Below are a few of the articles in our NEW YEAR 2019 edition of our Newsletter.

Click here to download a full printable version of this Newsletter.


Dear Friends

By the time you get this newsletter I will have served as your Minister for a whole year! A year ago (as I write this letter) my wife and I (ok - mainly my wife!!!) were busy packing up our belongings as a small but hard working team prepared the manse for our move. Time has gone quickly. We’ve been afforded a truly warm welcome – something that we sincerely appreciate.
This might be around the time that some may be starting to wonder what this new minister is actually going to do? Does he have a hidden ace up his ministerial sleeve? Some hidden agenda waiting to be sprung open?
I am reminded of what one elder in my second charge once told a visiting team from Presbytery, words to the effect that “He (i.e. me) doesn’t seem to move very quickly but somehow things happen around him!”.
Whilst I wasn’t sure exactly why he phrased it that way I would like to think that that was because I try to take time to listen, something which I have always tried not just to embody but to encourage amongst the people I have worked with.

If we listen to each other, we build deeper bonds of friendship.
If we listen to God, we grow deeper in our faith.

One of my favourite Bible passages is to be found in 1st Kings 19 where we find the prophet Elijah fearing for his very life. At the point of his greatest anxiety God asks him to stand on the mountain where He will appear to him. The heart of God’s appearance is described this way – “Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.”

Those words are enough to make me stop in my tracks for they remind me that there is plenty of noise and earthquake and wind and fire in this world, more than enough, but that God doesn’t work that way. Rather, He speaks tenderly to his people in a voice sometimes so small that we have to be very quiet to hear what He is saying. Elijah did not hear God until he allowed himself to be calmed and when he was calmed, he could hear God.

This would be my prayer for our Church in 2019 – that we would be a listening people, listening to each other and listening to God. As we do that, we might be surprised at just how much will happen in our midst.

Your friend and Minister
Robin Allison

Click on the Month to download a full printable version of that Month's issue of the Chalmers Memorial Newsletter.

September 2006   October/November 2006   December 2006    January/February 2007  
 March/April 2007    May 2007  Summer 2007  September 2007 October/November 2007 December 2007
Jan/Feb 2008    
Mar 2008   April/May 2008  Summer 2008 September 2008 October 2008
Christmas 2008
January 2009  Easter 2009 Summer 2009 September 2009  Christmas 2009  Jan 2010
Easter 2010  Early Summer 2010 Late Summer 2010  Autumn 2010   Christmas 2010
Jan/Feb 2011   Easter 2011   Summer 2011 Late Summer 2011
October 2011   Christmas 2011  Jan 2012  Easter 2012 Summer 2012  Autumn 2012
Christmas 2012
    Feb 2013   Easter 2013  Summer 2013
Early Autumn 2013  Late Autumn 2013  Christmas 2013  February 2014
Easter 2014   Summer 2014  Autumn 2014  Late Autumn 2014  Christmas 2014
February 2015   Easter 2015  Summer 2015  Autumn 2015
Christmas 2015    February 2016    Easter 2016    Summer 2016  Autumn 2016
Late Autumn 2016   Christmas 2016   February 2017  Easter 2017  
Summer 2017 Autumn 2017
Late Autumn 2017    Winter 2017 Late February 2018
Easter 2018   Summer 2018   Late Summer 2018   Autumn 2018
Winter 2018

website design by