Minister hands over the reins at Bainsford church

25/11/2011 pic lisa ferguson Rev. Michael Philip
25/11/2011 pic lisa ferguson Rev. Michael Philip

Bainsford Parish Church will say farewell to its long-serving minister next month.

Rev. Michael Philip, who has served at Bainsford for 13 years, will conduct his last service on June 15 when he’ll be sung out by Brightons Praise Group.

And the minister, who will retire to Scone with wife 
Janice, said he has enjoyed many happy years.

Mr Philip (64) said: “I will take away the memory of the warmest congregation and the friendliest kirk session I have ever had.

“The people here have been superb in so many ways.”

A Falkirk Bairn, Mr Philip went to Larbert Village Primary School before the family moved to Dundee where he attended high school.

He said: “In fourth year, we had careers advice, and I was told my strengths were maths and physics, and, as there were enough pure scienists around, I should study applied science.”

Following the advice, Mr Philip studied science at 
Dundee University, but left 
after two years.

He worked for a short spell with Bank of Scotland in 
Dundee before attending New College Edinburgh to prepare for the ministry.

He reflected: “My father had said I should consider the ministry, but I hadn’t had the call, and I knew I hadn’t.

“Later, I began to realised that maybe, in fact, I had.”

Mr Philip has had three charges - Banton, Blairgowrie and Bainsford.

Rev. Andrew Sarle will act as interim moderator and minister at Bainsford Parish Church after the retiral.