Musings from the Manse

Dear Friends, Rev Helen Higgin-Botham The weather in the last few days has really brought home the fact that autumn is well and truly with us. The days are getting shorter and the nights are getting colder – and I don’t know about you, but sometimes I feel like bedding down in a corner and […]

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Musings from the Manse

Dear Friends, 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 […]

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Musings from the Manse

Dear Friends, In May, I was fortunate to have some holiday time, interspersed with a Minister’s Retreat on the Holy Island of Lindisfarne – and as I’ve reflected on my experiences since then, I realise how blessed I have been in coming into contact with some of Earth’s ‘Thin Places’. ‘What is a thin place?’ […]

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Message from the Manse

Dear Friends, Well, the excitement and hectic schedule of Easter services is now over and we’ve entered into a period in the church’s year called Eastertide. I don’t know about you, but I’ve often wondered whether there is a deeper meaning to be found here. As I’ve been researching and reflecting this week, I’ve come […]

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Musings from the Manse

Dear Friends, What is the Spirituality of a building? How do we create a Worshipful setting? These were just two of the questions that we were asked to consider at the recent Minister’s Winter School in Windermere. Our theme leaders, Stephen Collinson, Linda Rayner and Liz Mullen, helped us to explore and examine the elements […]

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From the Manse…

Dear Friends,   “Mother is gone now, but I know she still sings Her song is eternal, she’s gone to be with the King She’s joined that great choir in Heaven above, She’s now made perfect, filled with His light and His love.”   These few words were included on the Order of Service which […]

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Musings from the Manse…

Dear Friends, Recently I had one of my EM2 (Education for Ministers phase 2) training days, at the Moderator’s house in Manchester. This is a chance for ‘new’ and ‘nearly new’ ministers to touch bases, have lunch together, and generally iron out any teething troubles we may have. But, it’s not all chat and coffee […]

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From the Minister

FROM THE MANSE Dear Friends, As you know, since September 2008 our son Daniel has been serving as a Medic out in Afghanistan, firstly in Kandahar then latterly at Camp Bastion. Just recently he was back in the UK for two weeks R&R and it was lovely to see him safe and well. Colin and […]

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