Musings from the Manse

Dear Friends,

Rev Helen Higgin-Botham

When you read this, I will hopefully be enjoying the bracing landscape and seascape of the North of Scotland – specifically Thurso and the surrounding area – a place the Higgin-Botham’s have not ventured to before!

Colin has great plans to resurrect his passion for fishing – though as yet he has no actual fishing gear – so I think the fish will probably be safe!

Basil will, I’m sure, enjoy racing along the beautiful beaches and sniffing lots of new and exciting places. Thankfully, whilst he may behave like a small child at times, there will be no danger on the long journey up to Thurso, of him asking ‘Are we there yet’!

As for me, I won’t exactly be putting my feet up for two weeks! Going to this remote part of the British Isles was in response to an email forwarded from the North Western Synod Office of the URC. They had received a request from the Church Secretary of Thurso URC, asking if any Ministers or Lay Worship Leaders would like to holiday up there (staying in the Manse) in return for taking their Sunday morning service. So after consulting Colin, we decided to jump at the chance to explore this beautiful part of the country. I’m not expecting the weather to be wall to wall sunshine, but a few good days to take in the sights would be welcome!

Upon our return, September will be in full swing, which means looking forward to Harvest and the launch of the 2010 Operation Christmas Child Shoebox appeal. Our Harvest service on Sunday 26th September will therefore be of dual purpose!

Firstly our focus for Harvest will be Christian Aid’s ‘Wind of Change’ material, which looks at the provision of water in the desert of western Afghanistan through the construction of a wind-powered water pump. There will be an opportunity to make your own windmill in this All-Age service, so come along and join in the fun!

Secondly, the Harvest Service will also be the launch date for the O.C.C. Shoebox appeal – and after the success of last year’s efforts, we know what a difference we can make.

(A collection time for the Shoeboxes will take place on the morning of Saturday 30th October, when there will also be an opportunity to share in fellowship and refreshments, as well as drop off your Shoebox! Then Revd Nigel Lemon will dedicate the boxes at the Service on the 31st, before they go off to the collection point.)

So there are lots to look forward to this autumn, and whether or not you are able to attend any of the events, my hope is that you will be able to support them in any capacity that you are able to.

Let us make this autumn a time when we can celebrate all that we do as Fulwood URC, so that, by the Grace of God we can continue to work in the community and beyond, bringing the Gospel message of love and acceptance to all.

Yours in Christ,



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