The linked churches of Ervie-Kirkcolm and Leswalt Parish Church near Stranraer have come up with a novel way to attract a new minister by created a video, complete with a soundtrack, to showcase the vacant charge to potential candidates.
Featuring photos of their members, beautiful coastline and local wildlife, the lyrics to the music are set to the tune of ‘Highland Cathedral’, and are particularly resonant as they were written 20 years’ ago to welcome the previous minister, Rev Michael Sheppard into his post. The charge became vacant after Mr Sheppard retired last year having spent 19 years in the role.
The author of the words, choir master and organist Jane Sloan, said: “I wrote the words of ‘Come by the lovely hills of Galloway’ for our choir to sing at his induction, having previously discovered that he was very fond of the tune ‘Highland Cathedral’. It was sung by a massed choir in Stranraer town centre when the Olympic Torch came through the town and most recently I was very honoured to conduct it with a community choir during the town’s celebrations of 400 years since being granted a royal charter.
“It speaks of the beauty and strong Christian heritage of the area plus the friendliness of the people and seemed like an appropriate way of helping promote ourselves to a potential new minister.”
“Link to the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=5&v=3L2_1B5VoSM