Penicuik church welcomes new rector

Penicuik’s newest minister says she has had the “most amazing” welcome to the town since arriving with her family earlier this month.

Rev Lynsay Downs will be officially installed as the new rector of St James the Less Church at a service led by the Archbishop of Edinburgh The Right Rev John Armes on Wednesday, September 4.

New minister Rev Lynsay Downs, St James the Less Church , Penicuik.

New minister Rev Lynsay Downs, St James the Less Church , Penicuik.

Mrs Downs (37) was alerted to the vacancy, which includes the linked parish at West Linton, by her friend Rev Jim Benton-Evans, rector at the Church of St Peter, Peebles. “It looked and seemed a really good fit,” she said.

“It has been the most amazing welcome since we arrived here. We have been treated really, really well and met with fresh baking and food and people popping in,” she addded.

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