A date for your diary… 29th June
At Kilmallie Free Church
On Monday 10th June there will be a trip to Eigg. This is being arranged with the Western Lochaber Group of Churches… namely ourselves, Acharacle and Ardnamurchan, along with North West Lochaber.
If you are interested in participating please let Donald know. A minibus will be coming up from Kilchoan and can pick folk up at Salen. there are still places available – if you would like to come along on Monday – let Donald know ASAP.
The ferry from Mallaig to Eigg departs at 1010
The ferry will arrive at Eigg at 1125. The cost is £8.20 return, unless you have a Highland Concession card (Bus Pass) in which case the ferry is free 😊. We will gather at the Church for a wee service at about 12:45pm.
People can then have a picnic lunch at the Church, or walk back down to the pier and lunch at the café/shop, or explore the island, making sure of being back to the ferry terminal in good time. The far end of the island road (at the village of Cleadale) is 4 miles from the ferry terminal, and 2.5 miles from the Church. Note that anyone going to Cleadale or Laig at the far end will have to climb back up the hill to the church, before descending to Galmisdale where the ferry terminal is.
There will be transport provided by some locals to and from the pier to the church for those who’d rather not walk too much.
The ferry arrives at Eigg at 1610 (4:10pm) to take us back to Mallaig (ferry departing 1625). It reaches Mallaig at 1740 (5:40pm).
With friends from North West Lochaber, Acharacle and Ardnamurchan, the plan is to gather a group together for a day trip to the isle of Eigg of Monday 10th June.
Would you be interested in coming along?
Ferry from Mallaig to Eigg, departs Mallaig Ferry Terminal 10:10am Passenger check-in at the Ferry Terminal closes at 10am.
Ferry cost: £8.20 return, but free if you present your Highland ‘Bus Pass’
Minibus up to Mallaig May be arranged depending on numbers…
Early indication of interest would be appreciated… comment here… or contact Donald.
Lochaline Messy Church | Messy Church – 4th Sunday of every month
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‘Sanctuary First’ is a congregation of the Church of Scotland, but unlike Strontian, Ardgour and Morvern Parish churches it doesn’t have a building and it doesn’t have parish boundaries! Sanctuary First is a virtual online resource which seeks to engage with those who may not find existing forms of church helpful in their spiritual journal. There are many expressions of church… and many within the umbrella of Strontian Morvern and Ardgour Churches… the traditional Sunday worship, Cafe Church, Messy Church, various small groups and other occasions for engaging in matters of Christian faith.
This Christmas time, I hope and pray that many will be sustained in their faith; that many will develop and deepen their commitment to Christ and his ways; and that some will be awakened to the realisation that the Jesus story isn’t just history but living reality. At Christmas we celebrate that God crept into our human experience, he became as one of us to show the way of love, peace, justice, joy and hope. Within the constraints of human language and experience, stories, songs, and symbols point us toward the mystery of God’s love for everyone and for all creation. Was Mary a virgin? What did Joseph really think? Did Mary ride on a donkey? Was it a stable? Did the shepherds leave their sheep? Was the star Halley’s Comet? How many wise men were there? Questions perhaps to be pondered by Nativity play directors! I don’t know exactly what happened when Jesus of Nazareth was born, but I know the story of Christmas to be true – revealing God in Christ who shared the fragility of human life.
I hope to see old faces and new faces at the various events and services in this last week before Christmas. I hope that whatever your situation you find ways to awaken, develop or sustain awareness of God’s blessing in your life. Sanctuary First has some great resources – there’s really beautiful reflection on Mary’s response (podcast link half way down the page at Sanctuary First)
Different things are happening around the parishes of Morvern, Ardgour, & Strontian – Carols by the tree, Readings and Carols, Coffee and Conversation, Blog posts, one more podcast episode before Christmas, Carols by Candlelight (Strontian Church 7pm 24th), Watchnight services – 11.30pm at Ardgour and Kiel Churches. I hope there’s something for you…
With every good wish and blessing this Christmas time…
Add the website to your home screen
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Do you want quick easy access to the Church of Scotland Website (AKSM.org.uk, or any other site) – check out these instructions to put a link on your tablet on phone…
This year the World Mission Council’s Stamp Appeal will support centres for young people with learning difficulties and disabilities in the Ukraine.
— Read on www.churchofscotland.org.uk/serve/world_mission/get_involved/campaigns/stamp_appeal
Tear, or cut, around the stamps from your Christmas cards and hand them in at any of the churches… they can be used to support World Mission Projects.
Rt Rev Susan Brown has joined more than 30 Church leaders from across Europe in signing a Christmas statement highlighting the plight of refugees and urging all nations and people to celebrate Christ’s birth by working for a more welcoming and inclusive Europe.
— Read on www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news_and_events/news/2018/moderator_signs_christmas_statement_on_refugees