A letter from the Minister…..
Sunday 5 December 2021
I have an announcement to make, and there’s no easy way for me to make it.
As you know, I am currently a Commissioned reservist Chaplain in the Royal Navy – something I felt strongly called to. I have now been offered a full-time Commission with the Royal Air Force, and I have accepted this offer.
I first felt a calling to full time Ministry of Word and Sacrament when I was just 16 years of age and, very quickly, I began to sense that vocationally I was being drawn to Military Chaplaincy. Speak to any of my contemporaries from university and they will confirm the many conversations we had about this. Indeed, right up until about mid-way through my probationary period back in 2006, Military Chaplaincy was exactly where I thought God wanted me to serve.
Of course, often in Ministry – as in all our individual faith journeys – we discover that God’s timing doesn’t always align with our own and so my vocational journey over the last 14 years has led me to ministries in Gourock, at Strathclyde University, and then here at Helensburgh with Rhu & Shandon. Throughout it all, the sense that God was calling me to Military Chaplaincy has never diminished – indeed, it has been affirmed time after time since I was Commissioned into the Royal Navy some 2 years ago.
For the last few months, I have been engaged in deep prayer and, after many discussions with colleagues in the Church of Scotland and in the Armed Forces, I have discerned that God’s timing for me is now, and that every ministry I’ve had the privilege of engaging in has been about preparing me for this next chapter.
Therefore, I am announcing today that I will demit office as Parish Minister at Helensburgh with Rhu & Shandon on 28 February 2022 to allow me to take up a full-time appointment as Chaplain in the Royal Air Force. Allowing for accrued holidays this will mean my final service will be on Sunday 28 January 2022.
I know that my news will not come as a surprise to many of you, and that to others it may be a bit of a shock. Please know that this is not easy for me, it is very much a bittersweet time – preparing to leave people and a place I have come to love is difficult and extremely emotional. That said, one thing I have learned, from a very early age, is that when God calls, we cannot escape it!
Change is never easy in whatever form it comes, but we are never called to stand still on this amazing journey with Christ, and we must all go forward in faith trusting that God is bigger than any of us and has plans beyond our imagining.
As I prepare for my 7th and final Christmas with you my fervent prayer is that we might all know the blessings and peace of the child born in the manger. As I hold each of you in my prayers in the days, weeks and months ahead I ask please that you keep me in yours.
With every blessing,
David T. Young
Rhu Primary School Uniform Bank
We have a selection preloved uniform in the church please do get in touch if you would like anything for your children – there are details on the Notice Board outside the Brea Shop or get in touch by email here
Prayer Gates – Is there someone or something you want to pray for in these uncertain times?
If so please take a ribbon and tie it to our church gates and take a moment of prayer or silent contemplation.
- Family Ceilidh………sadly in view of the current situation with the corona virus, we are postponing and hope to be able to reschedule in the future.
This is the amazing cake that arrived today – it’s to have with our coffees and teas on Sunday after church – thank you so very much Gibson Beattie we absolutely love it….
Rhu & Shandon Church Bells
For a long time we have been thinking about changes to the bells and we would be grateful if you could complete a short questionnaire (by clicking on the link below) so that we can seek the majority view of village residents.
If you know of others who have not received this email and who want to respond, please reply to this email to request a paper copy of the survey.
We know that some people hate the bells ringing through the night, while to others they are a part of life and a comfort.
If the decision is taken to reduce the hours of bell chiming, we can install special equipment made to suit our existing system at a cost of approximately £4000. We will be fundraising in the village for this if it is the wish of the majority.
Recently we welcomed Fred and Ellen Both to our service to thank Fred for all his Pastoral Work and whilst he was with us. Thank you Fred – we loved having you at Rhu – you are much missed….
Comfort International are a group of people who love God, love the people they work with in Africa and love their volunteers who work so hard to make a difference.
By sending a Comfort Gift to someone special you will not only be giving a gift that shows your care for them, but you will also be transforming a life in Rwanda, D.R.Congo, Burundi, Uganda or South Sudan.