggis and burgers.

Meanwhile,Reverend Forsyth is preaching in Savannah, Georgia, for the month, while staying in the Meeker’s home. The only problem with the weather there is keeping cool while appreciating sightseeing in between the many engagements organised by the church.