Xplorers June

Jenny Moody writes,

“The Xplorers Group met in Kilmelford Church on Sunday June 5th, when we celebrated Pentecost (a week early). Our theme was “A Special Birthday”. Following the welcome and introduction outlining the Birthday shared by all Christians we divided into 2 groups. The younger group made cards and play doh cakes; the older group talked about how the disciples must have felt and how the church grew. They then decorated cakes [kindly made by Isabel], blew up balloons and set up a table for our Christian birthday tea. The young people thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

Our older visitors were invited to the party and after 2 of the girls read from Acts 2, well done girls, the cake candles were lit, “Happy Birthday to all Christians” was sung. Party hats were put on and everyone was given a bun/s or piece of cake. Our Prayz celebration was completed by Georgina leading us in a quiet time of thanksgiving.

We next meet on Saturday June 25th. 2pm, when everyone is invited to our picnic at Barnacarry Beach, if fine, and Kilmelford Village Hall if not. Please bring your own picnics. If your family is coming can you please give Georgina, 01866 844 212 or Jenny, 01852 200 222, a contact number to enable us to confirm the venue if the weather is doubtful. We hope to do this by 11:30am on the 25th. If you do not hear from us head to the beach! Any queries e.g. how to get there, parking, car sharing, lifts etc please contact us.”

Xplorers May



Jenny Moody sends more news of the


The Xplorers met at 1600 hrs. in Kilmelford Church on Sunday May 1st. Following a short introduction in the church most of our activities took place outside the church enabling us to enjoy the beautiful weather; most appropriate really as our afternoon was based round the parable of the Sower. The youngest members produced a stunning frieze/collage using grasses, weeds. sand and many other materials to illustrate the parable.

The older young people combined their groups and constructed a “field” using stones, weeds, prickles, soil and seeds as they discussed the significance of the story. Word searches of varying levels were then completed whilst individuals tried to identify samples of herbs; there was a clear winner, who was duly rewarded. We had a short break to consume some much needed juice. One of the older girls rang the church bell and the youngsters welcomed the adults to our Prayz time.

Ken lead us in worship and he explained the meaning of the parable with the help of the children. Winnie accompanied us as we sang “The Lord of the Dance” which was followed by prayers involving responses.

We would like to thank our helpers and the adults who joined us, their support means a lot to the young people.

The Xplorers meet again on Sunday the 5th of June.

 On the 25th of June, weather permitting, we hope to have a family picnic. Families from all the Netherlorn Churches are invited to join in the fun.  Details to follow later.

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




The Easter story “like you’ve never heard it told before” was presented at the Xplorers young people’s Prayz Service on Sunday 3rd April.

Although our numbers were lower than usual, due to families on holiday and a birthday party, everyone enjoyed the activities and the participation in the Prayz

The activity time beforehand was taken up with creating puppet figures, cutting out, colouring-in and gluing.   The story of the Trial, Crucifixion and Resurrection of Jesus was explained and lively discussions took place in the three groups.

The scenes were then enacted as Ken unfolded the complete story during the Prayz Service.

Our thanks go to Peter McLardy, who accompanied on his guitar for the singing of “The Lord of the Dance”.

The parents and friends who come and join us for the Prayz Services are especially welcome as the young people and Leaders appreciate being able to share their efforts with the community.

The next Xplorers will be on Sunday 1st May at Kilmelford Church at 4 p.m.   

The story of the Sowing of the Seeds will be the theme

All are very welcome

News from Xplorers – Kilmelford children and youth

The Xplorers met at 1600 hrs. in Kilmelford Church on Sunday March 6th. We were delighted to welcome Paul Beautyman for the second time. Paul is the Argyll Presbytery Youth Advisor and guided us in our activities and Prayz.

Paul had chosen as his theme “surprise” and we had fun making and decorating some spectacular hats and headbands, (Ken’s bright pink fez was cool).  Paul’s telling of The Good Samaritan was supported with appropriate movements and facial expressions from us. He also taught us a new song which was accompanied by actions and enthusiastic choruses. The 12 children and the adults thank Paul for his enthusiastic help.

 As usual the senior group rang the church bell at 1700hrs.to indicate the beginning of the Prayz session, when adults were welcomed to join with us in our simple act of worship. The 12 children and the adults thank Paul for his enthusiastic guidance.

 The Xplorers invite you all to join us for fun, food and fellowship on the first Sunday in April when we will be thinking about Easter.