Welcome to The Linked Parishes of Acharacle and Ardnamurchan!


On this page you will find basic information about our services. On other pages there is more information and various contact details. Please feel free to get in touch if you would like more information or are visiting the area and would like to double check service times.

News and dates for your diaries!

Services -

Are usually at 11am and 2pm alternating on a weekly basis, except during the summer. Please see the notice boards outside each church for weekly information. Messy Church happens on the last Monday of the month at Acharacle.

Sunday 18th August - please feel free to join in.

At Acharacle Parish Church at 11am this will be led by Rev John McPake, and at Kilchoan Community Centre at 11am by Rev Fiona Ogg.

Kirk Session Minutes

It's the news you've all been waiting for - both the Acharacle and the Ardnamurchan Kirk Session minutes are now up-dated on the relevant pages!  The only minutes missing (as of Aug 2019) are the immediate past minutes which are still in draft form.

Ardnamurchan Church Building.

Recently, there was a meeting between representatives of the General Trustees and of Presbytery.  Here is the conclusion of the meeting.

It is thought to be too risky for the GT to endorse a project of over £500,000  They are, however, very willing to explore other options. The most likely suggestion is that the glebe site is developed in some way. The community buy-out was mentioned too but a glebe redevelopment was felt to be the most likely option.

To fully explore these options, in the very near future, two GTs would like to meet with the Working Group and the Kirk Session: at the meeting, there would also be representation from Presbytery. 

No one can say, with any justification, that the Working Group and the Kirk Session didn't try their very best to honour the building.

Minister's Log.

If you look at the About Us menu and find Minister's Log, you'll find out that the minister has started recording some of her daily ministry activities.  (It actually involves working more than one day a week!)

General Information -

Visitors passing through Acharacle or visiting Kilchoan have been heard to ask, 'What do people do all day?' There is so much going on! Scenery to look at and clamber over, rivers to kayak down, fishing on lochs, rivers and the sea. Welcoming accommodation and fabulous food. Why not come and sample time in a beautiful remote and rural location?

Ancestry

People interested in their ancestry often ask if we can help.

We hold no records earlier than about 1960. Any records of burials would have been handed to the Local Authority at the time when Scottish Local Authorities took over responsibility for burials.

Church of Scotland congregations were asked to send older records of baptisms and marriages to the Scottish National Archives. Some have been released to local museums and archives. All have been scanned; the details can be searched through the www.scotlandspeople.gov.ukwebsite without charge, and images downloaded for a small fee.

The Ardnamurchan history and Heritage Association may also be able to help. http://heritageardnamurchan.co.uk/

Find a Parish -

To find us on a map why not try clicking on this link. 'Find a Parish' feature on the Church of Scotland web-site www.cos.churchofscotland.org.uk/church_finder/

Fundraising -

Just a reminder that if you are shopping on-line and would like the congregations to benefit too, please consider shopping through this scheme. Thank you.

https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/aandaparishes/

Foodbank

Meanwhile, there is a Foodbank in Fort William. Throughout the year, donations for the Foodbank can be left in Acharacle Parish Church and Kilchoan at Ferry Stores, where there are dedicated boxes for donations, from where the goods will be collected and taken to Fort William. Tesco in Fort William has a dedicated 'bin' for donations.

Mental Health news -

Please remember if you would like a listening ear, the minister is available 01967 431 654.

Alternatively, contact Ewen's Room which was set up by a partnership of a Church of Scotland Deacon and local people.www.ewensroom.com

Thinking of ministry?

Here's a link to the Church of Scotland page where there's a video about ministry today.http://bit.ly/1KDdbw8

Photographs -

The first photo is of the interior of Acharacle Church and the second of the exterior of Ardnamurchan Church at Kilchoan. Both pictures are available, for a donation, on a postcard from the respective churches. If you do want to copy these from the web-site please do consider getting permission first, thank you.

Acharacle Parish Church
Ardnamurchan Praish Church
Worship during August

(All, unless otherwise stated, all worship will be led by Rev Fiona Ogg)

Worship at Ardnamurchan in the Community Centre

Sunday 4th - 11am, led by Louise Purden 

Sunday 11th - 11am, led by Rev John McPake

Sunday 18th - 11am, led by Rev Fiona Ogg

Sunday 25th - 11am, led by Rev David Kirk

(Sept 1st - 11am led by Rev Fiona Ogg)


Worship at Acharacle

Sunday 4th - 11am, followed by short communion

Sunday 11th - 11am

Sunday 18th - 11am, led by Rev John McPake

Sunday 25th - 11am

(Sept 1st - 2pm, Communion)

And events at Acharacle

Monday 5th - 11.30am - 2pm
Lunches, teas, coffees at Shielbridge Hall
(then Sept 2nd)

Tuesdays 13th & 27th -
10.30am - noon Teas and Coffees in the Church Chalet, next to the main church building.
(then Tuesdays 10th & 24th Aug)

All events - donation only, no set charges. Funds raised go to the maintenance of ministry in the Parishes.