01st November 2012

Six Months And More

I'm asked, sometimes, what brought me to Ardnamurchan.  There is no easy answer really.  Towards the end of ministry training we are encouraged to look around at vacant parishes and assured, by various colleagues, that you will 'know' when it is the right parish.  Hmm - I didn't 'know', even after much prayer.  I had a feeling that this might be the place and that was enough for me to be convinced that if I didn't apply for this parish I'd always be wondering what I'd missed.What would I have missed - so much!!  There are the routine talks of…

18th August 2012

Working Holiday

We've been away for a few days with family and friends.  It was meant to be a relaxing visit to the Peak District but turned into a few days in the Central Belt instead.  Good to catch up with so many of the family and some good friends too.An old family friend died and I was asked to take his funeral.  It was the first I've taken of someone I knew fairly well and I was more that usually concerned to get just the right balance of ritual and informality.  During the service there is always mention of there being…

10th July 2012

Short Break

I had a few days away last week - very welcome.Weeks can go by without the opportunity to stop properly and to be able to reflect of what is going on.  Over the break I managed to up-date a reflective work journal that I've been trying to keep.  It's become more a record of what's been going on, with a few notes added, than a proper reflection.  I suspect that is what it will remain.  However, that in itself tells a story about how time ends up being used.  I can plan all I like how I will use time…

13th June 2012

Prize Givings

Off to third school prize giving within 7 days - what talent and achievements amongst the kids and teachers!  Small population - large achievements!First was Acharacle Primary School, then Ardnamurchan High School and today Kilchoan Primary School.  www.highland.gov.uk/learninghere/schools/schoollist/ardnamurchan/acharaclepr.htmwww.ardnamurchan.highland.sch.ukwww.highland.gov.uk/learninghere/schools/schoollist/ardnamurchan/kilchoanprimary.htmI'll try to get some photos of the schools.

24th June 2012

Peninsula Picnic

The weather stayed dry and so the cooking was done outside - hooray!  Games were played by the children, the adults chatted, we ate and then worshipped. People came from far and wide; from the peninsula and beyond, from Kilchoan to Fort William and various places between.  New friends were made and previous friendships rekindled.  It's hard to see each other regularly over when geography and the miles present challenges of such magnitude.  There was a mountain of food to be dealt with - and we did try hard!  I've made a note for next year that we need 'doggy'…

22nd June 2012

Sheep On The Road

This was why I was nearly late - well, ok, I was late but only a little, for the Lunch Club last week.   The Lunch Club is held weekly at the Kilchoan Community Centre and is specifically for the more elderly in the community - I hasten to add that I'm an 'honorary member'!  It is lovely to meet with the folk who go; to hear their histories and to share their present.  There is a depth of experience and joy in life that enrich all who take the time to be with the elderly. The sheep holdup was…