Parish Walk Sunday 28 June 2015 update

Meet at Kilmelford church car park at 1:45pm for 2pm, set off to loch Avich

Explorers OS map 359. 360

The Sreign of Lorn is part of the ancient drove road from the west coast to the cattle trysts of Creiff – Perth.

Start from opposite Loch Avich House, 4 1/2 miles over the estate land and cross the Alt-na Derg burn; On to Blagleem More Farm, From there walk 1 1/2 miles down the road along Loch Scammadale to Scammadale Farm.

The first part is a steep metal track to the Burn of the Conference, then more flat to Fineglen.  Cross the burn (be careful of some slippery stones here). It is then grass track and hillside to Blagleenmore. Burn to cross at boundary fence.

Information sheet sheet provided on the story of the Battle of the Conference and the death of Colin Mhor, A prize to who can find the Fiddler’s Well spring on the right hand side of the track. Pure Drinking water.

The best option is for Car walkers to pre-arrange  your group, one drives walkers to walk road, 6 Miles from Kilmelford car park, then take car to Scammadale Farm and park there or onto Blagleen Farm and walk up to meet the walking party and come back with them. Refreshments of Tea etc at Scammadale Farm. Thanks to our MacCorkindale hosts.

Bring your own picnic, good hill walking footwear, Jacket and / or fleece.

Dogs must be kept on leads at ALL times.

There are 2-4 volunteer drivers who can take walking parties, please contact Georgina on 01866 844212 to arrange lifts if you want to leave your car at Kilmelford.


PRESBYTERY MEETING AT KILBRANDON – heartfelt thanks to everyone from Kilbrandon, Kilchattan and beyond, who helped out with the meeting of Argyll Presbytery at Kilbrandon on 2 June, at which Ken our minister was installed as the new Moderator of Presbytery. The meeting went very well, not least because of all the hard work of those who set the church up for the meeting, provided home baking in vast quantities, made up mountains of rolls, served tea, coffee and lunch, controlled the parking, provided musical accompaniment for the communion service, set up the mikes, and a whole lot more besides. Several members of Presbytery expressed their appreciation on the day itself, and there have been quite a few e mails since then as well. An excellent start to Ken’s year as Moderator!

Marilyn Shedden, Convener of the Business Committee of the Presbytery of Argyll has asked me to “Please express my appreciation to your very versatile and enthusiastic worship team.”
Let me add also my own sincere thanks. It was an innovation for the Presbytery to have a presentation of the type which we put together so the stakes were high. Happily there was a very favourable response to the presentation and a lot of comment to the effect that this is the kind of thing that Presbytery ought to be doing in its meetings. I must admit I found it quite exciting myself! Many thanks to all who contributed and to Martin for pulling it all together and mastering the projection.


A special Parish Walk is being arranged for our Netherlorn congregations on Sunday 28th June. A great opportunity to enjoy the outdoors and to share time with others in our own congregation and others in Netherlorn. Exact times and venue and other important details to be confirmed later—watch this space.

Letters to Bemvu

Ken, our minister will have an opportunity to visit our partner congregation at Bemvu in Malawi in early June 2015. The church members at Bemvu are keen to make our communication more personal and to have more people involved in it. Could you write a one page letter introducing yourself to our friends in Bemvu? If possible, it would be best for the letter to be hand written and great if you could include a photograph of yourself. Include your postal address for purposes of reply. Every letter will be very welcome – hand to Ken or Phil Moss.

There will be a Fairtrade stall in Kilchattan Church on Sunday 24th May.

The Kirk Session and Congregational Board are looking for your vote!

FOR KILBRANDON WORSHIPPERS – the Kirk Session and Congregational Board are looking for your vote!  We are considering having all our Sunday services at Kilbrandon at 10.00am (instead of at 11.00am on the last Sunday of the month), and we are also thinking about taking out one front pew on both sides of the church to give us some more space at the front.  Your views and your vote on both these proposals are vital, so we are issuing a ballot paper with the orders of service on 10, 17 and 24 May.  Please place your completed ballot in the ballot box at the front of the church by Sunday 21 June at the latest.

Moderators’ Munro and the Nepal Earthquake Appeal

Message from the Church moderators, please consider this as you go to church today and pray for those in need of our aid, thank you:

This is the first and only time in the Moderatorial year that I have attempted to make direct contact with every minister and congregation in the Church of Scotland, but I believe it is justified by the urgency of the situation which has overtaken the people of Nepal.

Rachel Hutcheson (Moderator of the National Youth Assembly) and John Chalmers  climbed Ben Lomond on Saturday 2nd May – our “Moderators’ Munro Challenge” the aim was to raise awareness of and raise money for Christian Aid in the 70th year of its work across the world. Our good intention, however, has now become an urgent cause. Because together with Christian Aid we have decided that all of the proceeds raised on Saturday will be given to the CHRISTIAN AID NEPAL EARTHQUAKE APPEAL.

As I write more than £6,000 has already been donated through the web giving page

There’s more detail about the Moderators’ Munro at and it’s not too late for you to get sponsored and come with us on Saturday as we walk and pray for the people of Nepal. Sign up at: but if you can’t come with us please sponsor us using the address above.
With thanks for taking the time to consider this request,
Kindest regards
Rt Rev John Chalmers
Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland