‘Soul Survivor was the best experience of my life’

Following on from Sunday's posts, here's the very moving testimony from Adam Blaikie about his time at this summer's Soul Survivor event in Aberdeenshire. Adam was unable to be at church on Sunday, but he recorded this and we listened it in the course of the service. Adam speaks with grace and humilty about and unexpected, and life-transforming encounter with God, and pays tribute to those, including our Youth Minister Jonathan Fraser who in their

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Young people’s summer experiences

A report on what we heard from the young people at the service this morning, and a very personal reflection by a 62-year-old! This morning we heard from some young people who had attended this summer’s Scottish Soul Survivor – the first time there has been a separate Scottish event. It’s a laid-back, but challenging Christian conference for young people. We also heard from some young people who had been helping at a camp in Romania for underprivileged

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Family and freedom
Family and freedom

We are deeply blessed as a church in having, in Duncan and Jonathan men who can preach powerfully into our lives as individuals and as a church. This morning was the annual service focussing on Jonathan’s youth ministry as part of the Hilton Youth project. We heard from the young people who attended Soul Survivor this summer, and from those who accompanied by Jonathan and other went to Romania a few weeks ago to help in a camp run by Carpathian

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Church of Scotland to hold ambitious referendum event in September

On Wednesday, 3rd September at 7pm in Crown Church.  The Very Rev John Chalmers, Moderator of the General Assembly, will host 'A Respectful Dialogue' on the topic of Scotland's forthcoming referendum on independence. Finance Secretary John Swinney MSP and the Advocate General for Scotland, Rt Hon Lord Wallace of Tankerness QC, will participate in the dialogue taking place in St George's Tron Church in Glasgow, which will be 'live streamed' over

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The week ahead at Hilton
Creche balls

This week at Hilton: Monday 18th August: Hilton Toddlers - open to 0-5s and accompanying adults! Snack and crafts available - and ouside play if the weather is nice! The cafe at the Light House is open 9.30am - 3.30pm Monday - Friday. See here for more information, and a link to the full menu. Don't forget Time Out starts again on Wednesday 27th August at 10am!

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Praying for the school community

Here's the thoughful prayer Duncan led this morning for everyone who is involved in the school community - and in one way or another we all are. A prayer for the school community Pupils and school students stand Duncan: Lord God, we thank you for all the children and young people in our area and for the schools they attend. Help us to make the most of the opportunities we have – to be hard-working students, to play creatively and to know that you

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Action over Iraq

Christians around the world have been deeply concerned about the events in Iraq over the last few weeks when hundreds of thousands of people from Christian and other minority groups have been driven from their homes by ISIS (now calling itself 'The Islamic State.') I'm sure we've all been asking ourselves what we can do to make a difference. The Church of Scotland has published some information to guide us. See here for news of the Church of Scotland's

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Back to school with God

A personal reflection on this morning’s service by John Dempster Tuesday coming is a significant day for many of us in Hilton – the schools go back after the summer – and lots of us in the community, children, young people, teachers, school support staff, parents, grandparents, are directly or indirectly involved. So it was very appropriate that the theme this morning was ‘Back to school with God’, as a reminder that whatever our school-related

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New Hilton Foodbank Centre
Food bank entrance

The new Hilton Foodbank Centre at Hilton Village opened its doors for the first time on Thursday evening when people interested in volunteering at one of the two Inverness Foodbank Centres or at the Foodbank warehouse in Harbour Road were invited to meet James Campbell, Chief Executive of Blythswood Care, Lorna Dempster, Foodbank Co-ordinator (Inverness and Nairn) and Laura Ferguson, Highland Foodbank's Development Officer. It's not to late to volunteer

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‘Inspiring and resourcing your congregation’

Equip (Inverness) is the seventh in a series of regional events organised by the Mission & Discipleship Council of the Church of Scotland, featuring inspiring speakers, practical ideas and useful resources for your congregation. Choose from a range of workshops, including Messy Church, Fresh Approaches to Exploring the Bible, Fresh Expressions of Church, Investigating the Invisible Church, and Managing Change/Navigating Transition. (Nearer the

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