It's been a while since I posted. But not quiet!!
Oh my goodness! I can't believe it's a month since I blogged!
Today there is worship at Acharacle and then at Ardnamurchan - and after that a few weeks of other preachers. There are able people around the congregations and it's those who are leading over the next three, or is it four, weeks.
Two parts to this little blog ...
One is that ministers and church leaders are very aware of the, currently, falling number of ministers and the difficulty that leads to in providing worship when the minister is away. Some of those standing in for me are a trained lay leaders and the elders. It's not easy to stand up and lead but, if regular worship is to continue in its current form, there simply must be people from the pews who are willing to be trained as lay leaders.
Thankfully, there are some who are willing to do this - and that brings me to my second point - training.
I'm involved in the Presbytery Education Group and we are working hard at providing a framework for training for worship leading. There will be individual aspects of worship that someone can become involved in and than there will be an overall training. This means that if someone is interested in helping with, eg, music there will be a small training pack to help with this, If they then want to be involved in prayers again there will be training pack - and so on until they are able to lead worship.
Who knows where this will lead! If you would like to know more about this please do send a message from the contact page.
Bye and God bless!!!
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 justseen 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