My Dear Friends in Max West
It seems no time since I was writing looking forward to Christmas and here we are already in January of a new year. Christmas was as ever a happy time in Church with services well attended and enjoyed. The Children’s Nativity is always special and how Dawn and Chrissie get them to performance-ready, leaves me in awe – although this year there was the added asset of a Pro as the Innkeeper! Thank you all. Then an extra treat was the service on the 22nd, of beautiful music, singing and drama by our talented music group. Please, get started on Easter as this was too good to be a one off!!!
Finally, after many months of discussions and counter-proposals within Presbytery, Maxwelltown West was given permission to call a Minister on an Unrestricted Tenure. On Sunday 1st December 2013 a meeting of the congregation was held after the morning service to elect thirteen members from the Electoral Register of our church to form a Nominating, or Vacancy Committee. The names of those elected already appear in the Session report. Our Interim Moderator, Rev. Donald Campbell, will act as Adviser to the Committee, giving us important guidance and help. At our first meeting, D Johnson was elected as Convener and F Saddington as Clerk to the Committee.
The first Minister of our Church (1844-53) was the Rev William B. Clark . William Clark, a native of Biggar, was the youngest son of William Clark, a merchant of Biggar, and his wife Janet Brown. William was born in 1805 and was educated at Biggar Parish School. In 1822 he entered Edinburgh University where he studied for the ministry under Thomas Chalmers who was one of the leaders of the Great Disruption of 1843. Read the rest of this entry »