I feel that I can call you ‘friends’ as I have been coming among you for the best part of three years as one of your occasional preachers. From 1st April I have a new role – as your Interim Moderator and part time Locum Minister until the vacancy is concluded. This has become necessary as your Nominating Committee has chosen Nanda to be their sole nominee for the vacant charge. To enable the formal procedures to take place - her preaching as sole nominee and being elected as your next minister – it is important that neither she nor Andre continues to be involved in any other capacity in the meantime.
I look forward to leading worship on most of the Sundays between the beginning of April and the date in June when we hope Nanda is inducted as your new minister. The Locum arrangement is that I am employed for one day per week plus a Sunday. The one day has to have a certain amount of flexibility as my priority will be to conduct funerals as these are required. I shall also be available for other urgent pastoral matters.
As we move through the month of April, we move towards Holy Week and Easter. At this time of year we are especially conscious of the extent of God’s love for his world in Jesus’ death on the cross. We are also aware of God’s gift of new life in the resurrection of Jesus. This year we celebrate this gift of new life in the context of eagerly awaiting the beginning of a new chapter in the lives of Polbeth Harwood Church and the West Kirk of Calder. These are exciting times!
I look forward to being with you as Interim Moderator and Locum Minister over the next few months.