On the 15th of August there was a special service at Acharacle Parish Church to mark Ella Gill's achievement in becoming a Reader in the Church of Scotland. This has taken dedication, time, (on occasion!) patience, placements and study.
We look forward to working with Ella.The photo is of Rev Donald McCorkindale, Presbytery Clerk, Ella Gill and Rev Morag Muirhead, Presbytery Moderator.
This was previously on the home page.
This week seems to be disappearing far too quickly! On Monday I was trying to catch up on various projects that were on hold when I was away last week, Tuesday was full and I was out and about including trying, and failing, to be at two meetings at the same time in the evening then today I've been preparing for a joint Kirk Session this evening. Each time one part of the meeting is organised another unravels - anyway, nearly there.
I've just seen that a friend has been accepted to start training as a candidate for ministry - fantastic! She'll be great. It's such good news to know that there is still interest in becoming a minister. It's not an easy process so she goes with prayers holding her before the Holy One. May she be enthused, supported, spiritually and mentally fed, and blessed by the whole process.
Now, back to writing the minutes from last evening's meeting.
A planning meeting on Thursday morning and then off to Kilchoan Primary School in the afternoon to encourage the children to be involved in a project around Remembrance - more on that soon.
That evening we were at the neighbours for a curry - and to get to know their puppy a little better.
On Friday, my dog and I looked after the puppy for the day - great fun! Around the fun I was preparing for today's induction of a new minister to the Parish of North West Lochaber, which happens this afternoon. And getting ready for tomorrow's worship.
I was sorry to miss the last of the weekly Afternoon Scones at Kilchoan today and hope the afternoon was a success. The team have had a busy summer and will be glad of the rest. The next date for this is Wednesday 19th September. You can get it into your diary now!
Messy Church over and photos to follow. Good fun! Next Messy Church Sept 24th.
Now tidying up and getting ready for tomorrow's Morning Teas and Coffees in the Chalet next to the church building at Acharacle from 10.30am until noon. I'll be popping into Acharacle Primary School after that then starting on next weekend's sermons.
On Saturday there is the induction of Rev Stewart Goudie to North West Lochaber Parish Church and on Sunday worship.
No rest for the wicked - only wish I could remember what I did!
Sermon done, short talk still to do. Lunch now, then walk the dog and get to grips with Messy Church. That's all today.
I've just come across a fabulous quote that I can use as part of a series of short talks while I'm away in October. It was one of those God-incidences that happen unexpectedly. Your minister is a thankful and happy person.
Silence is not the absence of the presence of God, but the secret place where we experience the presence of God like never before.
Paul Bane on Mindful Christianity Today
Took a couple of days off and away this week, Monday and Tuesday, to do some family stuff - nice. But it does mean that now I'm back home and working again it feels like Monday - but it's Wednesday!!!
Sunday went well - there was communion at Ardnamurchan and an ordinary service of worship at Acharacle. It was a while since I'd been at Ardnamurchan and it was good to be back. At the end of each service, over the sound system, I put on Runrig's track, Every River, and explained how all the ways of my life lead back to God. Some people sat and carefully listened to the words before coming and saying how they hadn't realised the words could be used in this context. God can work through any medium - it's all God's creation!
Today (Wednesday, not Monday ...) it's been a catch up day before a day in Fort William tomorrow. It's all go! Have a good week folks and God bless!
Photo of afternoon tea with the family - sandwiches, cakes, scones and gallons of tea - nothing else to eat all day!
Another week nearly over! And, mostly the last week went to plan.
I've been looking at the week ahead -