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No need to book for Sunday’s Service

No need to book for Sunday’s Service

A message from Jane: It has been agreed by the Kirk Session that with the requirement for physical distancing being removed it is no longer necessary to books seats in advance to join our Sunday morning gatherings.  Some protective measures will stay in place such as...

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Service of Remembering – Sunday 14th November

Service of Remembering – Sunday 14th November

David Whillis writes: There will be a Service of Remembering on Sunday 14th November at 3.30pm in Hilton Church. This is an opportunity for people recently and not so recently bereaved, to remember loved ones. This has been a particularly difficult time recently, when...

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Sunday Service: 24th October 2021

Sunday Service: 24th October 2021

A worship service was held at 10am on Sunday, 24th October in the church building. You can catch up here, or by following the link below. The readings for Sunday were: Job 42:1-6, 10-17     Psalm 34:1-8, 19-22     Hebrews 7:23-28            Mark 10:46-51 This morning,...

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EcoHighland 2021

EcoHighland 2021

Local congregations in Highland have committed to take part in two weeks of actions 'EcoHighland 2021' to share the importance of caring for creation, and taking action on climate change timed to coincide with COP 26 in Glasgow. (COP is the UN conference at which...

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Mission Planning in Inverness Presbytery

Mission Planning in Inverness Presbytery

On Saturday 18th September 2021, Presbyters and Kirk Session delegates gathered in conference over Zoom, anexciting opportunity to learn more about and participate in the future shaping of Inverness Presbytery, for Mission. The conference content has been pulled...

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Sunday Service: 17th October 2021

Sunday Service: 17th October 2021

A worship service was  held at 10am on Sunday, 17th October in the church building, and simultaneously broadcast on the Church Facebook page.  You can catch up here, or by following the link below. The readings for Sunday were: Job 38:1-7, 34-41        Psalm...

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Book Group report from Shona

Book Group report from Shona

Wee report from Shona of last month's Book Group, and an invitation to the October get-together: We had an enjoyable evening with eight of us meeting on Zoom. It was nice to catch up on everyone’s news and then we discussed Hamnet by Maggie O Farrell. Sadly it didn’t...

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Harvest generosity to Foodbank

Harvest generosity to Foodbank

Thanks for everyone from Hilton Church who contributed food or financial donations for Highland Foodbank at yesterday's Harvest Thanksgiving. Here's Lorna Dempster with a table full of your gifts, which weighed over 120 kilos. Lorna and the Foodbank Team are hugely...

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Sunday Service and Harvest Focus – 10th October

Sunday Service and Harvest Focus – 10th October

A worship service was held at 10am on Sunday, 10th October in the church building, and simultaneously broadcast on the Church Facebook page.  You can catch up here or by following the link below. There was focus at the service on giving thanks for Harvest and for...

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A fascinating communion table

A fascinating communion table

Margaret Johnston writes: Anne Lamont showed me this picture of the communion table at the Howmore Church on South Uist. I thought it was a lovely idea. Seemingly there are very few churches left that have these tables. I thought you might like to share Anne's picture...

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Green fingered God

Green fingered God

How often do we notice the beauty, the loveliness we see around us every day – evidence, if we will open our eyes – to God’s imaginative genius. Just to remind us to ‘Look!’ and ‘Marvel’ Duncan took these photos of the flowers in church this morning.

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Rhymes Recollected: meeting in person

Rhymes Recollected: meeting in person

Great news! Rhymes Recollected meets again on Monday 4th October at 2pm at the Anchor Cafe. (Please note venue) Subsequent meetings will be back in the small hall at the church. The them on Monday will be 'reflections on autumn.'

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Sunday Service 3rd October

Sunday Service 3rd October

A worship service was held at 10am on Sunday, 3rd October in the church building, and simultaneously broadcast on the Church Facebook page.  You can catch up here, or by following the link below. Duncan’s sermon was the first of a short series on the book of Job, a...

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Margaret’s praise for the Nitelife Bake Off

Margaret’s praise for the Nitelife Bake Off

Margaret Johnston sports the mask she got specially made for the Nitelife Bake Off She loved the event: 'I thought the bakers were all winners, I was amazed at the different themes they had and the skill they put into them . All were worth the first prize. Elaine,...

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Nitelife Bake Off: the video

Nitelife Bake Off: the video

The Great Nitelife Bake Off - Sunday 26th Sep 2021 A technical challenge, cupcakes, judges, 5 teams, a showstopper and a time limit. Watch the video here   Enjoy! Read Elaine's report on this term's Nitelife here.  And see Margaret Johnston's praise for the Bake Off...

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News from the Church Garden…..

News from the Church Garden…..

News deom Duncan about this morning's Church Garden workparty: We had a fantastic work party this morning with so many people coming along to help. Thank you to everyone who came along. It was wonderful to share together. Another report, this time from Brian Fraser of...

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Nitelife update from Elaine

Nitelife update from Elaine

This morning, Duncan thanked Elaine Watt on behalf of the congregation  for taking on the leadership of the Hilton Parish Church youth group Nitelife after the summer holidays. Eaine has committed to this role – ‘a really significant responsibility’ as Duncan put it –...

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Sunday Service: 26th September

Sunday Service: 26th September

A worship service was held at 10am on Sunday 26th September, in the church building, and simultaneously broadcast on the Church Facebook page. You can catch up here, or by following the link below. A lovely, well attended service. Duncan was looking ahead to the...

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Jessie and the Elf boy – now released!

Jessie and the Elf boy – now released!

Here's a link to access Jessie and the Elf Boy, directed by our friend Phil Todd.  You can read more about Phil's work here. Jessie and the Elf Boy 2021 | 1hr 23minGet Early Access A plucky teenager, determined to win favour with her high-flying mother by becoming a...

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Nitelife at Altnacriche

Nitelife at Altnacriche

Nitelife (our church youth group) headed to Alltnacriche on Saturday past for a wee day away. Elaine and Simeon would like to thank Chris and Matthew for their involvement in the day and our three group leaders Andrew, Amy and Kate. And a massive thanks to Hannah and...

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Rhymes Recollected meets again

Rhymes Recollected meets again

Rhymes Recollected, the Hilton Church poetry group met in the Anchor Cafe today - the first time we've met since early March 2020! We enjoyed a chat, had coffee or tea, and shared some poems. We're hoping to start regular meetings on Monday 4th October - watch this...

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Where is God in the pandemic?

Where is God in the pandemic?

Here's a slightly longer version of John's reflection on 'Where is God in the pandemic.'  The original appeared in last week's Highland News as the 'Christian Viewpoint' column. A Christian Viewpoint reader told me it would be helpful if the column dealt more with...

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Kenneth Steven’s ‘Silverwing’

Kenneth Steven’s ‘Silverwing’

Our friend Kenneth Steven, the poet and writer based in Argyll has just published Silverwing a book for children which deals with the impact of bereavement on a father and his young son. Here are two reviews of the book by John, the first written from a Christian...

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Sunday Service 19th September 2021

Sunday Service 19th September 2021

A worship service was held at 10am on Sunday 19th September, in the church building, and simultaneously broadcast on the Church Facebook page.   You can catch up here, or by following the link below. The readings for Sunday were: Proverbs 31:10-31         Psalm...

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A chance to help in the Church Garden

A chance to help in the Church Garden

The Property Team are hoping to have a morning event this Saturday, the 25th, starting at 8.30am to around 12ish. Areas needing worked on include general gardening, painting of fences and sheds, some fence building. We are also planning some work inside to open the...

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Memories of 9/11

Memories of 9/11

Thinking of this morning's theme in church of the importance of building up one another in our words, rather than belittling and criticising reminded me, as we also remember 9/11 of this memory. (The original Christian Viewpoint piece from the HIghland News is...

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Songs of Praise at the Old High Church

Songs of Praise at the Old High Church

Songs of Praise at the Old High Church I’ve just heard from Dot Getliffe about a ‘Songs of Praise’ being held at the Old High Church Inverness on Sunday 19th September at 3pm. This is a joint initiative, organized by the Old High, the East Church, and the Free North...

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Sunday Service 12th September 2021

Sunday Service 12th September 2021

A worship service was held at 10am on Sunday 12th September, in the church building, and simultaneously broadcast on the Church Facebook page.  A number of spaces were available in the church (limited due to COVID restrictions)  but you can still watch live on...

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L’Arche Highland is looking for volunteers

L’Arche Highland is looking for volunteers

From Here to Serve 42 L’arche Highland L’Arche is an international charitable organisation that helps people with disabilities to live their lives to the fullest. They do this through a .culture of shared lives between people with and without learning disabilities. If...

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From Google to Ecosia

From Google to Ecosia

From Here to Serve 42 Replace Google with Ecosia. Ecosia is a search engine that plants trees where they’re needed most to benefit people, the environment and local economies. They use the profit made from internet searches to plant trees, and donate 80% of its...

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EcoHighland 21:  Hilton Church to host Service

EcoHighland 21: Hilton Church to host Service

From Here to Serve 42 Green Matters‘The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it’  Ps 24:1 Glasgow will host the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) on 1-12 November 2021. We will have a fortnight of eco events...

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Welcome to Judith Macleod

Welcome to Judith Macleod

At this morning’s service we welcomed Judith Macleod who is currently in her second year at Highland Theological College where she is training for the Church of Scotland ministry. ‘I’m absolutely loving it,’ she says.  Judith will be part of Hilton Church on a student...

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Hilton Golf Challenge report

Hilton Golf Challenge report

The Hilton Golf Challenge played at Nairn Golf Club on Friday evening proved to be a great success, especially if your surname happened to be Ross. Sandaidh Ross had the longest men’s drive at an astonishing 324 yards, while Mairi Ross won the prize for the women’s...

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Sunday Service: September 5th 2021

Sunday Service: September 5th 2021

An all-age service was held at 10am on Sunday 5th September, in the church building, and simultaneously broadcast on the Church Facebook page.   You can catch up here, or by clicking on the link below. The theme was taken from the Bible reading from James.  We were...

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Hilton Church Golf Challenge 2021

Hilton Church Golf Challenge 2021

Message from Duncan: The annual Hilton Golf challenge takes place this evening at Nairn Golf Club. I found this photo from 2004, which I think was the second year we held the event. 7 of those who took part in 2004 are playing tonight! Reports on tonight’s proceedings...

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Blythswood Care Shoebox Appeal, 2021

Blythswood Care Shoebox Appeal, 2021

Shoe Box Appeal 2021 Your kindness and generosity makes such a difference, receiving a shoebox brings so much joy. We are looking ahead to our Shoe Box Appeal 2021 and to helping vulnerable communities across Eastern Europe. We trust we will be able to deliver boxes...

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Sunday Service  29th August 2021

Sunday Service 29th August 2021

A worship was held at 10am on Sunday 29th August in the church building, and simultaneously broadcast on the Church Facebook page.  It was led this week by Iain Todd.  You can catch up here, or by clicking on the link below. The readings for Sunday were: Song of...

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Meet Prebytery Moderator Issy Freudenthal

Meet Prebytery Moderator Issy Freudenthal

From Here to Serve 41 An interview with Presbytery Moderator Issy Freudenthal You might know Issy Freudenthal from one of these (past) roles; as a Presbytery elder, Barn church officer, church manager, administrator, guild convenor, young women’s group convenor,...

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Climate Sunday

Climate Sunday

Climate Sunday: it's  on 5th September What is Climate Sunday? The Climate Sunday initiative is calling on all local churches across Great Britain & Ireland to hold a climate-focused service on any Sunday before COP26 (November 2021). So far over 1,000 churches...

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Sunday Service 22nd August 2021

Sunday Service 22nd August 2021

A worship service was held at 10am on Sunday 22nd August, in the church building, and simultaneously broadcast on the Church Facebook page.   you can still watch the service on  Facebook here, or by following the link below. Hector Morrison preached on John 1:1-18...

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Toddler Group resumes

Toddler Group resumes

A message from the Toddler Group I am pleased to say we are back in action again this coming Friday, 20th August. There are still certain restrictions and rules in place, and booking is required. Send us a Facebook message (to this page) or call / text 07842306625 to...

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Sunday Service 15th August 2021

Sunday Service 15th August 2021

A worship service was held at 10am on Sunday 15th August, in the church building, and simultaneously broadcast on the Church Facebook page.  You can still watch on Facebook here or by following  the link below. Duncan emphasised two words from Ephesians 5:15-20 - the...

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Blythswood Care seeks our help…..

Blythswood Care seeks our help…..

Blythswood Care - Auction Elma Mackay writes: On 11th September at the Drumossie Hotel, Blythswood are hosting an auction to raise funds to extend our after school programme, Talita Kum in Romania which supports young people from some of the poorest and more...

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Sunday Service: 8th August 2021

Sunday Service: 8th August 2021

A worship service was held at 10am on Sunday 8th August, in the church building, and simultaneously broadcast on the Church Facebook page.  You can catch up here  or by following the link below. The service focussed on Psalm 130 - calling out to God from dark and...

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Sunday Service: 1st August 2021

Sunday Service: 1st August 2021

A worship service was held at 10am on Sunday 1st August, in the church building, and simultaneously broadcast on the Church Facebook page.  You can catch up here, or by clicking on the link below. The readings for Sunday were: 2 Samuel 11:26-12:13;      Psalm 51:1-12;...

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Duncan at the Anchor Cafe and the Church Garden

Duncan at the Anchor Cafe and the Church Garden

Duncan writes: I enjoyed a wonderful lunch today at the Anchor Cafe. The food being prepared by Joe and Hannah is quite exceptional. It was so good to meet so many folk linked to the congregation while I was there . Afterwards I took a walk around the Lighthouse cafe....

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Sunday Service: 25th July 2021

Sunday Service: 25th July 2021

A worship service was   held at 10am on Sunday 25th July in the church building, and simultaneously broadcast on the Church Facebook page.  You can catch up here, or by following the link below. Jenson Reid Stuart and Madison Faith Stuart were baptised this morning,...

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All the latest from Hilton Family Support

All the latest from Hilton Family Support

Here's a link to the Hilton Family Support Summer Newsletter. Taster: Here's the Chair's report from Barry Dennis. Dear SupportersThe hunt for Grant funding goes on as we wait for the outcome of Grant applications so that we can continue and expand the work with some...

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Latest news from Matthias and Sabine

Latest news from Matthias and Sabine

On Sunday, Duncan mentioned having received a newsletter from Matthias and Sabine in the DR Congo.  Here's a link to the letter. And here's a taster: God will make a way, where there seems to be no way, He works in ways we cannot see. He will make a way for me“ 'I...

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Sunday Service: 18th July 2021

Sunday Service: 18th July 2021

A worship service was held at 10am on Sunday 18th July, in the church building, and simultaneously broadcast on the Church Facebook page.  You can catch up here, or by following the link below. One of the themes of the service which focussed on 2 Samuel 7:1-14 was...

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Sunday Service: 11th July

Sunday Service: 11th July

A worship service was held at 10am on Sunday 11th July, in the church building, and simultaneously broadcast on the Church Facebook page. You can catch up here, or by following the link below. The readings for Sunday were: 2 Samuel 6:1-5,12b-19       Psalm 24   ...

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Sunday Service 4th July

Sunday Service 4th July

A worship service was held at 10am on Sunday 4th July  broadcast on the Church Facebook page.   You can watch it here, or by following the link below.  Duncan was preaching about King David, and his call to be the ‘Shepherd King’ of his people.  It was a reminder to...

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Sunday Service 24th June 2021

Sunday Service 24th June 2021

A worship service, led by David Whillis,  was held at 10am on Sunday,  27th June, in the church building, and simultaneously broadcast on the Church Facebook page.   You can watch here or follow the link below. The readings for Sunday were: 2 Samuel 1:1,17-27   ...

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Congratulations to Eilidh and Luke

Congratulations to Eilidh and Luke

We were delighted to learn this morning that Eilidh MacPherson became engaged yesterday, on the Isle of Skye to Luke West.  Our warmest love and congratulations to you both, Eilidh and Luke. Wonderful news! May you know the Father’s blessing on your lives in the days...

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Sunday Service – 20th June 2021

Sunday Service – 20th June 2021

An all-age  worship service was  held at 10am on Sunday in the church building, and simultaneously broadcast on the Church Facebook page.   You can watch the service here, (To book a place in the church for the service on 27th June, look out for the booking link which...

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Old High Church marks St Columba anniversary

Old High Church marks St Columba anniversary

On Wednesday, 9th June there was a short open-air service at 3pm in the Old High Church graveyard at the east door area to mark this year's 1500th anniversary of the birth of St Columba who brought the Christian faith to our part of Scotland. It was conducted by...

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Today’s workparty in the church garden….

Today’s workparty in the church garden….

Duncan writes: We had a wonderful time in the Lighthouse garden today. It was such a beautiful day. We had a great team of volunteers who achieved so much working together. The garage was re-roofed, new fence posts were set in concrete, the fence was partially...

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Sunday Service: 13th June 2021

Sunday Service: 13th June 2021

A worship service was held at 10am on Sunday 13th June, in the church building, and simultaneously broadcast on the Church Facebook page.  You can watch it here, or by following the link below. (To book a place in the church for the service on 20th June, look out for...

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Sunday Service 6th June 2021

Sunday Service 6th June 2021

An all-age  worship service was held at 10am on Sunday, 6th June, in the church building, and simultaneously broadcast on the Church Facebook page.  A number of spaces were available in the church (limited due to COVID restrictions) and the service was broadcast live...

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Future Church

Future Church

The previous Moderator, Martin Fair on 'Reimagining the Future' Quoted in Here to Serve 37 The outgoing moderator of the General Assembly, Martin Fair, speaks powerfully about how he believes we should deal with the future. In a ‘Reimagining the Future’ webinar, he...

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Here to Serve 37

Here to Serve 37

Here's a link to Here to Serve  issue 37 from Inverness Presbytery Church Support. Here to Serve notes some very powerful words spoken by outgoing Moderator Martin Fair about reimaging the future when he says ‘if we have Jesus, then everything else will come into...

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Duncan and Peter in the Church Garden

Duncan and Peter in the Church Garden

I thought for a moment that I was back working in Amazonia this morning. Hot, humid conditions with a shovel in my hand! Peter and I were digging out some of the holes required for the new garden fence posts. It was harder work than we had imagined. Builders rubble...

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Seedtime and Harvest: Christian Focus Publications

Seedtime and Harvest: Christian Focus Publications

John's Christian Viewpoint column from the Highland News dated 27th May 2021 One of Scotland’s largest publishing firms is based at Geanies House near Fearn in Ross-shire. Christian Focus Publications, originally established by Blythswood’s founder Jackie Ross was...

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Sunday Service 30th May 2021

Sunday Service 30th May 2021

An all-age  worship service was held at 10am on Sunday,  30th May, in the church building, and simultaneously broadcast on the Church Facebook page. Sunday Club met for the first time since before the pandemic in the large hall during the service – booking was also...

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Rhymes Recollected 31st May: Friends and Family

Rhymes Recollected 31st May: Friends and Family

The next Rhymes Recollected takes place on the Church Facebook Page on Monday, 31st May at 2pm, when Audrey and John will be reading more poems. The theme is ‘Friends and Family.’ We’d love to have lots of suggestions from you of poems on this theme you’d like to hear...

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Sunday Service 23rd May 2021

Sunday Service 23rd May 2021

An all-age  worship service for Pentecost Sunday was held at 10am on Sunday,  23rd May, in the church building, and simultaneously broadcast on the Church Facebook page.  Duncan led the service, Sheena Thompson from St Columba’s preached on Acts 10, and  worship was...

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General Assembly 2021

General Assembly 2021

The Church of Scotland General Assembly for 2021 will again be held online. It will open on Saturday 22 May, with business sessions the following Monday to Thursday. The proceedings will be live streamed and available for everyone to watch on the Church of Scotland...

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No need to book for Sunday’s Service

No need to book for Sunday’s Service

A message from Jane: It has been agreed by the Kirk Session that with the requirement for physical distancing being removed it is no longer necessary to books seats in advance to join our Sunday morning gatherings.  Some protective measures will stay in place such as...

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Service of Remembering – Sunday 14th November

Service of Remembering – Sunday 14th November

David Whillis writes: There will be a Service of Remembering on Sunday 14th November at 3.30pm in Hilton Church. This is an opportunity for people recently and not so recently bereaved, to remember loved ones. This has been a particularly difficult time recently, when...

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Sunday Service: 24th October 2021

Sunday Service: 24th October 2021

A worship service was held at 10am on Sunday, 24th October in the church building. You can catch up here, or by following the link below. The readings for Sunday were: Job 42:1-6, 10-17     Psalm 34:1-8, 19-22     Hebrews 7:23-28            Mark 10:46-51 This morning,...

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EcoHighland 2021

EcoHighland 2021

Local congregations in Highland have committed to take part in two weeks of actions 'EcoHighland 2021' to share the importance of caring for creation, and taking action on climate change timed to coincide with COP 26 in Glasgow. (COP is the UN conference at which...

read more
Mission Planning in Inverness Presbytery

Mission Planning in Inverness Presbytery

On Saturday 18th September 2021, Presbyters and Kirk Session delegates gathered in conference over Zoom, anexciting opportunity to learn more about and participate in the future shaping of Inverness Presbytery, for Mission. The conference content has been pulled...

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Sunday Service: 17th October 2021

Sunday Service: 17th October 2021

A worship service was  held at 10am on Sunday, 17th October in the church building, and simultaneously broadcast on the Church Facebook page.  You can catch up here, or by following the link below. The readings for Sunday were: Job 38:1-7, 34-41        Psalm...

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Book Group report from Shona

Book Group report from Shona

Wee report from Shona of last month's Book Group, and an invitation to the October get-together: We had an enjoyable evening with eight of us meeting on Zoom. It was nice to catch up on everyone’s news and then we discussed Hamnet by Maggie O Farrell. Sadly it didn’t...

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Harvest generosity to Foodbank

Harvest generosity to Foodbank

Thanks for everyone from Hilton Church who contributed food or financial donations for Highland Foodbank at yesterday's Harvest Thanksgiving. Here's Lorna Dempster with a table full of your gifts, which weighed over 120 kilos. Lorna and the Foodbank Team are hugely...

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Sunday Service and Harvest Focus – 10th October

Sunday Service and Harvest Focus – 10th October

A worship service was held at 10am on Sunday, 10th October in the church building, and simultaneously broadcast on the Church Facebook page.  You can catch up here or by following the link below. There was focus at the service on giving thanks for Harvest and for...

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A fascinating communion table

A fascinating communion table

Margaret Johnston writes: Anne Lamont showed me this picture of the communion table at the Howmore Church on South Uist. I thought it was a lovely idea. Seemingly there are very few churches left that have these tables. I thought you might like to share Anne's picture...

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Green fingered God

Green fingered God

How often do we notice the beauty, the loveliness we see around us every day – evidence, if we will open our eyes – to God’s imaginative genius. Just to remind us to ‘Look!’ and ‘Marvel’ Duncan took these photos of the flowers in church this morning.

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Rhymes Recollected: meeting in person

Rhymes Recollected: meeting in person

Great news! Rhymes Recollected meets again on Monday 4th October at 2pm at the Anchor Cafe. (Please note venue) Subsequent meetings will be back in the small hall at the church. The them on Monday will be 'reflections on autumn.'

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Sunday Service 3rd October

Sunday Service 3rd October

A worship service was held at 10am on Sunday, 3rd October in the church building, and simultaneously broadcast on the Church Facebook page.  You can catch up here, or by following the link below. Duncan’s sermon was the first of a short series on the book of Job, a...

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Margaret’s praise for the Nitelife Bake Off

Margaret’s praise for the Nitelife Bake Off

Margaret Johnston sports the mask she got specially made for the Nitelife Bake Off She loved the event: 'I thought the bakers were all winners, I was amazed at the different themes they had and the skill they put into them . All were worth the first prize. Elaine,...

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Nitelife Bake Off: the video

Nitelife Bake Off: the video

The Great Nitelife Bake Off - Sunday 26th Sep 2021 A technical challenge, cupcakes, judges, 5 teams, a showstopper and a time limit. Watch the video here   Enjoy! Read Elaine's report on this term's Nitelife here.  And see Margaret Johnston's praise for the Bake Off...

read more
News from the Church Garden…..

News from the Church Garden…..

News deom Duncan about this morning's Church Garden workparty: We had a fantastic work party this morning with so many people coming along to help. Thank you to everyone who came along. It was wonderful to share together. Another report, this time from Brian Fraser of...

read more
Nitelife update from Elaine

Nitelife update from Elaine

This morning, Duncan thanked Elaine Watt on behalf of the congregation  for taking on the leadership of the Hilton Parish Church youth group Nitelife after the summer holidays. Eaine has committed to this role – ‘a really significant responsibility’ as Duncan put it –...

read more
Sunday Service: 26th September

Sunday Service: 26th September

A worship service was held at 10am on Sunday 26th September, in the church building, and simultaneously broadcast on the Church Facebook page. You can catch up here, or by following the link below. A lovely, well attended service. Duncan was looking ahead to the...

read more
Jessie and the Elf boy – now released!

Jessie and the Elf boy – now released!

Here's a link to access Jessie and the Elf Boy, directed by our friend Phil Todd.  You can read more about Phil's work here. Jessie and the Elf Boy 2021 | 1hr 23minGet Early Access A plucky teenager, determined to win favour with her high-flying mother by becoming a...

read more
Nitelife at Altnacriche

Nitelife at Altnacriche

Nitelife (our church youth group) headed to Alltnacriche on Saturday past for a wee day away. Elaine and Simeon would like to thank Chris and Matthew for their involvement in the day and our three group leaders Andrew, Amy and Kate. And a massive thanks to Hannah and...

read more
Rhymes Recollected meets again

Rhymes Recollected meets again

Rhymes Recollected, the Hilton Church poetry group met in the Anchor Cafe today - the first time we've met since early March 2020! We enjoyed a chat, had coffee or tea, and shared some poems. We're hoping to start regular meetings on Monday 4th October - watch this...

read more
Where is God in the pandemic?

Where is God in the pandemic?

Here's a slightly longer version of John's reflection on 'Where is God in the pandemic.'  The original appeared in last week's Highland News as the 'Christian Viewpoint' column. A Christian Viewpoint reader told me it would be helpful if the column dealt more with...

read more
Kenneth Steven’s ‘Silverwing’

Kenneth Steven’s ‘Silverwing’

Our friend Kenneth Steven, the poet and writer based in Argyll has just published Silverwing a book for children which deals with the impact of bereavement on a father and his young son. Here are two reviews of the book by John, the first written from a Christian...

read more
Sunday Service 19th September 2021

Sunday Service 19th September 2021

A worship service was held at 10am on Sunday 19th September, in the church building, and simultaneously broadcast on the Church Facebook page.   You can catch up here, or by following the link below. The readings for Sunday were: Proverbs 31:10-31         Psalm...

read more
A chance to help in the Church Garden

A chance to help in the Church Garden

The Property Team are hoping to have a morning event this Saturday, the 25th, starting at 8.30am to around 12ish. Areas needing worked on include general gardening, painting of fences and sheds, some fence building. We are also planning some work inside to open the...

read more
Memories of 9/11

Memories of 9/11

Thinking of this morning's theme in church of the importance of building up one another in our words, rather than belittling and criticising reminded me, as we also remember 9/11 of this memory. (The original Christian Viewpoint piece from the HIghland News is...

read more
Songs of Praise at the Old High Church

Songs of Praise at the Old High Church

Songs of Praise at the Old High Church I’ve just heard from Dot Getliffe about a ‘Songs of Praise’ being held at the Old High Church Inverness on Sunday 19th September at 3pm. This is a joint initiative, organized by the Old High, the East Church, and the Free North...

read more
Sunday Service 12th September 2021

Sunday Service 12th September 2021

A worship service was held at 10am on Sunday 12th September, in the church building, and simultaneously broadcast on the Church Facebook page.  A number of spaces were available in the church (limited due to COVID restrictions)  but you can still watch live on...

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L’Arche Highland is looking for volunteers

L’Arche Highland is looking for volunteers

From Here to Serve 42 L’arche Highland L’Arche is an international charitable organisation that helps people with disabilities to live their lives to the fullest. They do this through a .culture of shared lives between people with and without learning disabilities. If...

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From Google to Ecosia

From Google to Ecosia

From Here to Serve 42 Replace Google with Ecosia. Ecosia is a search engine that plants trees where they’re needed most to benefit people, the environment and local economies. They use the profit made from internet searches to plant trees, and donate 80% of its...

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EcoHighland 21:  Hilton Church to host Service

EcoHighland 21: Hilton Church to host Service

From Here to Serve 42 Green Matters‘The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it’  Ps 24:1 Glasgow will host the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) on 1-12 November 2021. We will have a fortnight of eco events...

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Welcome to Judith Macleod

Welcome to Judith Macleod

At this morning’s service we welcomed Judith Macleod who is currently in her second year at Highland Theological College where she is training for the Church of Scotland ministry. ‘I’m absolutely loving it,’ she says.  Judith will be part of Hilton Church on a student...

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Hilton Golf Challenge report

Hilton Golf Challenge report

The Hilton Golf Challenge played at Nairn Golf Club on Friday evening proved to be a great success, especially if your surname happened to be Ross. Sandaidh Ross had the longest men’s drive at an astonishing 324 yards, while Mairi Ross won the prize for the women’s...

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Sunday Service: September 5th 2021

Sunday Service: September 5th 2021

An all-age service was held at 10am on Sunday 5th September, in the church building, and simultaneously broadcast on the Church Facebook page.   You can catch up here, or by clicking on the link below. The theme was taken from the Bible reading from James.  We were...

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Hilton Church Golf Challenge 2021

Hilton Church Golf Challenge 2021

Message from Duncan: The annual Hilton Golf challenge takes place this evening at Nairn Golf Club. I found this photo from 2004, which I think was the second year we held the event. 7 of those who took part in 2004 are playing tonight! Reports on tonight’s proceedings...

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Blythswood Care Shoebox Appeal, 2021

Blythswood Care Shoebox Appeal, 2021

Shoe Box Appeal 2021 Your kindness and generosity makes such a difference, receiving a shoebox brings so much joy. We are looking ahead to our Shoe Box Appeal 2021 and to helping vulnerable communities across Eastern Europe. We trust we will be able to deliver boxes...

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Sunday Service  29th August 2021

Sunday Service 29th August 2021

A worship was held at 10am on Sunday 29th August in the church building, and simultaneously broadcast on the Church Facebook page.  It was led this week by Iain Todd.  You can catch up here, or by clicking on the link below. The readings for Sunday were: Song of...

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Meet Prebytery Moderator Issy Freudenthal

Meet Prebytery Moderator Issy Freudenthal

From Here to Serve 41 An interview with Presbytery Moderator Issy Freudenthal You might know Issy Freudenthal from one of these (past) roles; as a Presbytery elder, Barn church officer, church manager, administrator, guild convenor, young women’s group convenor,...

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Climate Sunday

Climate Sunday

Climate Sunday: it's  on 5th September What is Climate Sunday? The Climate Sunday initiative is calling on all local churches across Great Britain & Ireland to hold a climate-focused service on any Sunday before COP26 (November 2021). So far over 1,000 churches...

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Sunday Service 22nd August 2021

Sunday Service 22nd August 2021

A worship service was held at 10am on Sunday 22nd August, in the church building, and simultaneously broadcast on the Church Facebook page.   you can still watch the service on  Facebook here, or by following the link below. Hector Morrison preached on John 1:1-18...

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Toddler Group resumes

Toddler Group resumes

A message from the Toddler Group I am pleased to say we are back in action again this coming Friday, 20th August. There are still certain restrictions and rules in place, and booking is required. Send us a Facebook message (to this page) or call / text 07842306625 to...

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Sunday Service 15th August 2021

Sunday Service 15th August 2021

A worship service was held at 10am on Sunday 15th August, in the church building, and simultaneously broadcast on the Church Facebook page.  You can still watch on Facebook here or by following  the link below. Duncan emphasised two words from Ephesians 5:15-20 - the...

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Blythswood Care seeks our help…..

Blythswood Care seeks our help…..

Blythswood Care - Auction Elma Mackay writes: On 11th September at the Drumossie Hotel, Blythswood are hosting an auction to raise funds to extend our after school programme, Talita Kum in Romania which supports young people from some of the poorest and more...

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Sunday Service: 8th August 2021

Sunday Service: 8th August 2021

A worship service was held at 10am on Sunday 8th August, in the church building, and simultaneously broadcast on the Church Facebook page.  You can catch up here  or by following the link below. The service focussed on Psalm 130 - calling out to God from dark and...

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Sunday Service: 1st August 2021

Sunday Service: 1st August 2021

A worship service was held at 10am on Sunday 1st August, in the church building, and simultaneously broadcast on the Church Facebook page.  You can catch up here, or by clicking on the link below. The readings for Sunday were: 2 Samuel 11:26-12:13;      Psalm 51:1-12;...

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Duncan at the Anchor Cafe and the Church Garden

Duncan at the Anchor Cafe and the Church Garden

Duncan writes: I enjoyed a wonderful lunch today at the Anchor Cafe. The food being prepared by Joe and Hannah is quite exceptional. It was so good to meet so many folk linked to the congregation while I was there . Afterwards I took a walk around the Lighthouse cafe....

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Sunday Service: 25th July 2021

Sunday Service: 25th July 2021

A worship service was   held at 10am on Sunday 25th July in the church building, and simultaneously broadcast on the Church Facebook page.  You can catch up here, or by following the link below. Jenson Reid Stuart and Madison Faith Stuart were baptised this morning,...

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All the latest from Hilton Family Support

All the latest from Hilton Family Support

Here's a link to the Hilton Family Support Summer Newsletter. Taster: Here's the Chair's report from Barry Dennis. Dear SupportersThe hunt for Grant funding goes on as we wait for the outcome of Grant applications so that we can continue and expand the work with some...

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Latest news from Matthias and Sabine

Latest news from Matthias and Sabine

On Sunday, Duncan mentioned having received a newsletter from Matthias and Sabine in the DR Congo.  Here's a link to the letter. And here's a taster: God will make a way, where there seems to be no way, He works in ways we cannot see. He will make a way for me“ 'I...

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Sunday Service: 18th July 2021

Sunday Service: 18th July 2021

A worship service was held at 10am on Sunday 18th July, in the church building, and simultaneously broadcast on the Church Facebook page.  You can catch up here, or by following the link below. One of the themes of the service which focussed on 2 Samuel 7:1-14 was...

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Sunday Service: 11th July

Sunday Service: 11th July

A worship service was held at 10am on Sunday 11th July, in the church building, and simultaneously broadcast on the Church Facebook page. You can catch up here, or by following the link below. The readings for Sunday were: 2 Samuel 6:1-5,12b-19       Psalm 24   ...

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Sunday Service 4th July

Sunday Service 4th July

A worship service was held at 10am on Sunday 4th July  broadcast on the Church Facebook page.   You can watch it here, or by following the link below.  Duncan was preaching about King David, and his call to be the ‘Shepherd King’ of his people.  It was a reminder to...

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Sunday Service 24th June 2021

Sunday Service 24th June 2021

A worship service, led by David Whillis,  was held at 10am on Sunday,  27th June, in the church building, and simultaneously broadcast on the Church Facebook page.   You can watch here or follow the link below. The readings for Sunday were: 2 Samuel 1:1,17-27   ...

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Congratulations to Eilidh and Luke

Congratulations to Eilidh and Luke

We were delighted to learn this morning that Eilidh MacPherson became engaged yesterday, on the Isle of Skye to Luke West.  Our warmest love and congratulations to you both, Eilidh and Luke. Wonderful news! May you know the Father’s blessing on your lives in the days...

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Sunday Service – 20th June 2021

Sunday Service – 20th June 2021

An all-age  worship service was  held at 10am on Sunday in the church building, and simultaneously broadcast on the Church Facebook page.   You can watch the service here, (To book a place in the church for the service on 27th June, look out for the booking link which...

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Old High Church marks St Columba anniversary

Old High Church marks St Columba anniversary

On Wednesday, 9th June there was a short open-air service at 3pm in the Old High Church graveyard at the east door area to mark this year's 1500th anniversary of the birth of St Columba who brought the Christian faith to our part of Scotland. It was conducted by...

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Today’s workparty in the church garden….

Today’s workparty in the church garden….

Duncan writes: We had a wonderful time in the Lighthouse garden today. It was such a beautiful day. We had a great team of volunteers who achieved so much working together. The garage was re-roofed, new fence posts were set in concrete, the fence was partially...

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Sunday Service: 13th June 2021

Sunday Service: 13th June 2021

A worship service was held at 10am on Sunday 13th June, in the church building, and simultaneously broadcast on the Church Facebook page.  You can watch it here, or by following the link below. (To book a place in the church for the service on 20th June, look out for...

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Sunday Service 6th June 2021

Sunday Service 6th June 2021

An all-age  worship service was held at 10am on Sunday, 6th June, in the church building, and simultaneously broadcast on the Church Facebook page.  A number of spaces were available in the church (limited due to COVID restrictions) and the service was broadcast live...

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Future Church

Future Church

The previous Moderator, Martin Fair on 'Reimagining the Future' Quoted in Here to Serve 37 The outgoing moderator of the General Assembly, Martin Fair, speaks powerfully about how he believes we should deal with the future. In a ‘Reimagining the Future’ webinar, he...

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Here to Serve 37

Here to Serve 37

Here's a link to Here to Serve  issue 37 from Inverness Presbytery Church Support. Here to Serve notes some very powerful words spoken by outgoing Moderator Martin Fair about reimaging the future when he says ‘if we have Jesus, then everything else will come into...

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Duncan and Peter in the Church Garden

Duncan and Peter in the Church Garden

I thought for a moment that I was back working in Amazonia this morning. Hot, humid conditions with a shovel in my hand! Peter and I were digging out some of the holes required for the new garden fence posts. It was harder work than we had imagined. Builders rubble...

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Seedtime and Harvest: Christian Focus Publications

Seedtime and Harvest: Christian Focus Publications

John's Christian Viewpoint column from the Highland News dated 27th May 2021 One of Scotland’s largest publishing firms is based at Geanies House near Fearn in Ross-shire. Christian Focus Publications, originally established by Blythswood’s founder Jackie Ross was...

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Sunday Service 30th May 2021

Sunday Service 30th May 2021

An all-age  worship service was held at 10am on Sunday,  30th May, in the church building, and simultaneously broadcast on the Church Facebook page. Sunday Club met for the first time since before the pandemic in the large hall during the service – booking was also...

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Rhymes Recollected 31st May: Friends and Family

Rhymes Recollected 31st May: Friends and Family

The next Rhymes Recollected takes place on the Church Facebook Page on Monday, 31st May at 2pm, when Audrey and John will be reading more poems. The theme is ‘Friends and Family.’ We’d love to have lots of suggestions from you of poems on this theme you’d like to hear...

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Sunday Service 23rd May 2021

Sunday Service 23rd May 2021

An all-age  worship service for Pentecost Sunday was held at 10am on Sunday,  23rd May, in the church building, and simultaneously broadcast on the Church Facebook page.  Duncan led the service, Sheena Thompson from St Columba’s preached on Acts 10, and  worship was...

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General Assembly 2021

General Assembly 2021

The Church of Scotland General Assembly for 2021 will again be held online. It will open on Saturday 22 May, with business sessions the following Monday to Thursday. The proceedings will be live streamed and available for everyone to watch on the Church of Scotland...

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No need to book for Sunday’s Service

No need to book for Sunday’s Service

A message from Jane: It has been agreed by the Kirk Session that with the requirement for physical distancing being removed it is no longer necessary to books seats in advance to join our Sunday morning gatherings.  Some protective measures will stay in place such as...

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Service of Remembering – Sunday 14th November

Service of Remembering – Sunday 14th November

David Whillis writes: There will be a Service of Remembering on Sunday 14th November at 3.30pm in Hilton Church. This is an opportunity for people recently and not so recently bereaved, to remember loved ones. This has been a particularly difficult time recently, when...

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Sunday Service: 24th October 2021

Sunday Service: 24th October 2021

A worship service was held at 10am on Sunday, 24th October in the church building. You can catch up here, or by following the link below. The readings for Sunday were: Job 42:1-6, 10-17     Psalm 34:1-8, 19-22     Hebrews 7:23-28            Mark 10:46-51 This morning,...

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EcoHighland 2021

EcoHighland 2021

Local congregations in Highland have committed to take part in two weeks of actions 'EcoHighland 2021' to share the importance of caring for creation, and taking action on climate change timed to coincide with COP 26 in Glasgow. (COP is the UN conference at which...

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Mission Planning in Inverness Presbytery

Mission Planning in Inverness Presbytery

On Saturday 18th September 2021, Presbyters and Kirk Session delegates gathered in conference over Zoom, anexciting opportunity to learn more about and participate in the future shaping of Inverness Presbytery, for Mission. The conference content has been pulled...

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Sunday Service: 17th October 2021

Sunday Service: 17th October 2021

A worship service was  held at 10am on Sunday, 17th October in the church building, and simultaneously broadcast on the Church Facebook page.  You can catch up here, or by following the link below. The readings for Sunday were: Job 38:1-7, 34-41        Psalm...

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