“Do I Need to Put my Watch Back?” Marilyn Shedden Sermon

Should I put my watch back? – Marilyn Shedden sermon

Marilyn Shedden, Convener of Argyll Presbytery Business Committee, was a much appreciated speaker at the Netherlorn Churches Renewal of Worship Conference at Cuilfail Hotel on 3 February 2018. Soon afterwards Marilyn preached this sermon at Inveraray at the inauguration of a Hub-Style Ministry for the area. Its challenge has been widely appreciated and we are glad to make it available on the Netherlorn Churches site.

Songs, poems, music, reflection and stories at the Kilmelford Community Celebration

Some photos from the Kilmelford Community celebration on the 9th October which included songs, poems, music, reflection and stories. Thanks everyone for taking part!

Remembrance Service at Kilchattan Church

A service of remembrance and thanksgiving was held at Kilchattan church on 29th October. It was a time to reflect and remember loved ones for anyone who is bereaved. Ken conducted the service with such beautiful, meaningful words and prayers. John read a Psalm and Fiona a poem. If people wished, they lit a candle for loved ones, while Jean read out their names. A very moving service much appreciated by those who attended.  Afterwards delicious homebaking was enjoyed.

Edible gardens and bubble snakes at Messy Church

This month at Messy Church we made edible gardens, bubble snakes, flower prayers, the tree of life and played with the Godly Play pieces.

Worship involved apples, olives and grapes which made us think about the garden of Eden, the garden of Gethsemane and the garden of paradise. We sang The Servant King and For The Beauty of the Earth and ate lovely macaroni cheese and yummy brownies and ice cream.

Sing for Seed night great success

Sing for Seed was a great success raising funds and awareness towards our Seed for Life campaign.  Our guest celebrity at the Sing for Seed event in Seil Island Hall at the weekend was Vera Kamtukule, CEO of the Malawi Scotland Partnership. Thanks to all who took part and contributed to a great night!



Generous donations at harvest celebrations in Kilbrandon and Kilchattan

Harvest Services were celebrated at Kilbrandon and Kilchattan yesterday. The congregations gave generously; donations of food for Hope Kitchen and money for Bemvu School Fund. Thanks to all.


Pilgrims visit Kilchattan Church

On Thursday 14 September, a group of Pilgrims visited Luing for the first time and Kilchattan Church.  They were led by Jonathan Sheldrick and they all came from Port Ban, Near Tarbert in Argyll.  They were travelling across Argyll on the Pilgrim route and  had visited Craignish and Kilmelford. They reached Luing by boat from Croabh Haven to Toberonochy.  They walked to Kilchattan Church and signed the visitors book, and then continued to the Atlantic Islands Centre where Jean & John Alexander met up with them for coffee.  The picture below was taken of them at the Centre.  They then travelled over the hill down to the ferry to cross over to Seil Island and a visit to Kilbrandon Church where they met up with Robert Rae.    They have promised to return to us again sometime.  Below is the official press release with more information on their journey:

Press Release: Columba Way (Slí Cholmcille/Moluag) – Tarbert to Lismore (An Tairbeart – Liosmor) Total 100 miles Saturday Sept 9 – Saturday Sept16

On Saturday 16 September a group of walkers known as Ron’s Ramblers from Port Ban completed a 100 mile long sponsored walk in aid of Mary’s Meals linking Tarbert, Loch Fyne, with Oban and Lismore. Lismore was chosen as the end destination in preference to Iona for time reasons and as it was the base for the Bishops of Argyll, and St Moluag, the patron saint of Argyll who had arguably a larger role than Columba in the conversion of the Picts to Christianity.

The pilgrimage route included several churches, 3 islands and ferry/boat crossings, 3 heritage centres (Kilmartin, Luing & Lismore), 4 castles (Tarbert, Castle Sween, Carnasserie & Dunstaffnage), small detours to the Beaver Trail, the Heart of Argyll Wildlife Centre and Dunadd, and the Cathedral of trees at Glencruitten House! Highlights were holy communion at St Columba’s Cave and St Mouluag’s Cathedral with Rev. David Carruthers and Rev. Ian Barclay respectively and being guided around Lismore by Dr Robert Hay (author of “Lismore, the Great Garden”).

The walk was made almost completely through areas of breathtaking beauty and historical significance (the so called “thin places” where heaven and earth meet) on existing tracks and quiet B roads. And the route has a choice of alternative routes depending on personal sightseeing preferences, restrictions of time, weather and other circumstances. With the exception of the final destination, it is also possible to walk only on the mainland. Accommodation is no problem as there is excellent bunkhouse as well as B&B & hotel accommodation along the way.  The walk demonstrates that a long distance pilgrimage route linking the Kintyre Way with Oban is feasible. The next step is to set up an organisation supported by Heart of Argyll Tourism Alliance (HoATA) and the Scottish Pilgrim Routes Forum (SPRF), and to seek funding to further develop the route. A website and route maps are being prepared. Anyone wishing to help or sponsor the route should contact Jonathan Sheldrick at 01 880 770 224 email: chairman@heartofargyll.com

It is still possible to donate to Mary’s Meals https://www.marysmeals.org.uk/fundraising/project/david-austin/rons-ramblers-on-the-columba-route

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