The darkness before the dawn

‘This is the time of day that is worse than night.’  A poignant line from John Betjeman’s poem Five o’clock shadow. The poet is in bed in a hospital ward, alone with his fears. Life goes on around him – the nurses share tea in their office; the doctors play golf on the links; but for Betjeman, there is only darkness. For Jesus’s followers the Sabbath following his crucifixion would have been a day worse than night. After the crisis and

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‘I love these people’

A personal reflection from John Dempster on last night's communion and footwashing service at the Lighthouse: Anyone seeing what was on the tables at the Lighthouse last night may have been a little intrigued at what we were doing. We were sitting with plates in front of us on which Jonathan and Eilidh had placed unleavened bread, and parsley, small cubes of lamb, sweet and bitter spices, hard boiled egg, and a little container of salty water. There

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Stephen Hutchison speaks out against Assisted Suicide

See page 8 of today's Inverness Courier for an interview with Hilton Church elder Dr Stephen Hutchison who is a palliative care consultant at Highland Hospice and Raigmore Hospital. With grace and a measured passion, Stephen puts the case against assisted suicide.  An alternative view, put by MSP Patrick Harvie of the Scottish Green Party who is bringing the Assisted Suicide Bill before the Scottish Parliament is also included. The article is not

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Palm Sunday Service

Here are some photos from Morag of yesterday's Palm Sunday Service which was led by Jonathan, and involved the children making crosses from palm. John comments: "I wish I'd been there - I was on the plane coming home from holiday - but I guess the theme was Jesus' solemn Holy Week journey as the wood from a living tree became a cross for execution, and a welcomed king became the crucified king."  

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Holy Week at Hilton Church

Holy Week at Hilton Church Monday 14th April – open house at the Fraser’s (9 Broom Drive, IV2 4EG) Tuesday 15th April – open house at the Walker’s (66 Glenburn Drive, IV2 4NE) (The door will be open from 6.30pm onwards for the events on the 14th and 15th. Bring yourself, some food and a musical instrument (if you play one) and we'll eat together and share worship and fellowship. See Jonathan's blog post about the thinking behind these open-house

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When Christ moves in: a Holy Week Experiment in Radical Hospitality
Radical Hsospitality

Here Jonathan explains the thinking behind a Holy Week experiment, issues an invitation to us to join in and shares a powerful vision of making a home for Christ in Hilton: I’ve long been fascinated by the practices of the earliest Christians, the way that worked itself out in the radical monastic movements of the early middle ages (5th-10th century) through to the Catholic Worker ‘houses of hospitality’ in North America in the 50s and 60s.

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Love, Loss, Hope

Love, Loss, Hope is the title of an exhibition our friends at the Kings Church are hosting from Wednesday to Saturday this week, using art, poetry and multimedia to convey the reality of the Easter story. Full details are here. Creative expressions of things we thought we already knew, or had dismissed as irrelevant can bring them powerfully alive in a resurrection of wonder.

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Trains and lovers
Book Group

Shona reports on the most recent meeting of the Book Group at  Lighthouse on Thursday, 3rd April: "We discussed "Trains and Lovers" by Alexander MacCall Smith. Most of the group found it a very easy read and enjoyed it. They liked the different stories of the passengers but felt it a bit unlikely that strangers on a train would be quite so open with each other. However, they still felt it was well written and would recommend it. This month we have

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Celebrating children
Mothering Sunday 2

Morag Macritchie was taking Sunday Club yesterday, and took these marvellous photos. She writes 'The children today were thinking about blind Barimaeus and his trust in Jesus - the fact that he knew his needs would be met there. And alongside that, we were thinking about people in our lives who love and care for us with 'mother' hearts. We made cards, and prepared little bouquets of daffodils and carnations for sharing. Think they had fun. I certainly

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Were you there? Can you spot yourself in one of these photos?

Last Wednesday, 27th March the Over 60s had their monthly afternoon tea.  Here are some photos of the happy event from Ruth Shepherd. And hey, do you see the words on the wall behind in the picture above 'Be still and know that I am God' - words which speak comfort and challenge to us as we face the days ahead, whatever age we are.              

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