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!

News - there are many activities / events coming up!  Scroll down this page to see all the information, thanks!

Ardnamurchan Church Building - 8th December.

Church buildings are buildings that are open for all the community. At Kilchoan, before the building was closed due to Health & Safety reasons, various community groups had started using the building. (These activities didn't conflict with use of the Community Centre.)

This coming Saturday, 8th Dec, please do come along to the Community Centre when you will hear existing plans for the future of the building and you will be welcome to contribution your ideas too. In fact, the more the community is involved the better. 




Working together is the only way for the future of the building!

As you may be aware, the church building has been closed due to Health and Safety concerns (the balconies have rotted away from the walls and could collapse at any moment). Thank you to all who have expressed their support during this difficult time.

Worship will continue to be held regularly and the venue confirmed each week - in the Community Centre. Please do consider joining us there. Whatever happens to the building, church and ministry will continue through the sharing of God's love by the congregation and the minister, fully supported by the Presbytery of Lochaber.

And thank you too for all the suggestions for wider use of the building. The Restoration Project continues. 
Dec 5th
Dec 9th 
Oooo - full cooked breakfast for £5, Christmas activities and message - put the date in your diary! 9th Dec at Kilchoan.

Dec 12th - Acharacle

Overview of December, so far ...

Minister's Log and Peru 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!)

The minister recently volunteered with The Vine Trust on a medical expedition on the Amazon River in Peru. The blog is on the 'Minister's Log' page.  www.vinetrust.org

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 thewww.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-sitewww.cos.churchofscotland.org.uk/church_finder/

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.

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!). Locally, the main contact with children and young people is through the schools where the minister volunteers as a classroom assistant twice a month at each school, diary permitting.

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 December

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

Worship at Ardnamurchan-

in theCommunity Centre

Sunday 2nd - 2pm, Advent 1, communion in theCommunity Centre

Sunday 9th - 10.00am, Christmas Breakfast in theKilchoan Hotel 

Sunday 9th - 7pm, Peninsula Carols at

Strontian Village Hall

Wednesday 12th - 6pm, Carols at

Ardnamurchan Distillery

Sun 16th - 2pm, Advent 3, in the 

Community Centre

Sun 23rd - 11am, Advent 4, in the 

Community Centre

Monday 24th - 4pm, Christmas Eve Carols & Lessons in theCommunity Centre

Sun 30th - 2pm, Christmas 1, wear your Christmas Jumpers! in theCommunity Centre

(Jan 6th - 11am followed by a short communion)

And events at Ardnamurchan

Wednesdays 5th, 12th and 19th

Advent Mince Pie Mornings from 10.30am - 12.30pm

the manse / meeting room


Worship at Acharacle

Sun 2nd - 11am, Advent 1, communion

Sun 9th - 2pm

Sunday 9th - 7pm, Peninsula Carols at

Strontian Village Hall

Wed 12th - 11am, Time to Remember, Church Chalet

Wed 12th - 6pm, Carols at

Ardnamurchan Distillery

Sun 16th - 10am, Breakfast in the manse

11am, Advent 3

Mon 17th - 9.30am, Little Christmas, Church Chalet

For pre-school children and their families.

Sun 23rd - 2pm, Advent 4

Mon 24th - 7pm, Christmas Eve Carols and Lessons

Tues 25th - 9.30am, Christmas Half hour

Thurs 27th - 3pm, Messy Church,Shielbridge Hall

Sun 30th - 11am, Christmas 1 - wear your Christmas Jumpers!

(Jan 6th - 2pm followed by short communion)

And events at Acharacle

Monday 3rd - 11.30am - 2pm
Lunches, teas, coffees at Shielbridge Hall
(then Jan 7th)

Tuesdays 11th -
10.30 - noon Teas and Coffees in the Church Chalet, next to the main church building.
(then Tuesdays 15th & 29th Jan)

Thursday 27th - 

3pm Messy Church Christmas Party in Shielbridge Hall

(Then Monday 28th Jan)



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