The British Isles North District comprises the English (UK) counties of Northumberland, Tyne and Wear and Cumbria, all of Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Glasgow —The British Isles North District celebrated 100 years of Holiness ministry at its 53rd District Assembly held in Glasgow, Scotland, March 17-20.
It was in 1906 when George Sharpe established a Holiness church in Glasgow. Originally called the Pentecostal Church of Scotland, “Sharpe's Kirk,” and a number of other similar missions, united with the Pentecostal Church of the Nazarene in 1915.
A celebration rally was held on Monday evening, March 20, in the historic Sharpe Memorial Church Parkhead, Glasgow – the venue for many district assemblies and where scores of men and women were ordained over the decades. The first women to be ordained in Scotland were ordained in the Parkhead church, including Olive M. Winchester (1912), Jane B. Sharpe (1917), and A. Kanema (Sharpe) Hynd (1924).
At the anniversary celebration, “Ordination Memories” were brought from Hugh Rae, principal emeritus of Nazarene Theological College—Manchester, Irene (Skea) Wallace, a pastor from Northern Ireland, and Tommy Goodwin, a pastor and chaplain in the Royal Navy. Also, with a special presentation, T.A. Noble, professor of Theology at Nazarene Theological Seminary, launched his new book Called to be Saints, which traces the history of the Church of the Nazarene in the British Isles from 1906-2006.
After the Parkhead Choir performed, General Superintendent Paul G. Cunningham preached, bringing a memorable evening, and assembly weekend, to a fitting conclusion.
--British Isles North District via Eurasia Region Newsletter via NCN News