2018 Nov 5th

It's been a while since I posted. But not quiet!!

At the very start of last month, the Ardnamurchan Parish Church building at Kilchoan was closed on Health & Safety grounds. It's been, and is, a difficult time for all concerned and I'll do my best to keep you up-to-date with what's happening.
This happened on the same day as I started time off to go volunteering with The Vine Trust on the Amazon River in Peru. Last night I finally got photos onto the computer and hope to share a diary of my time on the Amazon Forth Hope. I'll entitle it 'Peru Blog' so as to keep it separate from the more 'formal' information about the activities of the churches.
Before that - I will be heading off this morning, very soon, to put up the monthly notice sheets around Acharacle village; yesterday the notices went up in the Community Centre in Kilchoan.
And then, off to church lunch in Shielbridge Hall. Volunteers set out tables etc in the Hall, bring soup and cakes, make bacon rolls, serve and chat, are generally wonderful hosts and, finally, clear up before a well earned rest.
Always a good way of showing the people of the area how much we love to share our deep God-given instinct for bringing people together in community.
One way this is done at Kilchoan is in providing Scone teas, sometimes in the mornings and sometimes in the afternoons, once or twice a month. November 14th in Kilchoan manse / meeting room from 10.30am until 12.30pm.
That's all for now - Peru Blog to follow ...

2018 Oct 7th - Sunday - future leaders?

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.

God bless.

2018 Sept 25th - Tuesday

Messy Church yesterday was good fun. We talked about next time and pumpkins - and then Advent!!!
Today at Acharacle there was morning coffee in the chalet next to the church building - warm and cosy in the dreadful weather. Next one two weeks today.
Now off to school to say 'hello' then Edinburgh for a meeting tomorrow.

Bye and God bless!!!

Back into August - 15th Ella Gill, Reader

Reader celebration!

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.

2018 Sept 12th - Wednesday

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.

2018 Sept 1st - Saturday

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.

2018 Aug 29th - Wednesday

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!

Meanwhile, I was in Fort William. There are two nursing / care homes there and a hospital - and one person in each! Three visits and travel = five hours.
The hard part is realising it's easy for me as I have my own transport but using public transport it's a full day there and back. Not easy for the older generation if they want to visit friends or family. In fact, from Kilchoan to one of the homes it's impossible in a day! It would be good if there was enough flex in the system for people to be placed where they are accessible to friends and family.
Now I'm thinking it would be good in future to have a little network that could offer hospitality to anyone who needs to stay overnight - I'm off to send a couple of emails ...

2018 Aug 27th - Monday

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!

2018 Aug 25th - Saturday

Sermon done, short talk still to do. Lunch now, then walk the dog and get to grips with Messy Church. That's all today.

2018 Aug 24th - Friday

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