Reverend Christine Barclay has arrived in the Royal Burgh as the new rector for St Peter’s Church and cannot wait to get involved in the Linlithgow community.
Although ministering to the smallest congregation in the parish - St Peter’s only has room for 60 worshippers - Christine is enthusiastic about her new challenge in West Lothian.
“It’s a wonderful town, I’ve been made to feel so welcome here and everyone has been so nice.
‘‘I’m looking forward to becoming involved with the community here and in Bathgate where my other church - St Columba’s - is,” she said.
“It’s great to get out and talk to people, I have always been a people person and I was born to drink tea and coffee, so that’s a wee perk.”
Christine has only recently moved to Linlithgow, with her West Highland terrier Millie, from her last post at St Margaret’s in Tayport, but she already feels at home here.
“I see this place as somewhere where you could really put a lot of good roots down and I can imagine myself being here for a long time, it certainly feels like home here.”
Christine didn’t start her journey to becoming a minister until she was 50 years old but she has always lived by the church’s values and brings great life experience to the role.
“I started my training later than is common, so you might say this was my mid life-crisis,” she quipped.
“But I have always been involved in the church. I’m now looking forward to my adventure here, getting to know the place, the people and helping out wherever I can.”