Monthly Archives: August 2014

Listening to God

(A report of this morning's sermon with a wee reflection from John Dempster) I loved Duncan’s sermon this morning. It drew lessons from an old story – that of God calling Moses in Exodus 3 (1-17) – which are relevant for each of us today and tomorrow. Duncan began by mentioning last Sunday’s Youth Service, when young people spoke about their summer activities – at Soul Survivor and in Romania – and the fresh encounters with God which

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Iraq Crisis Appeal

There will be a retiring offering this Sunday (31st August) in support of the crisis in Iraq.  The offering will be directed through Christian Aid who have long-term partners in Iraq.  These partners who have already been responding to the ongoing displacement of communities, have also begun to provide vital humanitarian relief to communities displaced in recent weeks. More information can be found on the Christian Aid website.

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Highland Foodbank – Harvest 2014

We have received a letter from Lorna Dempster with a request that members of Hilton Church, if able to, could participate in their Harvest 2014 campaign by providing donations of, tinned mince/stew, tinned potatoes, packets of oatcakes, sugar.  Donations can be left in the box in the front entrance area. Lorna reports that between June 1st and May 31st 2103/14 the Inverness Foodbank help 2476 people which was an increase of 27.2% from the previous

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Keeping J. K Rowling right…..
Book Group

News from the Book Group from Shona We had a lovely evening at Christines. The Cuckoo's Calling received a healthy 4 out of 5, although it was noted that J.K. Rowling needed to brush up on her knowledge of prosthetics!! Not many people had read Sisters of Sinai but those that had said it was interesting but a bit heavy! This month we are reading "Custard Tarts and Broken Hearts by Mary Gibson and/or The Sweetness at the bottom of the pie by Alan

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Let’s read the New Testament together in one year

Starting on Monday, the young people connected with Hilton Youth Project are planning to read the whole of the New Testament in one year by working through a few verses each day.. In this video, Jonathan explores the thinking behind this, convinces us of the benefits of taking part, and tells where, from Monday, we can find the day's passage, and a video or some comments on it - on the Hilton Youth Project web-site and Facebook page. Are we up for

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A climb for Kevin

Don't forget that the McPhee family's 'Climb for Kevin' is taking place this Saturday.If you haven't already done so, please consider donating to the Highland Hospice Project Build Appeal in honour of Kevin. Here again are the details of the climb: Philip Noble announced at the service on 4th May  that Dorcas is organising a McPhee family climb up Ben Nevis on 30th August this year. It'll be a 'climb for Kevin', in memory of Kevin McPhee who passed

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‘Soul Survivor was the best experience of my life’

Following on from Sunday's posts, here's the very moving testimony from Adam Blaikie about his time at this summer's Soul Survivor event in Aberdeenshire. Adam was unable to be at church on Sunday, but he recorded this and we listened it in the course of the service. Adam speaks with grace and humilty about and unexpected, and life-transforming encounter with God, and pays tribute to those, including our Youth Minister Jonathan Fraser who in their

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Young people’s summer experiences

A report on what we heard from the young people at the service this morning, and a very personal reflection by a 62-year-old! This morning we heard from some young people who had attended this summer’s Scottish Soul Survivor – the first time there has been a separate Scottish event. It’s a laid-back, but challenging Christian conference for young people. We also heard from some young people who had been helping at a camp in Romania for underprivileged

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Family and freedom
Family and freedom

We are deeply blessed as a church in having, in Duncan and Jonathan men who can preach powerfully into our lives as individuals and as a church. This morning was the annual service focussing on Jonathan’s youth ministry as part of the Hilton Youth project. We heard from the young people who attended Soul Survivor this summer, and from those who accompanied by Jonathan and other went to Romania a few weeks ago to help in a camp run by Carpathian

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Church of Scotland to hold ambitious referendum event in September

On Wednesday, 3rd September at 7pm in Crown Church.  The Very Rev John Chalmers, Moderator of the General Assembly, will host 'A Respectful Dialogue' on the topic of Scotland's forthcoming referendum on independence. Finance Secretary John Swinney MSP and the Advocate General for Scotland, Rt Hon Lord Wallace of Tankerness QC, will participate in the dialogue taking place in St George's Tron Church in Glasgow, which will be 'live streamed' over

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