Beautiful weather and the scenery looked stunning!
Kilchoan for the church coffee morning supporting Embrace the Middle East then to Acharacle to help offer refreshments for an Easter egg hunt and then record and interview for Messy Church.
The first photo is on Maclean's Nose and Mingary Castle at Kilchoan and the second is of people needing a cool drink while on the egg hunt at Acharacle.
Each congregation had the opportunity to share a Passover / Seder type 'meal'. We tasted bitter herbs to remember the bitter times the Israelites had in Egypt, salt water to symbolise their tears, haroseth, a sweet paste that looks like the mud they were forced to use to make bricks for Pharaoh, lamb to remember the Passover, flat bread to remember the hurry in which they left Egypt and then wine to symbolise the promised land where they would be settle for long enough for vines to grow and wine to be produced.
We then thought about how Jesus had shared a meal like this just before he was arrested, tried and crucified. There was a short reflection and the service ended there - leading into the quiet of Saturday ...
Spean Brige today for a project that is being developed jointly by Lochaber and Abernethy presbyteries.
My journey there and back was the shortest of those there - for me, three hours travelling time and 100 miles altogether.
What's happening today?
Acharacle teas and coffees this morning then mainly desk for preparation time and catching up. A cuppa with a friend then Spanish conversation class this evening.
Why Spanish when this is an area with a Gaelic heritage? It's because I enjoy Spanish and it's useful when I volunteer on the Vine Trust Forth Amazon in Peru. I can now order a coffee with milk and no sugar - especially useful in the morning!
Have a good day!
The Bible reading today was the story of some friends lowering their disabled friend down to Jesus. So far so good.
We thought a bit about how far the group would have carried their friend, the kind of ground they'd have walked on, how hot it might have been, how on earth they'd have negotiated getting him up the steps to the roof (didn't go into the Health & Safety briefing) before then dismantling the roof to get him through!
As a practical way of understanding the task, at each service a volunteer lay on a blanket and was carried from the back of the worship space to the front. That was ok, but we were indoors, went only a short way and had no difficult terrain nor steps. That soon brought home to us how much that group of friends cared for their disabled friend!
Well done to the volunteers and those who carried them!
Here's a photo of the ceiling in a traditional Middle Eastern house. It shown how complex a construction the ceiling and roof would have been.
Messy Church - On Monday coming Messy Church will be held at Acharacle Shielbridge Hall. It's for all ages, not only children as is often assumed.
What is it?
Messy Church is all about…
Finding creative ways to explore the Christian message
enjoying celebratory worship. This is done by telling the stories of the Bible as stories! Instead of a sermon there are activities for all ages to help each other enjoy. There is a short prayer. Sometimes there is singing too (as this minister isn't a great singer and can't play a musical instrument, and no-one else is confident enough to take it on, singing doesn't often happen!).
Although adults can come on their own but children must bring their own adult. We all chat and worship and eat together. Getting to know each other over shared activities has led to relationships and friendships that would otherwise not exist. It's lovely when eg an older person in the village who lives alone is spoken to and known by school age children.
So, who's coming on Monday at 3.30pm for fun, friendship and food - all because God inspires us to gather and enjoy God's love and care for us through each other!