February 2018

After the demands of the festive season, much of my focus (and that of the office bearers) has been progressing matters pertaining to the Union.

I have been amazed at the number of items which we all take for granted and yet when there is a union a conscious effort needs to be made to ensure that everyone from the four congregations feels at home in the one congregation (albeit with three places of worship). May will be here before we know it and there is still so much to do but be assured the group of representatives from the four churches are working hard to ensure everything is ready and in place for Trinity Sunday. An update on progress will be issued with the March edition of Connexions.

January has also been quite a month weather wise! I am sure most of you will have heard of my 'near miss' when snow came off the church roof and damaged the car moments after I had got into it. A fortunate escape, and a reminder that it was only metal and plastic that was damaged. At present I am still waiting to hear if the car is to be repaired or written off - though its perfectly safe to drive. Many of the roads have been impassable. Meetings had to be cancelled and rearranged and paths had to be cleared of snow (sometimes several times in the one day). In the midst of the worst of the weather, I learned of people offering to go shopping for those who dared not venture out, and of a young individual clearing snow away from people's paths simply to be helpful. I lost count of the number of stories I heard of people helping to get cars moving again or stopping to offer assistance after the inevitable skids and bumps on the ice.

Sometimes it’s only in adversity that we notice the good that people do. We are so focussed on the negative items that make the news headlines that we fail to recognise how caring and compassionate our community actually is. Perhaps if we were to talk up the good news stories that surround us in everyday life we would soon see how wonderful this world of ours actually is. We have much to be thankful for - for our world, for our communities and for the people in them.

With every good wish,
Shaw J Paterson

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