Dear friends,

As you know I have now been off work for about three months, as a result of post-Covid fatigue. It is, as you can imagine, very frustrating and distressing to be unable to minister among you for such a long period. The actual illness seemed, at the time, to be mild, but somehow I was unable to recover enough energy to do my work. However, I am glad to say that I, at last, seem to be making some progress, and starting to find my strength once more. I do hope that I will be back before too long- and I’m looking forward to it very much!

We hear a lot about protecting the vulnerable from Covid. It is a new disease, and despite all the efforts of science, there is still much we don’t know about it. I was vaccinated, and did not feel especially vulnerable, but Covid does very unexpected things to some people. I am thankful that I was vaccinated before I caught it, as who knows how much worse it could have been for me? Even as we learn to live with it, we must continue to be careful.

I am very grateful to our Interim Moderator, the Rev Derek Hughes, to Deacon Karen Hamilton and Probationer Minister Darren Jalland, and everyone else who have enabled the life and work of the church to continue. And I’m particularly grateful for the concerns and prayers of the congregation at this time, which have helped uphold my family and myself at this difficult time.

In these uncertain times for us all, I often think of the St Paul’s reminder that there is nothing in all creation which can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus. May we all continue to live in that hope!