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Sunday Service: 23rd January 2022

Sunday Service: 23rd January 2022

A worship service will be held at 10am on Sunday 23rd January in the church building. No need to book – you can just turn up.   The service will be simultaneously broadcast on the Church Facebook page. The readings for Sunday are: Nehemiah 8:1-10      Psalm 19    1...

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Sadness in winter

Sadness in winter

John writes: 'Here's my Christian Viewpoint' piece from last week's Highland News.  I thought it might be helpful to share it here.' For those of us who journey with anxiety and depression, the dark days of the year’s turning are hard. For me, they are invariably days...

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Sunday Service – 16th January 2022

Sunday Service – 16th January 2022

A worship service was held at 10am on Sunday, 16th January in the church building.  It was livestreamed on the Church Facebook page. You can catch up here, or by following the link below. The readings for Sunday are: Isaiah 62:1-5    Psalm 36:5-10    1 Corinthians...

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Rhymes Recollected – on-line on 17th January

Rhymes Recollected – on-line on 17th January

Rhymes Recollected Please note that because of current concerns over the Omicron COVID variant,  Rhymes Recollected at 2.00pm on Monday 17th January was  an on-line presentation on the Church Facebook page from Audrey and John. The theme was 'Scottish - with a nod to...

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Thank you, Hamish!

Thank you, Hamish!

This morning on behalf of the Board and the Church Iain Ross thanked Hamish for his work as Church Officer over the last eight years, and for his work on the sound desk for many years. Iain also made a presentation to Hamish on behalf of the Church in gratitude for...

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Sunday 9th January 2022

Sunday 9th January 2022

A worship service was be held at 10am on Sunday 9th January in the church building.   The service was simultaneously broadcast on the Church Facebook page.  You can catch up here, or by following the link below. The readings for Sunday were: Isaiah 43:1-7       Psalm...

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Sunday Service:  Sunday, January 2nd 2022

Sunday Service: Sunday, January 2nd 2022

A worship service was held at 10am on Sunday 2nd January in the church building. The service was livestreaed:  you can catch up on the Church Facebook page or by following the links below. (Please note that the livestream crashed midway, and a new livestream begun, so...

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More about CAP – from Hannah

More about CAP – from Hannah

A couple of Sundays ago, Hannah Whillis talked to Duncan during the service about her current work with Christians Against Poverty (CAP) at their Bradford HQ. She explained how CAP works by putting people who are struggling with debt issues in touch with a local CAP...

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Long-awaited Jesus

Long-awaited Jesus

Loved these pictures of the Church before the midnight service on Friday! The chairs laid out, the lights lit dimply, four candles are kindled, the crib stands ready by the Christmas Tree. And in the final picture, the band sings, the Christ Candle burns bright. A...

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Sunday Service: 26th December 2021

Sunday Service: 26th December 2021

On Sunday 26th there was a service on the Church Facebook page at 10.00am (but no service in the church.)  You can catch up by clicking here, or following the link below. The readings for Sunday were: Lectionary passages for Sunday: 1 Samuel 2:18-20, 26    Psalm...

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A Christmas Letter from Duncan

A Christmas Letter from Duncan

Here's Duncan's Christmas letter to the Church. To read it click here, or see below. Dear Friends, I am writing these words on the shortest day, with only 4 “sleeps” remaining until Christmas. The Omicron variant has suddenly made life significantly more complicated,...

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Hilton Church – a little piece of history

Hilton Church – a little piece of history

We had a request for some nformation about the history of Hilton Church, so I thought I'd re-publish this article from 2018 about the early story of the Church. (John) The Hilton Church story I’ve been reading reports in the Inverness Courier and the Highland News...

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Support Hannah Whillis’s work with CAP….

Support Hannah Whillis’s work with CAP….

You may have read yesterday's posts about Hannah Whillis's work with Christians Against Poverty. CAP is a charity, dependent on the generosity of donors. You can help support CAP by making a gift specifically to support Hannah's work during her time with CAP. Here's...

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Sunday Service – 19th December

Sunday Service – 19th December

4th Sunday in Advent A family service was held at 10am on Sunday, 19th December in the church building.   The Sunday Club children  re-enacted the Christmas story. The Youth Group gave the perspectives of the different people involved in the events surrounding the...

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Book Group Report from Shona

Book Group Report from Shona

Book Group Report from Shona Eleven of us managed to meet last Thursday (9th December), nine in person in the Lighthouse and two on Zoom. We swapped our Secret Santa books and enjoyed the lovely goodie bags Andrea made up plus the delicious home baking left by Hannah...

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Brené  Brown on the Joyful Life

Brené Brown on the Joyful Life

Duncan writes: The challenge of Sunday is that you can’t say it all in the short time allocated. Here’s something that I can’t say but think is worth highlighting in the context of JOY  

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Sunday Service: 12th December 2021

Sunday Service: 12th December 2021

A worship service was held at 10am on Sunday, 12th December in the church building. The service will be simultaneously broadcast on the Church Facebook page.  You can catch up here, or by following the link below. This Sunday in Advent, the focus is on ‘joy’.  On a...

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Rhymes Recollected: Celebration – 13th December

Rhymes Recollected: Celebration – 13th December

It’s Rhymes Recollected on Monday 13th December, from 2pm – 3pm in the Small Hall. The theme this time is 'Celebration.' You’re welcome to join us as we share poems new and old about Christmas, or any other kind of celebration – and you’re welcome to bring along work...

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Light of the World

Light of the World

Here's John's Christian Viewpoint column, originally published in Thursday's Highland News. ‘Light in the darkness.’  This is the theme the Church of Scotland is emphasising during Advent, when as Christians we remind ourselves of our need for God, and of how that...

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Sunday worship: 5th December 2021

Sunday worship: 5th December 2021

A worship service was held at 10am on Sunday 5th December in the church building.  The service was simultaneously broadcast on the Church Facebook page and you can catch up here. It was a lovely, encouraging service, John writes. We heard a video from Matthias and...

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‘Growing my faith in the face of death’

‘Growing my faith in the face of death’

Duncan shares this link: In 'Growing my faith in the face of death' American pastor and author Timothy Keller describes his reaction to a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer - first his denial, then his acceptance of his mortality, and then a resolve to test his faith to...

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Happy first birthday, Anchor Cafe!

Happy first birthday, Anchor Cafe!

Duncan writes: Congratulations to Jo & Hannah on the first anniversary of the Anchor Cafe. Lovely to see it so busy this morning 😀 Jo and Hannah write: Well Folks, that's it! We've made it to being open (apart from the few months of enforced take-away only) for a...

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Advent reflection….

Advent reflection….

Duncan shares a reflective image from tonight's Advent Gathering at the Church. Each person attending had three stones to bring to the light, symbolic of laying down our burdens.

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Two true stories from Street Pastors Inverness

Two true stories from Street Pastors Inverness

Two true stories from Street Pastors Inverness, (From Here to Serve 48) Two stories of God on our streets from our local Street Pastors One’s self denial stops another’s self-harm A man, sitting in his home overlooking the street, with a history of self-harming was...

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Advent Zoom with Matthias and Sabine

Advent Zoom with Matthias and Sabine

Duncan writes about yesterday's Advent Zoom: We had a really fantastic zoom gathering with Matthias and Sabine joining us from the Democratic Republic of the Congo Despite the fact I know it’s 2021, there was something quite surreal about being able share visually...

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Fairtrade ‘Giving Tuesday’ appeal

Fairtrade ‘Giving Tuesday’ appeal

Tuesday 30th is 'Giving Tuesday' Here's an appeal from Fairtrade which Audrey Whyte shares with us. Audrey writes Hilton members were an enthusiastic, generous, regular supporters of the Fairtrade stall I ran for years with teen scene/ nightlife over many years.'

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Sunday Service:  28th November 2021

Sunday Service: 28th November 2021

First Sunday in Advent A worship service was held at 10am on Sunday 28th November in the church building. The service was simultaneously broadcast on the Church Facebook page.  There were some internet problems this morning, so the service is available for catch-up in...

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Sunday Service:  21st November

Sunday Service: 21st November

A worship service was held at 10am on Sunday 21st November in the church building.   The service was simultaneously broadcast on the Church Facebook page.  You can catch up here, or by following the link below. Barry Dennis was preaching this morning from Isaiah...

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Here to Serve 47

Here to Serve 47

Here's the last issue of Here to Serve to be produced by Inverness Presbytery Church Support, which has supported churches during the COVID pandemic. Here to Serve will continue with a different Committee. There's a lovely article in this issue from Mark Hadfield of...

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Duncan recommends…..lunch at the Anchor Cafe

Duncan recommends…..lunch at the Anchor Cafe

Duncan enjoys a meal at the Anchor Cafe: I had to cancel my dinner last night after the most fantastic lunch at the Anchor cafe. Jo really does the most fantastic specials.” Who let the dogs out?” Is an absolute showstopper. If you haven’t been to the Anchor cafe for...

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Sunday Service – 14th November 2021

Sunday Service – 14th November 2021

A worship service was held at 10am on Sunday 14th November in the church building.  The service was simultaneously broadcast on the Church Facebook page.  You can catch up here. Judith led the service with a focus on remembrance on this Remembrance Sunday, and a...

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Hilton Family Support – a report from Simeon

Hilton Family Support – a report from Simeon

The period from late in the summer holidays up to early November has been a very encouraging one, with many new opportunities for people to regularly gather together – something that has been sorely missing at times over the past 20 months or so, resulting in greater...

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Sunday Service: 7th November 2021

Sunday Service: 7th November 2021

A worship service was held at 10am on Sunday 7th November in the church building. David Whillis was speaking on Psalm 127, You can catch up here. The readings for Sunday were: Ruth 3:1-5; 4:13-17            Psalm 127           Hebrews 9:24-28                 Mark...

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Here to Serve 46

Here to Serve 46

Here's a link to the latest issue of Here to Serve from Inverness Prersbytery Church Support. It contains a wee report of the Sunday Evening COP26 service at Hilton.

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Book Group Report from Shona

Book Group Report from Shona

Report from Shona of last week’s Book Group meeting Well, for the first time since Lockdown we met in person tonight in the Lighthouse upstairs. There were only five of us but as they say ‘Quality not Quantity’. It was so nice to see each other face to face and catch...

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Hilton Family Support needs your help….

Hilton Family Support needs your help….

Hilton Family Support are delighted to have been nominated as one of four charities to benefit from the Press & Journal 'Tokens For Toys' campaign which has launched today. Each day in the P&J there will be an opportunity to nominate one of the four charities,...

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Sunday Service – 31st October 2021

Sunday Service – 31st October 2021

A worship service was held at 10am on Sunday, 31st October in the church building. The service was simultaneously broadcast on the Church Facebook page.  You can catch up here The readings for Sunday were: Ruth 1:1-18            Psalm 146          Hebrews...

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Service of Remembering – Sunday 14th November

Service of Remembering – Sunday 14th November

David Whillis writes: There will be a Service of Remembering on Sunday 14th November at 3.30pm in Hilton Church. This is an opportunity for people recently and not so recently bereaved, to remember loved ones. This has been a particularly difficult time recently, when...

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Sunday Service: 24th October 2021

Sunday Service: 24th October 2021

A worship service was held at 10am on Sunday, 24th October in the church building. You can catch up here, or by following the link below. The readings for Sunday were: Job 42:1-6, 10-17     Psalm 34:1-8, 19-22     Hebrews 7:23-28            Mark 10:46-51 This morning,...

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EcoHighland 2021

EcoHighland 2021

Local congregations in Highland have committed to take part in two weeks of actions 'EcoHighland 2021' to share the importance of caring for creation, and taking action on climate change timed to coincide with COP 26 in Glasgow. (COP is the UN conference at which...

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Mission Planning in Inverness Presbytery

Mission Planning in Inverness Presbytery

On Saturday 18th September 2021, Presbyters and Kirk Session delegates gathered in conference over Zoom, anexciting opportunity to learn more about and participate in the future shaping of Inverness Presbytery, for Mission. The conference content has been pulled...

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No need to book for Sunday’s Service

No need to book for Sunday’s Service

A message from Jane: It has been agreed by the Kirk Session that with the requirement for physical distancing being removed it is no longer necessary to books seats in advance to join our Sunday morning gatherings.  Some protective measures will stay in place such as...

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Sunday Service: 17th October 2021

Sunday Service: 17th October 2021

A worship service was  held at 10am on Sunday, 17th October in the church building, and simultaneously broadcast on the Church Facebook page.  You can catch up here, or by following the link below. The readings for Sunday were: Job 38:1-7, 34-41        Psalm...

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Book Group report from Shona

Book Group report from Shona

Wee report from Shona of last month's Book Group, and an invitation to the October get-together: We had an enjoyable evening with eight of us meeting on Zoom. It was nice to catch up on everyone’s news and then we discussed Hamnet by Maggie O Farrell. Sadly it didn’t...

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Harvest generosity to Foodbank

Harvest generosity to Foodbank

Thanks for everyone from Hilton Church who contributed food or financial donations for Highland Foodbank at yesterday's Harvest Thanksgiving. Here's Lorna Dempster with a table full of your gifts, which weighed over 120 kilos. Lorna and the Foodbank Team are hugely...

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Sunday Service and Harvest Focus – 10th October

Sunday Service and Harvest Focus – 10th October

A worship service was held at 10am on Sunday, 10th October in the church building, and simultaneously broadcast on the Church Facebook page.  You can catch up here or by following the link below. There was focus at the service on giving thanks for Harvest and for...

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A fascinating communion table

A fascinating communion table

Margaret Johnston writes: Anne Lamont showed me this picture of the communion table at the Howmore Church on South Uist. I thought it was a lovely idea. Seemingly there are very few churches left that have these tables. I thought you might like to share Anne's picture...

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Green fingered God

Green fingered God

How often do we notice the beauty, the loveliness we see around us every day – evidence, if we will open our eyes – to God’s imaginative genius. Just to remind us to ‘Look!’ and ‘Marvel’ Duncan took these photos of the flowers in church this morning.

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Rhymes Recollected: meeting in person

Rhymes Recollected: meeting in person

Great news! Rhymes Recollected meets again on Monday 4th October at 2pm at the Anchor Cafe. (Please note venue) Subsequent meetings will be back in the small hall at the church. The them on Monday will be 'reflections on autumn.'

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Sunday Service 3rd October

Sunday Service 3rd October

A worship service was held at 10am on Sunday, 3rd October in the church building, and simultaneously broadcast on the Church Facebook page.  You can catch up here, or by following the link below. Duncan’s sermon was the first of a short series on the book of Job, a...

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Margaret’s praise for the Nitelife Bake Off

Margaret’s praise for the Nitelife Bake Off

Margaret Johnston sports the mask she got specially made for the Nitelife Bake Off She loved the event: 'I thought the bakers were all winners, I was amazed at the different themes they had and the skill they put into them . All were worth the first prize. Elaine,...

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Nitelife Bake Off: the video

Nitelife Bake Off: the video

The Great Nitelife Bake Off - Sunday 26th Sep 2021 A technical challenge, cupcakes, judges, 5 teams, a showstopper and a time limit. Watch the video here   Enjoy! Read Elaine's report on this term's Nitelife here.  And see Margaret Johnston's praise for the Bake Off...

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News from the Church Garden…..

News from the Church Garden…..

News deom Duncan about this morning's Church Garden workparty: We had a fantastic work party this morning with so many people coming along to help. Thank you to everyone who came along. It was wonderful to share together. Another report, this time from Brian Fraser of...

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Nitelife update from Elaine

Nitelife update from Elaine

This morning, Duncan thanked Elaine Watt on behalf of the congregation  for taking on the leadership of the Hilton Parish Church youth group Nitelife after the summer holidays. Eaine has committed to this role – ‘a really significant responsibility’ as Duncan put it –...

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Sunday Service: 26th September

Sunday Service: 26th September

A worship service was held at 10am on Sunday 26th September, in the church building, and simultaneously broadcast on the Church Facebook page. You can catch up here, or by following the link below. A lovely, well attended service. Duncan was looking ahead to the...

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Jessie and the Elf boy – now released!

Jessie and the Elf boy – now released!

Here's a link to access Jessie and the Elf Boy, directed by our friend Phil Todd.  You can read more about Phil's work here. Jessie and the Elf Boy 2021 | 1hr 23minGet Early Access A plucky teenager, determined to win favour with her high-flying mother by becoming a...

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Nitelife at Altnacriche

Nitelife at Altnacriche

Nitelife (our church youth group) headed to Alltnacriche on Saturday past for a wee day away. Elaine and Simeon would like to thank Chris and Matthew for their involvement in the day and our three group leaders Andrew, Amy and Kate. And a massive thanks to Hannah and...

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Rhymes Recollected meets again

Rhymes Recollected meets again

Rhymes Recollected, the Hilton Church poetry group met in the Anchor Cafe today - the first time we've met since early March 2020! We enjoyed a chat, had coffee or tea, and shared some poems. We're hoping to start regular meetings on Monday 4th October - watch this...

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Where is God in the pandemic?

Where is God in the pandemic?

Here's a slightly longer version of John's reflection on 'Where is God in the pandemic.'  The original appeared in last week's Highland News as the 'Christian Viewpoint' column. A Christian Viewpoint reader told me it would be helpful if the column dealt more with...

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Kenneth Steven’s ‘Silverwing’

Kenneth Steven’s ‘Silverwing’

Our friend Kenneth Steven, the poet and writer based in Argyll has just published Silverwing a book for children which deals with the impact of bereavement on a father and his young son. Here are two reviews of the book by John, the first written from a Christian...

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Sunday Service 19th September 2021

Sunday Service 19th September 2021

A worship service was held at 10am on Sunday 19th September, in the church building, and simultaneously broadcast on the Church Facebook page.   You can catch up here, or by following the link below. The readings for Sunday were: Proverbs 31:10-31         Psalm...

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A chance to help in the Church Garden

A chance to help in the Church Garden

The Property Team are hoping to have a morning event this Saturday, the 25th, starting at 8.30am to around 12ish. Areas needing worked on include general gardening, painting of fences and sheds, some fence building. We are also planning some work inside to open the...

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Memories of 9/11

Memories of 9/11

Thinking of this morning's theme in church of the importance of building up one another in our words, rather than belittling and criticising reminded me, as we also remember 9/11 of this memory. (The original Christian Viewpoint piece from the HIghland News is...

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Sunday Service: 23rd January 2022

Sunday Service: 23rd January 2022

A worship service will be held at 10am on Sunday 23rd January in the church building. No need to book – you can just turn up.   The service will be simultaneously broadcast on the Church Facebook page. The readings for Sunday are: Nehemiah 8:1-10      Psalm 19    1...

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Sadness in winter

Sadness in winter

John writes: 'Here's my Christian Viewpoint' piece from last week's Highland News.  I thought it might be helpful to share it here.' For those of us who journey with anxiety and depression, the dark days of the year’s turning are hard. For me, they are invariably days...

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Sunday Service – 16th January 2022

Sunday Service – 16th January 2022

A worship service was held at 10am on Sunday, 16th January in the church building.  It was livestreamed on the Church Facebook page. You can catch up here, or by following the link below. The readings for Sunday are: Isaiah 62:1-5    Psalm 36:5-10    1 Corinthians...

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Rhymes Recollected – on-line on 17th January

Rhymes Recollected – on-line on 17th January

Rhymes Recollected Please note that because of current concerns over the Omicron COVID variant,  Rhymes Recollected at 2.00pm on Monday 17th January was  an on-line presentation on the Church Facebook page from Audrey and John. The theme was 'Scottish - with a nod to...

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Thank you, Hamish!

Thank you, Hamish!

This morning on behalf of the Board and the Church Iain Ross thanked Hamish for his work as Church Officer over the last eight years, and for his work on the sound desk for many years. Iain also made a presentation to Hamish on behalf of the Church in gratitude for...

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Sunday 9th January 2022

Sunday 9th January 2022

A worship service was be held at 10am on Sunday 9th January in the church building.   The service was simultaneously broadcast on the Church Facebook page.  You can catch up here, or by following the link below. The readings for Sunday were: Isaiah 43:1-7       Psalm...

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Sunday Service:  Sunday, January 2nd 2022

Sunday Service: Sunday, January 2nd 2022

A worship service was held at 10am on Sunday 2nd January in the church building. The service was livestreaed:  you can catch up on the Church Facebook page or by following the links below. (Please note that the livestream crashed midway, and a new livestream begun, so...

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More about CAP – from Hannah

More about CAP – from Hannah

A couple of Sundays ago, Hannah Whillis talked to Duncan during the service about her current work with Christians Against Poverty (CAP) at their Bradford HQ. She explained how CAP works by putting people who are struggling with debt issues in touch with a local CAP...

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Long-awaited Jesus

Long-awaited Jesus

Loved these pictures of the Church before the midnight service on Friday! The chairs laid out, the lights lit dimply, four candles are kindled, the crib stands ready by the Christmas Tree. And in the final picture, the band sings, the Christ Candle burns bright. A...

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Sunday Service: 26th December 2021

Sunday Service: 26th December 2021

On Sunday 26th there was a service on the Church Facebook page at 10.00am (but no service in the church.)  You can catch up by clicking here, or following the link below. The readings for Sunday were: Lectionary passages for Sunday: 1 Samuel 2:18-20, 26    Psalm...

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A Christmas Letter from Duncan

A Christmas Letter from Duncan

Here's Duncan's Christmas letter to the Church. To read it click here, or see below. Dear Friends, I am writing these words on the shortest day, with only 4 “sleeps” remaining until Christmas. The Omicron variant has suddenly made life significantly more complicated,...

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Hilton Church – a little piece of history

Hilton Church – a little piece of history

We had a request for some nformation about the history of Hilton Church, so I thought I'd re-publish this article from 2018 about the early story of the Church. (John) The Hilton Church story I’ve been reading reports in the Inverness Courier and the Highland News...

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Support Hannah Whillis’s work with CAP….

Support Hannah Whillis’s work with CAP….

You may have read yesterday's posts about Hannah Whillis's work with Christians Against Poverty. CAP is a charity, dependent on the generosity of donors. You can help support CAP by making a gift specifically to support Hannah's work during her time with CAP. Here's...

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Sunday Service – 19th December

Sunday Service – 19th December

4th Sunday in Advent A family service was held at 10am on Sunday, 19th December in the church building.   The Sunday Club children  re-enacted the Christmas story. The Youth Group gave the perspectives of the different people involved in the events surrounding the...

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Book Group Report from Shona

Book Group Report from Shona

Book Group Report from Shona Eleven of us managed to meet last Thursday (9th December), nine in person in the Lighthouse and two on Zoom. We swapped our Secret Santa books and enjoyed the lovely goodie bags Andrea made up plus the delicious home baking left by Hannah...

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Brené  Brown on the Joyful Life

Brené Brown on the Joyful Life

Duncan writes: The challenge of Sunday is that you can’t say it all in the short time allocated. Here’s something that I can’t say but think is worth highlighting in the context of JOY  

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Sunday Service: 12th December 2021

Sunday Service: 12th December 2021

A worship service was held at 10am on Sunday, 12th December in the church building. The service will be simultaneously broadcast on the Church Facebook page.  You can catch up here, or by following the link below. This Sunday in Advent, the focus is on ‘joy’.  On a...

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Rhymes Recollected: Celebration – 13th December

Rhymes Recollected: Celebration – 13th December

It’s Rhymes Recollected on Monday 13th December, from 2pm – 3pm in the Small Hall. The theme this time is 'Celebration.' You’re welcome to join us as we share poems new and old about Christmas, or any other kind of celebration – and you’re welcome to bring along work...

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Light of the World

Light of the World

Here's John's Christian Viewpoint column, originally published in Thursday's Highland News. ‘Light in the darkness.’  This is the theme the Church of Scotland is emphasising during Advent, when as Christians we remind ourselves of our need for God, and of how that...

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Sunday worship: 5th December 2021

Sunday worship: 5th December 2021

A worship service was held at 10am on Sunday 5th December in the church building.  The service was simultaneously broadcast on the Church Facebook page and you can catch up here. It was a lovely, encouraging service, John writes. We heard a video from Matthias and...

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‘Growing my faith in the face of death’

‘Growing my faith in the face of death’

Duncan shares this link: In 'Growing my faith in the face of death' American pastor and author Timothy Keller describes his reaction to a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer - first his denial, then his acceptance of his mortality, and then a resolve to test his faith to...

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Happy first birthday, Anchor Cafe!

Happy first birthday, Anchor Cafe!

Duncan writes: Congratulations to Jo & Hannah on the first anniversary of the Anchor Cafe. Lovely to see it so busy this morning 😀 Jo and Hannah write: Well Folks, that's it! We've made it to being open (apart from the few months of enforced take-away only) for a...

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Advent reflection….

Advent reflection….

Duncan shares a reflective image from tonight's Advent Gathering at the Church. Each person attending had three stones to bring to the light, symbolic of laying down our burdens.

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Two true stories from Street Pastors Inverness

Two true stories from Street Pastors Inverness

Two true stories from Street Pastors Inverness, (From Here to Serve 48) Two stories of God on our streets from our local Street Pastors One’s self denial stops another’s self-harm A man, sitting in his home overlooking the street, with a history of self-harming was...

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Advent Zoom with Matthias and Sabine

Advent Zoom with Matthias and Sabine

Duncan writes about yesterday's Advent Zoom: We had a really fantastic zoom gathering with Matthias and Sabine joining us from the Democratic Republic of the Congo Despite the fact I know it’s 2021, there was something quite surreal about being able share visually...

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Fairtrade ‘Giving Tuesday’ appeal

Fairtrade ‘Giving Tuesday’ appeal

Tuesday 30th is 'Giving Tuesday' Here's an appeal from Fairtrade which Audrey Whyte shares with us. Audrey writes Hilton members were an enthusiastic, generous, regular supporters of the Fairtrade stall I ran for years with teen scene/ nightlife over many years.'

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Sunday Service:  28th November 2021

Sunday Service: 28th November 2021

First Sunday in Advent A worship service was held at 10am on Sunday 28th November in the church building. The service was simultaneously broadcast on the Church Facebook page.  There were some internet problems this morning, so the service is available for catch-up in...

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Sunday Service:  21st November

Sunday Service: 21st November

A worship service was held at 10am on Sunday 21st November in the church building.   The service was simultaneously broadcast on the Church Facebook page.  You can catch up here, or by following the link below. Barry Dennis was preaching this morning from Isaiah...

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Here to Serve 47

Here to Serve 47

Here's the last issue of Here to Serve to be produced by Inverness Presbytery Church Support, which has supported churches during the COVID pandemic. Here to Serve will continue with a different Committee. There's a lovely article in this issue from Mark Hadfield of...

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Duncan recommends…..lunch at the Anchor Cafe

Duncan recommends…..lunch at the Anchor Cafe

Duncan enjoys a meal at the Anchor Cafe: I had to cancel my dinner last night after the most fantastic lunch at the Anchor cafe. Jo really does the most fantastic specials.” Who let the dogs out?” Is an absolute showstopper. If you haven’t been to the Anchor cafe for...

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Sunday Service – 14th November 2021

Sunday Service – 14th November 2021

A worship service was held at 10am on Sunday 14th November in the church building.  The service was simultaneously broadcast on the Church Facebook page.  You can catch up here. Judith led the service with a focus on remembrance on this Remembrance Sunday, and a...

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Hilton Family Support – a report from Simeon

Hilton Family Support – a report from Simeon

The period from late in the summer holidays up to early November has been a very encouraging one, with many new opportunities for people to regularly gather together – something that has been sorely missing at times over the past 20 months or so, resulting in greater...

read more
Sunday Service: 7th November 2021

Sunday Service: 7th November 2021

A worship service was held at 10am on Sunday 7th November in the church building. David Whillis was speaking on Psalm 127, You can catch up here. The readings for Sunday were: Ruth 3:1-5; 4:13-17            Psalm 127           Hebrews 9:24-28                 Mark...

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Here to Serve 46

Here to Serve 46

Here's a link to the latest issue of Here to Serve from Inverness Prersbytery Church Support. It contains a wee report of the Sunday Evening COP26 service at Hilton.

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Book Group Report from Shona

Book Group Report from Shona

Report from Shona of last week’s Book Group meeting Well, for the first time since Lockdown we met in person tonight in the Lighthouse upstairs. There were only five of us but as they say ‘Quality not Quantity’. It was so nice to see each other face to face and catch...

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Hilton Family Support needs your help….

Hilton Family Support needs your help….

Hilton Family Support are delighted to have been nominated as one of four charities to benefit from the Press & Journal 'Tokens For Toys' campaign which has launched today. Each day in the P&J there will be an opportunity to nominate one of the four charities,...

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Sunday Service – 31st October 2021

Sunday Service – 31st October 2021

A worship service was held at 10am on Sunday, 31st October in the church building. The service was simultaneously broadcast on the Church Facebook page.  You can catch up here The readings for Sunday were: Ruth 1:1-18            Psalm 146          Hebrews...

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Service of Remembering – Sunday 14th November

Service of Remembering – Sunday 14th November

David Whillis writes: There will be a Service of Remembering on Sunday 14th November at 3.30pm in Hilton Church. This is an opportunity for people recently and not so recently bereaved, to remember loved ones. This has been a particularly difficult time recently, when...

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Sunday Service: 24th October 2021

Sunday Service: 24th October 2021

A worship service was held at 10am on Sunday, 24th October in the church building. You can catch up here, or by following the link below. The readings for Sunday were: Job 42:1-6, 10-17     Psalm 34:1-8, 19-22     Hebrews 7:23-28            Mark 10:46-51 This morning,...

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EcoHighland 2021

EcoHighland 2021

Local congregations in Highland have committed to take part in two weeks of actions 'EcoHighland 2021' to share the importance of caring for creation, and taking action on climate change timed to coincide with COP 26 in Glasgow. (COP is the UN conference at which...

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Mission Planning in Inverness Presbytery

Mission Planning in Inverness Presbytery

On Saturday 18th September 2021, Presbyters and Kirk Session delegates gathered in conference over Zoom, anexciting opportunity to learn more about and participate in the future shaping of Inverness Presbytery, for Mission. The conference content has been pulled...

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No need to book for Sunday’s Service

No need to book for Sunday’s Service

A message from Jane: It has been agreed by the Kirk Session that with the requirement for physical distancing being removed it is no longer necessary to books seats in advance to join our Sunday morning gatherings.  Some protective measures will stay in place such as...

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Sunday Service: 17th October 2021

Sunday Service: 17th October 2021

A worship service was  held at 10am on Sunday, 17th October in the church building, and simultaneously broadcast on the Church Facebook page.  You can catch up here, or by following the link below. The readings for Sunday were: Job 38:1-7, 34-41        Psalm...

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Book Group report from Shona

Book Group report from Shona

Wee report from Shona of last month's Book Group, and an invitation to the October get-together: We had an enjoyable evening with eight of us meeting on Zoom. It was nice to catch up on everyone’s news and then we discussed Hamnet by Maggie O Farrell. Sadly it didn’t...

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Harvest generosity to Foodbank

Harvest generosity to Foodbank

Thanks for everyone from Hilton Church who contributed food or financial donations for Highland Foodbank at yesterday's Harvest Thanksgiving. Here's Lorna Dempster with a table full of your gifts, which weighed over 120 kilos. Lorna and the Foodbank Team are hugely...

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Sunday Service and Harvest Focus – 10th October

Sunday Service and Harvest Focus – 10th October

A worship service was held at 10am on Sunday, 10th October in the church building, and simultaneously broadcast on the Church Facebook page.  You can catch up here or by following the link below. There was focus at the service on giving thanks for Harvest and for...

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A fascinating communion table

A fascinating communion table

Margaret Johnston writes: Anne Lamont showed me this picture of the communion table at the Howmore Church on South Uist. I thought it was a lovely idea. Seemingly there are very few churches left that have these tables. I thought you might like to share Anne's picture...

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Green fingered God

Green fingered God

How often do we notice the beauty, the loveliness we see around us every day – evidence, if we will open our eyes – to God’s imaginative genius. Just to remind us to ‘Look!’ and ‘Marvel’ Duncan took these photos of the flowers in church this morning.

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Rhymes Recollected: meeting in person

Rhymes Recollected: meeting in person

Great news! Rhymes Recollected meets again on Monday 4th October at 2pm at the Anchor Cafe. (Please note venue) Subsequent meetings will be back in the small hall at the church. The them on Monday will be 'reflections on autumn.'

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Sunday Service 3rd October

Sunday Service 3rd October

A worship service was held at 10am on Sunday, 3rd October in the church building, and simultaneously broadcast on the Church Facebook page.  You can catch up here, or by following the link below. Duncan’s sermon was the first of a short series on the book of Job, a...

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Margaret’s praise for the Nitelife Bake Off

Margaret’s praise for the Nitelife Bake Off

Margaret Johnston sports the mask she got specially made for the Nitelife Bake Off She loved the event: 'I thought the bakers were all winners, I was amazed at the different themes they had and the skill they put into them . All were worth the first prize. Elaine,...

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Nitelife Bake Off: the video

Nitelife Bake Off: the video

The Great Nitelife Bake Off - Sunday 26th Sep 2021 A technical challenge, cupcakes, judges, 5 teams, a showstopper and a time limit. Watch the video here   Enjoy! Read Elaine's report on this term's Nitelife here.  And see Margaret Johnston's praise for the Bake Off...

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News from the Church Garden…..

News from the Church Garden…..

News deom Duncan about this morning's Church Garden workparty: We had a fantastic work party this morning with so many people coming along to help. Thank you to everyone who came along. It was wonderful to share together. Another report, this time from Brian Fraser of...

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Nitelife update from Elaine

Nitelife update from Elaine

This morning, Duncan thanked Elaine Watt on behalf of the congregation  for taking on the leadership of the Hilton Parish Church youth group Nitelife after the summer holidays. Eaine has committed to this role – ‘a really significant responsibility’ as Duncan put it –...

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Sunday Service: 26th September

Sunday Service: 26th September

A worship service was held at 10am on Sunday 26th September, in the church building, and simultaneously broadcast on the Church Facebook page. You can catch up here, or by following the link below. A lovely, well attended service. Duncan was looking ahead to the...

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Jessie and the Elf boy – now released!

Jessie and the Elf boy – now released!

Here's a link to access Jessie and the Elf Boy, directed by our friend Phil Todd.  You can read more about Phil's work here. Jessie and the Elf Boy 2021 | 1hr 23minGet Early Access A plucky teenager, determined to win favour with her high-flying mother by becoming a...

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Nitelife at Altnacriche

Nitelife at Altnacriche

Nitelife (our church youth group) headed to Alltnacriche on Saturday past for a wee day away. Elaine and Simeon would like to thank Chris and Matthew for their involvement in the day and our three group leaders Andrew, Amy and Kate. And a massive thanks to Hannah and...

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Rhymes Recollected meets again

Rhymes Recollected meets again

Rhymes Recollected, the Hilton Church poetry group met in the Anchor Cafe today - the first time we've met since early March 2020! We enjoyed a chat, had coffee or tea, and shared some poems. We're hoping to start regular meetings on Monday 4th October - watch this...

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Where is God in the pandemic?

Where is God in the pandemic?

Here's a slightly longer version of John's reflection on 'Where is God in the pandemic.'  The original appeared in last week's Highland News as the 'Christian Viewpoint' column. A Christian Viewpoint reader told me it would be helpful if the column dealt more with...

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Kenneth Steven’s ‘Silverwing’

Kenneth Steven’s ‘Silverwing’

Our friend Kenneth Steven, the poet and writer based in Argyll has just published Silverwing a book for children which deals with the impact of bereavement on a father and his young son. Here are two reviews of the book by John, the first written from a Christian...

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Sunday Service 19th September 2021

Sunday Service 19th September 2021

A worship service was held at 10am on Sunday 19th September, in the church building, and simultaneously broadcast on the Church Facebook page.   You can catch up here, or by following the link below. The readings for Sunday were: Proverbs 31:10-31         Psalm...

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A chance to help in the Church Garden

A chance to help in the Church Garden

The Property Team are hoping to have a morning event this Saturday, the 25th, starting at 8.30am to around 12ish. Areas needing worked on include general gardening, painting of fences and sheds, some fence building. We are also planning some work inside to open the...

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Memories of 9/11

Memories of 9/11

Thinking of this morning's theme in church of the importance of building up one another in our words, rather than belittling and criticising reminded me, as we also remember 9/11 of this memory. (The original Christian Viewpoint piece from the HIghland News is...

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Sunday Service: 23rd January 2022

Sunday Service: 23rd January 2022

A worship service will be held at 10am on Sunday 23rd January in the church building. No need to book – you can just turn up.   The service will be simultaneously broadcast on the Church Facebook page. The readings for Sunday are: Nehemiah 8:1-10      Psalm 19    1...

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Sadness in winter

Sadness in winter

John writes: 'Here's my Christian Viewpoint' piece from last week's Highland News.  I thought it might be helpful to share it here.' For those of us who journey with anxiety and depression, the dark days of the year’s turning are hard. For me, they are invariably days...

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Sunday Service – 16th January 2022

Sunday Service – 16th January 2022

A worship service was held at 10am on Sunday, 16th January in the church building.  It was livestreamed on the Church Facebook page. You can catch up here, or by following the link below. The readings for Sunday are: Isaiah 62:1-5    Psalm 36:5-10    1 Corinthians...

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Rhymes Recollected – on-line on 17th January

Rhymes Recollected – on-line on 17th January

Rhymes Recollected Please note that because of current concerns over the Omicron COVID variant,  Rhymes Recollected at 2.00pm on Monday 17th January was  an on-line presentation on the Church Facebook page from Audrey and John. The theme was 'Scottish - with a nod to...

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Thank you, Hamish!

Thank you, Hamish!

This morning on behalf of the Board and the Church Iain Ross thanked Hamish for his work as Church Officer over the last eight years, and for his work on the sound desk for many years. Iain also made a presentation to Hamish on behalf of the Church in gratitude for...

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Sunday 9th January 2022

Sunday 9th January 2022

A worship service was be held at 10am on Sunday 9th January in the church building.   The service was simultaneously broadcast on the Church Facebook page.  You can catch up here, or by following the link below. The readings for Sunday were: Isaiah 43:1-7       Psalm...

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Sunday Service:  Sunday, January 2nd 2022

Sunday Service: Sunday, January 2nd 2022

A worship service was held at 10am on Sunday 2nd January in the church building. The service was livestreaed:  you can catch up on the Church Facebook page or by following the links below. (Please note that the livestream crashed midway, and a new livestream begun, so...

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