One of the great privileges of ministry is being invited to be part of the celebrations surrounding life's makers.
Last evening was the birthday celebration of a local gentleman - he is now 100! He still takes an active interest in what foes on in the world, as well as locally. He lives independently and gets out and about to do his shopping etc. he has been involved in making DVDs and videos and his cake was made in recognition of this. God bless and Happy Birthday!
This is the scene in front of the church building at Kilchoan - how wonderful! In creation there is scope for all sorts of different flowers, each adapted to their own habitat - and bluebells just love the habitat there under the trees.
The Tea Room at the Community Centre was full for 4pm Christmas Eve worship. It was lovely to welcome so may visitors! And the singing was great - thanks to a couple of folk who can sing descants.
At the Distillery on the 12th there was a wonderful gathering with 43 people squeezed into the upstairs rooms. We sang carols, heard the story and enjoyed teas, coffees, hot chocolate, mince pies and biscuits.
On the 9th of December there was Breakfast at the Kilchoan Hotel when we had food, activities and fun. Thank you to those who helped with the Christmas Bingo - we got it right this time!
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.
At Kilchoan yesterday wreaths for Remembrance were placed on a bench at the War Memorial and will soon be moved to the War Memorial.
Those involved in preparing the bench, placing the wreaths and making sure worship went well include John, May, Bridget, another John, Alistair, Geoff, another May and many more.
A congregation of a dozen sang from the psalms with John Shields , who beautifully described history from a selection contained in the order of service. Thanks to Eilidh Canning for the photograph and most of the words.
At Ardnamurchan Parish Church, a Working Group has been set up to co-ordinate with a Project Development manager. Together they are investigating the future of the church building.
People from around the globe have roots in the West Ardnamurchan area and often have an interest in their heritage. If you are one of them and would like to contribute to this ongoing project please consider using JustGiving to help this work.
This is taking much time and effort and while there is every intention to make the building viable as a community resource, be aware there is an outside chance it might not be possible. Any donation you make will be used for building and its fight for survival. Thank you.
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We had a Spring Breakfast in the Kilchoan Hotel - and it was great!
The Hotel did a delicious cooked breakfast for the 25 people of all ages who came along. After that there were craft activities, lego and a short reflection during which there was a spring bingo - or springo as one person labelled it. We all agreed to do this again once the tourist season is over - probably after the October holidays.
Building Restoration Project.
A few months ago, a Project Manager was appointed to fundraise and to take the project forward. It's hard work!
Dale has worked her way through various funding timelines and bodies to sort out which body should give approval for which application and in which order to get the various permissions and applications done on time! Findings from a recent community survey have been a great help in providing evidence of support from the community for the ongoing use of the building for community events as well as worship.
Fundraising continues too - with regular coffee mornings and exploring the possibility of a Just Giving page for the project.
In a very few sentences this is a summary of a huge amount of work. Well done Dale!
It was as the last of this summer's Afternoon Scones at Ardnamurchan Parish Church - and the group who have come along each week presented, in rhyme, the three bakers / hosts of the afternoons with gifts of appreciation. What can be added to that - nothing except thank you ladies.