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Casting our cares on Jesus

Casting our cares on Jesus

John writes: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” These are the...

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Sunday 5th July: Service led by Phil on Youtube

SUNDAY 5th July WORSHIP @ HILTON PARISH CHURCH Today's service  is on Youtube. (see link below)  It features lots of folk taking part, and Phil's theme is Jesus words in Matthew 11:2-30: "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take...

read more

A mention for Donald MacQuarrie

In the latest 'It's a Fair Question' the Moderator chats with Robert Robertson of the Scottish Folk Pop band Tide Lines. Robert, says Martin t has a grounding in Christian faith and though that’s not explicit in his lyrics, it didn’t surprise me as the music has a...

read more
This Sunday -28th June – at Hilton Church online

This Sunday -28th June – at Hilton Church online

Here (and below) are links to this morning's Livestream service, led by Duncan. The lectionary texts we ocused  on are Psalm 13 and Matthew 10 v40-42. Follow this link to read these verses. Honkey and Trek Honkey and Trek family series from Out of the Box: Episode 4 ...

read more
Anchor Food Support features in the Courier

Anchor Food Support features in the Courier

Here’s a great story from the Courier (written by Val Sweeney ) about Anchor Food Support: Furloughed chefs from Drumnadrochit put skills to use helping food project in Hilton, Inverness during coronavirus crisis Two furloughed chefs are using their culinary skills to...

read more

We will meet when the danger is over

A lovely new song for lockdownm written by John Bell of the Iona Community, shared by Audrey. Hear are the words: We Will Meet When the Danger Is Over John L Bell (C) Wild Goose Resource Group, The Iona Community We will meet when the danger is over, we will meet when...

read more

Don’t miss Rhymes Recollected on Monday 29th June at 2pm

Don't miss the last Rhymes Recollected online before the summer break. It's on Monday 29th June live on the Church Facebook page at 2pm.                                                                                                                                   ...

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Family Quiz with Eilidh, this Wednesday, 24th June

Family Quiz with Eilidh, this Wednesday, 24th June

QUIZ THIS WEDNESDAY   Announcing another exciting Hilton Church Quiz on Zoom at 7.30pm on Wednesday 24th June hosted by Eilidh MachPherson    NB this will be the second last Quiz for the moment - it  will be taking a break  for the summer holidays   Family friendly!...

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Fear not: report of this morning’s service

Fear not: report of this morning’s service

The livestream service is available here or by following the link below. Here’s the passage Duncan was speaking about, Matthew 10:24-39   Duncan pointed out the many different phrases and themes in the passage, many of which would, he said, be at least half familiar...

read more
This Sunday at Hilton Church

This Sunday at Hilton Church

SUNDAY 21st June WORSHIP @ HILTON PARISH CHURCH Please join us for a livestream service on the Church Facebook page, which will be led by the Macs at 10am on Sunday. The Bible passage for Sunday is Matthew 10:24-39 Please join us after the service on Sunday morning...

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Celtic worship version of ‘The Blessing’

Click here, or follow link below for Celtic Worship's version of The Blessing, by Christopher Joel Brown, Cody Carnes , Kari Brooke Jobe  and Steven Furtick. Celtic Worship comment: Our version of ‘The Blessing’ - sung in English and Scottish Gaelic. As with our...

read more
Helen Thompson in Hospice Charity Fundraiser

Helen Thompson in Hospice Charity Fundraiser

Helen Thomson and two friends succeeded yesterday in an amazing challenge in aid of the Highland Hospice.  Their fundraising total is almost at the £3500 mark!  Here’s what the Hospice folk wrote on their Facebook page: How amazing is this?! Young athletes from...

read more
Cala Ceilidh Band

Cala Ceilidh Band

This morning Duncan mentioned the Cala Ceilidh band, comprised of young people from Hilton Church.  Here's the link to their Facebook page where you can enjoy their musicianship - and a sample from Youtube below.

read more
Reflection from John on this morning’s sermon

Reflection from John on this morning’s sermon

One of the verses he emphasised stood out for me too when Duncan was reading this morning's passage: When [Jesus] saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.  (Matthew 9:36) It is a fitting...

read more
Sharing glimpses of the Great Love

Sharing glimpses of the Great Love

A personal view from John on spreading the love of Jesus.  This appeared in the Highland News a couple of weeks ago.   During the period between the two Christian Festivals of Ascension and Pentecost (21st-31st May) Christians around the world are taking part in...

read more
Important Update: news from Duncan and Iain

Important Update: news from Duncan and Iain

Here's a letter from Duncan MacPherson the minister, and from Iain Ross, Chair of the Congregational Board.  (A PDF of the letter is available here. Dear Friends, We are now entering the 11th week since the lockdown was announced.  It’s been a time of massive change...

read more

Rhymes Recollected – 1st June

It was the 29th Rhymes Recollected this afternoon Audrey said, and the 5th time we have delivered it on-line.  The theme was 'Summer.'  Follow the link to hear Audrey and John read poems and chat about them.  (If the link below doesn't work in your browser, click...

read more
Find out about Eco Congregation Scotland

Find out about Eco Congregation Scotland

Anne Thomas flags up the work of Eco Congregation Scotland which is a registered charity. It's  'a movement of Scottish church congregations, of all denominations and none, committed to addressing environmental issues through their life and mission.' Do explore the...

read more
Request for children’s clothes – can you help?

Request for children’s clothes – can you help?

Hilton Church Toddler Group writes: We have had a request for girl's clothes in sizes 4-5 and 5-6yrs, and boy's clothes size 2-3 years for a couple of different families in need. If any of you have anything spare and in good condition, please let me know by emailing...

read more
Seven Words…..

Seven Words…..

In this morning’s video service, Martin Fair asked ‘What is the work we are called to and that the Spirit of God will equip and enable us for?’  Some people had been requested to summarise in just seven words. Here are the phrases we saw in the video. They are all...

read more
When God breathes for us

When God breathes for us

A prayer from Shetland and a wee thought from John: I loved the encouraging service this morning, hosted by  the Moderator of the Church of Scotland, celebrating God’s gift of the Holy Spirit, and the challenge to respond to the Spirit’s call in these unprecedented...

read more
It’s Rhymes Recollected on Monday!

It’s Rhymes Recollected on Monday!

Hi everyone, It's Rhymes Recollected on Monday 1st June: Audrey and John will be reading poems chosen by you in a Livestream on the Church Facebook page! We still have some poems to read which there wasn't time for last time. Monday's theme is SUMMER - so if you have...

read more
Thy Kingdom Come app

Thy Kingdom Come app

This week is  international prayer event Thy Kingdom Come is taking place. 14 Inverness Churches are taking part locally in this event - full details are here. The Thy Kingdom Come App is available from Apple's App Store and from Google Play.

read more
Hilton to host Thy Kingdom Come Prayer event online

Hilton to host Thy Kingdom Come Prayer event online

This Saturday (30th May), Hilton church is hosting a Thy Kingdom Come prayer event. This will be suitable for all the family to join in with. This event is part of Thy Kingdom Come - Inverness It starts at 10:30 – follow this link https://youtu.be/jNdTmYj5aRs To make...

read more

Livestream Service: 24th May

Here's a link to this morning's Livestream Services  (in case the link below doesn't work in your browser.) Beloa there's a link to another version of one of the songs Pete sang this morning - All my ways are known to You. Also below are links to the two books on...

read more
Giving to Hilton Church: an update from Jane

Giving to Hilton Church: an update from Jane

If you would like to give towards the work of Hilton Parish Church, here are a few ways in which you can do it. (1) The most beneficial way of giving would be through a monthly standing order which would enable the congregation to have a regular and predictable...

read more
Book Group News from Shona

Book Group News from Shona

It was nice to have a Zoom meet lon Thursday night. Ten of us were able to join in which was great. We discussed the two books from last month. Three of us had read North Child by Edith Pattou and we all enjoyed it. It is a children’s story based on a Norwegian fable....

read more
Do you need practical help?

Do you need practical help?

Need some practical help? If you need some practical help, Hilton Church continues to offer help and support as required. Please phone 01463 233310 It’s great to see that so many community groups have formed both locally and nationally to offer support. At Hilton...

read more
Sunday Livestream service: 24th May

Sunday Livestream service: 24th May

Live stream worship @ Hilton Church We are gathering at 10am on Sunday morning for a live stream service led by The Macs. The Facebook live link will be open from around 9.50am. This is the 7th Sunday of Easter and our text will be John 17 v 1-11. The painting is by...

read more
Baby Shawls for Syria

Baby Shawls for Syria

A photo of some baby shawls/blankets made with love for Syrian refugees. The member of the congregation who made them modestly wishes to remain anonymous.

read more

Rhymes Recollected online – Monday 18th May

Here's a link to the fourth 'Rhymes Recollected on-line' which took place on the 18th led by Audrey and John. And below you can revisit the poems we read!   Jabberwocky By Lewis Carroll ’Twas brillig, and the slithy toves Did gyre and gimble in the wabe: All...

read more
Ian Whyte’s ‘Portraits for NHS heroes’

Ian Whyte’s ‘Portraits for NHS heroes’

At the service this morning, Duncan mentioned that Ian Whyte is one of 500 artists across the country taking part in 'Portraits for NHS heroes' (#portraitsfornhsheroes)  painting portraits of NHS staff as a means of encouraging them, and saying 'Thank you.'  Here are...

read more
Phil Gunn’s story

Phil Gunn’s story

Here's a piece about Phil's story which was published on the blog last August.  Yesterday we heard about Phil's successful conclusion of his preparation for the ministry. Congratulations Phil, and our love to you all. “What made you want to become a minister?’ Phil...

read more
Congratulations, Phil!

Congratulations, Phil!

Great news from Phil Gunn (posted yesterday on his Facebook page and copied with his permission.) Congratulations, virtual hugs, and our prayers for the future! So today, sees me taking the next steps of a long journey. Back in 2014, I began to explore my sense of...

read more
Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places

Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places

Here's the book by Eugene Peterson which Duncan recommended this morning. The title comes from Gerard Manley Hopkins' wonderful poem As Kingfishers Catch Fire   As kingfishers catch fire, dragonflies draw flame; As tumbled over rim in roundy wells Stones ring;...

read more
Christian Aid needs your help more than ever

Christian Aid needs your help more than ever

The annual Christian Aid week runs from 10th-16th May. You can find out here about all the work Christian Aid undertakes in 37 countries. The local Christian Aid Committee normally runs lots of fund-raising events, such as coffee mornings and door-to-door collections...

read more
Hilton Family Support during the Lockdown

Hilton Family Support during the Lockdown

Hilton Family Support during the Coronavirus Lockdown Most of us are familiar with Simeon Ewing’s pre-coronavirus work at Hilton Family Support: running a Toddler Group and Parent Support Group, managing the Mentoring project which gives support to vulnerable children...

read more
Sunday on-line service:  3rd May

Sunday on-line service: 3rd May

Please note that this Sunday there will not be a Livestream on Facebook.  That will return next Sunday with Duncan.  On-line Service Instead, there will be a pre-recorded service on YouTube: Phil will be sharing a message, and Chris and Elaine Watt will be leading...

read more
Choose a poem for Monday’s Rhymes Recollected

Choose a poem for Monday’s Rhymes Recollected

A call out for poems! Hi folks! Time for another Rhymes Recollected on Monday, 4th May, when the theme is (rather ironically at present!) Travel/Journeys - which of course includes inner journeys, and spiritual journeys. Please choose a poem or two on this theme - or...

read more
Professor Jason Leitch: man of faith

Professor Jason Leitch: man of faith

Professor Jason Leitch: man of faith On 23rd March, the day the current lockdown was announced, Professor Jason Leitch, the Scottish Government’s National Clinical Director recorded a short video message for the Church of Scotland, advising churches on how they should...

read more
Spring’s challenge: thoughts from David Budge

Spring’s challenge: thoughts from David Budge

David wrote this while reflecting in his garden: Sitting in the garden uplifted by the sound of birds’ song. The trees are green and speak of summer, of life renewed: this is nature in all its glory. The sun shines through leaves and there is a peace, a calmness, a...

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4th week in Lockdown: a poem by Margaret Johnston

4th week in Lockdown: a poem by Margaret Johnston

Here's a new poem by Margaret Johnston, which she wrote for yesterday's  Rhymes Recollected: I'm glad the lock-down's not affecting me,my life's going on as my life has beenI'm dusting the floors and hoovering the walland answering the door every telephone call.I'm so...

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Phil’s weekly creative challenge…..

Phil’s weekly creative challenge…..

Last week we introduced the idea of a weekly challenge to get creative with the Scripture passage for Sunday. We would like challenge you again this week to have a good at being creative and using your gifts to express the passage. You could think about what it means...

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The Promise is not Vain

The Promise is not Vain

This morning in the Livestream Peter sang 'Oh love that will not let me go' One or two of the comments referred to these words from the hymn:  'The promise is not vain.' I remembered an earlier occasion when we sang that hymn at Hilton, back in 2013. Here's what I...

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Giving to Hilton Church

Giving to Hilton Church

Over the last 4 weeks we have been unable to worship within the Church building on a Sunday. One of the implications of that change is that we have lost 40% of our monthly giving, which normally comes through the Offering Plate. It’s clear that as a congregation we...

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The Gunns get creative……

The Gunns get creative……

Phil writes: Earlier this week sent out a challenge for us all to get creative with the Gospel reading for Sunday morning which was John 20:19-31. Above is the Gunn families effort of being creative with it. Please feel free to have a go yourself and share your...

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Books of the Bible Quiz

Books of the Bible Quiz

Phil shares this, from the Bridge of Allan Church Facebook page: How many names of books of the Bible can you find hidden in this text? Please comment as many as you can, and make a note of them as we will be posting the solution in the comments in a few days time....

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Livestream tomorrow at 10am

Livestream tomorrow at 10am

WORSHIP @ HILTON PARISH CHURCH We invite you to join us for a time of worship on Sunday morning at 10am through the FaceTime link on Hilton Parish Church’s facebook page. The text for Sunday morning is John 20 v19-31.

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Life and Work May issue – free to download

Life and Work May issue – free to download

Message from the Church of Scotland's  Life and Work team: During this challenging period, Life and Work is committed to helping keep our Christian community connected and so we have made the May 2020 issue available on our website. This can be accessed by clicking...

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Pray for the Yemen: humanitarian crisis

Pray for the Yemen: humanitarian crisis

Phil writes: Please pray for Yemen. The first case of coronavirus has sadly been reported there. The country is also facing the world's largest humanitarian crisis – 24 million people are struggling to survive as the country is on the brink of famine. Many do not have...

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More creativity

More creativity

Shona and the members of her Craft Group have been keeping busy! Here are some of the photos they've shared over the last few days! John says: 'And here was me thinking tie-dying was a way of giving a new lease of life to your neck-wear!'  

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Grace Naulls shares spring gratitude…..

Grace Naulls shares spring gratitude…..

Grace Naulls shares this lovely, lovely piece of her writing for me to read at Monday's Rhymes Recollected on-line. Just wanted to give you a wee preview here: Standing inside, looking out-my soul stirs at the signs of new life- Since autumn the garden has appeared...

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Casting our cares on Jesus

Casting our cares on Jesus

John writes: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” These are the...

read more

Sunday 5th July: Service led by Phil on Youtube

SUNDAY 5th July WORSHIP @ HILTON PARISH CHURCH Today's service  is on Youtube. (see link below)  It features lots of folk taking part, and Phil's theme is Jesus words in Matthew 11:2-30: "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take...

read more

A mention for Donald MacQuarrie

In the latest 'It's a Fair Question' the Moderator chats with Robert Robertson of the Scottish Folk Pop band Tide Lines. Robert, says Martin t has a grounding in Christian faith and though that’s not explicit in his lyrics, it didn’t surprise me as the music has a...

read more
This Sunday -28th June – at Hilton Church online

This Sunday -28th June – at Hilton Church online

Here (and below) are links to this morning's Livestream service, led by Duncan. The lectionary texts we ocused  on are Psalm 13 and Matthew 10 v40-42. Follow this link to read these verses. Honkey and Trek Honkey and Trek family series from Out of the Box: Episode 4 ...

read more
Anchor Food Support features in the Courier

Anchor Food Support features in the Courier

Here’s a great story from the Courier (written by Val Sweeney ) about Anchor Food Support: Furloughed chefs from Drumnadrochit put skills to use helping food project in Hilton, Inverness during coronavirus crisis Two furloughed chefs are using their culinary skills to...

read more

We will meet when the danger is over

A lovely new song for lockdownm written by John Bell of the Iona Community, shared by Audrey. Hear are the words: We Will Meet When the Danger Is Over John L Bell (C) Wild Goose Resource Group, The Iona Community We will meet when the danger is over, we will meet when...

read more

Don’t miss Rhymes Recollected on Monday 29th June at 2pm

Don't miss the last Rhymes Recollected online before the summer break. It's on Monday 29th June live on the Church Facebook page at 2pm.                                                                                                                                   ...

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Family Quiz with Eilidh, this Wednesday, 24th June

Family Quiz with Eilidh, this Wednesday, 24th June

QUIZ THIS WEDNESDAY   Announcing another exciting Hilton Church Quiz on Zoom at 7.30pm on Wednesday 24th June hosted by Eilidh MachPherson    NB this will be the second last Quiz for the moment - it  will be taking a break  for the summer holidays   Family friendly!...

read more
Fear not: report of this morning’s service

Fear not: report of this morning’s service

The livestream service is available here or by following the link below. Here’s the passage Duncan was speaking about, Matthew 10:24-39   Duncan pointed out the many different phrases and themes in the passage, many of which would, he said, be at least half familiar...

read more
This Sunday at Hilton Church

This Sunday at Hilton Church

SUNDAY 21st June WORSHIP @ HILTON PARISH CHURCH Please join us for a livestream service on the Church Facebook page, which will be led by the Macs at 10am on Sunday. The Bible passage for Sunday is Matthew 10:24-39 Please join us after the service on Sunday morning...

read more

Celtic worship version of ‘The Blessing’

Click here, or follow link below for Celtic Worship's version of The Blessing, by Christopher Joel Brown, Cody Carnes , Kari Brooke Jobe  and Steven Furtick. Celtic Worship comment: Our version of ‘The Blessing’ - sung in English and Scottish Gaelic. As with our...

read more
Helen Thompson in Hospice Charity Fundraiser

Helen Thompson in Hospice Charity Fundraiser

Helen Thomson and two friends succeeded yesterday in an amazing challenge in aid of the Highland Hospice.  Their fundraising total is almost at the £3500 mark!  Here’s what the Hospice folk wrote on their Facebook page: How amazing is this?! Young athletes from...

read more
Cala Ceilidh Band

Cala Ceilidh Band

This morning Duncan mentioned the Cala Ceilidh band, comprised of young people from Hilton Church.  Here's the link to their Facebook page where you can enjoy their musicianship - and a sample from Youtube below.

read more
Reflection from John on this morning’s sermon

Reflection from John on this morning’s sermon

One of the verses he emphasised stood out for me too when Duncan was reading this morning's passage: When [Jesus] saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.  (Matthew 9:36) It is a fitting...

read more
Sharing glimpses of the Great Love

Sharing glimpses of the Great Love

A personal view from John on spreading the love of Jesus.  This appeared in the Highland News a couple of weeks ago.   During the period between the two Christian Festivals of Ascension and Pentecost (21st-31st May) Christians around the world are taking part in...

read more
Important Update: news from Duncan and Iain

Important Update: news from Duncan and Iain

Here's a letter from Duncan MacPherson the minister, and from Iain Ross, Chair of the Congregational Board.  (A PDF of the letter is available here. Dear Friends, We are now entering the 11th week since the lockdown was announced.  It’s been a time of massive change...

read more

Rhymes Recollected – 1st June

It was the 29th Rhymes Recollected this afternoon Audrey said, and the 5th time we have delivered it on-line.  The theme was 'Summer.'  Follow the link to hear Audrey and John read poems and chat about them.  (If the link below doesn't work in your browser, click...

read more
Find out about Eco Congregation Scotland

Find out about Eco Congregation Scotland

Anne Thomas flags up the work of Eco Congregation Scotland which is a registered charity. It's  'a movement of Scottish church congregations, of all denominations and none, committed to addressing environmental issues through their life and mission.' Do explore the...

read more
Request for children’s clothes – can you help?

Request for children’s clothes – can you help?

Hilton Church Toddler Group writes: We have had a request for girl's clothes in sizes 4-5 and 5-6yrs, and boy's clothes size 2-3 years for a couple of different families in need. If any of you have anything spare and in good condition, please let me know by emailing...

read more
Seven Words…..

Seven Words…..

In this morning’s video service, Martin Fair asked ‘What is the work we are called to and that the Spirit of God will equip and enable us for?’  Some people had been requested to summarise in just seven words. Here are the phrases we saw in the video. They are all...

read more
When God breathes for us

When God breathes for us

A prayer from Shetland and a wee thought from John: I loved the encouraging service this morning, hosted by  the Moderator of the Church of Scotland, celebrating God’s gift of the Holy Spirit, and the challenge to respond to the Spirit’s call in these unprecedented...

read more
It’s Rhymes Recollected on Monday!

It’s Rhymes Recollected on Monday!

Hi everyone, It's Rhymes Recollected on Monday 1st June: Audrey and John will be reading poems chosen by you in a Livestream on the Church Facebook page! We still have some poems to read which there wasn't time for last time. Monday's theme is SUMMER - so if you have...

read more
Thy Kingdom Come app

Thy Kingdom Come app

This week is  international prayer event Thy Kingdom Come is taking place. 14 Inverness Churches are taking part locally in this event - full details are here. The Thy Kingdom Come App is available from Apple's App Store and from Google Play.

read more
Hilton to host Thy Kingdom Come Prayer event online

Hilton to host Thy Kingdom Come Prayer event online

This Saturday (30th May), Hilton church is hosting a Thy Kingdom Come prayer event. This will be suitable for all the family to join in with. This event is part of Thy Kingdom Come - Inverness It starts at 10:30 – follow this link https://youtu.be/jNdTmYj5aRs To make...

read more

Livestream Service: 24th May

Here's a link to this morning's Livestream Services  (in case the link below doesn't work in your browser.) Beloa there's a link to another version of one of the songs Pete sang this morning - All my ways are known to You. Also below are links to the two books on...

read more
Giving to Hilton Church: an update from Jane

Giving to Hilton Church: an update from Jane

If you would like to give towards the work of Hilton Parish Church, here are a few ways in which you can do it. (1) The most beneficial way of giving would be through a monthly standing order which would enable the congregation to have a regular and predictable...

read more
Book Group News from Shona

Book Group News from Shona

It was nice to have a Zoom meet lon Thursday night. Ten of us were able to join in which was great. We discussed the two books from last month. Three of us had read North Child by Edith Pattou and we all enjoyed it. It is a children’s story based on a Norwegian fable....

read more
Do you need practical help?

Do you need practical help?

Need some practical help? If you need some practical help, Hilton Church continues to offer help and support as required. Please phone 01463 233310 It’s great to see that so many community groups have formed both locally and nationally to offer support. At Hilton...

read more
Sunday Livestream service: 24th May

Sunday Livestream service: 24th May

Live stream worship @ Hilton Church We are gathering at 10am on Sunday morning for a live stream service led by The Macs. The Facebook live link will be open from around 9.50am. This is the 7th Sunday of Easter and our text will be John 17 v 1-11. The painting is by...

read more
Baby Shawls for Syria

Baby Shawls for Syria

A photo of some baby shawls/blankets made with love for Syrian refugees. The member of the congregation who made them modestly wishes to remain anonymous.

read more

Rhymes Recollected online – Monday 18th May

Here's a link to the fourth 'Rhymes Recollected on-line' which took place on the 18th led by Audrey and John. And below you can revisit the poems we read!   Jabberwocky By Lewis Carroll ’Twas brillig, and the slithy toves Did gyre and gimble in the wabe: All...

read more
Ian Whyte’s ‘Portraits for NHS heroes’

Ian Whyte’s ‘Portraits for NHS heroes’

At the service this morning, Duncan mentioned that Ian Whyte is one of 500 artists across the country taking part in 'Portraits for NHS heroes' (#portraitsfornhsheroes)  painting portraits of NHS staff as a means of encouraging them, and saying 'Thank you.'  Here are...

read more
Phil Gunn’s story

Phil Gunn’s story

Here's a piece about Phil's story which was published on the blog last August.  Yesterday we heard about Phil's successful conclusion of his preparation for the ministry. Congratulations Phil, and our love to you all. “What made you want to become a minister?’ Phil...

read more
Congratulations, Phil!

Congratulations, Phil!

Great news from Phil Gunn (posted yesterday on his Facebook page and copied with his permission.) Congratulations, virtual hugs, and our prayers for the future! So today, sees me taking the next steps of a long journey. Back in 2014, I began to explore my sense of...

read more
Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places

Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places

Here's the book by Eugene Peterson which Duncan recommended this morning. The title comes from Gerard Manley Hopkins' wonderful poem As Kingfishers Catch Fire   As kingfishers catch fire, dragonflies draw flame; As tumbled over rim in roundy wells Stones ring;...

read more
Christian Aid needs your help more than ever

Christian Aid needs your help more than ever

The annual Christian Aid week runs from 10th-16th May. You can find out here about all the work Christian Aid undertakes in 37 countries. The local Christian Aid Committee normally runs lots of fund-raising events, such as coffee mornings and door-to-door collections...

read more
Hilton Family Support during the Lockdown

Hilton Family Support during the Lockdown

Hilton Family Support during the Coronavirus Lockdown Most of us are familiar with Simeon Ewing’s pre-coronavirus work at Hilton Family Support: running a Toddler Group and Parent Support Group, managing the Mentoring project which gives support to vulnerable children...

read more
Sunday on-line service:  3rd May

Sunday on-line service: 3rd May

Please note that this Sunday there will not be a Livestream on Facebook.  That will return next Sunday with Duncan.  On-line Service Instead, there will be a pre-recorded service on YouTube: Phil will be sharing a message, and Chris and Elaine Watt will be leading...

read more
Choose a poem for Monday’s Rhymes Recollected

Choose a poem for Monday’s Rhymes Recollected

A call out for poems! Hi folks! Time for another Rhymes Recollected on Monday, 4th May, when the theme is (rather ironically at present!) Travel/Journeys - which of course includes inner journeys, and spiritual journeys. Please choose a poem or two on this theme - or...

read more
Professor Jason Leitch: man of faith

Professor Jason Leitch: man of faith

Professor Jason Leitch: man of faith On 23rd March, the day the current lockdown was announced, Professor Jason Leitch, the Scottish Government’s National Clinical Director recorded a short video message for the Church of Scotland, advising churches on how they should...

read more
Spring’s challenge: thoughts from David Budge

Spring’s challenge: thoughts from David Budge

David wrote this while reflecting in his garden: Sitting in the garden uplifted by the sound of birds’ song. The trees are green and speak of summer, of life renewed: this is nature in all its glory. The sun shines through leaves and there is a peace, a calmness, a...

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4th week in Lockdown: a poem by Margaret Johnston

4th week in Lockdown: a poem by Margaret Johnston

Here's a new poem by Margaret Johnston, which she wrote for yesterday's  Rhymes Recollected: I'm glad the lock-down's not affecting me,my life's going on as my life has beenI'm dusting the floors and hoovering the walland answering the door every telephone call.I'm so...

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Phil’s weekly creative challenge…..

Phil’s weekly creative challenge…..

Last week we introduced the idea of a weekly challenge to get creative with the Scripture passage for Sunday. We would like challenge you again this week to have a good at being creative and using your gifts to express the passage. You could think about what it means...

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The Promise is not Vain

The Promise is not Vain

This morning in the Livestream Peter sang 'Oh love that will not let me go' One or two of the comments referred to these words from the hymn:  'The promise is not vain.' I remembered an earlier occasion when we sang that hymn at Hilton, back in 2013. Here's what I...

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Giving to Hilton Church

Giving to Hilton Church

Over the last 4 weeks we have been unable to worship within the Church building on a Sunday. One of the implications of that change is that we have lost 40% of our monthly giving, which normally comes through the Offering Plate. It’s clear that as a congregation we...

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The Gunns get creative……

The Gunns get creative……

Phil writes: Earlier this week sent out a challenge for us all to get creative with the Gospel reading for Sunday morning which was John 20:19-31. Above is the Gunn families effort of being creative with it. Please feel free to have a go yourself and share your...

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Books of the Bible Quiz

Books of the Bible Quiz

Phil shares this, from the Bridge of Allan Church Facebook page: How many names of books of the Bible can you find hidden in this text? Please comment as many as you can, and make a note of them as we will be posting the solution in the comments in a few days time....

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Livestream tomorrow at 10am

Livestream tomorrow at 10am

WORSHIP @ HILTON PARISH CHURCH We invite you to join us for a time of worship on Sunday morning at 10am through the FaceTime link on Hilton Parish Church’s facebook page. The text for Sunday morning is John 20 v19-31.

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Life and Work May issue – free to download

Life and Work May issue – free to download

Message from the Church of Scotland's  Life and Work team: During this challenging period, Life and Work is committed to helping keep our Christian community connected and so we have made the May 2020 issue available on our website. This can be accessed by clicking...

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Pray for the Yemen: humanitarian crisis

Pray for the Yemen: humanitarian crisis

Phil writes: Please pray for Yemen. The first case of coronavirus has sadly been reported there. The country is also facing the world's largest humanitarian crisis – 24 million people are struggling to survive as the country is on the brink of famine. Many do not have...

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More creativity

More creativity

Shona and the members of her Craft Group have been keeping busy! Here are some of the photos they've shared over the last few days! John says: 'And here was me thinking tie-dying was a way of giving a new lease of life to your neck-wear!'  

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Grace Naulls shares spring gratitude…..

Grace Naulls shares spring gratitude…..

Grace Naulls shares this lovely, lovely piece of her writing for me to read at Monday's Rhymes Recollected on-line. Just wanted to give you a wee preview here: Standing inside, looking out-my soul stirs at the signs of new life- Since autumn the garden has appeared...

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Casting our cares on Jesus

Casting our cares on Jesus

John writes: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” These are the...

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Sunday 5th July: Service led by Phil on Youtube

SUNDAY 5th July WORSHIP @ HILTON PARISH CHURCH Today's service  is on Youtube. (see link below)  It features lots of folk taking part, and Phil's theme is Jesus words in Matthew 11:2-30: "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take...

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A mention for Donald MacQuarrie

In the latest 'It's a Fair Question' the Moderator chats with Robert Robertson of the Scottish Folk Pop band Tide Lines. Robert, says Martin t has a grounding in Christian faith and though that’s not explicit in his lyrics, it didn’t surprise me as the music has a...

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This Sunday -28th June – at Hilton Church online

This Sunday -28th June – at Hilton Church online

Here (and below) are links to this morning's Livestream service, led by Duncan. The lectionary texts we ocused  on are Psalm 13 and Matthew 10 v40-42. Follow this link to read these verses. Honkey and Trek Honkey and Trek family series from Out of the Box: Episode 4 ...

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