Pastoral Letter for September 2020

Dear Friends, “I was glad when they said unto me, ‘let us go into the house of the Lord’.  This first verse of Psalm 122 seems to me to be so appropriate for us as a community of faith here at St Columba’s in these troubled and uncertain times.   Since the 23 August we […]

Sermon for Pentecost 12. Year A. 23 August 2020

WELCOME BACK! It was good to reopen our building and share, once more, in the Eucharist today after 22 long weeks apart. Each week from now on we intend to post the gospel and sermon from the Sunday Liturgy.  Here is the broadcast from today:

Guidelines for reopening of churches under Phase 3

The College of Bishops and its Advisory Group today issue guidance to the Scottish Episcopal Church on how to prepare for further easing of lockdown restrictions as we approach Phase 3 of the Scottish Government route map through and out of the coronavirus crisis.   Four documents are being made available today:   Introduction to […]

Pastoral Letter July / August 2020

On 1 July 2020 The Rt Revd Kevin Pearson translates from the Diocese of Argyll and The Isles to become our Bishop here in the Diocese of Glasgow & Galloway.  Here are Bishop Kevin’s Reflections and Manifesto for the Diocese of Glasgow and Galloway: Dear Friends,  I believe in God. I believe in the Scottish […]

Pastoral Letter, June 2020

Dear Friends, It is strange how the holy scriptures, as we read and reread them throughout the year, can always hold new insights for us. We can find previously hidden depths of resonance for us within them. As we come to read them in our current surreal circumstances I have certainly found this to be […]

Pastoral Letter, May 2020

Dear Friends, For over a month now we have all shared the very strange experience of lockdown. This has meant staying at home and curbing our natural inclination to mix in a social setting. It has been odd to say the least and, for some, it has proved to be a great challenge and a […]

Pastoral Letter, April 2020

Jesus said to Mary Magdalene, ‘Do not hold on to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father’. John 20:17a   I write this in the midst of the strangest of Lents; a season that has demanded we ‘give up’ so many familiar and well loved activities and plans. These have been replaced, […]

Reflection for Mothering Sunday

Videos cannot be uploaded to the Church website.  Take a look at the church Facebook page to access the Rector’s Mothering Sunday message.

Pastoral Letter February 2020

Dear Friends, On Sunday, 2 February, we will play host to our friends from the congregations that make up Largs Churches Together as we celebrate the Feast of the Presentation of our Lord in the Temple.  This is commonly called ‘Candlemas’ and it falls 40 days after our celebration of our Lord’s Incarnation at Christmas. […]

Pastoral Letter for September 2019

Dear Friends, As I write this, workmen from the local council are toiling away to construct the Viking Village for this year’s Largs Viking Festival. Each year this festival seems to attract more visitors to the town than the year before. It is an annual reminder of the long and varied history this coastline has […]