Isle of Luing remembers shipwreck

26 October 1936 is a day never to be forgotten on the Isle of Luing. The Latvian ship Helena Faulbaums was wrecked on the rocks off nearby island of Belnahua with 16 of the crew being drowned. After 75 years they will be remembered at a simple ceremony at 2.00pm on Wed 26 October 2011 at Kilchattan Graveyard where the seamen are buried. The tragic event led to a lasting friendship between Luing and Latvia, symbolised by the church furniture gifted by Latvia which is in regular use at Kilchattan Church.

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.

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 www.godlyplayscotland.co.uk and www.godlyplay.org.uk

Celtic Trail visits Netherlorn

What does it mean to be the church in the cities of the 21st century? This question brought together a group from across Europe and North America to embark on the “Celtic Trail” – seeking to learn lessons from the Celtic Christian movement of the 5th and 6th centuries.

On Saturday 2 July the Trail began at Dunadd, ancient capital of Dalriada, and travelled via Kilmartin and Brendan’s Seat at Duachy to Kilbrandon Church for a presentation by Robert Rae on Celtic Christianity in general and the role played by the Isle of Seil in particular.

A joint Kilbrandon-Kilchattan service welcomed the visitors on Sunday 3 July and struck distinctly Celtic notes in the music and singing, in a mime depicting scenes from the monastery of St Cattan, and in a sermon suggesting that the Celtic emphasis on community and hospitality might be on-message for today.

A pot luck lunch was enjoyed by all, with many spilling out of the church to enjoy eating al fresco in glorious summer sunshine. A concluding discussion found both hosts and visitors convinced that there remains much to be done with the heritage of the early Celtic Christian movement.

Celtic Trail arrives at Dunadd
Trying out Brendan's seat at Duachy
Pot luck lunch at Kilbrandon
Lunch and sunbathing at Kilbrandon

Joy as New Elders Ordained on 15 May

Family, friends and church members gathered at Kilbrandon and Kilchattan Churches on 15 May 2011 for joyful services which featured the ordination of new elders – Jean Alexander, John Alexander, Caroline Fothergill and Phil Moss.  “Elder” is the term used for a leader in the Church of Scotland. Many good wishes and prayers supported the new elders as they were commissioned for their leadership role.

New Elders Ordained at Kilmelford

1st May was a very happy day for Kilmelford and Kilninver Parish Church as Jean Campbell, Sally Inglis and Rachel Ross were ordained as elders at a moving, joyful and challenging service. The “elders” form the leadership team which is responsible for the spiritual life of the parish and for guiding the life of the church.

New Elders Kilmelford May 2011 Jean Campbell, Sally Inglis, Rachel Ross

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.