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Holy Week Family Challenge: Easter Sunday

Holy Week Family Challenge: Easter Sunday

Thank you to all who sent in a picture of their interpretation of the Gospel account for the Holy Week Lego Challenge. Here are some pictures we received showing the good news of Easter Day. Early in the morning they went to the tomb! Why are you crying? Mary!

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Thomas

Thomas

In his earlier post, Phil asked us to think creatively about next Sunday's Bble passage, John 20:19-31 and t:o make something using our particular talents to extress our thoughts. Here's a very penetrating poem published online yesterday by Kaitlin Shetler. It's...

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Be inspired by next Sunday’s Bible passage!

Be inspired by next Sunday’s Bible passage!

Phil writes:   As we continue through this time of lockdown, we want to encourage you all all to get creative with a weekly challenge. You could do this as a whole family or own your own. The idea is that we read the Scripture passage for the upcoming Sunday or...

read more

Easter Butterflies with Philip Noble

Philip Noble writes: Easter symbols in the early church often included butterflies for obvious reasons - life in a new dimension breaking out of the cocoon. I'm suggesting that folk might make  butterflies and put them in the window. Any kind, drawn and coloured it,...

read more
Message from Lorna at Highland Foodbank

Message from Lorna at Highland Foodbank

We have received the following letter from Lorna Dempster at Highland Foodbank....... Dear Churches supporting Highland Foodbank We are living in very uncertain times just now, and for some members and friends of your church it must be difficult not being able to...

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Points for prayer at Easter from Tearfund

Points for prayer at Easter from Tearfund

Phil writes: As we approach Easter, let us remember we have a God who is bigger, stronger and more powerful than the situation we find ourselves in right now. Let us continue to turn to him in prayer. These prayer points from Tearfund may help get you started. PRAYER...

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Easter Sunday On-line Service

Easter Sunday On-line Service

EASTER SUNDAY WORSHIP @ HILTON PARISH CHURCH We invite you to join us for a time of worship on Sunday morning at 10am through the FaceTime link on Hilton Parish Church’s facebook page. The text for Sunday morning is John 20 v1-18. The songs for Sunday are: Come people...

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Maundy Thursday on-line prayer service

Maundy Thursday on-line prayer service

Rory writes We have just had a really lovely time of prayer and reflection for Maunday Thursday led by Phil Gunn together with David & Jo Whillis. It was so lovely to see so many familiar faces over the Zoom link. This was followed by our Clap for the NHS. We...

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Gethsemane by Mary Oliver

Gethsemane by Mary Oliver

“Gethsemane” by Mary Oliver (Ros Noble shares this poem, which her daughter Dorcas brought to her attention)                                                                                                                               The grass never sleeps. Or the...

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Holy Week Family Challenge: Day 4

Holy Week Family Challenge: Day 4

Phil writes 'Another fantastic effort for us today revealing the theme of the Gospel passage John 13:1-17 & 31b-35'  There's also a short video with sound which Phil has added to his post on the Hilton Church Facebook page.

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Still crafting……..

Still crafting……..

The folk in Shona's Craft and Repair Cafe have been continuing to be wonderfully creative this week in various ways. I think this creativity is a lovely statement of hope, joy and defiance in the face of uncertainty and fear. Keep making beautiful things - creativity...

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A meditation for Holy Week

A meditation for Holy Week

Duncan shares this prayer, received from Faith Nurture.  We offer a reflection on this time, which can be shared and used, and pray for God’s peace to be with you – a peace that passes all understanding. Things Are Different Now                                        ...

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Holy Week Family Challenge: Day 2

Holy Week Family Challenge: Day 2

On day two of the challenge, the children of Sunday Club were asked to re-imagine the scene described in John 12:20-36 - quite a difficult one, as the focus is on Jesus words rather than on any actions.

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Holy Week on-line: suggestions from Duncan

Holy Week on-line: suggestions from Duncan

Dear Friends, This is a Holy Week experience like no other we have experienced in our life.  I hope you are finding whatever resources you are drawing on helpful and encouraging. I have been using the lectionary bible readings which I posted on Sunday, together with...

read more
Holy Week Family Challenge: the first photos!

Holy Week Family Challenge: the first photos!

The Sunday Club children were invited to recreate the scene in today's Gospel reading from John 1-11. It's the story of Jesus having a meal at his friends' house in Bethany. A woman called Mary washed Jesus' feet with expensive perfume..... Remember that in the...

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Family Holy Week Challenge

Family Holy Week Challenge

From Phil and Carolyn at the Sunday Club: Family Holy Week Challenge Dear friends, As we continue in this time of lockdown and isolation, we thought it might be good to encourage one another and so we have come up with a family challenge that we hope you will do all...

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Online Rhymes Recollected

Online Rhymes Recollected

Hi everyone, Had Rhymes Recollected been able to meet, we would have been sharing ‘My favourites’ this week. Whether or not you normally come to Rhymes Recollected why not send me a favourite poem – or perhaps a poem which you are finding particularly encouraging just...

read more
Announcing SUTV – with a familiar face!

Announcing SUTV – with a familiar face!

With SU Holidays being cancelled this year there is something else on offer... ?2 DAYS to go until SUTV is on our screens!!? And there's a familiar face appearing on SUTV some days! Pop-up YouTube shows featuring God’s words and crazy fun for youth everywhere. Made in...

read more
Message from Philip and Matthew Todd

Message from Philip and Matthew Todd

Philip and Matthew Todd are well-know to us at Hilton Church. Both have been involved in Out of the Box’s Acting, Music and Puppetry events at the church, including the making of excellent videos showcasing the work of each AMP event. Matthew works as part of the Out...

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Sunday’s Livestream:  5th April

Sunday’s Livestream: 5th April

A message from Duncan: Dear Friends, This Sunday morning we shall be celebrating Jesus’ triumphal entry in to Jerusalem - Palm Sunday. We will be gathering together via Hilton Church Facebook live at 10am . It would be great if you could join us. The livestream will...

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We have an anchor…we have a rudder…we have a hope

We have an anchor…we have a rudder…we have a hope

 John writes: ‘I think this message from Pope Francis, delivered last Friday evening in St Peter’s Basilica, Rome is a powerful, prophetic, nourishing word from God to the whole church.’ Sermon from Pope Francis on 27th March [Mark 4:35-41] “When evening had come” (Mk...

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Presbytery’s Coronavirus Newsletter, issue 1

Presbytery’s Coronavirus Newsletter, issue 1

Click here  to read  the first Here to serve newsletter from the Inverness Presbytery Church Support (IPCS) team. You will find lots of links, guidelines and ideas. For future editions, we are hopeful to start including many ideas from our local churches.

read more
Practice the art of solitude

Practice the art of solitude

Iain Todd shares this thought from the Northumbrian Community daily readings: This reading from Anne Morrow Lindbergh (photo above) surely speaks into our situation today....and may help us realise that fullness Christ promises.. It is a difficult lesson to learn...

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More creativity…..

More creativity…..

More lovely artwork shared by Shona’s ‘craft and repair’ group! (The round objects in one photo are ingenious imitation wasps nests, to be hung outside in the hope of dissuading wasps from building real nests under the eves! I love all this creativity. It’s a...

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This is the time to be slow

This is the time to be slow

Duncan sent this: Fergal Keane reads from the Benedictus: Book of Blessings by John O'Donohue. (Pictured above.) On Radio 4's Today programme, some of BBC News' best-known voices are offering favourite poems of #comfortandhope, and talking about the importance of the...

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Find out the latest about Hilton Family Support

Find out the latest about Hilton Family Support

Simeon sends the March issue of the Hilton Family Support Newsletter.  You can read it by clicking here.  and find out about this newly-registered charity making a difference to families at the heart of Hilton. In the current lockdown, Simeon says, 'everything has...

read more
Not cancelled

Not cancelled

Iain Todd shares this, which he came across today,  with us: Church OnlineNOT CANCELLEDQuiet time with GodNOT CANCELLEDPraying for the sickNOT CANCELLEDHelping othersNOT CANCELLEDBeing the ChurchNOW MORE THAN EVER

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More crafty pictures!

More crafty pictures!

I think the photo below is one someone is using for inspiration for their own project, but it looks so cheerful that I thought I would pop it up here anyway!

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Where is God? Another poem from Margaret Johnston

Where is God? Another poem from Margaret Johnston

Where ?   Where is your God a friend asked me in this sorrow and this pain ? He's there right here beside us, its always been the same. He will comfort all the grieving he will be there very near He will put his arms around you and wipe away your tears. God IS here in...

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Thoughts from John: 3  The love which banishes fear

Thoughts from John: 3 The love which banishes fear

The third and final thing I wanted to share is John’s comment in 1 John 4:18: But perfect love drives out fear.’ The immediate context of these verses is John’s discussion of God’s love for us. God is love. If we have love in our hearts, says John, it’s a sign that...

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Three thoughts from John: 1    God weeps with us

Three thoughts from John: 1 God weeps with us

Three things came to mind to share today. The thing which stood out most for me during the Livestream this morning was this section from John 11. This is in the New Living Translation, which I think Shona was reading from: They told him, “Lord, come and see!' 35  Then...

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News of tomorrow’s livestream service

News of tomorrow’s livestream service

LIVESTREAM @ HILTON PARISH CHURCH on SUNDAY 29TH MARCH 2020 Dear Friends, We shall be gathering again to worship at 10am tomorrow morning through Facebook live on the Hilton Church Facebook page. We will go live at 9.50am and we invite you to bring your greetings at...

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Another Scotland-wide call to prayer

Another Scotland-wide call to prayer

Last Sunday, thousands of Christians across Scotland answered the call to pray at the same time in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Following positive feedback from last week's prayer initiative, a further letter has been signed by 14 Christian organisations across...

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Finding hope in our isolation: a post from Phil

Finding hope in our isolation: a post from Phil

Dear friends,  As we come towards the end of, for most of us, our first week in isolation it can be easy to lose hope as the normality of our lives is thrown into disarray and as we face the uncertainty of the future. And yet as I was reading Psalm 33, this morning I...

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Tom Wright on the Coronavirus

Tom Wright on the Coronavirus

Message from Duncan: I have just watched this Youtube in which Tom Wright (former Bishop of Durham and writer) gives a Christian response to the Pandemic. I think it's absolutely superb and would encourage you to watch.

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Rhymes for the times…..

Rhymes for the times…..

Rhymes Recollected wasn’t able to meet this week. Here are some thoughts and poems, relevant to the current situation chosen by Audrey who wrote most of the accompanying text – John added a little. Our theme this week was Home - what irony in our self -isolating...

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Learn with Philip Noble

Learn with Philip Noble

Philip Noble writes I'm taking time these days to share on video some of the skills and stories I have picked up in my wanderings through this wonderful world I'll try to post something new every few days, beginning with string but soon paper models and stories also....

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The creativity continues

The creativity continues

During these days of 'self-isolation' the ladies who attend the Repair Cafe are encourging one another by circulating pictures of creative projects they have been working on. The creativity continues!                  ...

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When it’s hard to pray

When it’s hard to pray

In his daily devotional post, Richard Rohr today quoted words from Brian McLaren about praying in time of crisis, words which are very relevant to us today. Iain Todd recommends this post: 'I like the message of the strength and power in simple words... when we feel...

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Towards Sunday: a message from Duncan

Towards Sunday: a message from Duncan

Dear Friends, We are living in tumultuous times. The Government announcements last night now have the majority of us in a situation of lockdown, initially for 3 weeks but in all likelihood it will last much longer. It’s so good that we have the internet to keep us in...

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Share your blessings: an invitation from John

Share your blessings: an invitation from John

spoken Share your blessings: an invitation from John It was lovely to read Phil’s encouraging reflection on Psalm 130 on Facebook and the Blog today, and to listen to Duncan’s discussion on Sunday of Psalm 46 and of the principle of Shalom. Duncan reminded us of the...

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Am encouraging message from Phil

Am encouraging message from Phil

Dear friends, Following last night’s advice from the government we have been told to ‘stay home’ and self-isolate so we can protect each other and help the NHS by not overloading it. And so many of us face the prospect of remaining at home for the foreseeable future....

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Morning call service: a message from Duncan

Morning call service: a message from Duncan

Message from Duncan In a situation where we are now very limited in our movements, here’s a local organisation keeping in touch by telephone. We encourage you to make use of your phones, to be in touch regularly with all the people in your networks, especially those...

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An imargined letter from COVID-19 to humans

An imargined letter from COVID-19 to humans

Some of you may already have seen this: not a specifically Christian piece, but it contains much wisdom. An Imagined Letter from Covid-19 to Humans Stop. Just stop. It is no longer a request. It is a mandate. We will help you. We will bring the supersonic, high speed...

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Emergency Food Collection

Emergency Food Collection

A collection of food is taking place at Tesco at the Inverness Shopping Park (formerly known as the Retail Park) to help local people in need at this time of crisis. The collected food will go among other things for Joe’s Anchor cooking at Light House, Blythswood...

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A message from the Church of Scotland

A message from the Church of Scotland

Radio and Television/Social Media Early conversations with BBC Scotland about a possible Sunday service to be broadcast are taking place; further details will be released as they become available. The Moderator of the General Assembly, the Right Reverend Colin...

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Thoughts from Tearfund, shared by Phil

Thoughts from Tearfund, shared by Phil

Phil shares this! I found this reflection from Tearfund's daily lent reflections very helpful this morning. ‘Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfil the law of Christ.’ (Galatians 6:2) I wrote the original version of this reflection back in...

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Important message from Duncan: services cancelled

Important message from Duncan: services cancelled

Dear Friends, Over the past 24 hours , the Kirk Session of Hilton Church have been reflecting on the new Government guidelines about meeting in public places. We made the decision earlier today to cancel all services for the foreseeable future. I held off putting...

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God’s great love for us

God’s great love for us

The other day, a member of a committee I sit on asked each of the committee members to share a nugget of spiritual wisdom which we found nourishing. She planned to circulate all the shared wisdom around folk in our organisation. I thought quite a bit about this, and...

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Isolated but not alone

Isolated but not alone

A lovely post from Phil to help us as we take the government's advice to avoid socialising as much as possible. During these challenging and uncertain times, it can be difficult to avoid panicking and falling victim to fear, it’s not like there are any classes, we can...

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A message from Duncan

A message from Duncan

A message from Duncan, written last night It felt quite surreal meeting at Hilton Church today. The congregation this morning was less than half its normal size. We also had our Stated Annual meeting after the service. It was good to be able to reflect together on so...

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Prayer Points for week beginning 16th March

Prayer Points for week beginning 16th March

Weekly Prayer Points TLG Give thanks for TLG. TLG is a Christian charity that helps churches to bring hope and a future for struggling children Give thanks for all who have been mentoring children this year from our congregation and from across the country Pray for...

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Bible passage for Sunday’s service: John 4:1-42

Bible passage for Sunday’s service: John 4:1-42

John 4:1-42 (New International Version) Now Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard that he was gaining and baptising more disciples than John – 2 although in fact it was not Jesus who baptised, but his disciples. 3 So he left Judea and went back once more to...

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The God who sees

The God who sees

Here's a moving video about situations in the Bible including the experience of Hagar who features in tomorrow's Bible reading. An abandoned single woman finds that God sees, God is with her in her prregnancy, in her abandonment

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Genesis 16: Bible reading for tomorrow’s service

Genesis 16: Bible reading for tomorrow’s service

Genesis 16 Hagar and Ishmael 16 Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, had borne him no children. But she had an Egyptian slave named Hagar; 2 so she said to Abram, ‘The LORD has kept me from having children. Go, sleep with my slave; perhaps I can build a family through her.’ Abram...

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Prayer points for week beginning 8th March

Prayer points for week beginning 8th March

Here are the prayer points for week beginning 7th March Schools Give thanks for all the work Hilton church is able to offer to Cauldeen and Hilton and that we are gladly welcomed in. Give thanks for the work of all the staff who are working with our children, helping...

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Prayer Points week beginning 1st March

Prayer Points week beginning 1st March

Weekly Prayer Points Tearfund Please pray for Zimbabwe, where people are struggling to feed their families in the midst of a huge drought. Although in some parts of the country it has finally begun to rain, the damage has already been done. Please pray that it's not...

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Lent 2020 at the Light House

Lent 2020 at the Light House

 For the Sundays in Lent beginning Sunday coming (1st March)  we will be sharing together at 6.30pm in the Light House in a short series called Opening the Scriptures – setting our hearts on fire On Sunday, the theme will be The Fire and the Name (Exodus chapter 3,...

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This morning’s flowers

This morning’s flowers

Duncan writes: Beautiful flowers arranged this morning by Eleanor Johnston. We are also grateful to Hilton Coop for donating the flowers which were in the foyer and on the Communion Table.

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The power of words: this morning’s service

The power of words: this morning’s service

A great children’s talk from Phil this morning, which summed up the theme of the service. He issued each of the kids who were willing to come to the front with a plastic plate and a tube of toothpaste, and set them to task of drawing pictures on the plate with...

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Book Group Report from Angela

Book Group Report from Angela

Book Group news from Angela Thank you all for a lovely evening...it was great to see an amazing 15 people (a new record?) including a couple of new faces! We were all enjoying the chat but did eventually get round to discussing the books!  First up was The Librarian...

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Bible passage for Sunday when Phil will be preaching

Bible passage for Sunday when Phil will be preaching

James 3:1-12 New International Version - UK Taming the tongue   Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly. 2 We all stumble in many ways. Anyone who is never at fault in what they say...

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Prayer Points for week beginning 23rd February

Prayer Points for week beginning 23rd February

Weekly Prayer Points Missipn Aviation Fellowshio • Praise God for their ability to help meet the needs of 1.4 million refugees in Uganda • Pray that they may continue to be able to help provide food to help alleviate malnutrition through the partners they fly in...

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Holy Week Family Challenge: Easter Sunday

Holy Week Family Challenge: Easter Sunday

Thank you to all who sent in a picture of their interpretation of the Gospel account for the Holy Week Lego Challenge. Here are some pictures we received showing the good news of Easter Day. Early in the morning they went to the tomb! Why are you crying? Mary!

read more
Thomas

Thomas

In his earlier post, Phil asked us to think creatively about next Sunday's Bble passage, John 20:19-31 and t:o make something using our particular talents to extress our thoughts. Here's a very penetrating poem published online yesterday by Kaitlin Shetler. It's...

read more
Be inspired by next Sunday’s Bible passage!

Be inspired by next Sunday’s Bible passage!

Phil writes:   As we continue through this time of lockdown, we want to encourage you all all to get creative with a weekly challenge. You could do this as a whole family or own your own. The idea is that we read the Scripture passage for the upcoming Sunday or...

read more

Easter Butterflies with Philip Noble

Philip Noble writes: Easter symbols in the early church often included butterflies for obvious reasons - life in a new dimension breaking out of the cocoon. I'm suggesting that folk might make  butterflies and put them in the window. Any kind, drawn and coloured it,...

read more
Message from Lorna at Highland Foodbank

Message from Lorna at Highland Foodbank

We have received the following letter from Lorna Dempster at Highland Foodbank....... Dear Churches supporting Highland Foodbank We are living in very uncertain times just now, and for some members and friends of your church it must be difficult not being able to...

read more
Points for prayer at Easter from Tearfund

Points for prayer at Easter from Tearfund

Phil writes: As we approach Easter, let us remember we have a God who is bigger, stronger and more powerful than the situation we find ourselves in right now. Let us continue to turn to him in prayer. These prayer points from Tearfund may help get you started. PRAYER...

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Easter Sunday On-line Service

Easter Sunday On-line Service

EASTER SUNDAY WORSHIP @ HILTON PARISH CHURCH We invite you to join us for a time of worship on Sunday morning at 10am through the FaceTime link on Hilton Parish Church’s facebook page. The text for Sunday morning is John 20 v1-18. The songs for Sunday are: Come people...

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Maundy Thursday on-line prayer service

Maundy Thursday on-line prayer service

Rory writes We have just had a really lovely time of prayer and reflection for Maunday Thursday led by Phil Gunn together with David & Jo Whillis. It was so lovely to see so many familiar faces over the Zoom link. This was followed by our Clap for the NHS. We...

read more
Gethsemane by Mary Oliver

Gethsemane by Mary Oliver

“Gethsemane” by Mary Oliver (Ros Noble shares this poem, which her daughter Dorcas brought to her attention)                                                                                                                               The grass never sleeps. Or the...

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Holy Week Family Challenge: Day 4

Holy Week Family Challenge: Day 4

Phil writes 'Another fantastic effort for us today revealing the theme of the Gospel passage John 13:1-17 & 31b-35'  There's also a short video with sound which Phil has added to his post on the Hilton Church Facebook page.

read more
Still crafting……..

Still crafting……..

The folk in Shona's Craft and Repair Cafe have been continuing to be wonderfully creative this week in various ways. I think this creativity is a lovely statement of hope, joy and defiance in the face of uncertainty and fear. Keep making beautiful things - creativity...

read more
A meditation for Holy Week

A meditation for Holy Week

Duncan shares this prayer, received from Faith Nurture.  We offer a reflection on this time, which can be shared and used, and pray for God’s peace to be with you – a peace that passes all understanding. Things Are Different Now                                        ...

read more
Holy Week Family Challenge: Day 2

Holy Week Family Challenge: Day 2

On day two of the challenge, the children of Sunday Club were asked to re-imagine the scene described in John 12:20-36 - quite a difficult one, as the focus is on Jesus words rather than on any actions.

read more
Holy Week on-line: suggestions from Duncan

Holy Week on-line: suggestions from Duncan

Dear Friends, This is a Holy Week experience like no other we have experienced in our life.  I hope you are finding whatever resources you are drawing on helpful and encouraging. I have been using the lectionary bible readings which I posted on Sunday, together with...

read more
Holy Week Family Challenge: the first photos!

Holy Week Family Challenge: the first photos!

The Sunday Club children were invited to recreate the scene in today's Gospel reading from John 1-11. It's the story of Jesus having a meal at his friends' house in Bethany. A woman called Mary washed Jesus' feet with expensive perfume..... Remember that in the...

read more
Family Holy Week Challenge

Family Holy Week Challenge

From Phil and Carolyn at the Sunday Club: Family Holy Week Challenge Dear friends, As we continue in this time of lockdown and isolation, we thought it might be good to encourage one another and so we have come up with a family challenge that we hope you will do all...

read more
Online Rhymes Recollected

Online Rhymes Recollected

Hi everyone, Had Rhymes Recollected been able to meet, we would have been sharing ‘My favourites’ this week. Whether or not you normally come to Rhymes Recollected why not send me a favourite poem – or perhaps a poem which you are finding particularly encouraging just...

read more
Announcing SUTV – with a familiar face!

Announcing SUTV – with a familiar face!

With SU Holidays being cancelled this year there is something else on offer... ?2 DAYS to go until SUTV is on our screens!!? And there's a familiar face appearing on SUTV some days! Pop-up YouTube shows featuring God’s words and crazy fun for youth everywhere. Made in...

read more
Message from Philip and Matthew Todd

Message from Philip and Matthew Todd

Philip and Matthew Todd are well-know to us at Hilton Church. Both have been involved in Out of the Box’s Acting, Music and Puppetry events at the church, including the making of excellent videos showcasing the work of each AMP event. Matthew works as part of the Out...

read more
Sunday’s Livestream:  5th April

Sunday’s Livestream: 5th April

A message from Duncan: Dear Friends, This Sunday morning we shall be celebrating Jesus’ triumphal entry in to Jerusalem - Palm Sunday. We will be gathering together via Hilton Church Facebook live at 10am . It would be great if you could join us. The livestream will...

read more
We have an anchor…we have a rudder…we have a hope

We have an anchor…we have a rudder…we have a hope

 John writes: ‘I think this message from Pope Francis, delivered last Friday evening in St Peter’s Basilica, Rome is a powerful, prophetic, nourishing word from God to the whole church.’ Sermon from Pope Francis on 27th March [Mark 4:35-41] “When evening had come” (Mk...

read more
Presbytery’s Coronavirus Newsletter, issue 1

Presbytery’s Coronavirus Newsletter, issue 1

Click here  to read  the first Here to serve newsletter from the Inverness Presbytery Church Support (IPCS) team. You will find lots of links, guidelines and ideas. For future editions, we are hopeful to start including many ideas from our local churches.

read more
Practice the art of solitude

Practice the art of solitude

Iain Todd shares this thought from the Northumbrian Community daily readings: This reading from Anne Morrow Lindbergh (photo above) surely speaks into our situation today....and may help us realise that fullness Christ promises.. It is a difficult lesson to learn...

read more
More creativity…..

More creativity…..

More lovely artwork shared by Shona’s ‘craft and repair’ group! (The round objects in one photo are ingenious imitation wasps nests, to be hung outside in the hope of dissuading wasps from building real nests under the eves! I love all this creativity. It’s a...

read more
This is the time to be slow

This is the time to be slow

Duncan sent this: Fergal Keane reads from the Benedictus: Book of Blessings by John O'Donohue. (Pictured above.) On Radio 4's Today programme, some of BBC News' best-known voices are offering favourite poems of #comfortandhope, and talking about the importance of the...

read more
Find out the latest about Hilton Family Support

Find out the latest about Hilton Family Support

Simeon sends the March issue of the Hilton Family Support Newsletter.  You can read it by clicking here.  and find out about this newly-registered charity making a difference to families at the heart of Hilton. In the current lockdown, Simeon says, 'everything has...

read more
Not cancelled

Not cancelled

Iain Todd shares this, which he came across today,  with us: Church OnlineNOT CANCELLEDQuiet time with GodNOT CANCELLEDPraying for the sickNOT CANCELLEDHelping othersNOT CANCELLEDBeing the ChurchNOW MORE THAN EVER

read more
More crafty pictures!

More crafty pictures!

I think the photo below is one someone is using for inspiration for their own project, but it looks so cheerful that I thought I would pop it up here anyway!

read more
Where is God? Another poem from Margaret Johnston

Where is God? Another poem from Margaret Johnston

Where ?   Where is your God a friend asked me in this sorrow and this pain ? He's there right here beside us, its always been the same. He will comfort all the grieving he will be there very near He will put his arms around you and wipe away your tears. God IS here in...

read more
Thoughts from John: 3  The love which banishes fear

Thoughts from John: 3 The love which banishes fear

The third and final thing I wanted to share is John’s comment in 1 John 4:18: But perfect love drives out fear.’ The immediate context of these verses is John’s discussion of God’s love for us. God is love. If we have love in our hearts, says John, it’s a sign that...

read more
Three thoughts from John: 1    God weeps with us

Three thoughts from John: 1 God weeps with us

Three things came to mind to share today. The thing which stood out most for me during the Livestream this morning was this section from John 11. This is in the New Living Translation, which I think Shona was reading from: They told him, “Lord, come and see!' 35  Then...

read more
News of tomorrow’s livestream service

News of tomorrow’s livestream service

LIVESTREAM @ HILTON PARISH CHURCH on SUNDAY 29TH MARCH 2020 Dear Friends, We shall be gathering again to worship at 10am tomorrow morning through Facebook live on the Hilton Church Facebook page. We will go live at 9.50am and we invite you to bring your greetings at...

read more
Another Scotland-wide call to prayer

Another Scotland-wide call to prayer

Last Sunday, thousands of Christians across Scotland answered the call to pray at the same time in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Following positive feedback from last week's prayer initiative, a further letter has been signed by 14 Christian organisations across...

read more
Finding hope in our isolation: a post from Phil

Finding hope in our isolation: a post from Phil

Dear friends,  As we come towards the end of, for most of us, our first week in isolation it can be easy to lose hope as the normality of our lives is thrown into disarray and as we face the uncertainty of the future. And yet as I was reading Psalm 33, this morning I...

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Tom Wright on the Coronavirus

Tom Wright on the Coronavirus

Message from Duncan: I have just watched this Youtube in which Tom Wright (former Bishop of Durham and writer) gives a Christian response to the Pandemic. I think it's absolutely superb and would encourage you to watch.

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Rhymes for the times…..

Rhymes for the times…..

Rhymes Recollected wasn’t able to meet this week. Here are some thoughts and poems, relevant to the current situation chosen by Audrey who wrote most of the accompanying text – John added a little. Our theme this week was Home - what irony in our self -isolating...

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Learn with Philip Noble

Learn with Philip Noble

Philip Noble writes I'm taking time these days to share on video some of the skills and stories I have picked up in my wanderings through this wonderful world I'll try to post something new every few days, beginning with string but soon paper models and stories also....

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The creativity continues

The creativity continues

During these days of 'self-isolation' the ladies who attend the Repair Cafe are encourging one another by circulating pictures of creative projects they have been working on. The creativity continues!                  ...

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When it’s hard to pray

When it’s hard to pray

In his daily devotional post, Richard Rohr today quoted words from Brian McLaren about praying in time of crisis, words which are very relevant to us today. Iain Todd recommends this post: 'I like the message of the strength and power in simple words... when we feel...

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Towards Sunday: a message from Duncan

Towards Sunday: a message from Duncan

Dear Friends, We are living in tumultuous times. The Government announcements last night now have the majority of us in a situation of lockdown, initially for 3 weeks but in all likelihood it will last much longer. It’s so good that we have the internet to keep us in...

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Share your blessings: an invitation from John

Share your blessings: an invitation from John

spoken Share your blessings: an invitation from John It was lovely to read Phil’s encouraging reflection on Psalm 130 on Facebook and the Blog today, and to listen to Duncan’s discussion on Sunday of Psalm 46 and of the principle of Shalom. Duncan reminded us of the...

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Am encouraging message from Phil

Am encouraging message from Phil

Dear friends, Following last night’s advice from the government we have been told to ‘stay home’ and self-isolate so we can protect each other and help the NHS by not overloading it. And so many of us face the prospect of remaining at home for the foreseeable future....

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Morning call service: a message from Duncan

Morning call service: a message from Duncan

Message from Duncan In a situation where we are now very limited in our movements, here’s a local organisation keeping in touch by telephone. We encourage you to make use of your phones, to be in touch regularly with all the people in your networks, especially those...

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An imargined letter from COVID-19 to humans

An imargined letter from COVID-19 to humans

Some of you may already have seen this: not a specifically Christian piece, but it contains much wisdom. An Imagined Letter from Covid-19 to Humans Stop. Just stop. It is no longer a request. It is a mandate. We will help you. We will bring the supersonic, high speed...

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Emergency Food Collection

Emergency Food Collection

A collection of food is taking place at Tesco at the Inverness Shopping Park (formerly known as the Retail Park) to help local people in need at this time of crisis. The collected food will go among other things for Joe’s Anchor cooking at Light House, Blythswood...

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A message from the Church of Scotland

A message from the Church of Scotland

Radio and Television/Social Media Early conversations with BBC Scotland about a possible Sunday service to be broadcast are taking place; further details will be released as they become available. The Moderator of the General Assembly, the Right Reverend Colin...

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Thoughts from Tearfund, shared by Phil

Thoughts from Tearfund, shared by Phil

Phil shares this! I found this reflection from Tearfund's daily lent reflections very helpful this morning. ‘Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfil the law of Christ.’ (Galatians 6:2) I wrote the original version of this reflection back in...

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Important message from Duncan: services cancelled

Important message from Duncan: services cancelled

Dear Friends, Over the past 24 hours , the Kirk Session of Hilton Church have been reflecting on the new Government guidelines about meeting in public places. We made the decision earlier today to cancel all services for the foreseeable future. I held off putting...

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God’s great love for us

God’s great love for us

The other day, a member of a committee I sit on asked each of the committee members to share a nugget of spiritual wisdom which we found nourishing. She planned to circulate all the shared wisdom around folk in our organisation. I thought quite a bit about this, and...

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Isolated but not alone

Isolated but not alone

A lovely post from Phil to help us as we take the government's advice to avoid socialising as much as possible. During these challenging and uncertain times, it can be difficult to avoid panicking and falling victim to fear, it’s not like there are any classes, we can...

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A message from Duncan

A message from Duncan

A message from Duncan, written last night It felt quite surreal meeting at Hilton Church today. The congregation this morning was less than half its normal size. We also had our Stated Annual meeting after the service. It was good to be able to reflect together on so...

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Prayer Points for week beginning 16th March

Prayer Points for week beginning 16th March

Weekly Prayer Points TLG Give thanks for TLG. TLG is a Christian charity that helps churches to bring hope and a future for struggling children Give thanks for all who have been mentoring children this year from our congregation and from across the country Pray for...

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Bible passage for Sunday’s service: John 4:1-42

Bible passage for Sunday’s service: John 4:1-42

John 4:1-42 (New International Version) Now Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard that he was gaining and baptising more disciples than John – 2 although in fact it was not Jesus who baptised, but his disciples. 3 So he left Judea and went back once more to...

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The God who sees

The God who sees

Here's a moving video about situations in the Bible including the experience of Hagar who features in tomorrow's Bible reading. An abandoned single woman finds that God sees, God is with her in her prregnancy, in her abandonment

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Genesis 16: Bible reading for tomorrow’s service

Genesis 16: Bible reading for tomorrow’s service

Genesis 16 Hagar and Ishmael 16 Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, had borne him no children. But she had an Egyptian slave named Hagar; 2 so she said to Abram, ‘The LORD has kept me from having children. Go, sleep with my slave; perhaps I can build a family through her.’ Abram...

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Prayer points for week beginning 8th March

Prayer points for week beginning 8th March

Here are the prayer points for week beginning 7th March Schools Give thanks for all the work Hilton church is able to offer to Cauldeen and Hilton and that we are gladly welcomed in. Give thanks for the work of all the staff who are working with our children, helping...

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Prayer Points week beginning 1st March

Prayer Points week beginning 1st March

Weekly Prayer Points Tearfund Please pray for Zimbabwe, where people are struggling to feed their families in the midst of a huge drought. Although in some parts of the country it has finally begun to rain, the damage has already been done. Please pray that it's not...

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Lent 2020 at the Light House

Lent 2020 at the Light House

 For the Sundays in Lent beginning Sunday coming (1st March)  we will be sharing together at 6.30pm in the Light House in a short series called Opening the Scriptures – setting our hearts on fire On Sunday, the theme will be The Fire and the Name (Exodus chapter 3,...

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This morning’s flowers

This morning’s flowers

Duncan writes: Beautiful flowers arranged this morning by Eleanor Johnston. We are also grateful to Hilton Coop for donating the flowers which were in the foyer and on the Communion Table.

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The power of words: this morning’s service

The power of words: this morning’s service

A great children’s talk from Phil this morning, which summed up the theme of the service. He issued each of the kids who were willing to come to the front with a plastic plate and a tube of toothpaste, and set them to task of drawing pictures on the plate with...

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Book Group Report from Angela

Book Group Report from Angela

Book Group news from Angela Thank you all for a lovely evening...it was great to see an amazing 15 people (a new record?) including a couple of new faces! We were all enjoying the chat but did eventually get round to discussing the books!  First up was The Librarian...

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Bible passage for Sunday when Phil will be preaching

Bible passage for Sunday when Phil will be preaching

James 3:1-12 New International Version - UK Taming the tongue   Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly. 2 We all stumble in many ways. Anyone who is never at fault in what they say...

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Prayer Points for week beginning 23rd February

Prayer Points for week beginning 23rd February

Weekly Prayer Points Missipn Aviation Fellowshio • Praise God for their ability to help meet the needs of 1.4 million refugees in Uganda • Pray that they may continue to be able to help provide food to help alleviate malnutrition through the partners they fly in...

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Anchor Food Support features in the Courier

Anchor Food Support features in the Courier

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

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We will meet when the danger is over

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

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

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

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Family Quiz with Eilidh, this Wednesday, 24th June

Family Quiz with Eilidh, this Wednesday, 24th June

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

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Fear not: report of this morning’s service

Fear not: report of this morning’s service

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

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This Sunday at Hilton Church

This Sunday at Hilton Church

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

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Celtic worship version of ‘The Blessing’

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

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