Farewell Rev

Rev Mag­gie McArthur set for new Cardross role

Rutherglen Reformer - - FRONT PAGE - Dou­glas Dickie

A Ruther­glen church is pre­par­ing to say farewell to its beloved min­is­ter.

Rev Mag­gie McArthur is leav­ing Fern­hill and Cathkin Church on Sun­day af­ter 13 years.

She is tak­ing up a new po­si­tion at Cardross.

A pop­u­lar Ruther­glen min­is­ter is pre­par­ing to say farewell to her flock af­ter 13 years in the role.

Rev Mag­gie McArthur will take her fi­nal ser­vice, on Com­mu­nion Sun­day, at Fern­hill and Cathkin Parish Church this week­end.

The 52- year- old has ac­cepted the call to be the min­is­ter of Cardross Parish Church, be­tween Dum­bar­ton and He­lens­burgh.

Her time at Fern­hill and Cathkin has seen her carry out nearly 5000 pas­toral vis­its, con­duct 90 bap­tisms, 51 wed­dings and 491 fu­ner­als.

She has also been chap­lain to Loch and Cathkin pri­maries dur­ing her time here.

In an emo­tional let­ter to her con­gre­ga­tion in the Septem­ber is­sue of the Fern­hill and Cathkin Church News, she said: “In my time with you I have en­deav­oured to ful­fil my Or­di­na­tion Vows and to be a faith­ful pas­tor. “I know when I came to you that this was where God wanted me to be and He has been my guide and strength through­out my min­istry with you.

“I have had such a tremen­dous sense of priv­i­lege in work­ing along­side all who take their faith se­ri­ously and who seek to fur­ther the King­dom of God.

“I have also had a great deal of fun as we have tried to bring the joy of Christ into some chal­leng­ing sit­u­a­tions.”

She added: “Thank you for plac­ing your trust in me 13 years ago. I have tried my ut­most to hon­our that trust and if I have let any­one down in any way then I can only apol­o­gise.

“The work of the Min­istry is not easy. Je­sus never promised that it would be.

“So, when the time comes for you to welcome a new min­is­ter in the fu­ture, I hope that he/she is blessed as I have been blessed in my as­so­ci­a­tion with Fern­hill and Cathkin Church and the com­mu­ni­ties within the parish.”

Ahead of her fi­nal ser­vice, Rev. McArthur told the Re­former it would be tough to say good­bye to the parish.

She said: “I’ve been here for 13 years and got­ten to know so many won­derf u l pe o p l e. “I’m look­ing for­ward to the new chal­lenge, but it will be sad to leave. “I just felt it was the right time for some­thing new. It’s a part-time min­istry, so hope­fully I can look for­ward to a slower pace but I’m look­ing for­ward to get­ting in­volved with the schools and all the com­mu­nity.”

When asked to pick a high­light of her time at Fern­hill and Cathkin, she said: “That’s a ques­tion I don’t think I could an­swer, there have been so many amaz­ing things that have hap­pened.

“I hope I’m leav­ing with the church in a strong place. There’s never been any prob­lems.”

Mag­gie’s hus­band, Neil, also wrote to the Parish, say­ing the work­load at Fern­hill and Cathkin had got­ten too much for his wife.

But he added: “I do not be­lieve I ever be­longed to a place where peo­ple were so warm, gen­er­ous and fun lov­ing. In­stances of your gen­eros­ity are far too nu­mer­ous to men­tion.”

Su n d a y ’ s Ho l y Com­mu­nion Ser­vice will take place at 11.15am.

A short farewell so­cial and pre­sen­ta­tion will take place im­me­di­ately af­ter­wards.

Mag­gie’s in­duc­tion at Cardross Parish Church will take place next Thurs­day ( Septem­ber 24).

More church news on page 38.

Farewell Mag­gie McArthur, at Lan­de­mer Day in 2013 with Stonelaw pupil Natalie Mar­shall

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