Parent Power

Parent Power, a group for young families who would welcome support has been meeting regularly at Hilton Church over the last three years. Currently the group, led by Ingrid Hutchison, Val Calder, Doda Dennis, and Early Years Worker Cathy Lyons - is full, with 6 parents and 11 children attending. The parents who come along find encouragement and support in their parenting, and also find they are able to support one another. The kids have enormous

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Jane joins the web site team

Jane Maclean who works in the Church Office has joined the web site team, and joins John in keeping the website up-to-date and posting blogs. Also involved is Hamish Wallace, who uploads audio files of the weekly sermons. The site was designed and is maintained by Gwen Barlow of Mirage Media - many of us know Gwen, who is now based in Auchterarder with her minister husband Rob. We're keen through both the web site and the Facebook page to both express

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A sailor went to sea: Donald’s Jubilee Hope adventure
Donald and engine

Sailor Donald Macdonald retired six years ago after almost fifty years service on tankers and bulk carriers. Recently Donald went to sea again – as assistant Engineer on a much smaller vessel, the Jubilee Hope for part of its one-off journey from Glasgow to Africa. The Jubilee Hope is the Vine Trust charity’s third medical ship. It has been refurbished and refitted to equip it for service on Lake Victoria in Tanzania, where it will provide basic

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A prayer for the journey

Here's part of that lovely prayer from St Brendan which Philip Noble quoted this morning, and which was read at Kevin McPhee's funeral: …Lord, I will trust You, help me to journey beyond the familiar and into the unknown. Give me the faith to leave old ways and break fresh ground with You. Christ of the mysteries, can I trust You to be stronger than each storm in me? Do I still yearn for Your glory to lighten on me? I will show others the care

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Journeying with the living Jesus

A reflection on this morning's service by John Dempster. At this morning’s service, Duncan led communion, and then Philip Noble preached on the Gospel Lectionary passage for today, the story of the two friends of Jesus travelling to Emmaus on the day of the resurrection who are joined by a very perceptive stranger and realise over a meal that it’s  the living Jesus himself. (Luke 24:13-34) It’s a powerful story, and it seemed to me that at

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Jubilee Hope completes ocean leg of her journey to Lake Victoria
Jubilee Hope 2

The following news is from the Vine Trust web-site. Watch this space for a report on Donald Macdonald's involvement on a crucial leg of the voyage across the open ocean.  

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‘A very significant issue for our society’
end of life

Dr Stephen Hutchison is a palliative care consultant at Highland Hospice and Raigmore Hospital. Read his briefing paper here on the Assisted Suicide (Scotland) Bill which is currently being considered by the Health and Sport Committee who are holding a public consultation on the Bill. In his paper, Stephen outlines the background to the Bill, describes proposed legislation, presents the arguments against Assisted Suicide, and provides information

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The risen Son of Righteousness
Gill Douglas

Love this new picture from the York-based artist Gill Douglas, whom I visited last Easter (John) It's theme is summed up in these words: 'May Christ the sun of righteousness shine upon you and scatter the darkness from before your path...' Gill's web site is here.

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“I accept your acceptance of me’
Survivor tree

A personal reflection on this morning's sermon by John Dempster Duncan’s theme this morning, based on John 20:19-31, was the reality of Jesus’ physical resurrection, the reality that Jesus is alive, and the implications of this for us. As he spoke, I remembered something we saw when we visited the Ground Zero Memorial in New York – the ‘Survivor Tree’. This tree, a Cellery Pear tree was found in the ruins of the Twin Towers as an eight-foot

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60 Plus Afternoon Tea

Donald reports that everyone had a great time at Wednesday afternoon's afternoon tea for folk over 60, and he's got photographic evidence to prove it! Can you see yourself in any of the pcitures?                                            

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