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.

News and dates for your diaries!

Services -

Are usually at 11am and 2pm alternating 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.

This week

Worship on Sunday 17th at Kilchoan Community Centre at 11am or at Acharacle Parish Church at 2pm. 

Thinking about a passage from John 6 - it's an opportunity to dig a little deeper into the early Christian understanding of Jesus.

Winners!


Thank you to Kilchoan Ferry Stores for supporting the Restoration Fund by holding a Valentine's Raffle.  We hope the winners enjoy the champagne and chocolates!

Presbytery News

Presbytery has asked all congregations to share a statement about presbytery planning for the future needs of Lochaber presbytery.

Statement to be read and included on congregational websites on February 10th 2019
General Introduction for all;
The GA 2018 instructed Presbyteries to review Presbytery Plans. This review will take into account the national shortage of ordained ministers as well as a nationally reduced financial capability while at the same time keeping the missional purpose of the church at its core.
In all plans the number, use and purpose of each building which is funded and serviced by the church must be reviewed.
Lochaber Presbytery is in the process of implementing this instruction.
We are aware that many Presbyteries around the country are taking rapid and radical action in response to the current situation. While we recognise the urgency of the issue, the Planning Group are concerned to take sufficient time to make sure our plans in Lochaber are workable and well-considered.
To this end the Presbytery has been divided into 3 separate groupings of congregations and in each mission and ministry is being reviewed as well as working practices.
Notice for Southern Group;
Nether Lochaber, Kinlochleven, Duror and St Munda’s.
In October 2018 Presbytery agreed that, at a future date, these four congregations will form one charge with one nationally ordained minister. All Kirk Sessions have been consulted and discussions will take place with office bearers to agree the terms of the basis of this charge.
There will be no alteration to the current arrangements while both ministers are in post.
Notice for Central Group
FWDM, Kilmonivaig, Kilmallie, Fort Augustus and Glengarry
Based on recent reviews of all these congregations and parishes, a plan for future ministry and mission will be proposed.
Having an accepted plan in place will enable recruitment of appropriate ministry personnel.
Notice for Western Group
Acharacle, Ardnamurchan, Ardgour, Morvern, Strontian, NW Lochaber
A review of the pattern of ministry is underway.
For all;
The Presbytery Planning Process is an open process. Reports are made at each Presbytery meeting and so should be reported to each congregation under the usual reporting procedure. Your Minister and Presbytery Elder can be contacted for details.
You are welcome to contact Ella Gill if you would like further information or have any queries.
Ellagill768@gmail.com


Saturday 2nd February

Presbytery Conference - Exploring the Toolbox.

Today recalled the challenges facing congregations everywhere, and in trying to help congregations build resources to meet those challenges we heard about Path of Renewal and Godly Play.

Presbytery Moderator Rev Morag leading worship.


A Godly Play story showing the desert, Ur straddling the rivers Euphrates and the Tigres, the town of Hara, altars set up by Abram / Abraham and Sarai / Sarah and the footsteps of their journey across the desert. Thank you Alex.


A presentation by Rev Stewart describing the Path of Renewal.


Foodbank

Letter from the Foodbank today - donations collected at the three shops in Acharacle, Salen and Kilchoan weighed 115.7kg!  That's 18 stone, 3lbs and 1 oz or 225lbs!!!  And there's another box of donations waiting to go!






Minister's Log.

If you look at the About Us menu and find Minister's Log, you'll find out that 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!)

I need to update this - sorry I've not been keeping it up to date!  Normal service will be resumes as soon as possible.

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.ukwebsite 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/

Fundraising -

Just a reminder that if you are shopping on-line and would like the congregations to benefit too, please consider shopping through this scheme. Thank you.

https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/aandaparishes/

Foodbank

Meanwhile, there is a Foodbank in Fort William. Throughout the year, donations for the Foodbank can be left in Acharacle Parish Church and Kilchoan at Ferry Stores, where there are dedicated boxes 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

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 February

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

Worship at Ardnamurchan in the Community Centre

Sunday 3rd - 11am, followed by short communion

Sunday 10th - 2pm

Sunday 17th - 11am

Sunday 24th - 2pm

(March 3rd - 11am followed by a short communion)

And events at Ardnamurchan

Wednesday 13th

Scone Morning from 10.30am - 12.30pm

the manse / meeting room


Worship at Acharacle

Sunday 3rd - 2pm, followed by short communion

Sunday 10th - 11am

Sunday 17th - 2pm

Sunday 24th - 11am

Monday 28th - 3.30 - 5.30pm, Messy Church, Shielbridge Hall

(Mar 3rd - 2pm followed by short communion)

And events at Acharacle

Monday 4th - 11.30am - 2pm
Lunches, teas, coffees at Shielbridge Hall
(then March 4th)

Tuesdays 12th & 26th -
10.30am - noon Teas and Coffees in the Church Chalet, next to the main church building.
(then Tuesdays 12th & 26th March)

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