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A letter from the minister - February 2022

Dear Friends

Amazingly here we are in February 2022. It seems only yesterday I arrived on island looking forward to my ministry with you, and I have enjoyed every minute of my life with you all, but time has passed quickly, despite the last couple of years which has slowed down our lives with lockdowns and necessary restrictions. Over these years the church has continued to take its place in the life of the island, and as worshipping communities we have found ways of moving forward, remaining in touch, and worshipping together as well as concerning ourselves with mission opportunities some local, others international.

For St. Andrew’s last year was difficult because we lost a few prominent members who left the Island to live closer to their families in various parts of the UK. For Trinity we struggled (mostly through covid restrictions) with trying to pick up where we left off creating a new church with our Methodist friends, whilst worshipping in the hall of our Anglican colleagues.

So, what has the New Year in store for us? For St. Andrew’s it has been good to see new people attend worship and settle with us. Also, to have the joy of two members agreeing to become new elders, joining the existing leadership team. I am asking St. Andrew’s congregation to make a special effort to attend on Sunday to support them.

For Ramsey the hope is that an LEP will be officially formalised so that we can fully plan and participate in joint mission in line with both Methodist and URC aspirations. We also continue to pray for our unity and ministry.     

Retirement looms for me next year and that will mean a pastoral vacancy for IOM URC. In March the New Moderator will arrive on Island with two members of the pastoral committee. They will meet with elders to listen to our requirements and to gauge the strength of the URC on the Isle of Man and its willingness to engage in mission. The elders are already preparing for that meeting and are looking forward to a discussion to help move the church forward.

On the 6th March, Sunday morning worship at 11am will be at St. Andrew’s including both our church congregations, followed by a faith lunch. Please make every effort to attend not only to meet and greet our new Moderator but to show the strength of the church on our fair Island.

Please pray for your elders, and for the Synod representatives as they prepare for this visit. My prayer is that God will bless and renew our efforts to be ‘people of the way’ on this beautiful Island.

Shalom Dawn  


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Help if required;

Jackie Irwin is happy to help with shopping or collecting prescriptions for members of the congregation if they are confined to their homes by covid.  You may contact her at jirwin@live.co.uk

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