In April the World Mission Council contacted various vacant charges to say that a Minister from the Czech Republic had expressed an interest in coming to Scotland for a year. This was discussed by a joint meeting of Annan Old and Dornock Kirk Sessions and it was agreed to express an interest.
A Parish Profile was sent to Edinburgh and we heard no more until nearly the end of June when we were told that Petr Peňáz was interested in coming to Annan Old and Dornock.
He visited the parishes between the 4th and 7th July. While he was here he visited the Churches and the Manse, and at a joint informal meeting he gave a short presentation about himself and had a chance to meet Elders of both Kirk Sessions and members of the Nominating Committee.
Kirk Sessions had then to meet to decide if they wished to invite Petr to be our Minister for one year. Both Kirk Sessions met on 10th July and agreed unanimously to invite Petr to be our Minister for one year. Petr had told us before he left that he would like to come and be our Minister for a year. During his year here we will not be a vacancy and cannot look for a Minister.
Petr and his family – wife Jana and daughters Eliska (13) and Jana (12) will be staying in the Manse and are looking forward to being part of our community. They hope to be here mid to late August, but details will be given when we know more.