June 29th - Sunday School Presentations And Picnic

Sunday 29th of June was a lovely day to spend on the beach.  So that's what we did.  First there were the Sunday School presentations and service of thanks in the Mission Hall and then there were a barbecue at the Hall and a barbecue on the beach.  Great fun, sizzling sausages, sand in sandwiches and happy children.  What a lovely way to celebrate the enthusiasm and involvement of the children and their families.  The children had disappeared to the beach before I had the chance to take their photo!  

  

   

Update On Building

Restoration of the Church of Scotland Ardnamurchan Parish Church continues. Currently the Kirk Session is awaiting an estimate for work on the south wall; the wall that faces the road.

One of the challenges faced is funding the work. As many readers of this blog and those who worship in the building already know, serious fund-raising has started.

The Ceilidh held at Sonachan Hotel in May was great fun and over £750 was raised. Application forms for various funds cover the desk of the minister.

Each Wednesday through June to August the church building will be open from 2-4pm. Visitors, local and passing, are welcome to go in for a look around, a quiet moment, a chat, a look at the books available and to enjoy a cup of tea or coffee with a scone and jam. For all this there is no charge but donations are very welcome.

Work on the south wall will start as soon as possible. The congregation is very glad of the support of, and donations from, the local community, who, in feedback from last spring’s questionnaires, are keen for the building to remain viable; and for the support of the General Trustees of the Church of Scotland, who own the building. This building is one of many listed buildings cared for by the Church of Scotland and current congregations; as such, responsibility for the work is challenging and must be undertaken within the guidelines of both the Church of Scotland and Historic Scotland. This happens under the guidance and supervision of a General Trustees approved architect.

All this means that the work may well take longer than might be hoped and, perhaps, be more demanding than first thought – but, the result should be a building fit for purpose now and in the future.

Primary School Website

The Primary School now has a website and here's a link - it's a cracking little school so why not check out the amazing things they do.

http://kilchoanprimary.wordpress.com

Ceilidh

         A very successful Ceilidh was held at the Sonachan Hotel on Saturday 17th of May.  Well over £700 was raised for the Restoration Fund and many thanks are due to those who organised the event, fed the folk there and provided accommodation.  Rev Fiona was not able to be there but has asked a couple of folk to put together a little piece about the evening and will have that up on here as soon as possible.

                                                   

New Hymnbooks

Ardnamurchan Parish Church

New Hymn Books

Updated copies of Mission Praise have been bought for the Church. As before, with Church Hymnary 4, there is the opportunity for anyone who would like to dedicate a book to the memory of a loved one, or sponsor a book.

The suggested donation is for £10 per book. Your dedication or sponsorship, and your name if wished, will be recorded and a special notice put into a hymnbook.

If you would like to make a dedication and donation, please give your details as required below and the book will be dedicated as soon as the special labels are ready.

If you would like more details first then please contact Rev Fiona Ogg or any member of the Kirk Session. Please return the completed form to the treasurer, Mrs Joan Kelly, Silverhill, Glenborrodale, Acharacle, Argyll, PH36 4GJ. Thank you.

Name of person to whom the book is being dedicated –

Words of dedication

Your name

Suggested donation of £10 per dedication

Buildings

Yesterday the service was in the Community Centre. Why not the Church building?

Jesus told his disciples to go and make disciples of all - and so, sometimes the church family bravely ventures out into the community. Yesterday was one such occasion. It's a very different atmosphere in the Community Centre but God is not confined to any one building.  He is within each and every believer, it's still church, still the people of God worshipping Him together, listening to God's word being taught and enjoying the support and fellowship of each other.  

(Fellowship is a blog for another day.)

Some people find it hard to step into a Church building - it's been a while since they were last there, or perhaps there are sad memories, or maybe they've simply not been into a Church before.  By having services, occasionally, in the Community Centre it means that people are in a place familiar to them; they can then concentrate more easily on joining in worship. 

Obviously, worship in any building other than Church is not universally popular but with people generally being less inclined, for a number of reasons, to go to Sunday services it's not a bad idea to explore new ways of being a worshipping community in a variety of settings.  I've mentioned that the Church building itself can be a barrier to some.  The traditional timing of worship, especially in a 24/7 culture, is another and recently there was a little discussion about possibly having worship on another day and at another time.  

Maybe it will be worthwhile exploring other ways of worship, e.g. Cafe Church or Messy Church, but these are thoughts for the future. 

Today, I'd like to encourage any who are wary of entering the Church building to join the church family in the Community Centre the next time that worship is there. 

What Is Church?

Yesterday the service was in the Community Centre. Why not the Church building?

Jesus told his disciples to go and make disciples of all - and so, sometimes the church family bravely ventures out into the community. Yesterday was one such occasion. It's a very different atmosphere in the Community Centre but as God is not confined to any one building but is within each and every believer, it's still church, still the people of God worshipping Him together, listening to God's word being taught and enjoying the support and fellowship of each other.  

(Fellowship is a blog for another day.)

Some people find it hard to step into a Church building - it's been a while since they were last there, or perhaps there are sad memories, or maybe they've simply not been into a Church before.  By having services, occasionally, in the Community Centre it means that people are in a place familiar to them; they can then concentrate more easily on joining in worship. 

Obviously, worship in any building other than Church is not universally popular but with people generally being less inclined, for a number of reasons, to go to Sunday services it's not a bad idea to explore new ways of being a worshipping community in a variety of settings.  I've mentioned that the Church building itself can be a barrier to some.  The traditional timing of worship, especially in a 24/7 culture, is another and recently there was a little discussion about possibly having worship on another day and at another time.  

Maybe it will be worthwhile exploring other ways of worship, e.g. Cafe Church or Messy Church, but these are thoughts for the future. 

Today, I'd like to encourage any who are wary of entering the Church building to join the church family in the Community Centre the next time that worship is there. 

Mothering Sunday in the Community Centre

We met in the Community Centre yesterday to celebrate Mothering Sunday.  

Mothering Sunday or Mother's Day - what's the difference?  Mothering Sunday is when, traditionally, those smaller churches which had developed from larger ones, returned to their 'Mother Church'.  Later Mother's Day was established to celebrate all the good (unpaid) work sone by Mothers.  Now the two are so entwined that the day has become a celebration of the two.

We thought about the care that is given to others by all, not only Mothers.  This care is an extension, an outreach, of the outpouring of care that God has for us - as evidenced by sending His own Son, Jesus to show what care and relationship really are.

After the service the children make daffodils for themselves and required the minister to find the shepherd's crooks that they had hidden (it was meant to be the other way round!)  The search for the hidden crooks was an example of the way Jesus searches out those who have become lost in life.  The adults are afternoon tea and, judging by the volume of chatter, all had a great time together.

Kilchoan Ladies Football Team don't let anything stop them!

Kilchoan Ladies Football team made Scottish national headlines - for once the Central Belt has noticed there is life outside the cities!!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-is...

West Wall - Work Complete

Externally, the pointing has been renovated (linseed oil and horsehair were used where applicable) and the roof wok at the verges is complete. The skew stones have been packed and pointed into position. Failed joints have been raked out and repointed. Slates were stripped off the south slope, a rafter on the wallhead replaced and the slates refitted after replacement of underfelt.

Internally, the remains of timber grounds were removed, all loose material was also removed and the wall brushed down to remove all loose materials, gaps were packed and repointed and the wall has had three coats of limewash.

The wall is as water- and wind-proof as it can be. After years of soaking in moisture, in spite of the best efforts of those who have previously repaired the wall, it will take quite a considerable time for the wall to dry out as much as it ever will. To aid that process, there is a dehumidifier buzzing away in the church drying out the atmosphere.

If anyone would like more details, please contact Rev Fiona Ogg and she’ll do her best to answer questions, or find out the answer!