Sunday, 23 December 2012

Christmas Decorations

'The holly in the windy hedge
And round the manor house the yew
Will soon be stripped to deck the ledge
The alter, font and arch and pew
So that the villagers can say
"The church looks nice" on Christmas Day'.
John Betjeman
The church was decorated in time for the Carol service two weeks ago so some of the greenery had started to look a bit dried out and fed up.  Alex & Kate popped in to refresh and titivate in time for the Bishop taking the Service on Sunday morning.

A wet & chilly outdoor florist!

The pulpit,  which you'll be glad to learn isn't used for preaching from, the Minister doesn't have to fight his way through the branches!

This beautiful flowering twig has developed more flowers over the last fortnight. It smells beautiful too.
(Author can't remember what it is!)

A pew end arrangement

The Bishops chair placed ready

Alex made the crib some years ago from old canal boards so is appropriately rustic.  

Te lectern has an arrangement tied securely on to it's post

The font at the back of the church with the nativity on the right.
The Wisemen and the Shepherds are placed else where in the church as the haven't arrived there yet & the baby Jesus will be placed in the manger by a child on Christmas Morning

You wouldn't know that there was a bright orange animal feed bucket full of pebbles underneath all of this! 
Seemed the safest way to secure this effusive arrangement!

The Senior Floral Landscape Artist larks about!  

Sunday, 16 December 2012

Carols at Poltalloch

Each year just before Christmas St Columba’s holds a Carol service.  It is one of the loveliest churches that comes in to it’s own at Christmas.  Lit only by the side lights and candles during the service, there is a real sense of the history and a feeling that you are following in the footsteps of generations.

St Columba's Church Poltalloch near Kilmartin is situated in the gentle parkland of ruined Poltalloch House.   St Columba's was conceived as a private Chapel but built as a church with congregation and incumbent.  Built 1852 to a design by William Cundy of London in Early English style with leafy carvings and pointed arches, there is a complete set of stained glass by William Wailes.

The antique nativity scene

Winnie Campbell played the organ

The Reverend Michael Kitchener presided over proceedings

Candles and holly decorate the windows

Mince pies and mulled wine after the service

Alex in the pulpit taking our pictures!

Coming away, the sun is almost gone and the lights in the windows glow.

Sunday, 2 December 2012

Buzz - Newsletter Dec 2012-Jan2013 no.187


SCOTTISH EPISCOPAL CHURCH                                                                    
Christ Church, Lochgilphead St.Columba’s, Poltalloch and All Saints, Inveraray
December 2012/January 2013
No. 187


December   Readings                                                                  Minister         Readers
   2nd   Advent 1   HC (1982)+   Jeremiah 33.14-16;1Thessalonians 3.9-13  M.Armour  P.Hamilton
          Luke 21.25 -36  
   9th   Advent 2   HC (1970)  Barach 5.1-9;Phillippians 1.3-11            Rev.M.Kitchener  C.Hanbury
          Luke 3.1 -6  
   9th   Advent 2    Ecumencial Carol Service                                C.Hanbury
  16th   Advent 3   Matins & HC  Zephaniah 3.14-20;Phillippians 4.4 -7;     C..Hanbury    P.Hamilton
          Luke 3.7 -18  
  23rd  Advent 4   HC (1982)  Micah 5.2-5a’Hebrew s 10.5-10’                     M.Armour  R.Byatt
          Luke 1.39-45 (46 -55)  T.Self
  24th   Christmas Eve HC  Isaiah 52.7 -10;Hebrew s 1.1 -4(5-12)  Rev.M.Kitchener
          John 1.1 -14
  25th   Christmas Day Family Service  Isaiah 53.7 -10;Hebrew s 1.1 -4(5-1       Alex & Polly Hamilton
          John 1.1 -14
  30th   Christmas 1  HC (1662)  1Samuel 2.19 -20,26;Colossians 3.12-17;  C.Hanbury  B Hanbury
          Luke 2.41-52

    6th   Epiphany      HC(1982)+  Isaiah 60.1 -6;Ephesians 3.1 -12;                   T.Self      B.Blench
             Matthew 2.1 -12  
   13th  Baptism of  the Lord   HC (1970)  Isaiah 43.1-7;Acts 8.14 -17;       Rev.M.Kitchener   A Hamilton
           Luke 3.15-17,21-22
   20th  Epiphany 2   HC (1982)  Isaiah 62.1 -5;1 Corinthians 12.1 -11      B.Hanbury & T.Self  C Hanbury
           John 2.1 -11
   27th  Epiphany 3   Mattins & HC   Nehemiah8.1-3,5-6,8-10;                  B.Hanbury             C Hanbury
          1Corinthians 12.12-31a; Luke 4.14
 +  (There will be coffee after the service on the first Sunday of each month)

   9th  HC(1929)  Rev.M.Kitchener
  16th  Carol Service   Rev.M.Kitchener    
   6th  HC (1929)  Rev.M.Kitchener    
          Will you please contact Tricia Malcolm (01546 510 283) for further information.

        Please contact Catriona Beel (01546 60 2082) for further information.

We are now registered with 'easy fundraising', who will donate a percentage of your online spending to Christ Church.
The site is at:   http://ww w  
For those w ho are computer literate, feel free to go there, choose your retailer and donate to Christ Church,
Loghgilphead. For others, I will give a simple guide to using the site when I have had time to explore the site myself.   Any help in this respect from others will be very welcome.
There are over 2,000 retailers who support this site, among them are such names as :  Amazon uk; Next; Dell; Tesco; M&S; Toys’r’Us; and many more.

This year this service will be at on Sunday  9th December.   As usual, the retiring collection will be sent to Christian Aid.

Christ Church Christmas Market
Saturday the 10th November, Christ Church’s Christmas Market, was a very busy evening.  Accidentally it  became the biggest event of its type in Lochgilphead this year!   Including the Church stalls, and the games, tombola’s and raffle we had over 30 stalls.  The market was held in the Church and in the Rectory next door which, being connected to the Church meant it was easy to for people to wander from one to the other and back again.

Setting up began on the Wednesday before with the pick -up and delivery of fifteen tables that we borrowed from Tayvallich village hall.  On Thursday it looked like Birnham woods had walked upon Dunsinane when a couple of cars pulled up filled to over flowering with greenery to decorate the church.  Large branches and bunches of ivy, laurel, bamboo and fir were set around the church and Rectory, Christmas lights were hung outside and tucked in to the vases of foliage, and candles set on the window sills.  

Then Friday was set up day, we laid out all the knitting and sewing that the Craft Guild had been making, displayed the many donated items for the raffle and stuck numbers on  the tombola tables. The games were laid out, Guess Roderick the teddy bear' s birthday, name the doll, guess the number of animals in the ark, find the key to the whisky cupboard, guess the number of golf balls in a jar and guess the weight of the cake.  T his continued the following morning and then the other stall holders arrived and everywhere was a hive of activity as lovely handmade items were set out in eye catching displays.

As 3 o’clock approached the buzz intensified and then we were open and a continuous stream of people arrived for the next couple of hours.  Some returning after a visit to the cash point!

The Church and Rectory were filled with the sound of chattering happy people to a backdrop of suitably festive music.  Delicious smells from handmade soap, candles and baking permeated the buildings, mingling with the scent of mince pies and Christmas spiced tea which greeted everyone on their arrival. But in no time at all the raffle was drawn, the visitors had gone and the stall holders were clearing up.  The Church became a church again and several weary people locked up and wended their way home.  The rest of the clearing up and putting away took place over the next two days, but I hope that the chatter and happy feelings generated by the Market will carry on for a long time and maybe encourage some to return for one the Seasonal Services.

Don’t forget you can read about our Services, keep in touch with our activities on our Face Book Page search for ‘Christ Church Lochgilphead’ There are photographs of the Market on the blog at 

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Thursday, 15 November 2012

Christ Church Christmas Market

Was a very busy evening!
The banner advertising the Market went up the week before 
(Photo courtesy of Liz Lai)

Penny Airlie's lovely gemstone jewellery

Lots of lovely preserves and jams and jellies from Paradise Kitchen in the foreground
with Gill Stewart in the background with a lovely range of paintings, felt pictures and cards

 Highland Glass with a twinkly display or new and recycled glassware

Bill tantalising the visitors to choose a key to unlock the bottle of whisky

Jane Bruce with her 'Aunty Jane' range of bags and goodies

West Coast Living  and Calico Kate Originals shared a stall with a range of vintage homewares

The Tombola was a very busy stall.  By the time I took it's picture most of the prizes had gone!  The tables and the mantle piece had been groaning under the weight of prizes at the start of the evening.

Chloe (on the right) introduced the Scentsy Candles range 
Joanna Terleka had a lovely pile of patchwork cushions and quilts and prints

Liz Lai brought along a really delightful array of hand sewn gifts
(photos above and below courtesy of Liz Lai)

Cockles delicatessen displayed a truly scrumptious range of Christmas goodies 
And Corinna Charlwood brought a range of toiletries and Christmas cards

The decorations outside the church really came in to their own when darkness fell

(photo courtesy of Liz Lai)

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Bell ringing record set at All Saints Church, Inverary

New  Bell Ringing Records set to mark the 86th Birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and to celebrate her Diamond Jubilee .

On Saturday 21st April 2012, Inveraray Bell Tower hosted a record breaking peal attempt on its heavy ring of 10 bells.   A band of ringers drawn from the Ancient Society of College Youths successfully rang a record peal of 10,060 changes of Stedman Caters in 7 hours and 13 minutes.  It was a specially commissioned composition which involved ten individuals ringing one bell each continuously for the full 7 hours and 13 minutes.   

Although similar record peals have been rung before, usually in England, this was the first attempt in Scotland.  And one has never been rung on a set of ten bells as heavy as Inveraray, which are the second heaviest peal of 10 bells in the world with the heaviest bell weighing 2.112kg (apx. 2 tonnes).

Thanks to Cationa Beel for this piece.
Additional information about the bells can be found at