Today we were privileged to baptise Caleb. Baptism is, in part, a public recognition that a child or person is part of the church family. By that is meant the group of people that profess faith in Jesus. (There is a long theological explanation of this. Email me if you would like more details.) Sometime the ceremony is referred to as a christening. Baptism came from an established practice that was also part of the life experience of Jesus. Christening is from the giving of Christian names to those who were baptised and received a new name in Christ - their previous pagan name being replaced with a Christian name.
Part of the ceremony is the minister being able to introduce the baby to those gathered; usually by walking around while carrying the baby. Here's a picture of Caleb with one of his God-mothers.
On Saturday 16th the Gills opened their special garden to visitors. The rain came too but didn't put off people from being taken on guided tours of the plot. So much in a relatively small space! Join the tour by browing these pictures. Thank you so much for a splendid afternoon
Messy Church was fun - lots of activities such as bowing corn, headdresses, flour men, hieroglyphs and something else. Chicken salad then syrup sponge with custard. Why? It's great getting all generations together to explore the stories of the Bible. These stories hold truths that the people held to be important. With the story of Joseph, as with so many stories, this is of how through the messes we make God works to bring good.
God is working through Messy Church. There are all ages there exploring the story and having fun - and it doesn't matter what is your church, or non-church, background. All are welcome; from the baby in arms to the lady who is over 90, the Free Church family and the Catholic one - all are welcome.
Thanks to those who provided and made the meal we shared - chicken with salad, syrup sponge pudding with custard.
Next time we'll be thinking about Moses in Egypt - that's at the end of September.
These are - making the flour balloon brothers of Joseph and their stage, Egyptian headdresses and the corn bobbing up and down.
Last Sunday was the Peninsula Picnic. The Abernethy Trust at Kilmalieu hosted the Picnic, there was worship and the children were taken by the young leaders to activities. A great afternoon - thank you.
Mrs Ella Gill, Session Clerk at Acharacle Parish Church was installed as the next Moderator of the Presbytery of Lochaber. Congratulations Ella - have a good year.
Photos below are of Mrs Gill, the elders, minister and previous Moderator.
I regularly visit the nursery to tell Bible stories. When I arrived yesterday, the children were eating a warm and newly baked chocolate cake they'd make that morning for one little lad's birthday. Would I like a piece - it's chocolate! Why ask? Thank you to the nursery for such a wonderful delicious piece of cake - and a very happy birthday to the little lad.
Joseph was a dreamer - so at Messy Church we made dreamcatchers (because sometimes it's the only time we are quiet enough for God to talk to us, through out dreams!), colour wheels using chromatography and kitchen paper, colour wheels, family trees (because if we think families are complicated now we should know that it's nothing new...) and a major art work to create a colourful cloak out of a bland piece of material. And all capped off by a delicious meal of chicken, bacon and peppers in a white sauce then amazing multi-coloured jellies. Great to share with all who came - 34 sat down to eat!!! 34 in this small community is a great percentage!
To find out what happened to Joseph after he got to Israel ... come along next month, June 27th.
On Saturday 16th of April the church building hosted one of the Loch Shiel Spring Festival concerts. The concert featured a solo cellist playing a variety of pieces including a few specially composed for UNICEF.
At Messy Church this month the story of Jacob continued. Having run away from brother Esau because Jacob stole Esau's inheritance and their father's blessing, Jacob had a strange dream in the desert before arriving at Uncle Laban's. There he fell in love with Rachel but was tricked into marrying Rachel's sister Leah before he could marry Rachel. Now he too knew how it felt to be cheated. Despite being worried about how Esau would react to his return, Jacob eventually decided to go home. He took his wives, children and all he possessed. He needn't have worried as time had mellowed them both and they were reconciled. God's brings people into good relationships if they give love a chance.
On Saturday 16th April Acharacle Parish Church building hosted a cello concert, part of the amazing Loch Shiel Spring Festival. Here are some photos of the afternoon. Thank you to all who made this possible - especially to Jessie for the beautiful flowers! Photos soon!