Mochrum welcomes new minister
FOR the first time in six years the lights are on in the Manse in Port William as the parishioners of Mochrum Parish Church welcome their new Minister, the Rev Mary McLauchlan, to the Kirk and the community.
The 59-year-old Church of Scotland minister was inducted into the church at a ceremony last Wednesday evening, was 'preached in' last Sunday by a minister friend, and will take her first solo service as the Minister of Mochrum Kirk this Sunday.
The Reverend Mary, who is married with three grown-up children and two grandchildren, has been overwhelmed by the kindness shown since her arrival last week at her new home, situated on the Port William shore front.
She said: "Everyone has been wonderful; there have been so many acts of kindness toward us since we arrived.
"I think that the members of the church are just delighted to have a Minister again after six years and so many people have remarked about how nice it is to see the Manse occupied.
"The members of the congregation and the local tradesmen have all worked very hard to get the Manse ready in time for our arrival".
A Minster for 13 years, the Rev Mary came to Mochrum from a previous charge in South Ayrshire but, as a native of Moniaive, village life is very familiar to her.
"I went back to university in my forties after raising my family," she said.
"It was quite a challenge to go into further education at that time of my life but it was what God wanted me to do.
"I first came to Mochrum last summer to have a look, as I knew the parish was vacant, and when I saw what was here I just thought. 'This could be the place for us'."
As she gazes out at the sparking waters of Luce Bay, the new Minister looks quite at home in her new surroundings.
She is proudly wearing a handsome handmade silver cross, a present from her new congregation at her induction.
Added the Rev Mary: "I am now looking forward to getting involved in the community – visiting the school and attending the Rural, of which I am a great supporter.
"It's my aim to be seen out and about in the area meeting the people and letting them know that they have a Minister once again."