Ardnamurchan Parish Church
Minutes of Kirk Session meeting 3rdApril 2019
Ardnamurchan Kirk Session met in the former manse/ meeting room on 3rdApril 2019. The meeting was constituted with scripture, reflection and prayer by Rev Fiona Ogg.
In attendance: - Rev Fiona Ogg, Bridget Cameron (Session Clerk), Val Phillipps, Moira Fisher and Lynne McLuckie (Working Group).
Apologies: - Jim Angus, Eilidh Canning, Joan Kelly and Richard Houston.
Minutes: - The minutes of 10.2.19 and 24.3.19 were approved.
- Removeable items – Bridget Cameron (Presbytery Elder) informed other churches about pew cushions which were available from Ardnamurchan Parish Church and Kilmallie Church have requested twelve. £60.00 has been received for the ship’s lantern. The vestry mirror is still available.
- General Account £9,486.28
- Rest/Fabric Account £50,965.50
- The Sunday School Account is now closed. A new account entitled Manse/meeting room Account has been opened. The balance for the Manse/meeting room Account is £3,489.04. This includes £2,489.04 from the Sanna Mission Hall Fund and £1,000.00 float for manse/ meeting room expenditure. Visiting ministers will pay into this new account and all costs for the manse/ meeting room will be paid from this account.
- Missions and Ministry costs for 2019 are £7,676.00.
- Insurance increase was £1,590.68 which was paid in January 2019. The next bill will be received in July.
- Lynne McLuckie gave an update on the progress of the Working Group.
- Rev Donald McCorkindale and Ella Gill are to meet with Roger Dodds of the General Trustees of the Church of Scotland to encourage the GT to support the Restoration Project. The General Trustees Fabric Committee is to meet on 9thApril. If the GT do not support the restoration, it has been suggested that the church building could be bought by the community. Dale to follow this up.
- Fundraising – fundraising continues meantime.
- Thanks – Dale was thanked for her efforts to fundraise for the restoration project.
- Donations/funds – there was discussion as to what should happen to monies donated if the Restoration Project did not go ahead. Dedicated funds can be re-allocated but there is a moral duty to donors as to where their monies go. (See separate sheet for more information.)
- Sanna Mission Hall – Work on the hall to be carried out by R. Bolton. The Sanna Grazings Committee were not in favour of a group being formed to take on the running of the Mission Hall. It was decided to discuss this further at the next KS meeting. The Grazing Committee to be asked for a copy of minutes.
- Bridget Cameron (Presbytery Elder) reported from the March meeting. Dale Meegan’s presentation on the Restoration Project was well received and supported.
- Go for It conference to take place on 25thApril at Duncansburgh Macintosh church.
- Ella and Ken Gill to attend the General Assembly.
- Rev R Corbett retiring on 30thJune 2019.
- Rev Donald McCorkindale has sent a letter to the GT regarding the increase in insurance now that Ardnamurchan church is closed.
- Ardnamurchan Parish Church records were attested.
- Bridget has agreed to continue as Presbytery Elder. Lynne McLuckie volunteered to attend Presbytery meetings.
Health and Safety
- Log of regular inspection is kept. Nothing new to report.
- Spring Breakfast – This was agreed to have been a success. The Community Centre worked as a venue. It was suggested that charges be increased in future. Aija Chapple and Irene MacIntyre donated their time. Thanks go to both. Hotel to be used next time which will be Christmas.
- Easter – Good Friday at manse/ meeting room at 10.30am.
- Ewen’s Room – Rev Fiona to talk to volunteers.
- Western Group trip to Eigg 10thJune -. The Western Group comprises North West Lochaber, Ardnamurchan and Acharacle, Ardgour, Strontian and Morvern. Stewart Goudie, Fiona Ogg and Donald McCorkindale are ministers of this group. At their last meeting these ministers plus Ella Gill discussed a trip to Eigg on 10thJune. Anyone from the parishes is welcome on the trip.
- Radio Interview – John Deering wishes to conduct an interview about the Restoration Project. It was agreed to do this.
- Light at gate – It was decided to remove the light to keep it safe. Richard Houston to be asked to do this.
- National Churches Trust - Val Phillipps and May McNicol represented the Presbytery of Lochaber. It was felt to have been both interesting and worthwhile. Princess Anne was present. The visit will be mentioned at Presbytery in the Good News.
- 5thJune at the Learning Centre. Rev Fiona to book Learn Centre.
The meeting ended with sharing the Grace.
Ardnamurchan Parish Church
Minutes of Kirk Session meeting 24thMarch 2019
Ardnamurchan Kirk Session met in Kilchoan Community Centre on 24thMarch 2019. The meeting was constituted with prayer by Rev Fiona Ogg.
In attendance: - Rev Fiona Ogg, Bridget Cameron (Session Clerk), Eilidh Canning, Val Phillipps, Moira Fisher. Joan Kelly (Treasurer) and Richard Houston (Property Convenor).
- The accounts for the year have been attested and signed. The accounts were examined and approved by Harry Jeffery.
- Data Protection Policy is being complied with.
- Safeguarding legislation is fully complied with.
- Health and Safety legislation fully complied with.
- The Property Register has been signed and there is evidence of insurance.
DONM - Wednesday 3rdApril 2019 in the former manse/ meeting room at 10.30am.
There being no further business the meeting was closed.
Ardnamurchan Parish Church
Minutes of Kirk Session meeting 10thFebruary 2019
Ardnamurchan Kirk Session met in Kilchoan Community Centre on 10thFebruary 2019. The meeting was constituted scripture, a short reflection and prayer by the Rev Fiona Ogg.
In attendance: - Rev Fiona Ogg(Moderator), Bridget Cameron (Session Clerk), Val Phillipps,(note taker), Eilidh Canning, Joan Kelly (Treasurer), Richard Houston (Property Convenor), and Lynne McLuckie of the Restoration Working Group.
Apologies: - Jim Angus and Moira Fisher
Minutes: - The minutes of the last Kirk Session meeting of 12thNovember 2018 were approved and will be signed on the return of Moira Fisher.
- Ewen’s Room - This does not now take place in Kilchoan. Rev Fiona Ogg will soon be giving a talk at Strontian to Ewen’s Room about Loss and Bereavement.
General Account £9,392.28
The Restoration/Fabric Account includes a dedicated fund of £2,489.04 held by the Kirk Session for Sanna Mission Hall.
Ministries and Mission – This year payment will be £7,676.00
Annual Accounts – The treasurer distributed these. It was noted that although there is zero balance the Sunday School Account is still open.
- As required, Session Clerk Bridget Cameron has signed the Trustees Report.
- The Structural Engineer’s invoice - This has been paid by the General Trustees of the Church of Scotland. The Kirk Session thanks the General Trustees for this.
- Pews – Payment has been received for all the pews sold and the total amount was £737.00. Three of the pews, which have been sold, remain in the church awaiting uplift.
- Santander Account - It was agreed to close the account by transferring the balance of £2.67 to the General Fund.
- Insurance –Since the temporary closure of the church building, the cost of insurance has increased significantly. An extra £1,590.68 has been paid during this financial year. Bridget Cameron suggested asking Presbytery to support a case to the Church of Scotland insurers that small, rural, remote church buildings, with no previous record of break- ins or vandalism, are not subject to the same premiums as urban and city church buildings. Dale Meegan will be asked to draft a letter for KS approval before it is sent to Presbytery for their meeting on 26thMarch.
- Travel Expenses split in the Linkage Agreement – The existing arrangement of Ardnamurchan covering 30% and Acharacle 70% on the minister’s travel expenses will be reviewed at the next joint Kirk Session with Acharacle.
- Easter Monday Coffee Morning – It was agreed by the Kirk Session that the regular Easter Monday Coffee Morning will be held to cover the annual donation to the charity, Embrace. Any balance will be included in the Restoration/ Fabric Fund.
- Thanks – The Treasurer was thanked for her work.
- Working Group Update – The Community meeting on 10th December 2018 was well supported with over 100 people attending. Based on previous community input, architect Ronnie Neil presented two proposals information from the meeting for the re-ordering of the interior. Feedback from the meeting has been taken into account by Ronnie Neil and, by the end of February 2019, detailed reports will be given to the Working Group and the Kirk Session. A full report has been requested by Presbytery for the meeting on 26thMarch and will then be sent to the General Trustees. The plans and costings presented by Ronnie Neil will be used by Dale Meegan as the basis for a Business Plan for funding applications.
- Working Group Update continued – Since the December meeting, the Working Group has expanded and includes new representatives of the community. Those joining are Morag Doherty, Mairi Hunter, Geoff Campbell, Jacqui Chapple and Helen Ferguson.
- Restoration Fundraising – Various fund- raising events are being planned; some will take place in the Community Centre. Morag Doherty has started a Valentine’s raffle. Other events include a beetle drive, bingo nights, meals, 100 club, family games night and a ceilidh between Sports Day and the Regatta.
- General Trustees – Presbytery Clerk Rev Donald McCorkindale met with Keith Mason of the General Trustees of the Church of Scotland and briefed him on the progress of the Restoration Project. The General Trustees are now fully aware of the amount of progress and it is hoped that the General Trustees will increase their support of and interest in the project.
- Richard Houston will do this as best he can given the lack of access to the church building. He will also update the local schedule for the former manse/meeting room.
Sanna Mission Hall
At a recent meeting of West Ardnamurchan Community Development Company interest was shown in exploring an informal Friends of Sanna Mission Hall group. If this were to happen, it may be that, eventually, the group would take responsibility for holding funds for the Hall. (Although the Hall belongs to the community the Kirk Session currently hold the funds with the approval of the General Trustees.) Eilidh Canning will raise this at the next meeting of the Grazings Committee. Maintenance should take place over the summer.
Presbytery Property Report September 2018
- It was noted that in the report there was no record of attendance by Ardnamurchan KS representatives. Assurance has been given by the Presbytery Clerk that the names of Bridget Cameron and Val Phillipps will be added to the report.
Removal of moveable items
- As far as possible, most removeable items have been taken from the church building and stored elsewhere. The remaining cushions will be removed and offered, through Presbytery to other congregations. Other items, including the ship’s lamp and vestry mirror will be offered for sale.
GT and Scottish Futures
- The proposal by the General Trustees to offer church buildings as community hubs was noted. The Working Group are already, effectively, exploring some aspects of this.
- Bridget Cameron gave a report of the of the December meeting. Bridget was thanked.
- Rev Fiona gave a report of the February Conference.
- The Communion Roll and the Baptismal Roll were attested and signed by the minister.
- Kirk Session minutes will be signed soon.
Health and Safety
- Safety notices and hard hats - Richard Houston (Property Convenor) has provided safety notices which are appropriately displayed. The front gate and east door are now securely padlocked. A weekly log of inspections has been started. Hard hats will be available as necessary. Thank you to Richard for ensuring compliance with the requirements of the Church of Scotland insurance company.
- It is noted that there are areas of the building that cannot be inspected without contravening Health and Safety rules.
- Fire extinguishers – Before the annual inspection of equipment, A1 Fire Protection Engineers will be informed of the closure.
- Allergies notice – The Church of Scotland has given no clear guidance on appropriate signage regarding advice on allergies. It may be that in the tourist season, for teas and scones, a notice will be displayed encouraging anyone with allergies to ask about ingredients of baking.
- Service of Remembrance – This was well- supported and took place at the village memorial followed by worship at the Community Centre. To mark the 100thAnniversary of the end of WW1 May McNicol and John Chapple made a special display of poppies at the village memorial.
- Carol Services – Both the Peninsula Carol service at Strontian and Carols at Ardnamurchan Distillery were enjoyed and well attended.
- School Chaplaincy – Rev Donald McCorkindale and Rev Fiona Ogg presented an interactive activity called Bubblegum and Fluff to over 100 children across the peninsula Primary Schools.
- Christmas Breakfast – 38 people enjoyed breakfast and café style worship at Kilchoan Hotel. Thanks go to Ross, the manager and his team, for looking after us so well.
- Bible reading during worship – The introduction of a version of the Bible called The Voice has been well-received by some.
- World Day of Prayer – Friday 1stMarch at 10.30am in the former manse/meeting room. Val Phillipps will organise worship and Rev Fiona will lead the meditation.
- Spring Breakfast – 17thMarch at 10am. There was a suggestion that the Community Centre be contacted to host the next Breakfast. Bridget will contact the centre manager to see if this is possible. If the breakfast is held in the centre tickets will be required. Otherwise the event will return to the hotel.
- Lent – Rev Fiona offered to hold a Bible Study or other Christian course during Lent but it was thought this might be better held during the winter.
- Easter – There will be a Good Friday Service held in the former manse/meeting room. There will be Easter Sunday Communion at the Community Centre at 2pm.
- Music during worship – Thanks to Lynne for operating the recorded music system during worship.
- Reader’s Rota – After discussion, it was decided to ask Val Phillipps to continue organising readers for worship. Val agreed to this.
- Stated Annual Meeting – 10thMarch after 2pm Service in the Community Centre.
- Holiday - Rev Fiona will be on holiday on Sunday 28thApril. Visiting preacher John McPake will lead worship.
- Record keeping - Most of the attestation of records has either taken place or will do very soon. If necessary, to finalise proceedings, the Kirk Session will be reconstituted before Presbytery Records day on 26thMarch.
- Rev Fiona would like it recorded that while the practice of having visiting ministers is written into the linkage agreement and much appreciated, the Kirk Session should be aware of the impact so many weeks of other preachers has on the relationship between the incumbent minister and the congregation.
- Wednesday 10thApril in the former manse/meeting room at 10.30am.
The meeting closed with sharing the Grace.
Ardnamurchan Parish Church
Minutes of Kirk Session meeting 12thNovember 2018
Ardnamurchan Kirk Session met in the former manse/ meeting room on 12thNovember 2018. The meeting was constituted with prayer and scripture by Rev Fiona Ogg.
In attendance: - Rev Fiona Ogg, Bridget Cameron (Session Clerk), Val Phillipps, Moira Fisher, Joan Kelly (Treasurer). Also present were Dale Meegan and Lynne McLuckie from the Restoration Working Group.
Apologies: - Richard Houston and Eilidh Canning.
Minutes: - The minutes of the Kirk Session meetings of 12thJuly and 12thSeptember were approved.
- Fundraising – It was suggested that cards be made up to go on tables at teas and scones thanking those attending for their support and explaining that hospitality is just as important as fundraising.
- Remembrance – May McNicol and John Chapple prepared the bench display at the war memorial. About 40 people attended at the memorial and 27 at the service in the Community Centre.
- Ewen’s Room – Fiona to meet with Justine Dunn.
- Funerals - As the Community Centre is now being used, undertakers and families will deal directly with the Community Centre for the provision of food and the hire of the hall. Donations can be made to the Restoration Fund if wished.
- Closure of church building - Insurance is to be paid as usual. An insurance surveyor is to visit the building. Hire of the Community Centre for worship is to be paid out of the Sunday collection.
- Structural engineer report – Rev Fiona to ask Presbytery who is responsible for this bill.
- Pews - £750 has been received for the pews. 13 have been paid for and 2 are outstanding.
- Health and Safety – Since the previous KS meeting the church building has been temporarily closed for health and safety reasons. A survey has shown woodwork in the galleries has rotted and the galleries are unsafe. (Appendix 2) The invoice for the survey has been paid by the General Trustees. A hard hat/ hats to be made available for those who need to enter the building. Safety notices are to be put on the gate and front door of the church.
- The Treasurer reported that the accounts were as follows
General Account £11,468.48
Rest/ Fabric £56,543.11 (includes £2,400 for Sanna Hall)
£216.00 was paid to Embrace from money raised at Easter Coffee Morning and £95.00 was donated to the Restoration/Fabric Account. £410 paid for Presbytery dues bill. Manse/ meeting room costs approximately £700.00. Insurance £300.00 and TV £150.50
Santander - £1.86 in the account. It was decided to close this account and transfer to Bank of Scotland.
- Richard Houston (Property Convenor) has attended a property conference organised by the General Trustees of the Church of Scotland and has submitted a report Equipping for the Future. (Appendix 1)
- Dale Meegan of the Working Group reported to the Kirk Session that the closure of the church building has had little impact on the restoration project. It has raised awareness in the community about the state of the building.
- It was agreed not to proceed with an option to make a safe space in the central area of the building as the cost of approximately £10,000 would be better used on the restoration project.
- Dale reported on the next two main stages for seeking funding.
- 1. Information gathering about the work required and how the building is to be used in the future. Funders will require the building to be sustainable.
- 2. After the public meeting, Dale will produce a business plan and Ronnie Neil (architect) a design in order to get funding in place. The plan is to be signed off by KS, Presbytery and the General Trustees.
- Various funding bodies are to be approached including Scottish Land for Community Fund and National Churches Fund. Dale hopes to find someone who would be willing to set up a crowd funding campaign which will also raise the profile of the project
- Dale to write to Donald McCorkindale to keep Presbytery informed about the progress of the project.
- Community events – Jackie Kay poetry reading. It was suggested that the Sanna Mission Hall might be used for this.
- Dale was thanked for all her hard work
Health and Safety
- Rev Fiona to ask Presbytery for advice on what needs to be done regarding food allergies.
Presbytery Elder’s Report
- Bridget gave a report on the work of Presbytery. Lynne Mc Luckie accompanied Bridget to the last meeting. Morag Muirhead is now on the National Safeguarding Committee. There is a plan to link the parishes of Glencoe, Duror and Kinlochleven in the event of one minister leaving. Abernethy Presbytery is to form a partnership with Lochaber Presbytery and meet three times a year. The Mfuwa Water Project in Africa needs more money.
- Donald McCorkindale is writing an events page for De tha Dol and a leaflet for distribution at the Nevis Centre on 24th November. It was agreed to distribute 40 locally.
- 18thNovember 2 pm Community Centre. Rev Fiona Ogg
- 25thNovember 11am Community Centre. Reader Ella Gill
- 2ndDecember 2pm Community Centre. Advent 1 Rev Fiona Ogg
- 9thDecember 10am Kilchoan Hotel Breakfast Advent 2 Rev Fiona Ogg
- 9thDecember 7pm Strontian Peninsula Carols
- 12thDecember 6pm Ardnamurchan Distillery Carols Rev Fiona Ogg
- 16thDecember 2pm Community Centre Advent 3 Rev Fiona Ogg
- 23rdDecember 11am Community Centre Advent 4 Rev Fiona Ogg
- 24thDecember 4pm Community Centre Rev Fiona Ogg
- 6thJanuary 11am Community Centre Rev Fiona Ogg
- 13thJanuary 2pm Community Centre Rev Fiona Ogg
- 20thJanuary 11am Community Centre Rev Fiona Ogg
- 27thJanuary 2pm Community Centre Rev Fiona Ogg
Breakfast at Kilchoan Hotel £5.00 per person payable on the day.
Families to be invited to carol service at the distillery and to Christmas Eve service. The distillery will provide soft drinks and tea and coffee.
Donations at Christmas Eve service to go to Sleep in the Park and Highland Hospice.
There was not enough interest to hold a Time to Remember service in Kilchoan This year.
Treasurer to make enquiries regarding electricity charges while church building is closed.
Week beginning 14thJanuary 2019. Date to be confirmed.
The meeting closed with the Grace.
Ardnamurchan Parish Church
Minutes of Kirk Session meeting 12thJuly 2018
Ardnamurchan Kirk Session met in the church on 12thJuly 2018.Themeeting was constituted with prayer by Rev Fiona Ogg.
In attendance - Rev Fiona Ogg, Bridget Cameron (Session Clerk), Eilidh Canning, Val Phillipps and Moira Fisher.
Apologies; - Joan Kelly and Richard Houston.
Minutes: - The minutes of the last Kirk Session meeting of 9thMay 2018 were approved.
- Matters Arising
- The outside light at the back door of the former manse/ meeting rooms has not yet been fixed. Moira is to speak to Gus Maclean again.
- It was agreed to go ahead with buying battery powered lights for outside the church building. Val to order and the Property Committee to organise installation.
- Rob Bolton has agreed to undertake the work on the Sanna Mission Hall inthe autumn.
- 10thJune – Thanks go to Eilidh for leading the service.
- 12thJune - Morag Muirhead was inducted as Presbytery Moderator.
- 24thJune – Peninsula Picnic. Rev Donald McCorkindale led worship. The weather was very good and about 30 people attended.
- 27thJune – School Celebration of Success. Primary 7 leavers were presented with Bibles.
- 30thJune – There was a prayer breakfast at Fort William with about 25 people in attendance.
- There has still not been any response from Riverside regarding the drainage at Acharacle Manse. Acharacle KS is considering approaching other companies. Eilidh suggested the name of one company.
- Christian Aid Beetle Drive – This was a success and £155 was raised.
- Dale Meegan and the Restoration Working Group met with the Conservation Architect this morning
The accounts as at 30thJune were as follows: -
Restoration/ Fabric Account £51,018.41
General Account £12,071.37
Teas and Scones Fundraising £ 435.00
Dale Meegan is being paid monthly from the Restoration/Fabric Account and we have a £5,000 donation towards the architect fees
Nothing to report
- Health and Safety – nothing to report
- Former manse/ meeting room – Lynne McLuckie has donated a table. Thanks to Lynne for this.
- Numbers of people attending worship over the summer have been good.
- 15thJuly – Sanna Praise at Mission Hall at 3pm. Thanks go to Eilidh for preparing the hall. Bridget will take Mission Praise books for the service.
- 19thAugust – Communion led by Rev Fiona Ogg.
- 9thSeptember – Harvest Service led by Rev Fiona Ogg.
- 16thSeptember – Songs of Praise at Sanna led by Rev John Shields as agreed by Kirk Session.
- Bridget Cameron has agreed to continue as Presbytery Elder.
- Fiona to check if Data Protection is per congregation or across the linked charge or even across the Peninsula.
- Elder Training Day (joint with Acharacle) – dates suggested Wednesday 12thor Saturday 15that Glenmore Nature Centre. Fiona to approach Vicky and Richard regarding this.
- Minister’s holidays:
- 14thOctober – Congregation to take service.
- 21stOctober – Rev John McPake
- 28thOctober – Rev John McPake
- 25thNovember - Ella Gill offered to take services, with or without partnership from a worship group, at Acharacle and Kilchoan and the Kirk Session agreed.
- RemembranceWW1 100 years
- The idea of commemorative bricks has been withdrawn as it is too late to discuss at the September meeting given that the display needs to be in the church from 4thAugust. Val has worked on a display to go in the church on 4thAugust. Thanks go to Val for this.
- Remembrance with Kilchoan Primary School – Rev Fiona to discuss with new teacher the possibility of producing a commemorative book.
- Kirk Session Meetings
- It was suggested that meetings be moved to Thursday instead of Wednesday. This does not suit others at present.
DONM - At Glenmore Centre on 12thSeptember - to be confirmed.
2018 - May
Ardnamurchan Parish Church
Minutes of Kirk Session meeting 9thMay 2018
Ardnamurchan Kirk Session met in the church on 9thMay 2018. The meeting was constituted with prayer and scripture by Rev Fiona Ogg.
In attendance: - Rev Fiona Ogg, Bridget Cameron, Val Phillipps, Moira Fisher and Dale Meagan.
Apologies: - Eilidh Canning, Richard Houston, Joan Kelly.
Minutes: - The minutes of the last Kirk Session meeting of 28thFebruary 2018 were approved.
- The aerial for the former manse/ meeting room has been put in place. The outside light has still to be fixed. Moira is to speak to Gus Mac Lean about the light.
- Val has sourced a battery- operated light for the church. Val was thanked for researching this.
- Sanna hall – someone to be found to carry out work on the hall as Stuart Connor is unable to do the work. Stuart carried out a survey which can be looked at by whoever might take on the work. Materials for the work have already been bought.
- 2ndMarch World Day of Prayer - Val was thanked for her part in this.
- 4thMarch Spring Breakfast - There was good feedback on this and it was decided to have another later in the year.
- 18thMarch Joint Service of Celebration at Acharacle – All who attended were thanked.
- Manse at Acharacle – Awaiting update from Riverside regarding drainage.
- SAM – The Stated Annual Meeting took place on 25thMarch. Fiona thanked all who attended and for their hard work throughout the year.
- Dale Meagan the Project Development Manager for the restoration reported on progress so far. Dale told the Session that more detailed information about the problems affecting the building is required. More information is needed about the materials used for the building and the bell tower. The Quinquennial inspection and Strachan’s report both recommended further inspection. This needs to be done for applications to fundraising bodies.
- A bid for funding from National Churches Trust has been made. This is based on 50% matched funding of up to £12.000.
- Dale is also applying to Scottish Churches Trust for funding for projects such as windows and doors.
- Dale advised that there needs to be more community involvement with the building. She suggested using the building as a heritage hub and for exhibitions as this was more likely to attract funding.
- HLF stage 1 scheme ends in Spring 2019 so an application for funding needs to be submitted as soon as possible. The stage 1 bid should be signed off by someone with conservation credentials. Dale recommended Martin Haddington.
- CARTA have been approached for work on the building, ecclesiastical exemption and small grants.
- Just Giving – Publicity for this will be via De tha Dol, a press release, AHHA link and mailing.
- Moira suggested that the life of the Gaelic poet Alexander Macdonald might be of interest as part of a heritage exhibition. Moira to write piece to give to Dale.
- Joan Kelly (Treasurer) provided the following information:
- Balances as at 30thApril –
General Account £11,744.77
Restoration/Fabric Account £51,531.05 (includes Sanna Hall)
Sunday School £0.00
The money in the Sunday School Account was donated to the
Mfuwa Water Project.
- A report on training for the Kirk Session is expected shortly from Helen Allan.
- Nothing new to report
- 12thJune Presbytery
- 24thJune Peninsula Picnic
- 27thJune Kilchoan Primary School Celebration of Success.
- 30thJune Prayer breakfast at Fort William
- 12thJuly KS meeting at Kilchoan Hotel tbc
- 15thJuly Sanna Praise
- Presbytery Elder’s Report
- Bridget Cameron (Presbytery Elder) reported on the work of presbytery.
- Record books were inspected and were fine.
- Morag Muirhead is to be installed as Presbytery Moderator on 12thJune at Duncansburgh/ Macintosh Church in Fort William.
- 2018 is the Year of Young People.
- Safeguarding training is to take place.
- A Data Protection Officer is required.
- Bridget is to let the KS know if she wishes to continue as Presbytery Elder.
- Fiona informed the Session of the death of David Webber of Acharacle. The funeral is to take place next week.
- Linkage and visiting preachers – Rev Fiona informed the Session that Presbytery will probably review the Ardnamurchan clause regarding visiting ministers. She suggested that if a visiting preacher is here for two weeks they only preach for one of the Sundays to allow her to preach on the other Sunday.
- Presbytery Visits – Lin Ramsey of Presbytery Planning visited to assess the church building, former manse/ meeting room and Sanna hall for Presbytery Planning. Her checklist was as follows:
- Used for regular worship
- Used for worship by a representative number from the community
- Centred in a community
- Good condition
- Suitable for today’s needs
- Distant from other churches
- Redevelopment potential
- Realistic maintenance costs
- Health and safety
- Environmentally friendly
- In addition to the checklist the professional and Presbytery Property Committee findings will be taken into account. The Property Committee is to visit on 20thSeptember. Once all the information is collated it will be submitted for discussion at Kirk Session.
- Elder Training Elder training is to take place in June. This will be joint training with Acharacle.
- Minister’s holidays
- 10thJune Eilidh Canning to lead worship
- 17thJune Rev Stuart Robertson
- !4thOctober Elders and congregation
- 21stOctober Rev John McPake
- 28thOctober Rev John McPake
- Remembrance WW1 100 years Val’s suggestion of commemorative bricks to be discussed further at the next meeting
- Christian Aid There will be a Beetle Drive on 18thMay at 7pm.
- HeaterThanks go to Anna Kinghorn for the donation of a heater.
- DONM 12thJuly It was suggested that the meetings of 12thSept and 14thNov also be moved to Thursdays to allow Eilidh Canning to attend.
- The meeting ended with the Grace.
2018 - February
Ardnamurchan Parish Church
Minutes of Kirk Session Meeting 28thFebruary 2018
Ardnamurchan Kirk Session met in Kilchoan Community Centre on 28thFebruary 2018. The meeting was constituted with prayer and scripture by Rev Fiona Ogg. In attendance: - Rev Fiona Ogg, Bridget Cameron (Session Clerk), Val Phillipps, Moira Fisher and Joan Kelly (Treasurer). Also present for part of the meeting was Dale Meegan who is Project Manager for the restoration.
Apologies: - Eilidh Canning and Richard Houston (Property Convenor).
Minutes: - The minutes of the last Kirk Session meeting of 17thJanuary 2018 were approved.
1 Restoration Update
Dale Meegan gave a report on the progress made so far. Funding bodies will want to see the church building benefitting the wider community. A lot of information will be required eg business plans and costs. At present there is lack of clarity about how much the restoration will cost. The General Trustees of the Church of Scotland will need to approve any funding applications. Applications will also need to be approved by Ardnamurchan Kirk Session and Lochaber Presbytery. Permission will also be needed from Heritage Environment Scotland as the church is a listed building. Dale suggested a funding campaign within the community together with the Heritage and History Group. The Session agreed membership of Scotland Churches Group costing £50.00 per annum. It was also agreed that the front entrance be reinstated as part of the restoration. The Session also agreed that Dale may apply for funding. Dale thanked the Kirk Session and the Session thanked Dale and the Working Group for their work. Dale left the meeting.
2. MATTERS ARISING
- Property– Former manse/meeting rooms. An outside light is needed at the back door. Moira to ask Gus MacLean if he can do this.
- Aerial – ongoing
- Church – outside light. Val to investigate sourcing battery- operated light.
- Box for Bibles – to be done
- Finance– Donations have been made to Tearfund and Social Bite.
- Contract– Dale Meegan’s contract has been signed and witnessed.
- Statistics– Congregational statistics have been done. Thanks to Bridget for this.
- Acharacle Manse– Awaiting update from Riverside regarding drainage.
- Links with Parents– Nothing arranged so far.
- Accounts-Harry Jeffrey, appointed by Kirk Session, examined the accounts.
- Treasurer’s Report – The bank balances as at 28thFebruary were as follows: -
General Account - £12,591.13
Rest/Fabric - £51,953.94
Sunday School - £ 316.32
Sanna Hall Fund which is included in Rest/Fabric stands at £2,400.24
- Groups using the church to be asked for donations towards lighting and heating.
- It was agreed that money raised at the Coffee Morning on 2ndApril goes to Embrace. The Session agreed to continue to support Embrace with the Easter Coffee Mornings.
- It was agreed that the money in the Sunday School Account should go to Presbytery for the water project in Mifuwa, Zambia.
- The accounts were attested.
- Safeguarding is complied with - Awaiting new training
- The property schedule was attested.
- 2ndMarch – World Day of Prayer
- 4thMarch – Spring Breakfast at Kilchoan Hotel
- 18thMarch – Joint Service of Celebration at Acharacle.
- 29thMarch – Good Friday Service at 10.30am.
- 24thJune - Peninsula Picnic
- 11thJuly - Communion at Kirk Session
- Presbytery Elder’s Report – Bridget Cameron reported on the Day Conference which took place in Fort William on 10thFebruary 2018. Both Bridget and Val Phillipps attended the conference. Lochaber Presbytery has only one vacancy at present but many charges throughout Scotland are vacant and this is expected to increase in the future. There is also a lack of Office Bearers. The conference considered ways in which the Church of Scotland could honour its commitment to preach and teach. Worship leaders and worship groups will be needed.
- The Communion Roll was attested.
- The Baptismal Roll was attested.
- Elders’ training day to take place in June.
- Stated Annual Meeting – 25thMarch
- Minister’s holidays – pulpit supply is needed for 10thJune and 14thOctober.
- Curtain for church door – Moira to investigate
Visiting Ministers -Dates
- 13thand 20thMay – Rev John Shields
- 17thand 24thJune – Rev Stuart Robertson
- 1stJuly - Rev Mark Malcolm
- 8th, 15thand 22ndJuly – Rev John Thomson
- 29thJuly – Rev Keith Mack
- 5thAugust – Rev Mike Weaver
- 16thand 23rdSeptember – Rev John Shields
Suggested dates for KS meetings – 9thMay,11thJuly, 12thSeptember and14thNovember at 10.30am. It was suggested that perhaps there could be some Sunday dates to allow Eilidh Canning to attend.
The meeting closed with the Grace.
2018 - January
Ardnamurchan Parish Church
Minutes of Kirk Session Meeting 17th January 2018
Ardnamurchan kirk Session met in Kilchoan Community Centre on 17thJanuary 2018. The meeting was constituted with prayer and scripture by Rev Fiona Ogg.
In attendance: - Rev Fiona Ogg, Bridget Cameron (Session Clerk), Val Phillipps, Richard Houston (Property Convenor), Joan Kelly (Treasurer) and Moira Fisher.
Apologies – Eilidh Canning.
Minutes: -The minutes of the last Kirk Session meeting of 26thOctober were approved.
- Property– Former manse/ meeting rooms - Aerial required for television.
- Church outside light wiring needs attention.
- Finance– The Christmas donations went to Tearfund as agreed.
- Restoration– Project manager Dale Meegan’s contract is to be signed and witnessed.
- Worship– The baptism of Finlay MacIsaac took place on 26thNovember 2017.
- Joint Carol Service-This took place in Acharacle on 19thDecember 2017. Twenty- five people attended.
- Christmas Eve service – Invitations were handed out and 22 people attended.
- Songs of Praise took place on 7thJanuary 2018 and was felt to have been very successful. It was decided to do this again.
- Acharacle Manse - Awaiting update from Riverside builders regarding drainage.
- Links with parents– Parent Council - Rev Ogg has requested an opportunity to speak with parents after a Council meeting. Nothing has been arranged so far.
- Ewen’s Room– Rev Ogg offered the use of the former manse/meeting rooms. However, Ewen’s Room is using the Learning Centre.
- Pilgrim Routes- Recommendations are sought for a local contact.
- Treasurer’s Report - The bank balances as at 31stDecember2017 were as follows: -
General Account - £11,906.15
Rest/Fabric Account - £53,037.94
Sunday School - £ 366.37
- Advent calendars to be paid out of Sunday School account.
- Funerals – A donation cheque has been received from McFall undertaker from last funeral.
- An independent examiner is required for the accounts.
- Joint Service money - It was suggested that this money could go to Sleep in the Park or Shelter.
- Former manse donations – It was agreed that money received should be used for upkeep of the building.
- Sanna Hall - Stuart Connor has given a detailed estimate of the work to be done. He will commence work when the weather improves. There was some discussion as to how more use could be made of the building. The possibility of using it as a wedding venue was suggested.
- Tower – there was some discussion about the tower on the church building regarding temporary repairs before restoration. No decision taken.
- Restoration – Bridget gave an update from the Working Group. The project manager is asking the community for suggestions to increase the use of the building. Various suggestions have been made including choir, music and craft groups.
- Heritage – The old Bibles in the church are deteriorating so it was decided to purchase a box for their safekeeping. The local heritage group have indicated that they would be interested in using the church building.
- Property Schedule – Richard Houston to arrange annual update.
- 4thMarch 2018 Spring Breakfast at Kilchoan Hotel at 10am
- 18thMarch 2018 Joint Service of Celebration at Acharacle.
- 30thMarch 2018 Good Friday at 10.30am
- Bridget Cameron (Presbytery Elder) gave a report on the work of Presbytery.
- Induction - The induction of Rev. Anthony Jones will take place on Saturday, 3rdFebruary at 1.45pm at Fort Augustus Church.
- Bridget to ask Presbytery if the money in the Sunday School Account should be donated to an education project in Zambia.
- Conference – Saturday 10thFebruary at 10am at Duncansburgh MacIntosh Church Halls.
- Ella Gill is undertaking training to become a Reader.
- A safeguarding update is due.
- Minister’s holidays: 5th– 10thMarch, 9th– 16thJune, 8th– 28thOctober
- Year of Young People – signed up.
- SAM – 25thMarch 2018
- WW1 Remembrance – It was suggested that this could be joint with Kilchoan Primary School.
- Easter – Easter Cracked
DONM Wednesday 28thFebruary 2018
The meeting ended with the Grace.
Ardnamurchan Parish Church
Minutes of Kirk Session Meeting 26thOctober 2017
Ardnamurchan Kirk Session met in the church on 26thOctober 2017. The meeting was constituted with scripture and prayer by Rev Fiona Ogg.
In attendance: - Rev Fiona Ogg, Bridget Cameron (Session Clerk), Val Phillipps and Moira Fisher.
Apologies: - Joan Kelly (Treasurer), Richard Houston (Property Convenor), Hugh Cameron and Eilidh Canning.
Minutes: - The minutes of the Kirk Session meeting of 27thAugust were approved.
Property– Richard Houston has agreed to be the point of contact on Health and Safety matters.
Former manse/meeting rooms– A new lock has been fitted. Lynne McLuckie has gifted a television which requires an aerial in the loft.
Sanna Hall– ongoing.
Treasurer’s Report- see separate sheet for details. The Treasurer was thanked for supplying up to date accounts. The bank balances as at 24thOctober 2017 were as follows –
General Account £11,746.66
Rest/Fabric Account £59,015.61
Sunday School £ 582.37
- Ministries and Mission – An increase in the scale is expected for next year. Presbytery will be supporting Ardnamurchan financially by £2,931. Nationally, the better off congregations support the less well off and Ardnamurchan is supported in this way.
- Donations at Christmas worship – As Tear Fund will be match funded by Government(DFID), it was decided to support Tear Fund.
- Former manse/meeting room – It was suggested that donations for use of the former manse/ meeting room go into the General Fund to support ministry. This will be discussed at the next meeting.
- Working Group Update – Dale Meegan has been appointed as project manager. The working Group will draw up a contract based on a template available on the Church of Scotland website. This to be finalised next month when Dale returns from holiday. Dale is enthusiastic and has wide -ranging ideas for community uses for the building. She has good local networks and is sympathetic to the aims of both the congregation and the community.
- The Working Group will give Rev Fiona Ogg updates to enable her to give brief reports to WACDC.
- The General Trustees of the Church of Scotland have declined a request for support with Project Manager costs. However, they may be willing to help with capital funding once a business plan is in place.
- Stewart Connor attended a Church of Scotland seminar entitled How to make your buildings work for you and sent a report to the Kirk Session. The Kirk Session sends him grateful thanks.
- Health and Safety – nothing to report.
- The work at Acharacle manse stopped short of the original brief and this was reflected in the final invoice. Rev Fiona Ogg would like it noted that she is not sure if work done on the drainage at the manse is adequate. David Ogg and Joan Kelly will take the invoice into account at the annual reconciliation of costs within the linked charge.
- In 2018 there will be a Property Review by Presbytery. Presbytery will make themselves aware of any problems with the various properties and check that all essential works are up to date.
- The light at the main door is to be fixed before Christmas services.
- Children’s service – It was agreed previously that Moira and Bridget would try to organise the service but it is proving difficult to arrange.
- Rev Fiona Ogg agreed to approach the teacher, Alison Munro, and head teacher Lyndsay Bradley to ask for an opportunity to speak to parents after a Parent Council meeting. This would be to find out how parents would like to develop the relationship between the congregation and the ministry.
- It was agreed that invitations to a carol service be sent out to all school parents and members. Posters and flyers for the service will also be distributed. Tea and cakes will be served afterwards. As the date is yet to be confirmed, the Kirk Session were invited to suggest a date that will be agreed by email. Rev Fiona will design an invitation to be sent to the Kirk Session for approval.
- 29thOctober – 500 years since the Reformation
- 12thNovember – Service of Remembrance at 2pm
- 26thNovember – Baptism of Finlay MacIsaac
- 3rdDecember – Advent 1- Service of Communion
- 10thDecember – Peninsula Carols at Strontian Village Hall at 7pm
- 24thDecember- Worship at 4pm
- Time to Remember – to be confirmed Joint service with Acharacle, perhaps 19thDecember. Rev Fiona to liaise with Acharacle Kirk Session.
- 7thJanuary – Songs of Praise
- 18thMarch – Joint service at Acharacle at 11am. Mona Brown of Salen will be 100 years old on this day. There will be a celebration meal after the service.
Presbytery Elder’s report from Bridget Cameron.
- Duncansburgh Macintosh Church held a successful holiday club on in-service days.
- Glencoe held a holiday club followed by a harvest meal. Invitations were sent to all on the Baptismal Roll.
- Safeguarding refreshment training for Kirk Sessions will begin in 2018.
- World Mission material was distributed.
- The Kirk Session was shown Learn material on making worship more accessible for those with disabilities.
- Next year Presbytery Dues will increase from £369 to £400.
- The funeral of Eilidh MacPhail will take place on Friday at 12.30pm. The service will be conducted by Rev Neil MacMillan.
- Ewen’s Room would like to have a session in Kilchoan. It was agreed that they could use the former manse/meeting room if they wished. Arrangements for access and heating will need to be made. Rev Fiona Ogg will contact Ewen’s Room.
- Presbytery Planning – Rev Fiona Ogg led worship at Lochaline and Strontian on Sunday 15thOctober to allow Rev McCorkindale to have a holiday. This highlights the importance of encouraging Worship Groups locally. The Kirk Session and office bearers were encouraged to reply to the questionnaire about Cluster Groups.
- Nomination to National Committees. These Committees are open to elders. There is information about this on the Church of Scotland website or from Rev Fiona.
- Funeral Fees – Undertakers will be sent bacs details for payment of the fee for use of the church building. Wording to be recommended is, “There is a £100 fee (discretionary) for use of the church.
- Pilgrim Routes – Across Scotland, there is increasing interest in this. Presbytery is looking to encourage a local person or persons who might be interested in finding out more.
- Breakfasts for Christmas – Bridget suggested holding one at Kilchoan Hotel. The congregations at Ardgour, Strontian and Lochaline have done this successfully. Bridget to ask Joan Kelly to contact the Hotel. Rev Fiona to liaise with Donald McCorkindale and find out the format and details.
- Charities – The collection at Peninsula Carols is to go to Mary’s Meals. Ten boxes are to be donated to Blytheswood.
Wednesday 17thJanuary 2018 at 10am in Kilchoan Community Centre.
The meeting closed with the Grace.
Ardnamurchan Parish Church
Minutes of Kirk Session meeting 27thAugust 2017
Ardnamurchan Kirk Session met in the church on 27thAugust 2017. The meeting was constituted with scripture and prayer by Rev Fiona Ogg.
In attendance: - Rev Fiona Ogg, Bridget Cameron (Session Clerk ), Val Phillipps, Eilidh Canning, Moira Fisher and Hugh Cameron (Property Committee).
Apologies – Joan Kelly (Treasurer), Richard Houston (Property Convenor)
Minutes: - The minutes of the Kirk Session meeting of 12thMarch were approved. The minutes of the joint meeting of Ardnamurchan and Acharacle Kirk Sessions at Gllenmore Centre on 9thJune 2017 were approved.
- Property– The Kirk Session is awaiting an update from the Property Convenor regarding the former manse/meeting rooms and the church.
- Presbytery Planning–Edgar Ogston of Northwest Lochaber is due to retire on 5thNovember 2017. Presbytery has agreed a grouping of Acharacle and Ardnamurchan with Northwest Lochaber and Ardgour, Strontian, Kingairloch and Morvern. All congregations within this grouping are encouraged to consider ways they can support and help each other in the future.
- Installation of Presbytery Moderator– Rev Fiona Ogg thanked the Kirk Session and the congregation for making the installation and the Presbytery meeting such a successful event. The warmth of the welcome and the hospitality were noted by those who attended.
- Acharacle Manse– Eilidh Canning to email Ella Gill for further clarification.
The bank balances as at 31stJuly 2017 were as follows –
Rest/Fab £55, 661.81
General (includes Sanna Hall Fund) £11, 656.06
Sunday school £ 582.37
General Trustees £21, 771.36
The afternoon tea and scones have raised £1,200 with one week to go. Those involved in the fundraising were thanked for their hard work.
- Richard Houston (Property Convenor) is to be asked if he will be the Health and Safety point of contact.
- General Trustees have advised that nothing needs to be done regarding deeds for the former manse/meeting rooms at present.
- The light at main door of the church is to be fixed before Christmas.
- A new lock for the former manse/meeting rooms has been ordered. Bridget Cameron keeping note of works done.
- Alba heating – feedback suggests that they are not the best for the project. It was agreed that ecologically friendly, sustainable heating was desirable for the project and the Project Manager could research this.
- General Trustees Church buildings seminars – Richard Houston, Lynne McLuckie and Stewart Connor of the Working Group to be offered funding if the wish to attend.
- Sanna Hall – Steven White has material but has not started the work. Bridget and Hugh to find out if he can do the work. If he is not able to do it, Stewart Connor is to be asked.
- The advertisement for the Project Manager job has been widely circulated in Press and Journal, Lochaber Times, Voluntary Action Lochaber and on Facebook, Presbytery website, Rural Network Scotland.
- WACDC meeting 20thSeptember – Stewart Connor has agreed to attend and suggested that the new Project Manager, if appointed, also attend. Rev Fiona Ogg strongly recommended that a member of the Kirk Session also attend and offered to write a progress report for the meeting.
- The Kirk Session approved an application to the General Trustees for financial assistance towards funding the Project Manager.
- The Kirk Session agreed to the setting up and the remit of the Working Group as a sub-group of the Kirk Session with powers to co-opt members as necessary and with the powers to deal with the day-to-day liaison with the Project Manager, the time-line of tasks towards advertising and appointing a Project Manager. The time-line was for the cut-off date for applications as 31stAugust 2017, the Working Group to consider applications with a view to an interview on 15thSeptember 2017 and an appointment made by the start of October 2017. This was planned at the meeting of the Kirk Session, the Working Group and the Presbytery Support Group on 25thJuly 2017.
- Stewart Connor of the Working Group has prepared an evaluation form for the interview of prospective Project Managers which was approved by the Kirk Session. Stewart was thanked for this work and for the professional knowledge and insight he is bringing to the Working Group.
- Rev Fiona Ogg informed the Session about the help the General Trustees and Church of Scotland Church and Architecture committee can give. There was also an up-date on changes to the Heritage Lottery Fund Places of Worship Scheme which is coming to an end. Another funding body that can be applied to is the Scotland Churches Trust.
- Rev Fiona Ogg on holiday including Sundays 10thand 17thSeptember 2017.
- 10thSeptember Worship led by elders. Coordinated by Eilidh Canning.
- 17thSeptember Rev John Shields
- 8thOctober Harvest Service followed by afternoon tea. UNICEF jars will be gathered in.
- 15thOctober Rev John Mc Pake
- 22ndOctober Rev John McPake
- 29thOctober 500thanniversary of the Reformation
- 12thNovember Remembrance Sunday
- 26thNovember Baptism of Finlay MacIsaac
- 3rdDecember First Sunday of Advent - Communion
- 10thDecember Peninsula Carols at Strontian
Find out if it would be possible to have a Carol Service at Glenmore Natural History Centre.
- It is not necessary to have a named contact.
- Church of Scotland encourages support for Christian Aid.
- Donations for charities cannot come out of church funds. Campaigns for charities should be agreed by the Kirk Session and be separate events or donations.
- The Session agreed to fundraise for Embrace and for Christian Aid. The Blytheswood Shoebox appeal has been supported annually and it was agreed to do so again this year. Moira Fisher will liaise with the Primary School to encourage the children to be involved.
- Bridget Cameron is Presbytery Elder, Presbytery Planning representative and a member of the Education Working Group. Moira Fisher is the Kirk Session minute secretary. Others from the congregation and the Kirk Session are encouraged to share the work load.
- Bridget Cameron agreed to continue as Presbytery Elder and the Session approved.
- There was a short meeting in March to discuss planning permission to allow building on a plot of land beside the former manse/meeting rooms and there were no objections to be lodged with Highland Council.
- Funeral fees – The funeral fees were reviewed and it was agreed to continue to ask for a donation but not specify the amount. Elsewhere in Presbytery, £100 is the average and £40 for an organist. In other areas, the undertaker organises payment to the church and the organist.
- The Kirk Session were reminded that with the main church building, the manse/ meeting rooms and Sanna Mission Hall there is a lot of maintenance and expense for a small group of people.
- 26thOctober 2017 at 4pm. The venue to be confirmed.
The meeting closed with the Grace.