New min­is­ter at the Old Parish Church

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Jonathan Ged­des

The new min­is­ter at Ruther­glen Old Parish Church has ex­pressed his hope it can pro­vide a spir­i­tual foun­da­tion for peo­ple.

Rev Calum MacLeod re­cently started at the church, be­com­ing their first min­is­ter in over five years.

A na­tive of the Outer He­bridean is­land of Bern­eray, he had pre­vi­ously served as min­is­ter at Car­don­ald Parish Church while his wife Ada serves as min­is­ter at To­ry­glen Parish Church.

He said: “We want to pro­vide peo­ple with a spir­i­tual di­men­sion to their lives that is not avail­able any­where else, and pro­vide them with faith that can help though tough times.

“We need to be true to Christ and true to the mes­sage of the Gospel. That means help­ing those less priv­i­leged in so­ci­ety, try­ing to make the com­mu­nity more com­pas­sion­ate.

“The Church has a rich his­tory, or you might say bag­gage, and it can’t pre­tend to be some­thing that it is not. So it should con­tinue to tell the story of the gospel, and en­cour­age other peo­ple to share in the vales of Christ.

“I feel quite hon­oured and proud to be a min­is­ter here.”

How­ever the new min­is­ter would not sup­port gay mar­riage in the church, a hot but­ton topic for the church as a whole.

He said: “I’m sym­pa­thetic to­wards peo­ple but I’m afraid I am a tra­di­tion­al­ist with such things.”

The min­is­ter was speak­ing at the church’s Thought­ful Thurs­day event, some­thing he hopes will con­tinue to con­nect the church with the wider com­mu­nity.

A self-con­fessed “com­puter geek” and reg­u­lar Twit­ter user, he added that he’s al­ways in­ter­ested in de­bat­ing is­sues.

“I do like to pull peo­ple’s legs and get them to agree to a po­si­tion, then go well, what about this?’

“How­ever, the pul­pit should not be po­lit­i­cal, it is not my pri­mary func­tion.”

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