Faith Time – launch on 26 Sept

This September the churches of Craignish, Kilmelford and Kilninver launch a monthly “Faith Time”. It runs on the last Monday of each month and is hosted in someone’s home. It offers an opportunity to explore the faith dimension in a relaxed atmosphere. It is open to all – we all have much to learn and much to contribute in regard to the journey of faith.

 The first Faith Time will be hosted by the Inglis family at Raera (take the Seil road opposite Kilninver School, then first left and up the hill). It will start at 1930 with a meal and will be centred on the theme “I can’t pray”. There is no prescribed pattern – it is up to those who come to develop it on whatever lines prove to be most helpful.

Netherlorn Churches Gathering 1st October 2011

Living Water: The Gathering, a joining of all 5 churches in the Netherlorn area took place in Kilmelford Hall on Saturday 1st October 2011. A good number of people attended the day, and really enjoyed the presentations that were given. The day ran from 10 am – 3.30pm, and proved to be an informative day with presentations from Water Aid, H2O (Hope to Oban) and Hope Kitchen, Oban.
PLUS: For children of all ages, ‘Foolproof’ Drama workshop was run alongside the Gathering day, Fiona Stewart from ‘the Hub’ in Edinburgh was leading the Drama workshop, and the story of Noah was re told during the worship at the end of the day – this worship also included communion. Thanks must be given to the group that worked hard to organise this day.

Godly Play Discovery Day

A Godly Play Discovery Day is arranged for Kilbrandon Church on Saturday 29th October from 10.00 till 4.00. The Kilbrandon Church Super Sunday team have recently started exploring Godly Play in Super Sunday and our team is busy making Godly Play materials.
But what is Godly Play? A typical Godly Play session includes a time to get ready, telling a story using objects and artefacts, exploring the story more with open questions and discussion, enjoying a simple feast and sharing, responding with a free choice using a variety of materials – art… silence… play…writing.
Imagine someone who creates a space to think big, learns as well as teaches, doesn’t always know the answer, builds a community, enables children to make connections, is open to the unexpected, slows down the pace, provides the tools then stands back. That is our aim with Godly Play.
We already have thirteen folk signed up for the day, but there is still space for one or two more. If you are working with children and young people or are interested in doing so and want to explore Godly Play, then please speak to Myra Waddell (01852 300395) about registering for the day. More information on and

Craignish Primary School is 150

A celebratory weekend, which included a show and prizegiving on Friday afternoon and a ceilidh on Saturday night, concluded on Sunday 26 June with a thanksgiving service to mark 150 years since the opening of Craignish Primary School in 1861.

The service began as it would have done in 1861 with the congregation seated to sing a psalm led by the precentor in his special box and standing for a prayer led by the minister from the pulpit in the language of the Authorised version of the Bible. Thereafter things loosened up as the children presented some of their work and contributed musical items. Thanksgiving was made for all the years that the school has flourished and prayers offered for its future. A sermon on the purpose of education dwelt on the need not only to acquire knowledge but also to grow in wisdom.

An exhibition marking the 150th Anniversary of the School will be on display in the church during July and August 2011.

CPS 150 the birthday cake
CPS 150 celebrating in church

Successful Spring Fayre at Craignish

Here are some action shots from the well-supported Spring Fayre of Craignish Parish Church – held at the Fire Station in Ardfern in beautifully sunny weather on 30 April 2011.