Dianes Thoughts: Saturday 23 May

Dianes Thoughts: Saturday 23 May

Lockdown reflections from our Session Clerk

As we continue life away from all that we know as “normal” I’m feeling a sense of weariness, not just
in myself but as I speak to others it seems that most of us are finding this hard and we long for a
time when we can meet with others again.
As a church family, this has been a hard week as we heard of the passing of Scott Nicoll, an Elder and
very faithful member of our congregation who will be fondly remembered by all. Scott was ordained
as an Elder in 2006 and was a member of the Congregational Board for many years, Minibus
Convener and Co-ordinator of Men of Faith and was the Secretary of Storehouse Foodbank. Scott
worked tirelessly serving the Lord and will be greatly missed for his kindness and compassion. Our
love and condolences to Scott’s wife, Pam, who helped Scott in all those roles and who has lovingly
cared for him through failing health.
Members of the Kirk Session will form a Guard of Honour outside the church on Tuesday morning to
pay their respects as Scott’s funeral cortege passes.
We have also lost other members of our congregation and community in the last few weeks and
sadly there are some of our church family who are very ill. Please remember them in your prayers
and also pray for our Minister, Amanda, as she ministers to us and provides pastoral care.
In all this gloom, there is a light shining – it’s a light of love. Both Amanda and I have had lots of
messages, cards, phone calls and emails from people passing on their condolences, asking how
someone is and giving thanks for the many acts of kindness people are doing. I see God’s love as I
chat to people as they leave donations to the Food Pantry and in the response we receive when we
deliver Bags of Blessing to surprised members of our congregation. God’s love is all around us and
shines through the darkness.
Many people feel a bit frustrated that they can’t help in the ways they would normally but we can all
help each other by showing we care, by showing love for each other and sharing the love of Jesus.
May you see God’s love shining through in all you do in the week ahead

Diane

Old Kirk