St Columba’s, Queen Street, Nairn, IV12 4AA
Dear Friends, Some of us like snow and would like there to be a bit more of the white stuff around especially on the hills and at our ski centres, but at the same time it is also nice to see signs of Spring appearing with the snowdrops poking their heads through the earth. Sometimes called “Lent lilies”, snowdrops are a very visual symbol of how our liturgy moves away from the festivities of Christmas and Epiphany to the more solemn and reflective preparation for Holy Week and Easter. The details of the services for Holy Week are given in this magazine and I am delighted that once again we will be sharing our worship with other denominations in the town. You will also notice that there are some changes this year. We will be hosting a children’s event on the morning of Good Friday for families from across the churches and that means that Stations of the Cross will move to St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church. Hopefully there will be enough choice for everyone to be able to get what they want from the week and the timings should allow us all to experience a flavour of each other’s traditions as well as our own. We are also hoping to offer something different for Lent to share with the other churches. On a couple of occasions on retreat, I have had the opportunity to walk a Labyrinth as a means of meditation and prayer and found it something which was deeply meaningful. Carol, who has joined us recently, has some skills in preparing Labyrinths and has generously offered to lay one out for us so we can try this experience during Lent. There is more information later in the magazine as well as details of when this will be happening. Lent is a special time of refreshment and renewal where we have the chance explore our faith through prayer, fasting and reflection, and, it is good to be challenged now and again to try things that are different. Our relationship with God grows in many and varied ways and sometimes it is the unexpected encounter, the thing which we find hard, the experience which pushes us a little outside our comfort zone, which enables us to see God a little more clearly. I hope as we journey through Lent and Holy Week together we will all glimpse a little more of God’s life transforming love.
With every blessing,