Dear Friends in the Northwest,
This Sunday is Mothering Sunday and I have chosen to use the readings set for that day rather than those for the Fourth Sunday in Lent, so the sharp-eyed amongst you will notice that they are different to the ones listed on the website. Feel free to read both! Last year, Mothering Sunday was the first day that our churches were closed for worship and many people felt bereft. I was in Inverness and spent the entire day driving around to the houses of members of the congregations and leaving small posies at their doors to let them know that they were remembered and loved. Even in a fairly small area such as Inverness, and without large congregations, that took until well into the evening. I am afraid that in the North West Charge, the distances are just too great to consider doing such a thing, but please accept the picture of daffodils in the attachment as an indication that you are remembered and loved.
Following the First Minister’s announcement this week, if all continues to go well, people will be able to gather again for worship from 26th March – the first Sunday would be 28th March which is Palm Sunday. I am waiting to receive the guidance that will be sent from the Provincial Advisory Group but expect requirements to be similar to those we experienced when some of our congregations met in December. I will let you know when I hear more but hope that some of us will be able to gather for worship on Palm Sunday, during Holy Week and for Easter, which will be a great joy.
I am also delighted to be able to tell you that Bishop Mark has appointed Sandra Campbell from Ullapool as PVG Co-ordinator for the North West Charge. (PVG = Protection of Vulnerable Groups) This position was previously held by Father Nicholas and became vacant when he retired. Our congratulations to Sandra and I am sure we will all support her in this new responsibility she has undertaken on our behalf.
With love and prayers,
Please click the link below for this week’s readings and reflection