Mountpottinger Presbyterian Church was the setting for a special presentation to the Reverend Robert Duff “the esteemed minister of the church and teacher of Sunday afternoon Bible classes”, the News Letter reported this week in 1916.
Reverend Duff received a Westminster chime clock as a token of appreciation from students who had attended his Bible lectures during the 1916 session.
The clock bore the following inscription: “Presented to the Reverend Robert Duff by the members of his Bible class as a slight token of his valuable services as teacher and pastor. Session of 1916. »
Mr. Frederick Craig, who made the presentation to Reverend Duff, recounted how the Minister’s courses had always proved very popular during the cold winter months, but he personally felt that the courses which ended on that day had been the most successful to date.
He referred to the “cautious and clear” teaching of Reverend Duff and remarked on the amount of study and work involved on the minister’s part.
Reverend Duff, he said, did more than teach, he also took a personal interest in each of his students, ensuring that each afternoon of Bible study was full of “brightness and fun. “.
Mr Craig also extended the pupils through the Reverend Duff’s daughters who ‘interest in the class was almost equal to that of their father’.
Reverend Duff told his students he was surprised by the presentation, but said he appreciated the gift.
He said he always took a special interest in his students, but having that interest “realized” meant a lot to him.