St Columba’s, Queen Street, Nairn, IV12 4AA
The first snowdrops have been appearing in the church grounds for a few weeks now reminding us all, even in the midst of winter storms, that spring is coming; and with the new season, the beginning of Lent. This year we have made a conscious effort to focus our attention on our relationship with the natural world and how climate change and destruction of the environment affects us all. Scripture encourages us to be good stewards of God’s creation and our Celtic ancestors also had much to say about living in harmony with the natural world. We have chosen a simple little booklet to guide our thoughts and actions through the season. It is part of the Church of England’s “Live Lent” series and there are copies available at the back of the church for people to take and use as they wish. If you do take a booklet you will quickly discover that it offers prayers, reflections and some small challenges, such as picking up litter, using public transport or walking instead of taking the car; collecting plastic from the beach etc. All little reminders of the small ways in which we can make a difference to the world around us. We also have another resource called “Journey into Freedom” which is available as a book and as an online course. It is an Ignatian based daily pattern of reading and reflection and there will be regular opportunities to get together with others following the same course. More details of how this will work will be available in the weekly Notice Sheets and Carol has written an article for this magazine which will help you decide if this is something you might like to explore – please speak to Carol if you are interested. 4 In preparation for Easter we have the usual range of services during Holy Week which are being prepared and planned as this magazine is going out. The details we have so far are available in the list of services and I hope that we will each find something in this season which enables us to draw a little closer to our Lord Jesus Christ and celebrate the joy of Easter when it comes. Wishing you every blessing for the season of Lent and Easter.
Dean Alison J Simpson and Rev. Kathryn Sanderson