Xplore Xtra 4.0

The fourth meeting of the Xplore Xtra group took place on the Island of Luing on 25th of May 2012.
This meeting was of some teenagers of Argyll, who know something of Jesus and want to learn more and share together. Meeting together has happened in Kinlochleven, Oban and Dunoon. This month the JAM group on Luing were to host the event. Everyone was welcome, and many from Oban stayed the night.
The event started at 6.30pm with a BBQ, and through following a treasure trail, the young folk ended up a the playing field to the welcome smell of BBQ! A game of softball ran off the burgers, and some very wet games. Then up to the ‘secret beach’ for a swim (for some) and ‘smores’ on a log fire at the beach. The guys from Kinlochleven sadly had to leave on the 10.30pm ferry, but eveyone else stayed on to have hot chocolate and cakes in the village hall. A super night of fun and fellowship.

Xplorers on Palm Sunday

The Xplorers

The Xplorers met in Kilmelford Church on Sunday April 1st when our theme was Jesus’ journey to Jerusalem. As quite a few people were on holiday we re-organised ourselves into two groups. Before we divided into different activity groups we all, and I mean all, drew round our feet, cut the shapes out and decorated them, adding appropriate words, before gluing our footprints on to a long piece of paper complete with palm leaves and “cloaks”.  One group made some cards after the story telling and the others made a mobile to represent Easter.

Ken lead our Prayz time and during the telling of the Palm Sunday events we even heard the donkey’s hooves clip clopping along the road. Kilmelford Ukuleles were joined by a young peoples’ percussion section in a very spirited rendering of “Hosanna to the King”.  [Thank you Olwen and Neil for your vocal support]

On Good Friday afternoon a number of children and adults met to decorate the  church, to make cards, have some refreshments and listen to a story. There were many comments about how good the church looked on Easter morning.  Thank you, children.

Our next meeting is on May 6th and we are beginning to plan our summer “picnic”. We will circulate details as soon as we know them.

Lenten Discussion Services

LENTEN DISCUSSION SERVICES – we are having a series of Lenten discussion services in our Netherlorn Churches, on the subject of “Faith in the Nation”. The last meeting will be at Kilmelford Church on 3 April at 7.30pm. Come along and get a Christian perspective on some of the things that are happening in our society and in our nation just now!

Xplorers 12 February 2012

The group leaders reluctantly made a last minute decision to postpone the Xplorers on Sunday 3rd. February to the following weekend as the incoming power line to the church suddenly fused and there was no heating or lighting.
Scottish and Southern quickly mended the fault but this did not give sufficient time to get the church warm enough.
This was a disappointment as some families were away for  the half-term weekend when Xplorers was rearranged on 12th February. The positive side being that three children visiting their grandmother’s house joined us and enjoyed the activities and Prayz Time.
Xplorers continued Joseph’s adventures and his given gift of being able to interpret his and other people’s dreams. We followed him to the end of his story when he was happily reunited with his brothers and father who joined him in Egypt. The puppets on sticks, made by the young people, depicting Joseph, the King, brothers, other characters and the cows! were happily presented from behind a screen as the accompaniment to Ken telling the story.
Our thanks go to the Mums for stepping in and helping with the activities and handing out teas, juice and cakes and to the Ukelele Band for the music.

Netherlorn Churches Ceilidh

Netherlorn Churches
Family Ceilidh & Licensed Buffet
Saturday 3rd March 2012
Craignish Village Hall
7pm – midnight
Ceol an Aire
Argyll Young Musicians
Ceol an Aire:

Malcolm Clark-Vocals
Mairi Voinot-Fiddle
Ruairidh Morrison- Accordion
Angus MacColl jnr. –Bagpipes
Ewan MacDonald-Keyboard and Guitar

Performing a mixture of traditional Ceilidh dance tunes and a variety of Scottish, Irish and Gaelic songs plus concert sets.

Most of this group played at last year’s Craignish Arts Festival

Tickets: individual £8.00 or family £20.00
Available from Ardfern Village Store
Ishbel 500277, Chris 500674,
Joan 500292, Pat 500683, John 200371.
Prize Draw

Greetings from Bemvu Church to Netherlorn Churches

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.
Ndimakunyadilani Abusa
Happy Christmas and God bless you.
Ine mbale wanu.