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.
Each year there is one service of worship held at the Mission Hall at Sanna Bay. This year the beautiful weather enticed a group of about 25 folk, and a dog, to venture along to the Hall. What a setting for this Songs of Praise! There was a picnic tea afterwards and those who felt inclined then went for a walk in the dunes. What a setting and, usually, what a crowd!
During the months of June, July and August Bridget Cameron and her helpers (May McNicol and Moira Fisher mainly) have been working hard at making scones and jam, and serving these up with lashings of hospitality. Many locals and visitors have popped into the church building and eaten scones of many flavours - treacle, cheese, plain, sultana, strawberry and various other flavours, including some with cream as well as butter and jam. Gallons of tea and coffee have been drunk.
These treats have not been charged for but donations have been welcomed. Over all there has been over £1,000 (!!) raised for the building restoration fund. Bridget and her team deserve medals for their sustained hard work - well done and thank you ladies.
On a sunny morning a group from the congregation ventures out to the farthest westerly point of the UK mainland and had their photo taken. This year's theme for the Church of Scotland is Word of Life and will be used extensively at General Assembly. All congregations are being encouraged to take part in a campaign to have as many photographs taken and shared not he CofS page. http://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news_and_events... Here's the photo that was taken on the lovely morning before we took shelter in the lee of the lighthouse coffee shop and ate cakes.
Thank you to all who helped in any way with these afternoons. Over £1,600 was raised for the Restoration Fund!
Ready for Communion. We'll be thought about the book of Job and how to handle suffering. The book of Job doesn't explain the 'why' of suffering but helps with the 'how'.
The annual Songs of Praise was at Sanna Mission Hall this afternoon. Nearly 50 people (!!) braved the sunshine to join in praising God.
Thank to Bridget who managed to feed the 5,000 in a place that has absolutely no catering facilities - who says miracles don't happen.
Thanks to Catriona for the photographs.
The congregation had a stall at the Regatta today. On the stall were posters from many of the events we've been involved in since last year's Regatta, leaflets and postcards to take-away, some children's toys for sale, adverts for a couple of events over the next few months and a map of the area showing all the sites of Christian burch buildings.
The sun shone, the boats raced, the venison burers and the summer fruit pudding were delicious.
Lots of great chat too.
Enjoy the dance tonight folks!
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.