You’ll be welcome this coming Sunday, or any Sunday…
Links to the local Lochaber Church of Scotland congregations are below. If you are elsewhere in Scotland the Blue Button will take you to the ‘Church Finder’ on the Church of Scotland Webite.
A Concert well worth coming along to.
And there will be refreshments!!
Tickets from Fort William Kilmallie churches
(Corpach, Caol and Duncansburgh) at £5 each
or get one at the door for £6.
Lochaber presbytery met on Tuesday 7th September.
Good News Stories
Good News Stories shared included: 100th birthday celebrations, new elders ordained and new members admitted, resuming worship and some relaxation of Covid Restrictions, good bereavement support, particularly suicide bereavement, and a visit to Ardgour Church by the Moderator, Jim Wallace, Lord Wallace of Tankerness.
- Bruce Davis Concert 25th September, Corpach
- Tinderbox – Documentary on Israeli Palestine conflict
- The Ants and the Grasshopper – film documentary on climate change
Twinning with Emmasdale
Prayer is encouraged for our friends in Zambia at Emmasdale, congregation the Presbytery is twinned with, and for mission partners working in Zambia.
Presbytery agreed to forward £470 raised for the borehole water project.
Presbytery Mission Plan
The following was agreed by Presbytery, and Kirk Sessions should now be engaging with the Presbytery Mission Planning Act, and the Land and Buildings Toolkit
1. Kirk Sessions are required to read and consider the implications of The Presbytery Mission Planning Act, the guidelines and Land and Buildings Toolkit.
2. Kirk sessions are invited to adopt the Mission Statement;
“We are servants of the living God. We proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour. We rely on the Holy Spirit as our inspiration and guide.
We want all people to come to a relationship with God, a saving knowledge of the truth, and to be Christ’s followers.
Our mission is to serve and worship God; to share the knowledge of God’s forgiveness and love; to encourage discipleship and develop faith; to show God’s love in practical action; to challenge injustice and violence; and to care for God’s creation.”
3. Kirk Sessions are required to define their mission and ministry within the missional parameters of the missional statement above as well as the Presbytery Mission Plan Act and submit their plan to Lochaber Planning Committee by November 30th 2021.
4. Kirk Sessions are required to review their buildings using the Land and buildings toolkit and submit their findings to Lochaber planning group by November 30th 2021.
National Giving Day – Ministers and other Officebearers will have received information about the National Giving Day which all congregations are encouraged to engage in to give opportunities to all in our communities to support the work of the Church.
Congregations are invited to submit costed mission plan details which may be taken into account for 2022 M&M calculations, by Monday 4th October. 2022 M&M calculations will be finalised at the Oct meeting of Presbytery. (Draft Spreadsheet Figures proposed by Finance Department have been circulated to Presbytery members)
Connie, our Presbytery Treasurer is to be thanked for all the work during the year and particularly in pulling together the annual accounts. Accounts to the year end June 2021 have now been approved, and will be forwarded to Church Offices and OSCR in due course.
Thanks to all congregational treasurers for your work. And a reminder, that, if not already submitted, accounts should be with OSCR by the end of September.
From Feb 2022 – all homes, including manses, in Scotland must be fitted with interconnected Smoke Alarm systems: see www.mygov.scot/home-fire-safety for details
Presbytery meets next on 26th October. Time and Venue to be confirmed depending on Covid restrictions.
Presbytery next meets on 7th September…. Venue and time to be confirmed (following Business Committee 26th August) but likely to be 7pm on Zoom.
Presbytery next meets on Tuesday 8th June. The time and venue is to be confirmed but is likely to be 7pm on Zoom.
Rev Anthony Jones will be installed as Moderator of the Presbytery. Congregational Members and friends wishing to attend the gathering should contact their Presbytery elder or minister for the login details.
Fuller details will be here nearer the time
General Assembly begins on Saturday 22nd May, and will be mainly online with a small core team of the top table, presenting conveners, technical and admin support. Commissioners and others participating in GA2021 will be reading reports, debating and voting, but all elders, members and friends are invited to share in General Assembly 2021.
Watch on the Live Stream
All proceedings will be live-streamed and you can watch from wherever you are. Details and the webcast link will be at 🔗 www.churchofscotland.org.uk/ga
Reports & Speeches
All 🔗 the reports and other documents are available to download. If you are looking for a good overview of what’s coming to this Assembly, you could watch the Conveners’ speeches which this year have been recorded in advance. 🔗 Videos and text transcripts are available on the web; there are also 🔗 YouTube playlists where you can watch the speeches, including 🔗 an option with BSL interpretation.
Review of the year with Rt Rev Dr Martin Fair
Before the Assembly, on Wednesday 19th at 8pm, Rt Rev Dr Martin Fair will be providing a review of the year past – this too will be 🔗 live streamed
Sunday 23rd May – Pentecost Sunday
🔗 BBC’s Reflections at the Quay will feature the Moderator, Jim Wallace, Baron of Tankerness along with sung praise items from past Assemblies.
Pray for the General Assembly
Lord of the Church, we pray for all who will engage in General Assembly as together we seek to discern your will, purposes and promises for the Church of Scotland.
Share news and views about GA2021
Feel free to share this information with others in your congregations and communities. The tag #GA2021 can be used on Twitter and Facebook to identify GA related posts
Ardgour & Kingairloch, Strontian and Morvern
- Palm Sunday, Apr 10 – 10am at Strontian Church; 12noon at Ardgour and 2pm at Kingairloch Church
- Tuesday Apr 12 – 2pm – Tuesday Afternoon Conversation on Zoom with Rev Sally Foster Fulton, head of Christian Aid Scotland. www.aksm.org.uk/fws
- Wednesday Apr 13 10pm – Wednesday Evening Prayers live on AKSMparishes FaceBook page
- Maundy Thursday, Apr 14 – 7pm at Strontian Church
- Good Friday, Apr 15 – 2.30pm at Kiel Church and 7pm at Ardgour Church
- Easter Sunday morning celebration at Sallachan Beach – 8am
- Easter Sunday Worship Video at: www.youtube.aksm.org.uk by 10am, and available to view thereafter
- Easter Sunday Communion – 10am at Kiel Church
- Easter Sunday Communion – 12noon at Ardgour Church
Acharacle and Ardnamurchan
- Easter Sunday
Fort William Kilmallie
- Maundy Thursday Communion – 12noon at Duncansburgh Church
- Good Friday – 6.30pm at Caol Church
- Early Morning Easter Service 8pm
- Easter Sunday Morning usual service times and venues
- Good Friday – 2.30pm at Kilmonivaig Church, 15th April
- Easter Sunday Communion 9.30am, 17th April
North West Lochaber
- Easter Sunday
Fort Augustus and Glengarry
- Easter Sunday
Nether Lochaber & Kinlochleven
- Easter Sunday
Glencoe St Mundas & Duror
- Easter Sunday
Video worship for Sunday 13th has been prepared by Ministers and Readers in the Presbytery and will be available to view from 8am on Sunday morning.
A text version of the Service is available to download – do share this with family, friends and neighbours who may not be able to access the internet.