Update on Plans for Heylipol Church



Update on Plans for Heylipol Church – 1st March `15.

Making Heylipol Church wind and watertight remains the first phase of work planned, however the General Trustees of the Church of Scotland recently requested preliminary ideas from the Congregational Board about the interior, before they would commit any capital to Phase 1 works.

The Kirk Session and Congregational Board had already spent considerable time discussing various ideas as to how we could meet our need for space. There is a legal duty to provide a toilet in the Church which is accessible for all and as the layout stands, we aren`t providing this. We also don`t have a suitable area for Fellowship, meetings, Sunday School and we presently don`t have a kitchen area or storage. The items from Kirkapol Church remain in a Container and we haven`t been able to integrate those items into Heylipol Church. It seems important that we do so to unite the two buildings and give Kirkapol the rightful place and respect it deserves as part of our history and in our ongoing worship and use of the single building.

The Kirk Session and Congregational Board has decided that the pews in the back area of the Church (to the right as you enter) will be removed. The space created will be flexible in its use by using sliding partition doors. When the Church is full, the sliding partition doors will be opened and the chairs from Kirkapol Church used to provide seating. During regular Sunday worship the soundproofed partition doors will be closed and Sunday School will be held in the space. Glazing will be fitted above the partition doors to ceiling height to allow light from the back area to fill the rest of the Church. A toilet, kitchen area and storage will be contained within the area. This is still a provisional plan, subject to consulting architects and engineers.

The Church of Scotland is in agreement to this plan. They would not support an extension to the existing building due to the costs involved and they advocate efficient use of available space in all their Churches throughout Scotland.

We wish you all to know that this decision has not been taken lightly. It is best that we utilise our remaining building as flexibly as we can to meet our needs and we remember that closing the door at Kirkapol Church meant not just the removal of pews but the removal of a building of worship with all its history, going back many generations.

As members of the Congregational Board, we are happy to discuss this further with anyone who wishes to do so.

The Members are:-  Rev. Elspeth MacLean (Minister); Elspeth MacKinnon (Clerk to Congregational Board);   Judith Boyd (Elder);  Neil Munn (Elder) Pat Boyd (Elder); Ewan      MacKinnon (Elder);  Iain MacKinnon (Elder);  Tony McEwen (Elder); Ian Sharp (Elder); Caroline MacLean (Elder); Lachie MacFadyen (Elder); Catriona MacKinnon (Congregational Board); Mary Ann MacDonald (Congregational Board)

School Christmas Service 2014

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Rev. Elspeth recounted the following story during the School Christmas service. As the story was read out appropriately named sweets were thrown into the audience when certain words were mentioned…. read the script below you’ll get the picture!  Needless to say the children were delighted!               “When I was read on

Sermon Snippets: Teresa of Ávila

Teresa of Ávila was a 16th century Carmelite nun, author of the “Counter Reformation” and theologian of contemplative life through mental prayer. She wrote, “Every problem we could possibly have can be solved by doing one thing: believing that the real God is really present as we pray.”

The Marie Curie Cancer Care “Field of Hope”

Thank you to everyone who came along to Heylipol Church grounds  throughout the afternoon of Wednesday 15th October. The planting of 250 daffodil bulbs is set to be an annual colourful tribute to loved ones who have bravely battled cancer. Donations raised £120. The main fund raising event will be joining in The Marie Curie Blooming Great Tea Party in 2015. Caroline MacLean

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Christmas 2014

Come along and celebrate Christmas with us!  Click on each of the posters below to see full details.

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Christmas Celebrations

The season of Advent is fast approaching and there’s lots going on to celebrate Christmas.  Here are a few dates for your diaries – everyone is very welcome to take part in all or any of these events – we look forward to seeing you there!

Carol Service 2014  at Heylipol Church on Sunday 21st December   6.00 pm.  We will be singing the island’s favourite carols (cast your vote at the Co-op) so why not come along and enjoy an evening of well-loved carols, mince pies and mulled juice!

Christingle Service at Heylipol Church on Tuesday 23rd December 4.00 pm.

Watchnight Service at Heylipol Church on Wednesday 24th December 11.30 pm.

Christmas Morning Service at Heylipol Church on Thursday 25th December 11.30 am.

Nine Lessons and Carols Service at Heylipol Church on Sunday 28th December 6.00 pm.

All of the above services are held jointly by the Tiree Church of Scotland and the Tiree Baptist Church.

Sermon Snippets

Welcome to Sermon Snippets – a brand new section of our website! From time to time a passage or prayer from one of our weekly church services will be featured.  The aim is to encourage the reader to spend some quiet time thinking about a particular aspect of faith. To start us off, below is a prayer written by Elsie Black:

Stay nigh me Lord Jesus

The years take their toll
Stay close to me Lord to the end
Forgive my transgressions
Replenish my soul
My Saviour, Redeemer and Friend

When the call comes for me
I shall wake at your touch
We shall both take that pathway divine
Down by the still waters, green pastures and lush,
With my old hand clasped firmly in Thine

The pathway to heaven is paved with God’s love
Doors are open for loved ones to call
Be it saint, be it sinner
Does not matter one bit
There is room in God’s Heaven for all

So I’ll walk with my Saviour
We move slowly on
My long life is nearing its end
With a prayer in each heart-beat
I’ll welcome the New
With Lord Jesus, our Saviour and Friend.



Harvest Festival

£160 and many boxfuls of groceries were donated at last Sunday’s Harvest Festival – what a wonderful achievement for our tiny community! These donations were given to the Lord’s Larder which is based in Oban. This organisation was set up in order to assist families and individuals who struggle to make ends meet.  Food and toiletries are donated regularly and people in need are referred by the Social Work Department. Financial contributions are also welcome so that some fresh food can be included in parcels. The Lord’s Larder do not know who receives and do not wish to judge anyone, therefore the service is confidential and non-judgemental. Our grateful thanks go to all who contributed to such a worthy and essential project.



“Imagining Scotland’s Future: Our Vision” (Church of Scotland)

The Church of Scotland report “Imagining Scotland’s Future: Our Vision” was launched on 26 February. The report is based on the views of over 900 people who attended 32 community events run by the Kirk as an alternative national debate on the referendum. The events were held across Scotland over the past 12 months.
To download the report, and for details of other resources that will be available in the lead-up to the referendum, please visit this page on the Church of Scotland website: http://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/speak_out/politics_and_government/articles/imagining_scotlands_future

Joint Church Service in the Big Top at TMF 2014

A joint church service was held in the Big Top (circus tent) at TMF this year on the Sunday morning. Over 100 people attended, and were led in worship by Rev Elspeth MacLean, Rev Paul Beautyman (Youth Advisor to Argyll Presbytery), and Alan and Ursula Millar of Tiree Baptist Church. The musicians were John Gunderson’s grandson Ewan on pipes, Katie England on fiddle, Ian Smith on accordion, Sue Bottomley on keyboard and her son Jim Bottomley on guitar. Ishbel Campbell sang a beautiful solo in Gaelic and English. Everyone was invited to write a prayer on a piece of fabric and all these were them woven together (see photo of ‘tripod’ with woven strips on each side, along with other photos of the event  in the Gallery section of the website).