From The Manse

FROM THE MANSE

Dear Friends,

Like many of you, I was greatly impressed by the wonderful floral arrangements that were on display at our Christmas Flower Festival. Thanks must go to those who planned the event, to those who gave of their time, talent or money and to all who came along to admire the arrangements. Our thanks must also go to those who generously gave money in sponsorship and to all who contributed baking and food for the hall where further fellowship was enjoyed.

We are fortunate to have within our congregation people who are not afraid to roll up their sleeves and work hard for the good of the Church. Such people are an asset and I, for one, am grateful to them as I am to all who support the Church in so many different ways.

We are now into the second month of the New Year and slowly but surely we are beginning to see signs that make us realise the spring is not that far away. I am sure I am not alone in welcoming these signs and the promise of better and brighter days.

I am aware that for a good number of you, the beginning of the year has not been easy and that many are coping either with illness or the loss of a loved one. I endeavour with God’s help to support all who are going through a difficult time but I ask the congregation as a whole to join me in remembering in prayer our brothers and sisters and all for whom these days are challenging.

I was encouraged by the recent Messy Church held in the Parish Halls. It was good to see people of all ages happy and celebrating God’s love for us in a relaxed and informal setting. My thanks go to all who helped in whatever capacity and in this, I include our good friends from St Columba’s Church with whom we work together on a number of occasions throughout the year.

I assure you of my commitment to you, our Church and Parish and I send you all my warmest good wishes.

Every blessing,

Gary J McIntyre