Bemvu New Year greetings – message received from Rev Picklen Chafulumira, minister of Bemvu congregation in Malawi
Okondedwa Abusa Ross,
I am here bringing to you and the Netherlorn churches Christmas greetings and wishing you a prosperous New Year 2012, from the family and the Bemvu faith Community. Let’s be glad for the free gift God has given each one in the world. John 3:16. The peace of mind has come, the freedom is with us, the king of kings of Justice, and the powerful God is given to us. He is wonderful indeed. Let us all welcome him in our hearts, homes; churches work places, market areas elsewhere. Praise be to God. John 1:12.
This Sunday I am finishing 2011 end of year programme at Bemvu with all sacraments and expect the gathering to be over whelming.
Happy Christmas and God bless you.
Ine mbale wanu.
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.
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.
Summer Funday Monday 1st August, Seil Island Hall
All tots to teens are invited to a fantastic Funday of activities including arts, crafts, golf, football, music, rugby and photography on Monday 1st August from 10.am to 3.30pm at Seil Island Hall. Lunch will be provided. Consent forms are available at Balvicar Shop, Seil and more information from Maggie Thorpe 01852 300058. The Funday is organised by the Super Sunday Team at Kilbrandon Church.
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
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.
The Great JAM Getaway
Laggan Village, near Newtonmore, welcomed the JAM group to their village hall for the weekend on 17th – 19 June 2011. After tea on the Friday night, everyone went out for an ‘explore’ of the village, and then enjoyed a DVD in the lounge/games room, which doubled up as the girls dorm. Breakfast was early on Saturday morning as the shops of Inverness were calling to the 6 girls and the Wolf Trax mountain biking trails to the 4 lads and Rachel.
Everyone enjoyed their morning activities, and then met up at 2pm in Inverness at the Swimming Pool where they had fun on the flumes, some even going down ‘Nessie’s Back’ an almost vertical drop! With outside pool area, rapids and wave machine, it was 2 hours of action packed fun.
We had dinner back at the hall followed by ‘Laggan’s got Talent’ in the large hall which had a great stage for us to perform on (the boys also slept there!) We welcomed two children who live next door to the Hall to come and join in the games. Jenny and Emma won the competition with their comical act.
We are very grateful to Dave Cruickshanks (Iain’s wee brother) and his fiancée Wendy Buckman who live in Laggan, and were happy to join in and help out with the weekend – their son James also joined in with the activities.
Sunday morning we were welcomed into Laggan Church, where the minister Rev. Catherine Buchan had even changed their ‘family service’ day to accommodate us – now that is a welcome! Lachlan was also given the very important job of ringing the bell to call folks to worship.
After Church, Iain took some of the bikers went back to Wolf Trax and the rest of the team went to Loch Laggan to swim at the beautiful sandy beach. With the sun shining on the small patches of snow on Creag Meaghaidh and the majestic castle of Ardverikie in the distance (home of Monarch of the Glen) it was the perfect end to the weekend.
After lunch and tidying/packing up, we all headed home for the 5pm ferry. Many thanks to everyone for a fantastic weekend.
On Saturday 14th Many young folks from the Island of Luing attended a Youth Day organized by Kilchattan Church youth leaders, with the help and guidance of Rev Paul Beautyman.
Workshops were organized for the young people throughout the afternoon, mountain bike riding and bike maintenance led by Iain Cruickshanks and David Ritchie, skin care, makeup, nail and hair master class with Souvy Page and jewelry making with Mhairi Ritchie.
Rev. Paul Beautyman led some games and facilitated some quiet time following the BBQ tea that the youth leaders had organized. The young people could take time to reflect on new experiences from the day and how they had enjoyed being together.
Paul is the first Church of Scotland Youth Minister for the Argyll and Bute Presbytery. Based in the Cowal area, he leads a team of three located in different parts of Argyll. On Sunday 15th he was also working and supporting the new ‘Super Sunday’ Leaders in Kilbrandon Church.
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.