Welcome to The Linked Parishes of Acharacle and Ardnamurchan!




On this page you will find basic information about our services. On other pages there is more information and various contact details. Please feel free to get in touch if you would like more information or are visiting the area and would like to double check service times.

The minister has started recording some of her daily ministry activities - if you look under the tab 'About us' on the 'Minister's blog' you'll find out more about this. (It actually involves working more than one day a week!)

News and dates for your diaries!

News -
Vine Trust on the Amazon

From Monday 8th of October until Monday 29th October, the minister will be volunteering with the Vine Trust on the Amazon River in Peru. One member of the congregation is already there. Please pray for the people we will be helping through giving primary health care. If you would like to know more please visit the https://www.vinetrust.org and support their projects.

The Men's Shed at Strontian is having an Open Day on Saturday, 13th October, at 2.00pm - 5.00p.m. The Shed is behind the Strontian Hotel.
Please do go along and find out what it's all about!
Remembrance Project

Working on an idea for a Book of Remembrance specifically of the people mentioned on the War Memorials.

A few weeks ago the Primary Schools were approached with the idea that, in each village, the children find out a bit about the names of those on the War Memorials. if it was possible and with permission of families, we would put the findings into a book to be kept in each church building.

If anyone has any information about those mentioned on the War Memorials and would like to contribute please do so via here - use the contact details and I'll respond as soon as I can.

As this is the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI, it would be good to start those people. Ideally, a photo of each person and a little of their life story.

The recent Three Lochs Book Festival was involved in a very similar project with the High Schools; it was fascinating and I hope to contact them to learn more about there research.


Ardnamurchan Church Building - the future.

As you may be aware, there is an ongoing project to restore the church building and make it so much more of a community building than at present. Kilchoan is a small but vibrant community and the uses of the church building should be complementary to the uses and venue of the community centre. In the building just now is this notice - please do go along and add in your ideas. Thank you!

Remembrance already! On Saturday August 4th it was 100 days until the 100th anniversary of the end of Work War I.

One way to getting involved in marking this is to reflect and pray on the past and bring hope for the future. The organisation Hope Together has made a booklet of prayers and reflection for each day from the 4th August until 11th November. The link to the booklet is below, along with the links to the Remembrance 100 and the Hope Together websites.

Thank you to one of the Adrnamurchan congregation who put together this information.

Booklet
www.remembrance100.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/0...
Websites
www.Remembrance100.co.uk
www.hopetogether.org.uk
Minister's Log

If you look at the About Us menu and find Minister's Log, you'll find out a bit more about what the minister does.

A couple of notices for elders.

Training is available - lets find out more ...
Elder's Conference 2018 was held recently and this link will take you to some on the keynote speakers.

http://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/resources/learn...

This is a link to a conference that will take place in November and will focus on pastoral care

https://www.resourcingmission.org.uk/pastoral-care....

General Information -

Visitors passing through Acharacle or visiting Kilchoan have been heard to ask, 'What do people do all day?' There is so much going on! Scenery to look at and clamber over, rivers to kayak down, fishing on lochs, rivers and the sea. Welcoming accommodation and fabulous food. Why not come and sample time in a beautiful remote and rural location?

Ancestry

People interested in their ancestry often ask if we can help.

We hold no records earlier than about 1960. Any records of burials would have been handed to the Local Authority at the time when Scottish Local Authorities took over responsibility for burials.

Church of Scotland congregations were asked to send older records of baptisms and marriages to the Scottish National Archives. Some have been released to local museums and archives. All have been scanned; the details can be searched through the www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk website without charge, and images downloaded for a small fee.

The Ardnamurchan history and Heritage Association may also be able to help. http://heritageardnamurchan.co.uk/

Find a Parish -

To find us on a map why not try clicking on this link. 'Find a Parish' feature on the Church of Scotland web-site www.cos.churchofscotland.org.uk/church_finder/

Services -

Are usually at 11am and 2pm alternating at each church building on a weekly basis, except during the summer. Please see the notice boards outside each church for weekly information. Messy Church happens on the last Monday of the month at Acharacle.

Fundraising -

If you are buying anything online would you consider buying through this website link? For each purchase made there is a donation to the churches - every penny counts! Thank you. It really is easy to register and contribute - try it.... www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/aandaparishes

JustGiving - https://www.justgiving.com/ardnamurchanparishchurchofscotland

Foodbank -

There is a Foodbank in Fort William. Throughout the year, donations for the Foodbank can be left in each church, there is a dedicated box for donations, from where the goods will be collected and taken to Fort William. Tesco in Fort William has a dedicated 'bin' for donations.

Mental Health news -

Please remember if you would like a listening ear, the minister is available 01967 431 654. Alternatively, contact Ewen's Room which was set up by a partnership of a Church of Scotland Deacon and local people. www.ewensroom.com

Thinking of ministry?

Here's a link to the Church of Scotland page where there's a video about ministry today. http://bit.ly/1KDdbw8

Year of Young People.

The Church of Scotland has always supported young people and has organised a few events specifically to focus on the Scottish Government's campaign 2018 the Year of Young People. The Kirk Sessions have both agreed to highlight the Church of Scotland year of Young People activities. Below is a summary of the commitment made to support all young people in the parishes. (It's not your eyes, the jpeg is blurry!)

Photographs -

The first photo is of the interior of Acharacle Church and the second of the exterior of Ardnamurchan Church at Kilchoan. Both pictures are available, for a donation, on a postcard from the respective churches. If you do want to copy these from the web-site please do consider getting permission first, thank you.

Acharacle Parish Church
Ardnamurchan Praish Church

Worship during October

(All, unless otherwise stated, all worship will be led by Rev Fiona Ogg)

Ardnamurchan

Sunday 7th - 2pm

Sunday 14th - 11am, led by the elders

Sunday 21st - 11am, led by Rev John McPake

Sunday 28th - 11am, led by Rev John McPake

(Nov 4th - 2pm, Claudia Nicolson will talk about World Mission in Nepal, then short communion)

And events at Ardnamurchan

Wednesdays 17th & 24th October
Scone Teas from 2pm until 4pm.

Acharacle

Sunday 7th - 11am, followed by short communion

Sunday 14th - 11am, led by Rev Harry Jeffery

Sunday 21st - 11am, led by Jean Whitton

Sunday 28th - 11am, led by Ella Gill

(Nov 4th - 11am, Claudia Nicolson will talk about World Mission in Nepal, then short communion)

Monday 29th - 3.30-5.30pm Messy Church in Shielbridge Hall (then 26th Nov)


And events at Acharacle

Monday 1st - 11.30am - 2pm
Lunches, teas, coffees at Shielbridge Hall
(then Monday 5th Nov)

Tuesdays 9th & 23rd -
10.30 - noon Teas and Coffees in the Church Chalet, next to the main church building.
(then Tuesdays 13th & 27th Nov)



All events - donation only, no set charges. Funds raised go to the maintenance of ministry in the Parishes.