Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Church Events Diary for 2017

I knew I had been remiss in keeping up the blog but not this bad!  Apologies!
Here is, to be going on with, the new diary of events for 2017.

~ March ~

1 Ash Wednesday service 7pm
10 -7 April to Stations of the Cross, soup and roll lunch each Friday

~ April ~
14 Good Friday 3 hour service
16 Easter Sunday  services

~ May ~
7 Service of Healing
10 Pilgrimage to Arran
13-14 Bar & Hew’s  Lochgair garden open weekend

 ~ June ~
3-4 Bar & Hew’s Lochgair garden open weekend

~ July ~
16 Service of Healing

~ August ~
4 Patronal Service 6.30pm
5 Traditional Church Summer fete
6 Service bring and share lunch

~ October ~
29 Service of Light Christ Church 6pm

~ November ~
2 All Souls Day –Poltalloch followed by  lunch
3-4 Winter Bazaar
    5pm – 8pm on Friday
    10am – 3pm on Saturday
11 Annual Memorial Service at All Saints, Inveraray
12 Remembrance Sunday

~ December ~
3 Advent Sunday – Advent Carol Service & Christmas Tree festival
17 Carol Service - Poltalloch
24 Midnight mass – 11.30pm
25 Christmas day service 11am

Sunday, 12 July 2015

Christ Church Revives Annual Flower Festival

Christ Church Scottish Episcopal Church used to hold a very popular and well attended annual Flower show, but over the years it fell into abeyance.  As part of our four-day festival to celebrate the 165th anniversary of the laying of the foundation stone, we will be reviving the flower festival.  Judging the entries will be Trish Malcolm from Duntrune Castle, Poltalloch, This year there will be two categories, an adult’s and a children’s one, and the theme is to be 'Victorian' and open to the arranger’s own interpretation!   Prize giving will be at 11am on Saturday 8th August.

If anyone is interested in entering the show please contact Brian Blench brianblench@gmail.com or Kate MacDonald K80@mail.com

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

An Invitation To Lunch, In Return For Your Memories!

An Invitation To Lunch,

 In Return For Your Memories!

Christ Church, Lochgilphead invites you to a drop in lunch

To share a time of reminiscence recalling your memories of people or events connected with the church over the years.
Do bring along any photographs or items you think we might find interesting.

Tea, coffee, soup and rolls are on offer between 11.00am and 2.00pm

Were you married in the church?

Were you baptised in the church?

Have you have any ancestors in the churchyard?

Perhaps you came on a visit with the school?

Do you have any photographs of special occasions?

Do you have a family connection to Christ church?

These memories will be treasured & used in our forthcoming celebration of the 180th anniversary of the laying of the foundation stone, in August.

Saturday, 23 May 2015

A Creed: A Statement of Our Faith

A Declaration of our Faith based on the Gospel for the Sunday after the Ascension: John 17. 6 - 13:

There is a source from which Life comes:
and that Source we proclaim to be God, a good God who loves mankind.
From that Source there has come a word.
That is to say, there is a Life-Principle which gives order to all things, wonderfully and beautifully.
It is not a word, but a Name:  the Word is known to us as a Person.
That Name is JESUS it contains the ancient Name given in the Burning Bush: JAH saves.
We become bearers of the same Name, the name of Christ, through Baptism.
That is, we become bearers of Life - Life for the world.

The first Christians lived in a world where unwanted children were exposed; put on rubbish-heaps, or left outside in country places. They felt called to adopt them. They believed their calling was
To feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, clothe the naked, shelter the homeless, and to visit the sick and those in prison. They believed that to bury the dead was also to honor life.
To these works of mercy we should now add the care of the earth and its resources.

Not to know the Name is not to acknowledge the Love that turns the sun and the other stars (the last line of Dantes Paradiso)
This suggests that we are ruled by necessity, or chance. Chance is how biologists describe the force of evolution. Economists often speak of necessity - of forces.
The world is tending to entropy - decay.  The poor are poor by necessity (or chance: much the same thing).
We have no power in these matters; and therefore we do not have responsibility towards them.
We can only try to hold on to the good which is near us. If that causes conflict, we shall need to fight for what we can get. Power is based on fear.

But the Name we hold is a Name of Peace. Love casts out fear. 
Just recently, Pope Francis has been a broker for negotiations between the USA and Cuba.
This is a wonder, and a blessing. Miracles are in our hands.
The Holy Spirit gives us the power to work miracles. You will do greater works than these, Christ tells the disciples. We have put our trust in Him.
As Paul puts it:
I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature shall be able to separate us from the Love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Fr Simon