Hello, from your new Minister!
I’m delighted to be in Clackmannan with my husband Albert as we settle in at the manse. Most of the unpacking is done, so that leaves me with time to respond to the request to tell you a wee bit about myself.
I grew up in Ballingry and attended Beath Senior High School before starting work with the Bank of Scotland. After getting married, Albert and I spent several years in both Kirkcaldy and Guardbridge with our children, Jacqueline and Alasdair, and we all moved to Comrie (just a few miles along the road!) in 1991. Albert and I then moved to Kinloch Rannoch in 2013 to enable me to complete my training for ministry.
I was seventeen when I decided to commit my life to God after realising what an amazing thing God had done for me through Jesus dying and rising to life again. That decision set me off on an interesting ‘journey of faith’ as I experienced the ups and downs that are part of life for us all in one way or another. There have been a fair few forthright chats with God about the tough stuff, but there has also been lots of fun, laughter and joy.
Rev Rae Clark
Rev Rae Clark
Looking back, I can see that God was prompting me towards ministry from quite a young age – but I was much older before I was ready and willing to say ‘yes’! So, after being at home with our children when they were young, I spent time studying and then I worked with a Local Authority and a Housing Association, offering housing support to those who were affected by homelessness, addiction, and physical or mental health issues. It was while working in that setting I finally said yes to God about ministry. At that point, I headed into a long and challenging process of being assessed and doing the training that led to me being Parish Minister for Channelkirk and Lauder in the Scottish Borders for the past five years.
It is really important to me that you know I am here to serve the whole Parish, not just the people who manage to come along to Church on a Sunday. It is such a privilege for me to be here, and I’m praying that we get to know each other well as we share life in this community in the coming years.
(Rev Rae Clark)