Letter

Pastoral Letter December 2018 / January 2019

Dear Friends, It happens to me every year and each time it does, I am always taken aback at the timing of it. This year it was as I drove through the streets of Kilbirnie – the sighting of the first house showing an illuminated Christmas tree in its window. This sighting took place on […]

Pastoral Letter October 2018

Dear Friends, This past month we experienced the first of the storms of the season.  It arrived with high winds and driving rain and wreaked havoc on our transport system; delaying trains, cancelling ferries and closing roads to traffic. With the storm came change.  It was change that could not have precisely been predicted, but […]

Pastoral Letter for September 2018

Dear Friends, As I write this letter I am all too aware of so many things that I must get done.  I know this is a feeling that we all share.  There are tasks, and even people, in our life that demand our attention and our energy.  There are things that seem so urgent and […]

Pastoral Letter for July & August 2018

Dear Friends, As I write the pastoral letter, for this double issue of our church magazine, the sun is shining and the temperature is rising on another beautiful summers day.  The light and the warmth make it difficult to believe that we are living in the same place that experienced such a long, dark, prolonged […]

Pastoral Letter for June 2018

Dear Friends, I have been invited to go into the new Largs Primary School later this week. Together with a fellow chaplain, I have been asked to offer a lesson to a Primary 7 Class on ‘Notable Christians’. My colleague contacted me to ask who I might chose to speak about – he had already […]

Pastoral Letter for May 2018

Dear Friends, This past month has seen reason for national celebration as we marked the 92nd birthday of H.M. the Queen and, a few days later, greeted the birth of a new prince.  This month many look forward to a royal wedding when, on 19 May, Prince Harry will marry Meghan Markle. In a world […]

The Bishop’s Easter Message 2018

Easter Message 2018 Some of you may listen to a Radio 4 programme called Last Word. In effect it offers appreciations and assessments of interesting people who have died in the week or so before the programme is broadcast.  As I write, the cast includes Stephen Hawking and Ken Dodd.  But it occurs to me […]