The Reverend Gillean Maclean has been the Minister for Udny and Pitmedden Church for six years since 2013 but is now, as of July 2019, moving to Alpine pastures new in Lausanne, Switzerland.
She came to us, with James her husband, from Lamlash on the isle of Arran but she was no stranger to Aberdeenshire. Gillean had once been the University Chaplain at the University of Aberdeen and easily re-acquainted herself with the Doric tongue of rural Aberdeenshire.
We thank God for her ministry to us which has a subtle blend of depth and wit. We all send to her and James our love and best wishes for the future and we know that her new flock will be as blessed to have her as we were.

Ode to Gillean as she goes

Our Gillean is leaving us
To tend another flock
In a land that's famous for its cheese
And of course the cuckoo clock

She's packing up and moving on
And soon she will be gone
To a land of snow capped mountains
And unending Toblerone

We know that God has called you on
And has good plans in store
He's destined you for higher things -
Like a manse on the third floor

We'll miss her warmth and humour
And her witty repartee
As she's sown seeds of love and peace
Over countless cups of tea

The parish has been truly blessed
As in her flowing manteau
She even had a cameo role
In last year's Udny panto

Gillean you've served us well and
We've had a double whammy
For James has been a tower of strength
A supportive right hand mannie

And so it is with heavy hearts
We watch you make your exit
We wish you both the very best
And well done escaping Brexit!