europe: May 24, 2016

Celebration and thanksgiving of the Scottish Endeavorers

The day began with greetings, smiles, handshakes and hugs and much 'chatter' - Scottish for talking! And this continued all afternoon. This was an occasion for Scottish Endeavourers to gather together to praise God for the part that Christian Endeavour played in their Christian lives. Who better could we have to chair the proceedings than George Campbell? George began his service to Christian Endeavour in his local Paisley and District Union and was secretary for the Convention when it was held there. He joined the Scottish Executive with the responsibility of being the Book-room Convener and was also on the Alumni committee. The Rev Jim Murdoch asked him to be the Scottish representative when he attended British events and so George was introduced to the British Christian Endeavour Union. This lead him to being the General secretary for the British CE Union and twice being British CE President! Jim asked George to be the British representative to the World's CE Union, area one, which was how George eventually became Honorary Vice-President of WCEU and Honorary Trustee for Life. The event began with a lovely lunch over which many memories were shared. The programme began with the hymn of praise, Blessed Assurance. Great is Thy Faithfulness, Such Love and Amazing Grace were all sung with heartfelt sentiments throughout the afternoon.

Many of those at this gathering had been singers in the Scottish Endeavour Singers so there was a 'pop-up' choir rendering of Glory hallelujah. The original choir evolved from a Young People's CE camp in the late 1970's and it grew to 105 members from central Scotland. George Campbell conducted the choir for eight years at engagements and Conventions and at the Centenary in 1982 in USA. Over 30 of its members are now in full time Christian service. Much discussion was stimulated by a quiz about personnel, places, Conventions and events. eg Francis Clark had a Scot as one of his Vice Presidents - name him. (Dr James Kelly), How many World Vice Presidents came from Scotland? (three: Kelly, Murdoch and Campbell), Where was the 2nd Century World CE Convention held? (Edinburgh, Scotland) There were contributions from Andrew Golder, a past SNCEU treasurer and Stanley McCallum who testified to the influence CE had had in his life through attending Junior and YP Camps and being part of the Singers. Stanley married Sheena who he met at an Orkney Camp! He went on to serve the movement as Scottish President and also the Alumni President. Elizabeth McGrouther, who had been Junior Convener for thirty four years and is now Organising Secretary, brought greetings from Isobel Cameron, a previous Junior Convener, and Dennis Davies, chairman of Great Britain and Ireland Christian Endeavour Union. George brought the afternoon to a close with thoughts from Colossians 4:17 See to it that you complete the ministry you have received in the Lord. Christian Endeavour may be closing as an organisation in Scotland but we as Endeavourers still have a job to do.

May 24, 2016, 13:57 h by Elizabeth McGrouther, Secretary, CE in Scotland.