In the ten years since my retirement from St. Mark’s and from the active ministry; and since Margaret and I left Edinburgh and removed to York; we have been blessed with four grand-children. We are visiting with two of them and their parents in Burntisland this weekend.
It’s over five and a half years ago since we discovered that our daughter Maisie was deaf. She was just twenty-eight days old and had failed three different rounds of audiological testing.
Caring for each other is a key aspect of our beloved community and this is especially important during this time when we are without a minister. It may be unclear who to speak to, in the absence of a minister, if you wish to have a quiet chat about something personal, have a concern about someone housebound, or wonder who to contact if you wish to arrange a wedding or a funeral service.
‘Depression is now the leading cause of ill health and disability in the world, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO), following a huge spike in the number of people who report living with the condition’. (Guardian Newspaper 31 March 2017).
It is our practice for a different member of our community to light our chalice at the start of Sunday worship. It is an opportunity to highlight important concerns and issues.
Jon Bagust reports that he has recently emptied and counted the contents of the Chennai Fund ‘bottle bank’. There was a grand total of £125.00!
Thank you for inviting me, a layman from Glasgow, to fill the first Sunday of your pulpit vacancy. A professional ministry is one of the signs that Unitarianism is truly organised.
On the final morning of the meetings, the new Executive Committee (trustees) of the General Assembly took over from the old EC. This year Joan Cook stepped down after serving the maximum of two consecutive terms and eight years of service in all.
On 2 April Katie Brown and Ailsa Davidson led worship. Even those of us who do not own pets could not fail to be moved by the service; and we were joined by three canine friends who were good ambassadors for their animal friends.
Sometimes I meet people who attended St Mark’s years previously, and I am always impressed by the strength of affection in which these individuals hold our community. I know for myself that there have been key points in my life when Andrew Hill or Maud Robinson have profoundly touched me through their meaningful and inspiring services.