The Rev Dave Whiteman and
his family are leaving Maybole after almost 10 years. Dave came
to be minister of Maybole Old and when Rev Tom Bogle retired
from Maybole West the two parishes combined Rev Whiteman became
minister of the combined Maybole Parish Church.
His wife Susan was chair of
Maybole Community Association for several years and played the
part of Agnes Broun in Maybole’s celebrations last year to mark
the 250th anniversary of the marriage of Agnes to William Burnes.
Their first born was Robert Burns.
The family is moving to
Coylton and in his church’s latest magazine he wrote
is with a very heavy heart indeed, that I sit to write my last
“letter from the manse.”
The last 10 years have generally been the happiest
years of my life. Maybole is a wonderful place to live and to
minister. The whole family have been extremely happy here and it is
with great sadness that we leave.
In the last 10 years I have carried out over 500
funerals, I have officiated at approx 80 weddings and I have had the
pleasure of carrying out about 80 Baptisms. Every one has been a
great privilege. We have met some wonderful people and made some
very good friends here
I have always seen ministry as
being to the whole community and so it has been a great joy to be
involved with many organisations in the town including the Men's
Health Forum, the British Legion and the Community Association to
name but a few. It is clear that Maybole has a wonderful community
spirit - long may it continue.
There are many reasons why we are leaving Maybole;
some negative, some practical and some positive.
On the practical side, Rachel is about to start
secondary school and it is really now or never.
On the positive side, this is a great opportunity for
the newly united congregation of Maybole Parish Church to come
together as a united congregation and to call a minister that you
can all call your own and to go forward together truly united with a
new minister who does not have the baggage of the Old or the West. A
Minister accepted by all.
The New Church project has been the cause of much
heartache for us all including the New Church Committee. This
committee has worked extremely hard over the last five years and
they deserve your support. It’s not their fault that the project has
taken so long, so please give them all the support and encouragement
you can. I am convinced that the project will begin this year.
I want to be clear that I am not leaving because of
the delays in the project.
The Gospel is a Gospel of new beginnings and so I
wish you all well in your new beginning as you search for a new
minister. He (or she) will be very fortunate indeed to come to a new
charge with a new church and the most wonderful people you could
ever hope to meet.
During his time in Maybole Rev Whiteman and his
family touched the lives of many people; and Susan played a key role
in community life through her work with the Community Association
and other groups. They will be missed.