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The Old Time Capsule

When the church was repainted in the spring of 1981 and the chancel area altered, including turning the pulpit on its axis, a 'time capsule' was found under the pulpit. The opening sentences of the letter [dated 21st February 1910] found in the bottle from the minister the Rev. John O. Stafford reads

"...............This Church built originally in 1797 near the site of an older Church - dedicated to St. Bridget - destroyed by fire, was reconstructed in the year 1910. The work was begun in April 1909 and at the time of writing is nearly completed......."

The letter continues to give details of the costs; who gave individual items plus a list of the Office Bearers and Officials. The old capsule was replaced with an updated one at the time of the alterations in 1981. The brass flower vases, lectern, offering bags, font, two Elders chairs in the chancel, table in the entrance porch, Bibles - lectern and pew, hymn books and the sound reinforcement/induction loop have all been given in memory of loved ones who have been called home in more recent times.
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Dated Friday, 21st February 1910

Gretna Old, Gretna St. Andrew's, Half Morton and Kirkpatrick Fleming Parish Church of Scotland
Scottish Charity Number SC016747