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Remembrance Day Service 2022

Remembrance Day November 6, 2022

St Columba Presbyterian Church

November 11 is Remembrance Day.  On this day the 11th day of the 11th month at the 11th hour we pay tribute to the men and women who have served and continue to serve our country during times of war, conflict and peace.

Remembrance Day is a day for all Canadians to remember the men and women who served and sacrificed for our country. It is a day we encourage every individual, young and old, to pause, to give thanks and to remember.

This year celebrates the 150 birthday of Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae.  John was born November 30, 1872 in Guelph and Guelph is honouring his contributions as a doctor, soldier, teacher and poet.  He is best known as the author of “In Flanders Fields”.  He was first a member of the Queen’s Own Rifles.  On graduation from medical school he practiced in Montreal and was a lecturer in pathology at McGill University.    When WWI broke out he enlisted as a medical officer.  He penned In Flanders Fields during the ballet of Ypres, Belgium in the Spring of 1915.  The poem was published anonymously in December 1915 in England and quickly became popular.  John McCrae was later credited as the author.  He planned it as a recollection on death and a call to arms. The poem was used to sell war bonds, recruit soldiers and commemorate the fallen.  It enshrined the poppy as a symbol of grief and loss and today the poppy is part of the Canadian Tradition of Remembrance. Since 1921, the Poppy has stood as a national symbol of Remembrance. The Poppy is also the recognized symbol for the Legion’s Poppy Campaign, which raises funds to support Veterans and their dependents.  The Legion sells over 20 million poppies as part of this campaign and over $20 million is returned to help veterans.

John McCrae died of pneumonia on January28, 1918 at age 45.  He is buried in the Commonwealth Graves Cemetery in   Wimereux,France.

Honour Roll

St Columba Presbyterian Church

Note the names come from the booklets Marion MacMaster, a much loved teacher and historian from Laggan.  She was also a member of this congregation.

There are 54 names on the list.  What a commitment to service this congregation has made considering its size.

One of those on the list is my father.  There are fathers of members of this congregation, grandfathers, uncles, aunts, cousins, neighbors and friends.  Many veterans returned to this area to farm.  We thank them for their dedication and efforts in building up the wonderful agricultural community we live in.

In proud and grateful memory of the young men from this congregation who made the supreme sacrifice

In World War I (1914 – 1918)

Lance Corporal John Ellison

Private Alex Andrew MacLeod

In World War II (1939 – 1945)

Gunner Billie Dewar

Pilot Officer Campbell MacGillivray

Corporal Donald MacLeod

Sapper Lloyd MacRae

Trooper Patrick Williams

Those Who Served World War 1

Captain John Franklin

Private John Thomas MacDonald

Sapper Norman MacLeod

Private Norman Duncan MacLeod

Lance Corporal Alex Neil MacLeod

Private Alexander MacLeod

Lance Corporal Angus MacLeod

Sergeant Malcolm McCrimmon

Lieutenant Donald Malcolm Morrison

Private Charles Spence

Private Hugh Stewart

Those Who Served World War II

Private Donald Dewar

Private Ian Dewar

Nursing Sister Margaret Franklin

Corporal George Fulton

Sapper Harry Livesey

Aircraftsman 1 Norman MacCrimmon

Signalman John MacCrimmon

Corporal Malcolm MacCuaig

Flight Sergeant Dougal MacGillivray

Sergeant Fred MacLeod

Nursing Sister Hilda MacLeod

Sergeant Martha MacLeod

Private John D MacLennan

Corporal John MacLeod

Trooper Fred MacLennan

Trooper Angus MacMaster

Trooper Donald E MacMaster

Gunner Douglas MacMaster

Gunner Ewen MacMaster

Trooper Keith MacMaster

Trooper Roy MacMaster

Leading Aircraftsman Clark MacMillan

Leading Aircraftsman Douglas MacMillan

Private Hughie Peter MacMillan

Gunner D. A. MacPhee

Sergeant Eddy MacRae

Trooper Norman MacRae

Private Edna McMeekin

Trooper John Hugh Morrison

Private Dolphice Pichie

Private Lorne Pichie

Sapper Mayo Pichie

Private William Pichie

Captain Rev Norman Sharkey

Gunner Alec Williams

Private Cecil Vogan

We honour those who have served both past and present in times of war, conflict and peace by observing

From John 15:  My command is this:  Love each other as I have loved you.  Greater love has no one than this:  to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

As Marion put it in the forward – St Columba owes great gratitude to those remarkable people who took on the task of defeating Canada’s enemies.

I want to close with a prayer that was scratched out on a prison cell in Cologne during the Second World War.

I believe in the sun,
even when it does not shine.
I believe in love,
even when I cannot feel it.
I believe in God,
even when he is silent.


The Act of Remembrance

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
We will remember them.


Phyllis MacMaster

22 11 05



Upcoming Events

Sunday Worship, 14th July – St Columba Church at 11 AM.

We welcome Mr. Keppel Bharath to our church as Worship Leader for today’s worship service. We look forward to his message.


Rev. Jim will be on vacation from the 1st to the 15th of July, and from the 12th to the 26th of August.. For weeks of the 1st to the 15th of July the Rev. Robert Adams (613-932-8693, St. John’s Church) will be available for emergency pastoral needs.

Continuing through to the end of August, worship at St. Columba Presbyterian in Kirk Hill will be at 11 AM.


Upcoming Events:

THE KIRKIN’ O’ THE TARTAN – a special event where our Scottish heritage comes alive with the glorious tartans, the Gaelic reading and the swells of voices, violins and bagpipes. Following the service, enjoy a social time on the lawn with the Quigley Highlanders Pipes and Drums.


Update on Search Committee Activities

St. Columba and Kenyon Sessions met with the Sessions of St. Andrew’s in Maxville and Knox Church in Moose Creek. We wanted to determine if there was any interest in  combining our congregations. As you can imagine, there was quite a lot of discussion among the Sessions, and they covered a lot of territory – for instance, how a minister would conduct worship on Sundays and how ministry would be financed.


Spire Repairs

St. Columba had its spire repaired and painted on September 1st. Our spire was damaged by the high winds on August 10 which ripped and loosened some tin and moldings high on the steeple. The repair work required bringing a 140 foot crane from Ottawa to hoist the workers up to the level required to fix the damages. Having the crane available, we had the opportunity to re-paint the spire as well as repair the damages. It was a perfect day for the work with sunshine and very little wind. The repainting and repair went well and we are pleased that the Board of Managers was able to manage this work. Job well done!

Repair and Repainting in Progress

Spire Repair and Repainting Completed

The St. Columba spire was completed in 1890 at cost of approximately $1300. A bell was added in 1891. A weathervane stood atop the spire but was removed in later years.


Kirkin’ O’ the Tartan

Thank you to all those who attended and also those who took part in the Kirkin’ and made it a great success. Below are a two collages of photographs that were taken during the ceremony followed by various musical selections from the service.




Gifts of Music:

Duet performed by Taylor Hambleton and Jim McRae entitled “Caledonia”.

Gaelic duet performed by Kenzie and Shelby McRae

The MacLeod Fiddlers

Kirkin’ Choir selection “It Is Well With My Soul”


Rev. Jim and Olga will be taking vacation time for most of the
month of August. If there is an urgent pastoral need, the Rev. Bob Martin will be available. Rev. Martin’s telephone number is 613-678-2826.


Lay Worship Leadership Workshop – our Presbytery is hosting a
workshop on Lay Worship Leadership. It will be held at St. Paul’s
Presbyterian Church in Kemptville on Saturday, 14 October, from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM. More details will be available shortly.

Please note that Sunday worship has returned to 9:30 AM to the end of August.


Annual Remembrance Sunday – 2022

St. Columba held its annual Remembrance Sunday Service on November 6th to remember and give thanks for the men and women who have given their lives over the years in protecting our country and values. Phyllis MacMaster read the honour roll which can be viewed by following the link, Honour Roll .


St Columba Memorial Sunday Video – 2022

We remember with gratitude and respect the dedication and service of all those church members who have gone on before us, leaving a rich heritage which we continue to preserve. Please join us in viewing this short video.


Our Presbytery has appointed the Rev. Robert Adams as Co-Interim Moderator for our Pastoral Charge to share Interim-Moderator duties with Rev. Jim Ferrier. Rev. Adams is the minister at St. John’s Presbyterian Church in Cornwall,

Search Committee Update – the Search Committee has received the Presbytery’s Policy for moving from full-time to part-time ministry. The Committee in conjunction with the Sessions, will be taking some time to review and consider this step in our pastoral charge’s life and ministry.


On Sunday May 15th, St. Columba welcomed  Rev. Dr. Ross Lockhart, Dean, St. Andrew’s Hall, UBC and Professor, Missional Theology, Centre for Missional Leadership as our guest minister.

Rev. Dr. Ross Lockhart (left) and Rev. Jim Ferrier (right)

Rev. Lockhart provided an animated and engaging message which we would like to share with you. The recording of his message can be found by clicking on Rev. Lockhart Sermon at St. Columba. The recording begins with the children seated in front of Rev. Lockhart for their story, followed by prayers and the sermon. Enjoy!


If you are unable to attend our services, please direct tithes and donations to the St Columba church at the address below.
St. Columba Presbyterian Church
20950 Laggan-Glenelg Road, PO Box 81
Dalkeith, Ontario K0B1E0
Donations can also be made by Interac E transfers by signing into your online banking account or mobile app and using the email address .
Please provide in the ‘message’ area of the E-transfer the following information:
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