Monthly Archives: May 2016

Hilton Primary School Fete

Saturday, 11th June. Help raise funds to buy a new reading scheme for the school!  Jonathan, Simeon and Fiona are running the Tea and Coffee Stall. Please help them by handing in donations of cakes either to the Church Office or the School Office on 10th June

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Hilton ‘High 5′ Holiday Club – Monday 6th June

Looking for something for primary aged children to do on the in-service day on Monday 6th June? Bring them along for a one day holiday club with Out of the Box from 10-12 here in the church. Leaflets and registration forms are available at Sunday Club and at the front door.  It's going to be loads of fun! There's a PDF of the form here.

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House Group Questions on 2 Corinthians 2:1-11

As always, please just select those questions which you feel are appropriate for my group. Here’s a summary of how Jonathan described the background to this passage in his sermon: Paul had founded the church in Corinth, a vibrant Roman colony in Greece, where he remained for eighteen months.  He wrote the letter of 1st Corinthians to them, and then visited them subsequently. During that visit, someone treated Paul badly – we don’t know the

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Love, sin and discipline

Thoughts from John on Jonathan's sermon on 2 Coringthians 2:1-11 A difficult sermon for Jonathan to preach this morning. I loved his sincere commitment to sharing St Paul’s message, and his gentle pastoral heart, as he took care to make sure that we were all aware that forgiveness and grace is available to us in Christ, regardless of what we may have done. Most of us are not involved in any formal pastoral role in the church, but we do have a responsibility

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Loving Christian Discipline: Jonathan’s sermon on 2 Corinthians 2:1-11

Jonathan had a challenging passage to speak on this morning 2 Corinthians 2:1-11. He began with a story of the time he’d been at a church in Camden, New Jersey as part of his youth ministry class in 2008 at as service aimed at young people. The pastor announced that in the past week two teenage girls who were part of the church’s youth ministry and were present that evening had posted explicit photos of themselves on Facebook. This would not

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A hidden plague: one man’s experience
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Two years ago, Black Isle-born teacher John Mackay went with friends on holiday to Spain; he returned home and went straight back to his work as a PE teacher at Kingussie High School. Unknown to him, two viruses were silently at work in him, conspiring to bring his body down. Suddenly, he found himself floored by the debilitating condition which is still affecting him. John is a victim of the much-misunderstood condition ME (Myalgic Encephalopathy),

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Bible passage for tomorrow’s service: 2 Corinthians 2:1-10

2 Corinthians 2:1-10 So I made up my mind that I would not make another painful visit to you. For if I grieve you, who is left to make me glad but you whom I have grieved? I wrote as I did, so that when I came I would not be distressed by those who should have made me rejoice. I had confidence in all of you, that you would all share my joy.For I wrote to you out of great distress and anguish of heart and with many tears, not to grieve you but to

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Our wounds are God’s hiding place and hold our greatest gifts

Reflecting on Duncan's sermon yesterday on the question of suffering, I came across this in Richard Rohr's daily meditation: All great spirituality is about what we do with our pain. ..... By trying to handle all suffering through willpower, denial, medication, or even therapy, we have forgotten something that should be obvious: we do not handle suffering; suffering handles us in deep and mysterious ways that ironically become the very matrix of

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House Group Questions on 2 Corinthians 1:1-11

In the light of the challenge in Duncan’s sermon, I think the most profitable thing to do in the group this week is to share your own stories, if you are comfortable doing this, of encountering God in difficult times. But here are some questions to get you started! Read verse 1, and the note below. How do you react when you realise that all Christians in the New Testament were referred to by St Paul as ‘saints’? What do you think will be the

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The big picture – and the close-up lens!

You may have noticed that the pictures of this morning’s worship group which I posted on Facebook  didn’t include one of all four musicians.   There’s a reason for that! It was my birthday on Thursday (oh, OK, I turned 64!) and Lorna gave me a close up lens for the camera.  It’s brilliant for close-up detailed shots, but I still need the other lens for wider, more inclusive pictures. I just had the new lens at church this morning to see

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