Messy Church 2019 got off to a good start on Sunday 27th January
Above are dates and themes for the months ahead – 4th Sunday of the month at 1.30pm
‘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
— Read on www.churchofscotland.org.uk/about_us/communication_resources/add_the_website_to_your_home_screen
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
Kirk pledges to join Thy Kingdom Come prayer movement
— Read on www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news_and_events/news/2018/moderator_and_archbishop_sign_joint
Thank you to everyone who entered the Christmas Picture competition. Congratulations to Cohen, Strontian Primary whose Christmas Pudding picture adorns the Front page of the December edition of De tha dol. Thanks for all the entries – some featured here, more will appear during advent… and all will be on display at the Peninsula Carols on Sunday 9th December 7pm at Strontian Village Hall.
Details of all the Advent Events and Services around the Peninsulas are in a Downloadable Leaflet
9.00am : Christmas Breakfast at Ariundle Centre, Strontian
10.00am : Sunday Worship led by Ella Gill at Ardgour
12.00pm : Sunday Worship at Kiel, Morvern
4.00pm : Sunday Worship led Ella Gill at Strontian
7.00pm : Carols by Candlelight at Strontian Church
11.30pm : Watchnight Service at Kiel
11.30pm : Watchnight Service at Ardgour
Remembrance Sunday 11th November 2018
This year, on the 100th Anniversary of the 1918 Armistice, Remembrance Sunday falls on Armistice Day 11th November. There will be opportunities at the peninsula churches and war memorials to remember the cost of war including local lives lost in service to the country. We remember and we continue to work towards peaceful times for our world and its communities. At www.brunopeek.co.uk are details of a nationwide call to mark this centenary – including “Ringing out for peace”. www.armisticebells.com has details of a piece of music from the Scottish Chamber Orchestra to mark the centenary – which will feature bells from around the country – including the Strontian Church bell.
All are invited to share in these acts of remembrance.
10.45am – Remembrance Service at Kiel Church led by Rev Donald McCorkindale
12noon – Wreath laying at Lochaline War Memorial
7.05pm – Church bell will ring out for peace
10.45am – Remembrance Service at Ardgour Church, led by Mrs Ella Gill
12noon – Wreath laying at Ardgour War Memorial
7.05pm – Church bell will ring out for peace
10.50am – Wreath laying at Strontian War Memorial, led by Mr John Tyldsley
7pm – Remembrance Service at Strontian Church
2pm – Worship at Kingairloch Church, led by Mrs Ella Gill
2.30pm – Wreath laying at Drimmin War Memorial, led by Rev Donald McCorkindale
Followed by afternoon tea at Drimnin Hall
10.50am – Act of Remembrance at the Kilchoan war memorial, led by Rev Fiona Ogg
followed by Service at Ardnamurchan Church
2pm – Remembrance Service at Acharacle Church led by Rev Fiona Ogg
followed by an Act of Remembrance at the Memorial Gates
Democracy Matters Community Consultation will be happening in Strontian on November 1st, at the Sunart Centre Community Room, 7pm- 9pm
Democracy Matters is a Scottish Government community consultation. The Scottish Churches Parliamentary Office are facilitating 20 consultations including Strontian. John Wilson from SCPO will be facilitating the conversation on 1st Nov.
Check out www.scpo.scot for more info…
If you would like to participate on 1st November please contact Rev Donald McCorkindale. You can use the form below to indicated your interest, email or phone (Strontian 402234)… or just come along on Thursday – you will be very welcome.