Kay McIntosh - Pastoral Assistant


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Kay first felt she had a calling in her 20s, so after The Church of Scotland selection school she went to live in community at St Colm’s college in Inverleith Terrace. Daily prayers were led by the students, which encouraged them to create and try different forms of worship, and at St Colm’s and New College there were studies in theology, bible studies, pastoral care, pastoral theology, and transactional analysis.

Throughout the training there were placements in parishes: her first at Barclay, the second at Drylaw. For her probationary year Kay was in South Leith, and it was from there that in 1990 she was set apart as a Deacon. Deacons are able to conduct worship, funerals and weddings but not the sacraments.

Kay has worked not only in South Leith but also at Polbeth Harwood with West Kirk of Calder, Livingston Old, Fauldhouse and Kirk of Calder. Pastoral care has always been a major part of her ministry as she enjoys meeting and journeying with individuals as they seek to discover what that still small voice is saying in the presence of the moment. In her spare time she enjoys music of all genres, singing, playing her drum kit and walking her dog!