It is a pleasure to share a letter which was received from a website viewer in America. It is lovely to see that although we cannot gather together in service at the moment, the service presented on the website has been shared in the USA and is available to all who have connections with Beith.
Dear Pastor MacDonald,
It was good to find Beith Kirk has a great Pastor!
My dad was raised in Beith Kirk, when at 11:00 Sunday Morning Service, the doors were locked. (Too bad, if you were late)
There were many good stories Dad would tell about the love he had for the people and closeness he felt, with the Kirk. This positive connection, led him into ministry in America.
Even though he has passed away, my family and I, feel close to the Kirk, even though we live far away.
Tonight, I was curious to check up on the Beith Kirk, finding your cheery website.
Your organist, now retired, is adorable and those hands in the air, with the joyous smile, was delightful. How could anyone not have a smile on their face seeing that picture?
It was a Winner! What a great advertisement for the Kirk!
On the site, I found the recorded parts, listening to many sections. It felt like I was there, at the church, with my dad. When I heard you speak, it brought back memories. (I miss the wonderful brogue) Nothing like a thick Scottish brogue! (It got thicker wen around the Scots.) In the USA, you can hypnotize church goers, with that brogue. Weekly, Dad would get comments about his beautiful accent.
You are just perfect for the ministry. As I listened, your warm kind words of hope and inspiration to the parishioners was special, so needed in this critical time in all our lives.
It was as though you were speaking individually, to each person in the church. All done, with sincerity —- but with the glimmer of the rejoicing, for the joy to come, when the congregants Worship in person together, as a family.
‘Just had to write a note to you to let you know, how special you are in this particular place where you are spreading God’s Love and serving His flock.
The Best to you and your Family,
We apologise that it will not be possible to ring the church bells on VE Day as they are currently being repaired. We hope you all can enjoy the celebrations commemorating this historic day.
On Sunday 15th March Beith Parish Church marked the retirement of Margaret Turner after almost 50 years as Church Organist. A presentation was made on behalf of the congregation and we all enjoyed a celebration lunch. Over the years Margaret’s contribution to the musical life of Beith and district has been tremendous. Although she is retired she is still active in our church and we look forward to her continued presence in our midst for many years.
As we approach Easter this year it is like no other approach to Easter in living memory. Church Services have been cancelled and there will be no services during Holy Week, no early morning services on Easter Sunday morning, like the ones on Bigholm Hill just outside Beith or on the beach at Whiting Bay. Both services I have attended. These early morning services are held in quiet places, and the peace that we feel makes us all think of why we celebrate Easter, the resurrection of Jesus.
Jesus had been betrayed by one of his disciples, Judas, and he must have been apprehensive of what was to come when found guilty of a set up crime and nailed to the cross. What joy we now know on Easter Sunday when the women found the stone was rolled away and the tomb empty, Jesus was no longer there. But at the time, did the women have a feeling of fear, just as we all have a feeling of fear at this time of the Coronavirus? Everyone is now to isolate to try to beat this virus. For my wife and I there will be no trip over to Arran, where we usually celebrate Easter, no hugs from family and grandchildren, hugs that are so needed when things get difficult. The time ahead will be difficult and uncertain for each and every one of us, we may have fears when illness strikes, when jobs are lost, like the fear the women had when they found the empty tomb.
However, when this emergency is over we will all be able to celebrate with our families and friends and receive the hugs we miss so dearly especially from our grandchildren.
I hope and pray that you will all be able on Easter Sunday to take time to think of the Easter story, the story that Jesus is alive and like God is with us all in good times and sad times.
May God’s blessings be with you all and your families at this difficult time.
R Allan Richardson
Presbytery of Ardrossan