25th September 2015

Harvest

Each church has now had their Harvest Thanksgiving service. At each we first thought through the alphabet of what is harvested e.g. a for apples, aubergines, be for barley, bananas and so on - by the time we have finished there were around 100 post-it notes on the walls and furniture of the church or hall (depending on which church worship was taking place). These many post-its were a visual reminder of the abundance of God's giving to us. And we gave thanks.We then thought about how not everyone can share in that abundant giving from God and we welcomed…

31st August 2015

Ardgour Horticultural Show

One of the joys of parish ministry is being involved, one way or another, in local shows. After a morning at Kinlochmoidart, see below, I was at Ardgour in the afternoon. Despite the heavy rain the hall was full of locals and visitors mulling around looking at the produce, checking if they'd won prizes, eating teas and home bakes and generally having a good time. Here are some pictures of the afternoon.

31st August 2015

Kinlochmoidart Produce Show

Moidart Produce Show was a riot of colourful displays which were a joy to see after the dismal summer. Crafts were a delight of creativity - and now that I have no superlatives left I'll end with the pictures I took.

02nd February 2015

Winter Twilight

I've been working at my desk in the study - outside was much more interesting...Snowy hills and mountains painted pink by the sunset as the nearly full moon rose through slight hazy clouds and into a clear, clear sky - the first stars are sparkling in the dusk.Words don't do it justice, nor would a photo so you'll just have to imagine the scene. All that would happen even if humanity were not here. All creation reflects the glory of God. Psalm 19The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day…

02nd November 2014

Christenings

It's been over two and a half years since I started as minister of these Parishes - and the same length of time since I became a minister. In that time there have been weddings and funerals but no Christenings until last Sunday and today. Just like the buses, nothing then two in quick succession. What a joy! Two happy little baby girls, one at Acharacle and then one at Ardnamurchan. And there is another little girl to be christened in February. While preparing for these services I wondered what the difference is between baptism and christening. There was no…

10th September 2014

Summer's Over - Ah That Means It's Time For The Referendum ...

It's September - and Harvest is upon us and then it'll be Remembrance, Advent and Christmas!Folks say that when the school breaks up for summer ministry gets quiet.  Hmmm...In actual fact, when one set of events cleared out of the diary another set of events simply fell into the vacant spaces.  At a recent meeting of Presbytery, each group of parishes (I don't think there are any single parishes in Lochaber Presbytery) was asked to give a round up of the events in their area over the summer.  it was exhausting, and humbling, listening to what had been going on!  Holiday…

10th July 2014

Lunches In Support Of Both Congregations

At the Produce Market at the Shielbridge Hall, Acharacle the refreshments were provided by a team from both Ardnamurchan and Acharacle - the donations received will be added to the restoration fund for Ardnamurchan Church. It's great to be part of such a team, very Biblical too, working together to keep the Christian community enmeshed in the heart of the local community!!

26th July 2014

Peninsula Picnic

On Sunday 22nd June congregations across the Ardnamurchan and Morvern Peninsulas joined together at Kingairloch for the Annual Picnic and worship. Although the sun was not really wanting to join in the fun we did enjoy being together in that wonderful place. Here's the view out of the door - well, we do take out faith out of the door of the church and into our lives and into our community. Credit for the photo goes to one of the visitors that day, thanks Bridget. I've just written a piece for the service this coming Sunday and it includes a…

25th June 2014

Brokenness

The service on 17th of April included handing out these cards.  They remind us that, behind closed doors, Jesus repairs us by glueing together our brokenness with His love.