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Minister: Rev. Raheel Arif

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Haggs and Denny Old Manse

Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. We are privileged and honoured that God has called us His sons and daughters through Jesus Christ and has chosen us to share the good news of His love and salvation which we experience in our own lives. I feel very blessed, privileged and humbled that God has called me to proclaim and share this good news in Haggs and Denny Old Parishes. Since the time I preached as a Sole Nominee, I along with my family are overwhelmed by the welcome and love which we have received through cards and best wishes. We are also thankful to both the congregations for decorating and setting up the manse in a short period of time that enabled us to move in by end of October. We are enjoying living in the manse and are managing well to commute to Grangemouth for Humaira and children’s schools. When this magazine will be published and handed out, I have had already been Inducted and Ordained into both Parishes. 

I take this opportunity to introduce myself and my family briefly at this time. We are originally from Peshawar, Pakistan. I have done Master degree in Botany and Bachelor of education degree from the University of Peshawar, Pakistan and BA Theology from Highland Theological College, university of Highlands and Islands. I started to work as a Biology teacher in a Secondary School where I was then selected as Vice Principal. I accepted Jesus as my personal saviour in May 1990 and offered myself for His service. God had used me in different capacities both in the Church and society in Pakistan. In 2001, I had an opportunity to visit South Korea as member of the delegation from my diocese to see how the Spirit of God is working in South Korea. There, I saw clearly the work of the Holy Spirit in peoples' life and in churches. I felt God's call for the ministry in South Korea in a very early “Morning Prayer Service”. I heard a voice from God for the ministry. My South Korean Mentor, Rev. Matthew Jung once told me on our retreat at a hill station in Pakistan that God wants you for His ministry and if I remain in Peshawar Diocese, I will send you to Scotland for theological education many years ago. Then, I got married and I thought I should work to bring up my family but God’s plan was still there. How God worked out that plan and made it possible for me to come to Scotland and study and get trained for the ministry of Word and Sacrament is in front of you. It was all God’s plan and purpose to serve His people on this land.

God has blessed me with a beautiful wife, Humaira and two lovely children, Rhea and Roshaan. We came to Scotland in September 2011. Even though the circumstances were very difficult but God's hand and grace was upon us which further increased my faith and trust in God.

I am very pleased and thankful to God for His call to serve Him and His people in Haggs and Denny Old for this wonderful and priceless ministry. I want to assure you that we will walk together, laugh together, and share tears together on this journey of faith under the umbrella of God’s grace, love, and mercy. I believe in the ministry of all God’s people and in the gifts and talents of all the believers and would encourage everyone to use your skills and talents for the work and kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ as John the Baptist prepared the way for Messiah – Jesus for His first coming and now it is on us that we need to prepare ourselves and others for His second coming. I will always need your prayers and support for God’s mission in Haggs and Denny Old.

Since it is an Advent and Christmas time, I would like to share with you what Paul has written in Romans 13:11,

“You must do this, because you know that the time has come for you to wake up from your sleep. For the moment when we will be saved is closer now than it was when first believed.”

Few of us like getting up in the morning, but of course we have to, and for those who need to rise early an alarm clock is essential, it being the only thing guaranteed to arouse them from their slumber in readiness for another day.

Advent offers an alarm clock of a different sort. Far more than a prelude to Christmas, it reminds us of the central themes of the gospel – of what God has done, is doing, and will yet do – and as such it serves as an annual wake – up call to hear and respond. The above words of Paul to Romans perfectly capture that sense of urgency: ‘awake, for the day of our salvation is closer than when we first came to faith’. Here, in other words, is a summons to rouse ourselves and hear again the message of Christ; to shake off our lethargy and commit ourselves afresh to his service. Take time, this Advent, to listen to what God is saying to you, and to respond.


God bless you all
Rev. Raheel Arif