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Sunday 17th Livestream Service

Sunday 17th Livestream Service

Duncan writes: You are warmly invited to join us for a livestream worship service which was held at 10am on Sunday morning. Watch it here, or follow the link below. Having made a beginning to the gospel of Mark last week, the lectionary breaks off into John’s gospel...

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Adventures with God

Adventures with God

From the Inverness Presbytery Newsletter: God is calling us to join Him in the real adventure of redeeming our part of the world, especially now as we struggle in lockdown. But how can we do this more effectively? That is a main question Fiona Morrison and Paul...

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Latest news from The Highlands Supports Refugees

Latest news from The Highlands Supports Refugees

Here's a video showing the most recent lorry load of donations from 'The Highlands Support Refugees' arriving in Chios. Sadly due to the pandemic we have been unable to collect donations at the church for some time. Hopefully once restrictions ease we can look forward...

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Looking back/Looking Forward – Rhymes Recollected

Looking back/Looking Forward – Rhymes Recollected

Join Audrey and John for the first Rhymes Recollected Online in 2021. Monday 11th January at 2pm.  The theme will be 'Looking back/looking forward.'  Audrey and John will be sharing poems familiar and less familiar - please get in touch to let us know what poems you'd...

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You are my beloved, my delight

You are my beloved, my delight

'You are my beloved, my delight.' Here's a lovely poem by Malcolm Guite (from his collection Sounding the Seasons) about the baptism of Jesus, and what it reveals, and a link to a musical reworking of the poem by Steve Bell. Beginning here we glimpse the Three-in-one;...

read more
Sunday 10th January 2021

Sunday 10th January 2021

Sunday Service on 10th January was livestreamed at 10am from the Church Facebook page. You can watch it here, or follow the link below. A message from Duncan: The lectionary readings for this Sunday are Genesis 1:1-5 Psalm 29 Acts 19 :1-7 Mark 1:1-11 This is the year...

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Support the Anchor Cafe – Takeaway service

Support the Anchor Cafe – Takeaway service

Good morning! After much deliberation we have decided to remain open for takeaway! 11am - 4pm Given the layout of the cafe, we believe social distancing is easily achievable. To try and minimise time spent on the premises, we would like to encourage customers to phone...

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Advent Prayers – a message from Duncan

Advent Prayers – a message from Duncan

Duncan writes: Thank you to everyone who has gathered with me each evening at 7pm for a time of sharing and prayer over Celtic Advent which began on 15th November. The fellowship has been rich and the reflections from Celtic Advent: 40 days of devotions to Christmas ...

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Christmas Eve Carol Service

Christmas Eve Carol Service

A Carol Service for Christmas Eve from 12 Inverness Churches. The service is slightly different to what was streamed on Sunday evening, the 20th. It will be premiered on the Church Facebook Page at 6.30 on Thursday 24th December

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Unlocking Christmas with Hope

Unlocking Christmas with Hope

12 local churches come together as one to bring you a message this Christmas   Join us daily at 6.30pm here  from tomorrow (Friday 11th December) as we begin ‘Unlocking Christmas with Hope’ For more information you can email thykingdomcomeinverness@gmail.com We...

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Hilton Family Support Christmas News

Hilton Family Support Christmas News

Simeon Ewing shares the latest news from Hilton Family Support, and there's a message from Project Chair Barry Dennis. You can read it below, or here as a PDF. Christmas 2020 Dear supporters, It’s hard to think that Christmas is just round the corner. It may be a...

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Services on 20th December

Services on 20th December

Sunday 20th December 2020 is the 4th Sunday in Advent.  There was a service in the Church at 10am,, and this service was live on the Church Facebook page.  You can watch it here, or follow the link below. At 6.30pm, we’ll be sharing in the joint Carol Service put...

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Worried about money?

Worried about money?

Worrying About Money? Follow the steps in the attached leaflet to find available financial advice and support in Highland. An advice leaflet from the Highland Council and other local agencies. A3 version here; Foldable version here

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Christmas on BBC Scotland – news from the Moderator

Christmas on BBC Scotland – news from the Moderator

In addition to Sunday Services and now, Reflections from the Quay, the BBC Scotland channel are broadcasting a Christmas Day version of ‘The Service’ at 12noon on 25 December, and the Resolutions programme featuring the ‘Scented Lament’ will be shown on BBC1 Scotland...

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‘Stories of Hope’ report

‘Stories of Hope’ report

The report, released on 7 December, found that churches across Scotland have delivered 212,214 individual acts of support with the help of more than 3,000 volunteers. Church-led projects in over 180 locations, from the Highlands to the Borders, were able to reach the...

read more
Letter from Duncan

Letter from Duncan

A letter from Duncan with Christmas Greetings, news about services, the Anchor Cafe, and plans for the future.  You can read it as a PDF here. Dear Friends, In a normal year, I would be expecting to see most of you face to face over the next 10 days at one of the...

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Christmas – a poem by Margaret Johnston

Christmas – a poem by Margaret Johnston

Here's a new poem by Margaret Johnston, which she wrote for yesterday's  Rhymes Recollected: Christmas It's almost here, it's coming fastThat special time of yearBut alas, alack, what changes now,A different one I fear. To get the food and presents inTo get it all...

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Rhymes Recollected: Celebrations

Rhymes Recollected: Celebrations

It was online Rhymes Recollected this afternoon: Audrey and John read poems about celbrating love, celebrating the coming of Light and Love at Christmas, celebrating the turn of the year. You can watch the session here, or follow the link below.

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God of all comfort

God of all comfort

Another reflection from my friend Davy Blackburn.  You can read more of his work here.  2 Cor 1:3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can...

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Mindfulness

Mindfulness

Duncan writes: Last night we incorporated a 15 minute mindfulness session into our Advent prayer gathering. Rhona Mackenzie who led our time together last night, also ran a session for us at the Lighthouse earlier this year. On both occasions, people sharing found the...

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Sunday Morning in the Church – 20th December

Sunday Morning in the Church – 20th December

Sunday Morning Service in the Church - 20th December at 10am - if you would like to come please phone or email Jane in the office to book a seat - details below ...... As per Government instructions we can only accommodate a maximum of 42 people in total in the...

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Learning from the Advent Wreath

Learning from the Advent Wreath

This morning, before Jane lit the second Advent Candle in our Advent Wreath, Duncan explained the significance of the wreath. I was struck that he described it as ‘part of our worship’, reminding us that it’s symbolism points to Jesus. Up until ten years ago, Duncan...

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Book Group report from Shona

Book Group report from Shona

Hi ladies We had a very nice Bookgroup Zoom meet last night. We discussed our books, chose new ones, planned our Christmas Social and organised Secret Santa!! Phew! Our first book was The Ninth Child by Sally Magnusson . We enjoyed the history around the story and the...

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Online Communion: Sunday 29th November, 7pm

Online Communion: Sunday 29th November, 7pm

An invitation from Duncan: We haven’t been together for worship at Hilton Church since 15th March. Even although we are beginning our services again this Sunday, it will be a while before many elements of our life together will be as they once were (if ever!) Sharing...

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Advent readings:  recommendations from Duncan

Advent readings: recommendations from Duncan

This Sunday, which is the First Sunday in Advent marks the beginning of a new church year. This is Year B and you can find the readings for every Sunday over the new year here.  It would be great if you were able to read the four passages in advance of each Sunday, as...

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Do what you can for the kingdom!

Do what you can for the kingdom!

Another reflection from my friend Davy Blackburn.  You can read more of his work here.   It's a reflection on the rebuilding of the city of  Jerusalem described in the Old Testament from which we can draw lessons about our role as workers in the Kingdom of Heaven...

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Advent Prayers – all welcome!

Advent Prayers – all welcome!

Message from Duncan: When you go on a pilgrimage of any sort, the end of a week is always a significant milestone. An opportunity to look back on all that has been experienced as well as wondering what lies ahead. We are now a week into our Advent Prayers which take...

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Advent Prayers began last night

Advent Prayers began last night

Duncan writes: Thank you to Eilidh and Nitelife for sharing in the first evening of Advent Prayers. Thank you to Carolyn Cload as well for organising the visuals. It was good to be back in the church building after so long. It was rather strange leading a Zoom...

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Sunday Service, 15th November

Sunday Service, 15th November

This Sunday morning at 10am, we are sharing a service led by the Moderator, Martin Fair. It would be nice if we all watch it together.  The link is here and below.  The Bible reading is John 1:1-18 (The Message)

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Dave and the Christmas Rehearsal Reversal

Dave and the Christmas Rehearsal Reversal

Exciting News Alert from Out of the Box Dave and the Christmas Rehearsal Reversal is coming to our YouTube channel in December. More details in the poster below. Please do stick the dates in your diary and share the news with your friends.

read more
Safer Communities  Safer Scotland

Safer Communities Safer Scotland

The information here (or click link below) ranges from Safety at home - Fire/Gas/Electricity, to Road and Water safety, and also Home Security, Scam prevention and Anti Social Behaviour. There is also useful information relating to Victim Support, Neighbourhood Watch...

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Hilton Family Project update: Simeon talks to John

Hilton Family Project update: Simeon talks to John

I had a chat with Simeon Ewing about how Hilton Family Support’s work is progressing. He outlined his activities, and told me he is regularly in contact with around 25 families. He had been hoping as the lockdown eased over the summer to be able to arrange some...

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Advent Services in the Church Building

Advent Services in the Church Building

ADVENT SERVICES IN THE CHURCH BUILDING The Elders met on 3rd November and reviewed the current arrangements for Sunday worship. We have not held a service in the building since 15th March. All of our services since then have been live streamed via Facebook live. With...

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A faith story

A faith story

I loved this reminiscence and faith story which Gavin White, a schoolfriend of mine posted yesterday on his 67th birthday, and share it here with his permission. I always remember Gavin as a very kind and thoughtful young man.  On this day, 67 years ago, I was born in...

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Words which build up…..

Words which build up…..

Another reflection from my friend Davy Blackburn.  You can read more of his work here.  Think before you speak Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those...

read more
ADVENT PRAYERS  2020

ADVENT PRAYERS 2020

Message from Duncan: ADVENT PRAYERS 2020  Celtic Advent begins on Sunday 15th November. Duncan will be leading a short time (max 30 minute) of prayer and reflection each evening  at 7pm for 40 days up until Christmas Eve. Using the medium of Zoom for such a gathering...

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Book Group news from Shona

Book Group news from Shona

News from Shona about the Book Group We had a really nice get together last night on Zoom. There were eleven of us there which was lovely. We had a good catch up on news and then discussed the books. The Garden of Small Things by Abi Waxman was an easy read with some...

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Is it cool to be a Christian?

Is it cool to be a Christian?

Another reflection from my friend Davy Blackburn. You can read more of his work here. A young Christian (in years and faith) once said to me, ‘it's not cool to be a Christian with my friends’. I suppose what he really meant was, it's not popular with my non Christian...

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Thanks from the Gunns……

Thanks from the Gunns……

On Friday  20th November, Phil Gunn who was with us over the last year as Probationary Minister will be ordained and inducted as the Minister of Roskeen Parish Church in Alness.  We’re so grateful to Phil, and to Clare, Anna, Ben and Beth for enriching us by their...

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Chase out all that ruins your walk with God

Chase out all that ruins your walk with God

Another reflection from my friend Davy Blackburn. You can read more of his work here. The Angel of the Lord at Bokim 2 The angel of the Lord went up from Gilgal to Bokim and said, “I brought you up out of Egypt and led you into the land I swore to give to your...

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When times are hard and God seems far away….

When times are hard and God seems far away….

How long, Lord? Duncan’s sermon on Psalm 13 -  18 October 2020 An encouragement for us when times are hard, and God seems far away How long, Lord? Will you forget me for ever?     How long will you hide your face from me? How long must I wrestle with my thoughts...

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Letter from the Church Board

Letter from the Church Board

There's a new letter from the Congregational Board here. It is an encouraging letter from Ian and Christine, with detailed information about finances, and about improvements to both the buulding and the Light House which have been carried out. Don’t miss it!

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He took me out of the pit  (Psalm 40)

He took me out of the pit (Psalm 40)

Duncan’s sermon on Sunday was, I think, particularly timely. We are continuing to face difficult and challenging times as we head into winter with our fears about our own health and the health of others close to us, fears about employment and money, fears about our...

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Sunday on-line service: 11th October 2020

Today's on-line service, lead by the Macs, is here (or follow link below)  The Bible passage is Psalm 40. With the kind permission of Wild Goose Publications,  we will be using this liturgy from The Wee Worship Book, which we have regularly used at our evening Light...

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Spirit of the Highlands

Spirit of the Highlands

Here's an interesting mail from Amy Atkinson at Highlife Highland highlighting a project to gather brief autobiographical stories reflecting the 'Spirit of the Highlands' This is in connection with the project to re-purpose Inverness Castle so that it reflects...

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Last Aid: on-line course from Highland Hospice

Last Aid: on-line course from Highland Hospice

Highland Hospice have asked us to publicise a free on-line course which they are running - Last Aid. The course is aimed at general members of the public, and designed to create awareness on topics around Death and Dying. For more information, click on this...

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Nitelife: back in the church building

Nitelife: back in the church building

Eilidh writes: Our Hilton Youth Group Nitelife met in the church building yesterday evening. It was the first time the church has been used for an event since March! Was lovely to be back together again in the Sanctuary.

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Rhymes Recollected: 5th October

Rhymes Recollected: 5th October

Another of the fortnightly poetry series when Audrey and John read your favourite poems was live on the Church Facebook page this afternoon. This time, the theme is 'Poems about a special person' - either a person important to you, or important to whoever wrote the...

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Christ will keep your inner compass true

Christ will keep your inner compass true

A very timely and helpful poem on Psalm 49, published today on his blog by Malcolm Guite: Where Christ himself is there to welcome youThen you are home, wherever you may fare.And Christ will keep your inner compass true Though all the world is rushing everywhere,This...

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Meet the Moderator

Meet the Moderator

John Dempster asks Dr Martin Fair about the convictions, vision, and gifts he brings to his role, the faith journey which has shaped him, and the sustaining wisdom of Christian faith in this year of crisis. Meet the Moderator I recently had a chat with Church of...

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News from Cala Ceilidh Band

News from Cala Ceilidh Band

We are absolutely delighted with how well received the single has been folks, it has been very encouraging for all of us. Big things planned, so stay tuned! See Facebook and Instagram @calainverness

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Sunday on-line service: 4th October 2020

Sunday on-line service: 4th October 2020

This morning's online service, led by the Macs is here or follow the link below. The gospel passage was Matthew 21 v 33-45. With the kind permission of Wild Goose Publications,  we used a liturgy from The Wee Worship Book, which we have regularly used at our evening...

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Being in the world

Being in the world

Another reflection from my friend Davy Blackburn Being in the world Psalm 1:1 Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers. Being in the world and being of the world are two...

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News about the Anchor Cafe at the Light House

News about the Anchor Cafe at the Light House

A message from Hannah and Joe.... Hello. We're happy to announce that today we finally started the preparations for getting Anchor Cafe at the Hilton Lighthouse opened for business. We'll keep you updated as things progress over the weeks ahead.   All the best....

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Phil: the lessons I’ve learned

Phil: the lessons I’ve learned

On Sunday we say farewell to Phil Gunn, who has been with us over the last 15 months as Probationary Minister.  But don't worry - he's not going far - he is soon to be ordained as minister of Roskeen Parish Church.  You can read about Phil's earlier experiences here,...

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Farewell to Phil, Clare, Anna, Ben and Beth Gunn

Farewell to Phil, Clare, Anna, Ben and Beth Gunn

This coming Sunday we say 'farewell' to the Gunns. Phil's 15 months as a Probationary Minister comes to an end.  I had a wee chat with Phil about his time with us.  You can read about his experiences before coming to Hilton here, and there's more about the lessons...

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Sunday Service On-line:  27th September

Sunday Service On-line: 27th September

This morning’s Livestream  service was led by the Macs.  You can find it here, or follow the link below. The gospel passage is Matthew 21 v23-32. All music covered by: CCLI 173761 and Streaming licence 1390213 Nitelife for young people is on this evening at 7.30pm....

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Sunday 17th Livestream Service

Sunday 17th Livestream Service

Duncan writes: You are warmly invited to join us for a livestream worship service which was held at 10am on Sunday morning. Watch it here, or follow the link below. Having made a beginning to the gospel of Mark last week, the lectionary breaks off into John’s gospel...

read more
Adventures with God

Adventures with God

From the Inverness Presbytery Newsletter: God is calling us to join Him in the real adventure of redeeming our part of the world, especially now as we struggle in lockdown. But how can we do this more effectively? That is a main question Fiona Morrison and Paul...

read more
Latest news from The Highlands Supports Refugees

Latest news from The Highlands Supports Refugees

Here's a video showing the most recent lorry load of donations from 'The Highlands Support Refugees' arriving in Chios. Sadly due to the pandemic we have been unable to collect donations at the church for some time. Hopefully once restrictions ease we can look forward...

read more
Looking back/Looking Forward – Rhymes Recollected

Looking back/Looking Forward – Rhymes Recollected

Join Audrey and John for the first Rhymes Recollected Online in 2021. Monday 11th January at 2pm.  The theme will be 'Looking back/looking forward.'  Audrey and John will be sharing poems familiar and less familiar - please get in touch to let us know what poems you'd...

read more
You are my beloved, my delight

You are my beloved, my delight

'You are my beloved, my delight.' Here's a lovely poem by Malcolm Guite (from his collection Sounding the Seasons) about the baptism of Jesus, and what it reveals, and a link to a musical reworking of the poem by Steve Bell. Beginning here we glimpse the Three-in-one;...

read more
Sunday 10th January 2021

Sunday 10th January 2021

Sunday Service on 10th January was livestreamed at 10am from the Church Facebook page. You can watch it here, or follow the link below. A message from Duncan: The lectionary readings for this Sunday are Genesis 1:1-5 Psalm 29 Acts 19 :1-7 Mark 1:1-11 This is the year...

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Support the Anchor Cafe – Takeaway service

Support the Anchor Cafe – Takeaway service

Good morning! After much deliberation we have decided to remain open for takeaway! 11am - 4pm Given the layout of the cafe, we believe social distancing is easily achievable. To try and minimise time spent on the premises, we would like to encourage customers to phone...

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Advent Prayers – a message from Duncan

Advent Prayers – a message from Duncan

Duncan writes: Thank you to everyone who has gathered with me each evening at 7pm for a time of sharing and prayer over Celtic Advent which began on 15th November. The fellowship has been rich and the reflections from Celtic Advent: 40 days of devotions to Christmas ...

read more
Christmas Eve Carol Service

Christmas Eve Carol Service

A Carol Service for Christmas Eve from 12 Inverness Churches. The service is slightly different to what was streamed on Sunday evening, the 20th. It will be premiered on the Church Facebook Page at 6.30 on Thursday 24th December

read more
Unlocking Christmas with Hope

Unlocking Christmas with Hope

12 local churches come together as one to bring you a message this Christmas   Join us daily at 6.30pm here  from tomorrow (Friday 11th December) as we begin ‘Unlocking Christmas with Hope’ For more information you can email thykingdomcomeinverness@gmail.com We...

read more
Hilton Family Support Christmas News

Hilton Family Support Christmas News

Simeon Ewing shares the latest news from Hilton Family Support, and there's a message from Project Chair Barry Dennis. You can read it below, or here as a PDF. Christmas 2020 Dear supporters, It’s hard to think that Christmas is just round the corner. It may be a...

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Services on 20th December

Services on 20th December

Sunday 20th December 2020 is the 4th Sunday in Advent.  There was a service in the Church at 10am,, and this service was live on the Church Facebook page.  You can watch it here, or follow the link below. At 6.30pm, we’ll be sharing in the joint Carol Service put...

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Worried about money?

Worried about money?

Worrying About Money? Follow the steps in the attached leaflet to find available financial advice and support in Highland. An advice leaflet from the Highland Council and other local agencies. A3 version here; Foldable version here

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Christmas on BBC Scotland – news from the Moderator

Christmas on BBC Scotland – news from the Moderator

In addition to Sunday Services and now, Reflections from the Quay, the BBC Scotland channel are broadcasting a Christmas Day version of ‘The Service’ at 12noon on 25 December, and the Resolutions programme featuring the ‘Scented Lament’ will be shown on BBC1 Scotland...

read more
‘Stories of Hope’ report

‘Stories of Hope’ report

The report, released on 7 December, found that churches across Scotland have delivered 212,214 individual acts of support with the help of more than 3,000 volunteers. Church-led projects in over 180 locations, from the Highlands to the Borders, were able to reach the...

read more
Letter from Duncan

Letter from Duncan

A letter from Duncan with Christmas Greetings, news about services, the Anchor Cafe, and plans for the future.  You can read it as a PDF here. Dear Friends, In a normal year, I would be expecting to see most of you face to face over the next 10 days at one of the...

read more
Christmas – a poem by Margaret Johnston

Christmas – a poem by Margaret Johnston

Here's a new poem by Margaret Johnston, which she wrote for yesterday's  Rhymes Recollected: Christmas It's almost here, it's coming fastThat special time of yearBut alas, alack, what changes now,A different one I fear. To get the food and presents inTo get it all...

read more
Rhymes Recollected: Celebrations

Rhymes Recollected: Celebrations

It was online Rhymes Recollected this afternoon: Audrey and John read poems about celbrating love, celebrating the coming of Light and Love at Christmas, celebrating the turn of the year. You can watch the session here, or follow the link below.

read more
God of all comfort

God of all comfort

Another reflection from my friend Davy Blackburn.  You can read more of his work here.  2 Cor 1:3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can...

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Mindfulness

Mindfulness

Duncan writes: Last night we incorporated a 15 minute mindfulness session into our Advent prayer gathering. Rhona Mackenzie who led our time together last night, also ran a session for us at the Lighthouse earlier this year. On both occasions, people sharing found the...

read more
Sunday Morning in the Church – 20th December

Sunday Morning in the Church – 20th December

Sunday Morning Service in the Church - 20th December at 10am - if you would like to come please phone or email Jane in the office to book a seat - details below ...... As per Government instructions we can only accommodate a maximum of 42 people in total in the...

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Learning from the Advent Wreath

Learning from the Advent Wreath

This morning, before Jane lit the second Advent Candle in our Advent Wreath, Duncan explained the significance of the wreath. I was struck that he described it as ‘part of our worship’, reminding us that it’s symbolism points to Jesus. Up until ten years ago, Duncan...

read more
Book Group report from Shona

Book Group report from Shona

Hi ladies We had a very nice Bookgroup Zoom meet last night. We discussed our books, chose new ones, planned our Christmas Social and organised Secret Santa!! Phew! Our first book was The Ninth Child by Sally Magnusson . We enjoyed the history around the story and the...

read more
Online Communion: Sunday 29th November, 7pm

Online Communion: Sunday 29th November, 7pm

An invitation from Duncan: We haven’t been together for worship at Hilton Church since 15th March. Even although we are beginning our services again this Sunday, it will be a while before many elements of our life together will be as they once were (if ever!) Sharing...

read more
Advent readings:  recommendations from Duncan

Advent readings: recommendations from Duncan

This Sunday, which is the First Sunday in Advent marks the beginning of a new church year. This is Year B and you can find the readings for every Sunday over the new year here.  It would be great if you were able to read the four passages in advance of each Sunday, as...

read more
Do what you can for the kingdom!

Do what you can for the kingdom!

Another reflection from my friend Davy Blackburn.  You can read more of his work here.   It's a reflection on the rebuilding of the city of  Jerusalem described in the Old Testament from which we can draw lessons about our role as workers in the Kingdom of Heaven...

read more
Advent Prayers – all welcome!

Advent Prayers – all welcome!

Message from Duncan: When you go on a pilgrimage of any sort, the end of a week is always a significant milestone. An opportunity to look back on all that has been experienced as well as wondering what lies ahead. We are now a week into our Advent Prayers which take...

read more
Advent Prayers began last night

Advent Prayers began last night

Duncan writes: Thank you to Eilidh and Nitelife for sharing in the first evening of Advent Prayers. Thank you to Carolyn Cload as well for organising the visuals. It was good to be back in the church building after so long. It was rather strange leading a Zoom...

read more
Sunday Service, 15th November

Sunday Service, 15th November

This Sunday morning at 10am, we are sharing a service led by the Moderator, Martin Fair. It would be nice if we all watch it together.  The link is here and below.  The Bible reading is John 1:1-18 (The Message)

read more
Dave and the Christmas Rehearsal Reversal

Dave and the Christmas Rehearsal Reversal

Exciting News Alert from Out of the Box Dave and the Christmas Rehearsal Reversal is coming to our YouTube channel in December. More details in the poster below. Please do stick the dates in your diary and share the news with your friends.

read more
Safer Communities  Safer Scotland

Safer Communities Safer Scotland

The information here (or click link below) ranges from Safety at home - Fire/Gas/Electricity, to Road and Water safety, and also Home Security, Scam prevention and Anti Social Behaviour. There is also useful information relating to Victim Support, Neighbourhood Watch...

read more
Hilton Family Project update: Simeon talks to John

Hilton Family Project update: Simeon talks to John

I had a chat with Simeon Ewing about how Hilton Family Support’s work is progressing. He outlined his activities, and told me he is regularly in contact with around 25 families. He had been hoping as the lockdown eased over the summer to be able to arrange some...

read more
Advent Services in the Church Building

Advent Services in the Church Building

ADVENT SERVICES IN THE CHURCH BUILDING The Elders met on 3rd November and reviewed the current arrangements for Sunday worship. We have not held a service in the building since 15th March. All of our services since then have been live streamed via Facebook live. With...

read more
A faith story

A faith story

I loved this reminiscence and faith story which Gavin White, a schoolfriend of mine posted yesterday on his 67th birthday, and share it here with his permission. I always remember Gavin as a very kind and thoughtful young man.  On this day, 67 years ago, I was born in...

read more
Words which build up…..

Words which build up…..

Another reflection from my friend Davy Blackburn.  You can read more of his work here.  Think before you speak Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those...

read more
ADVENT PRAYERS  2020

ADVENT PRAYERS 2020

Message from Duncan: ADVENT PRAYERS 2020  Celtic Advent begins on Sunday 15th November. Duncan will be leading a short time (max 30 minute) of prayer and reflection each evening  at 7pm for 40 days up until Christmas Eve. Using the medium of Zoom for such a gathering...

read more
Book Group news from Shona

Book Group news from Shona

News from Shona about the Book Group We had a really nice get together last night on Zoom. There were eleven of us there which was lovely. We had a good catch up on news and then discussed the books. The Garden of Small Things by Abi Waxman was an easy read with some...

read more
Is it cool to be a Christian?

Is it cool to be a Christian?

Another reflection from my friend Davy Blackburn. You can read more of his work here. A young Christian (in years and faith) once said to me, ‘it's not cool to be a Christian with my friends’. I suppose what he really meant was, it's not popular with my non Christian...

read more
Thanks from the Gunns……

Thanks from the Gunns……

On Friday  20th November, Phil Gunn who was with us over the last year as Probationary Minister will be ordained and inducted as the Minister of Roskeen Parish Church in Alness.  We’re so grateful to Phil, and to Clare, Anna, Ben and Beth for enriching us by their...

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Chase out all that ruins your walk with God

Chase out all that ruins your walk with God

Another reflection from my friend Davy Blackburn. You can read more of his work here. The Angel of the Lord at Bokim 2 The angel of the Lord went up from Gilgal to Bokim and said, “I brought you up out of Egypt and led you into the land I swore to give to your...

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When times are hard and God seems far away….

When times are hard and God seems far away….

How long, Lord? Duncan’s sermon on Psalm 13 -  18 October 2020 An encouragement for us when times are hard, and God seems far away How long, Lord? Will you forget me for ever?     How long will you hide your face from me? How long must I wrestle with my thoughts...

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Letter from the Church Board

Letter from the Church Board

There's a new letter from the Congregational Board here. It is an encouraging letter from Ian and Christine, with detailed information about finances, and about improvements to both the buulding and the Light House which have been carried out. Don’t miss it!

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He took me out of the pit  (Psalm 40)

He took me out of the pit (Psalm 40)

Duncan’s sermon on Sunday was, I think, particularly timely. We are continuing to face difficult and challenging times as we head into winter with our fears about our own health and the health of others close to us, fears about employment and money, fears about our...

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Sunday on-line service: 11th October 2020

Today's on-line service, lead by the Macs, is here (or follow link below)  The Bible passage is Psalm 40. With the kind permission of Wild Goose Publications,  we will be using this liturgy from The Wee Worship Book, which we have regularly used at our evening Light...

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Spirit of the Highlands

Spirit of the Highlands

Here's an interesting mail from Amy Atkinson at Highlife Highland highlighting a project to gather brief autobiographical stories reflecting the 'Spirit of the Highlands' This is in connection with the project to re-purpose Inverness Castle so that it reflects...

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Last Aid: on-line course from Highland Hospice

Last Aid: on-line course from Highland Hospice

Highland Hospice have asked us to publicise a free on-line course which they are running - Last Aid. The course is aimed at general members of the public, and designed to create awareness on topics around Death and Dying. For more information, click on this...

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Nitelife: back in the church building

Nitelife: back in the church building

Eilidh writes: Our Hilton Youth Group Nitelife met in the church building yesterday evening. It was the first time the church has been used for an event since March! Was lovely to be back together again in the Sanctuary.

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Rhymes Recollected: 5th October

Rhymes Recollected: 5th October

Another of the fortnightly poetry series when Audrey and John read your favourite poems was live on the Church Facebook page this afternoon. This time, the theme is 'Poems about a special person' - either a person important to you, or important to whoever wrote the...

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Christ will keep your inner compass true

Christ will keep your inner compass true

A very timely and helpful poem on Psalm 49, published today on his blog by Malcolm Guite: Where Christ himself is there to welcome youThen you are home, wherever you may fare.And Christ will keep your inner compass true Though all the world is rushing everywhere,This...

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Meet the Moderator

Meet the Moderator

John Dempster asks Dr Martin Fair about the convictions, vision, and gifts he brings to his role, the faith journey which has shaped him, and the sustaining wisdom of Christian faith in this year of crisis. Meet the Moderator I recently had a chat with Church of...

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News from Cala Ceilidh Band

News from Cala Ceilidh Band

We are absolutely delighted with how well received the single has been folks, it has been very encouraging for all of us. Big things planned, so stay tuned! See Facebook and Instagram @calainverness

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Sunday on-line service: 4th October 2020

Sunday on-line service: 4th October 2020

This morning's online service, led by the Macs is here or follow the link below. The gospel passage was Matthew 21 v 33-45. With the kind permission of Wild Goose Publications,  we used a liturgy from The Wee Worship Book, which we have regularly used at our evening...

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Being in the world

Being in the world

Another reflection from my friend Davy Blackburn Being in the world Psalm 1:1 Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers. Being in the world and being of the world are two...

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News about the Anchor Cafe at the Light House

News about the Anchor Cafe at the Light House

A message from Hannah and Joe.... Hello. We're happy to announce that today we finally started the preparations for getting Anchor Cafe at the Hilton Lighthouse opened for business. We'll keep you updated as things progress over the weeks ahead.   All the best....

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Phil: the lessons I’ve learned

Phil: the lessons I’ve learned

On Sunday we say farewell to Phil Gunn, who has been with us over the last 15 months as Probationary Minister.  But don't worry - he's not going far - he is soon to be ordained as minister of Roskeen Parish Church.  You can read about Phil's earlier experiences here,...

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Farewell to Phil, Clare, Anna, Ben and Beth Gunn

Farewell to Phil, Clare, Anna, Ben and Beth Gunn

This coming Sunday we say 'farewell' to the Gunns. Phil's 15 months as a Probationary Minister comes to an end.  I had a wee chat with Phil about his time with us.  You can read about his experiences before coming to Hilton here, and there's more about the lessons...

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Sunday Service On-line:  27th September

Sunday Service On-line: 27th September

This morning’s Livestream  service was led by the Macs.  You can find it here, or follow the link below. The gospel passage is Matthew 21 v23-32. All music covered by: CCLI 173761 and Streaming licence 1390213 Nitelife for young people is on this evening at 7.30pm....

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Sunday 17th Livestream Service

Sunday 17th Livestream Service

Duncan writes: You are warmly invited to join us for a livestream worship service which was held at 10am on Sunday morning. Watch it here, or follow the link below. Having made a beginning to the gospel of Mark last week, the lectionary breaks off into John’s gospel...

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Adventures with God

Adventures with God

From the Inverness Presbytery Newsletter: God is calling us to join Him in the real adventure of redeeming our part of the world, especially now as we struggle in lockdown. But how can we do this more effectively? That is a main question Fiona Morrison and Paul...

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Latest news from The Highlands Supports Refugees

Latest news from The Highlands Supports Refugees

Here's a video showing the most recent lorry load of donations from 'The Highlands Support Refugees' arriving in Chios. Sadly due to the pandemic we have been unable to collect donations at the church for some time. Hopefully once restrictions ease we can look forward...

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Looking back/Looking Forward – Rhymes Recollected

Looking back/Looking Forward – Rhymes Recollected

Join Audrey and John for the first Rhymes Recollected Online in 2021. Monday 11th January at 2pm.  The theme will be 'Looking back/looking forward.'  Audrey and John will be sharing poems familiar and less familiar - please get in touch to let us know what poems you'd...

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You are my beloved, my delight

You are my beloved, my delight

'You are my beloved, my delight.' Here's a lovely poem by Malcolm Guite (from his collection Sounding the Seasons) about the baptism of Jesus, and what it reveals, and a link to a musical reworking of the poem by Steve Bell. Beginning here we glimpse the Three-in-one;...

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Sunday 10th January 2021

Sunday 10th January 2021

Sunday Service on 10th January was livestreamed at 10am from the Church Facebook page. You can watch it here, or follow the link below. A message from Duncan: The lectionary readings for this Sunday are Genesis 1:1-5 Psalm 29 Acts 19 :1-7 Mark 1:1-11 This is the year...

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Support the Anchor Cafe – Takeaway service

Support the Anchor Cafe – Takeaway service

Good morning! After much deliberation we have decided to remain open for takeaway! 11am - 4pm Given the layout of the cafe, we believe social distancing is easily achievable. To try and minimise time spent on the premises, we would like to encourage customers to phone...

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