Musings from the Manse

Dear Friends,

Rev Helen Higgin-Botham

The difficulties of writing a pastoral letter for the New Year, when the old year hasn’t ended yet, may seem pretty obvious – after all, I’m not sure what the next few days will hold!

According to the weather forecasters, we are poised to receive some pretty rough conditions – but whether that means more snow, or just lots of wind and rain remains to be seen. Will this hamper all the events planned for this coming weekend – one of the busiest in the church’s year – when many will attend Carol Services or Christingles or Christmas concerts? Will folks receive those long ordered Christmas gifts through the post – or is disappointment in store for many families? Will journeys to other parts of the country for the Christmas break be successful, or will plan A have to be abandoned and plan B put in place?

Will my first grandchild be delivered safely in 2010 or in 2011?

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if, just sometimes, we could look into the future and see what’s in store for us, so that we could plan accordingly and avoid the stress that this time of year brings!

Jesus tells us, “do not worry about your life….do not worry about tomorrow” – and Paul assures us, in his letter to the Romans, that nothing in this life, in the present or the future, will separate us from God’s love.

So when the future is uncertain and nothing seems to be going according to plan, these words can give us the peace of mind that only a life in Christ can bring. When we fully put our trust in God, then whatever happens, our future is assured.

So whatever 2011 holds for you, I pray that God will bless you and empower you and keep you safe.

Yours in Christ,




We extend our warmest congratulations to Colin & Helen on the birth of their first grandchild Rosie who arrived safely on 22nd December.  We send our congratulations and best wishes to the proud parents Daniel and Lowri.

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