Largs: St Columba’s linked with Fairlie
This linked charge lies on the Clyde coast in the district of North Ayrshire.
St Columba’s Church is on the seafront in Largs,
Fairlie Parish Church is on the A78 in the middle of the village, and the manse is on the seafront in Fairlie near to the Ayrshire Coastal Path.
Minister Mobile 07853 774 383
Normal Church Office Hours Tuesday - Friday 10.00 am - 1.00 pm. Tel. No. 01475686212
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LETTER FROM OUR MINISTER May 2019
Having come through the most significant and holy week in the Christian calendar, I want to open with wishing you a Happy Easter! But what does that really mean?
Easter, of course, is the day of the year when Christians remember and give God thanks for the raising from the dead of His Son, Jesus. It is the resurrection which gives us hope in our faith that, after our own death, we will be raised to life. And when this faith is shared with others it gives us the strength and encouragement that, whatever we may face in life, God is with us. Being a Christian can, therefore, be argued to be the result of a direct experience of understanding God in Jesus Christ. And it is this joyous experience that we want to share with others when we wish them 'Happy Easter.'
But, I'm sure, all of our experiences of the risen Saviour are personal and different. So, is that a problem? Well, of course not. While each of us may know God in a personal way, what we want to share is the love and fulfilment that this experience of God's power and grace, in Jesus, brings us. And, when we wish others 'Happy Easter', we hope that they will recognise this same experience in their life. And then they, too, will share this love with others.
So, wishing someone 'Happy Easter' is filled with meaning. And I hope that you shared it with others. However, although there's a wonderful song which says, 'every morning is Easter morning, from now on,' I'm not sure that non-church people would appreciate the meaning of saying 'Happy Easter' in July, or at any other time of the year. So, how can we share this same message of hope and love as we meet with people at other times of the year? I think the answer is in recovering part of our Christian heritage, by saying ‘God bless you’ to others: or, maybe, just ‘God bless!’
I remember that I used to find using the words 'God bless' quite awkward, initially. But it has become part of my vocabulary. So, maybe, if we want to try and share the love of God with others in the town, throughout the year, this phrase could become part of our vocabulary, as a Church, once again.
I hope that you continue to have a Happy Easter. God Bless. Graham
Should anyone be in need of a chat, or have reason to speak with me, you can call me directly on my dedicated mobile number: 07853 774 383. On the other hand, as I will be working from the Vestry in the St Columba's, if you see my car there and would like to pop-in for a chat, please do so. There is no need of an appointment. However, if you would like to make an appointment that is ok, too, and you can do so by speaking either to me, or our Church Secretary Linda, on 686212.If it is easier for me to visit you, just say so!