On Christmas Eve the church building was busy and lively for the evening celebration of Christmas. How lovely to share the news of the birth of Jesus and the reason for the season.
There have been extra services throughout December and we hope, wherever you are, you have managed to join in remembering Jesus birth.
What does 2019 bring - who knows but it has been lovely, and right, to enjoy the Christmas season remembering that God is the source of the love, joy, peace and hope that we share.
Remembrance at Acharacle - a beautiful rainbow at the end of worship. The Bible talks of rainbows being signs of God’s promise - God promises to be with his people even in the worst of times.
Team effort with Madge getting the church building ready for worship, Margaret ringing the bell, Graham playing the pipes, Ken reading, Ruaraidh receiving the offering, Maureen laying the wreath - apologies if I’ve missed anyone.
This was the story known as the Prodigal or Lost Son. We thought about how even in our darkest moments, when we are scared and worried, the light of God’s love for us will still shine on us. God loves us.
Here are some photos of the light of God’s love shining out of the dark of a pumpkin. Just for fun, we decorated gingerbread people with skeletons.
Next Messy Church November 26th.
How fantastic is the message above!
Skeletons, just for fun.
Two photos of the Harvest Thanksgiving. We gathered in UNICEF Jars of Grace and were very glad to do so. UNICEF is working hard in so many places around the world and it's the least we can do to help them a little. Donations of food were also gathered in and these will go to Lochaber Foodbank.
Thanks to those who set up the display in the church building and to those who made the food for the tea.
We were exploring the story of two sisters, Martha and Mary. One kept working hard all the time while the other sat and listened to Jesus. The hard working one didn't realise there were, and are, times to be busy and time to be still - God helps us know when to do each.
Our activities included baking, making placemats and napkin folding; we did a little mindfulness then heard the story (Luke 10:38-42), gave thanks and all helped set the table ready for the meal.
Wow! Acharacle lunches went like a fair, ie it was busy. The bacon was finished and the extra that was bought went too, we ran out of soup and rolls. Over £300 raised - thank you all!
The money is going to a project to take water to a village in Zambia - the Mafuwa Water Project.
We were thinking about foundations and what happens if they are not firm and strong. The story of the two houses, one built on rock and one on sand, was the inspiration. Sand castles fall down when squirted with water, Jenga towers wobble and fall down on uneven surfaces, rock cakes (cup cakes) and sand biscuits (shortbread) taste nice!
Maundy Thursday worship at Acharacle - symbols of living and corner stones, bread and wine, betrayal power and serving.
Egg painting, scratch card crosses, biscuit tomb and plant pots filled with edible soil and jelly bugs!
Birthday cake for the lady who is 100 and she was helped by one of the little girls while being watched to check the size of the slices of cake.
100 years and 8 months - and the rest of Messy Church.
The scratch cards and bead crosses - those beads got everywhere!
On Sunday 18th March there will be a Celebration Service at Acharacle especially for those who, last or this year, have birthdays ending in a '0'. Please do join us on that day! Photos here!
Cake! Daffodil icing.
Spring flowers Everyone could see the cake.
Ready for celebration worship. Mona was 100 today - receiving a card from the Queen
Mona with guests Lots of children there too.
100 and still going strong - God bless!