And so here we are again, At the door. And you wait, gracious as you always are, to be invited in. It’s your place really, And these your people too, These people that you’ve given me, Whose hearts I cannot see, Whose thoughts I cannot read, Whose pain I can only surmise Whose lives from sunset to sunrise Are hidden from my eyes. No point really to go in without you. How easily I forget. Father, ripen in me your gifts of grace To do all I do

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Welcoming the stranger

A personal reflection on this morning's service by John Dempster. There was a kind of valedictory feel to the service this morning – the last Sunday before the school holidays, and the summer break, when there are fewer church activities and many of us, as Duncan reminded us, will be away on holiday. I was glad that Duncan mentioned those of us whose summer will be spent in Inverness. Glad because I remember when I was much younger, living on my

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Jean’s final total – £801 – and a World Record

This morning Jean Green told us about her adventure in Hamilton on 7th June when she very bravely was one of 1000 people to go across a zip wire, thereby achieving a world record! Jean, and all the other participants were sponsored to raise moeny for the work of Mission Aviation Fellowship in the 10 Commonwealth countries where it has a presence. Jean told us that her trip on the zip slide - undertaken in the pouring rain - was 'scary from start

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‘Help the adults when they do the big vote’: a Sunday Club prayer
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At this morning’s service we heard a prayer which was composed by all the children in Sunday Club. They were asked for things they wanted to pray about in connection with ‘family, school, our country and the rest of the world,’ and here’s their prayer: Father God Thank you for our families Thank you for all the lovely things we do Help us to be nice to our families Help us when we are sad Thank you for our friends We pray for our teachers

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Summer play sessions at Hilton
Summer play

Summer Play Sessions:  During the summer holidays the large hall will be open from 10am – 12pm on Wednesday mornings for Hilton Church families to get together for play and to enjoy some company.  Tea & coffee will be provided.

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Toddlin’ through the sunshine: summer Toddlers at Hilton
Creche balls

Summer Toddlers:  Hilton Toddlers will meet 3 times over the summer holidays.  The dates are, 8th July (Tues), 12th August (Tues) and 18th August (Mon).  The group will meet from 10 – 11.30am.  These sessions are open to ages 0-5yrs with snack and craft available and hopefully if the weather is nice outside play!

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‘What Kind of Nation’ – Seven cities Hustings Tour

Evangelical Alliance 'What Kind of Nation' - Seven cities Hustings Tour Top Scottish politicians in referendum debates hosted by evangelical churches. INVERNESS – Saturday 28 June: Smithton Culloden Free Church, 7.30pm. Rhoda Grant MSP ... Dave Thompson MSP For more information go to

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‘Take up your cross’
Take up your cross

A personal reflection on this morning's service from John Dempster. Duncan’s sermon today was on the challenging words of Jesus in Matthew 10:24-39, sharing things his followers needed to know to prepare them for their work. How do his words  help us prepare for a future – and help Ellie Dennis's  generation prepare for a future – whose course we cannot yet know? The passage began with Jesus talking about students and teachers, and servants

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Ellie’s Baptism: ‘Though you do not know it yet’
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This morning young Ellie Renée Dennis, daughter of Douglas and Clair Dennis was baptised. If there’s one part of the baptism service which always moves and comforts me it’s the sentence where, after describing how Jesus loves and has died for the child, Duncan says ‘Though you do not know it yet.’ Ellie is very young, fragile, her understanding as yet limited – but God knows her, God loves her, Christ has died for her. And God knows the

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Over-60s afternoon tea – and a birthday celebration!

Donald reports that the final over-60s afternoon tea before the summer break took place on Wednesday, and was well-attended. The photos show everyone having a good time - especially John Shand whose birthday was celebrated in style!  Watch the web-site for news of the Over-60s afternoon tea starting up again after the holidays!

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