Our partnership with Arhensfelde Church in (former East) Germany began in 1987, when Rev. Loudoun Blair was introduced to Pastor Bruno Schottstadt of Marzhan Nord Church (near Arhensfelde) and made aware that Pastor Peter Johann of Arehensfelde Church was interested in contacting a Scottish Church. This contact was made and the partnerships established. Early visits were made by road and sea (coach and ferry). With cheaper air travel the fourth group from Galston took the easy option! The large groups from Ahrensfelde continue to make their journey by coach and ferry.
On other occasions, families from Ahrensfelde have visited Galston for holidays in Scotland. Many lasting friendships have been forged. The Galston-Ahrensfelde Partnership continues to flourish with the most recent visit being made in May 2017, when Rev. Kristina Hine and 18 members of the congregation along with 3 visitors joined visitors from Britzingen (another partner church for Ahrensfelde) to visit the Kirchentag being held in Berlin and Wittenberg. This visit also marked 30 years of the Galston-Ahrensfelde Partnership.
There have been 22 ‘Ahrensfelde’ coffee mornings held between 1996 and 2019 to help raise funds for the partnership.
The Congregation of our partnership church in Ahrensfelde has accepted an invitation to visit Galston and will arrive on Thursday 15 October 2020 leaving on Tuesday 20 October.
If you would like to be involved in the visit by hosting a family or organising day trips then please contact the Session Clerk, Robert Murray - 07483890909.
The annual fund-raising event held to financially support the Ahrensfelde-Galston Partnership will be held on Saturday 7 September 10-12.
The Hogg Hall will be open on the previous night from 6-7pm and from 8am on the Saturday morning to accept donations. Your support is appreciated.