As I write this, it is time for us to pack away the Christmas decorations and return to our normal routines. It is also time to think about the challenges of the year ahead.
For some, like Ally and Artey, this may involve contemplating relocation to a new area and the difficulties involved in achieving this. I am sure you will join me in wishing them well and thanking them for the great contribution they have made to our Church life.
For others, there may be challenges of a different kind – decisions to be made about housing, medical treatment, financial and family issues etc. I know that we will continue to support one another by caring, listening and praying.
As a Church, we also face challenges. We are grateful to receive the continued help and support of our Interim Moderator, Rev Michael Marshall. Indeed, we look forward to Michael being able to lead our Sunday worship on a more regular basis this year. However, there seems to be no prospect, in the near future, of our being allocated a permanent Minister. We are, therefore, seeking to form a closer relationship with Blundellsands Methodist Church and hope that our friends from Blundellsands URC will take up the invitation to worship with us on the weeks they do not hold their own Sunday service. Please join with me in praying that these new arrangements will bring enrichment to the three Churches and prove to be a success.