World Day of Prayer is an international, ecumenical, prayer movement initiated and carried out by Christian women in more than 180 countries and over 1000 languages. Every year Christians of many traditions and all ages, celebrate a common day of prayer on the first Friday in March.
World Day of Prayer services are held all around the world, and on Tiree the service will take place at 7.30 pm on Friday 3rd March 2017 at the Baptist Church, Baugh. If anyone would like to do a reading for the service, please contact Ursula Millar.
Last summer, Moira Hookham had her garden open to the public and the money raised was kindly given to our Fabric Appeal Fund. Moira sent us these photos of her lovely garden and we asked her to share her thoughts on Heylipol church…
For several years, when our boys were teenagers, our family enjoyed many surfing holidays on Tiree. Well to be more accurate, the boys did a lot of surfing while I was either reading or cycling. The church at Heylipol was often the central point of the various loops I did. I would go into the church and it was a place of peace, a place where it was easy to turn your mind to God. The stained glass and light fittings were a reminder of past generations who worshipped God, the notice boards of current activities and missionary partners a reminder of today’s congregation and the jeeps with surf boards on top – the visiting congregation!
There was much simple beauty but yet easy to see that the building was in need of some money and attention. So when the opportunity came to open my garden it seemed like a perfect way to help the Tiree Church Fabric Appeal Fund ensure that there is a way for future generations, staying or visiting Tiree to come into thoughtful contact with God.
On Sunday 10th July 2016 we welcomed Isabella April Briggs into the family of God at her baptism in Heylipol Church. Here are some photos of Isabella at her baptism, with her parents April and Malcolm, her family and friends and minister Elspeth MacLean.
When the storm caused Tiree Music Festival 2015 to have to evacuate their campsite, the island community of Tiree opened their doors to welcome the wet, cold campers. Groups of young people were transported to a variety of locations, from individual homes to the school, airport and the church. The local Church of Scotland were pleased to be able to help, opening our church to the festival refugees. Rev MacLean said "It was a great opportunity for us to show our faith in action, providing shelter, warmth, food and drink for these young people, along with the rest of the community".
The photos were taken late on Friday night as the campers were settling down to sleep on the floor and pews of the church.
Tiree Parish Church are continuing with concentrated efforts to repair Heylipol church and make internal improvements to make the building more flexible and comply with the requests from the General Trustees who own the building.
Having removed 18 pews from the rear of the church, we are now hoping to have permission to begin the external repairs before the end of this Summer.
At the same time, we are proceeding with preparing and costing plans for the internal changes to provide the necessary accessible toilet, Sunday school/meeting room, kitchen, and space for fellowship, at the rear of the church.
It was decided at a recent meeting that we will retain 8 of these pews in the hope that they can be incorporated into the new area in some way.
The total costs for the repairs and renovations are £240,560. We already have £176,138 (from the sale of Kirkapol, fundraising and central fabric funds). We are asking the General Trustees for a grant of £22,102 which would enable us to begin the exterior repairs now. We will then only need to raise a further £52,320. We are applying to various places for funding, and will again be asking the Tiree Community to dig deep to ensure that we have a church fit for both the present and the future.
As a beginning of this last big push of fund raising, we are offering 10 wooden pews for sale, and suggest a minimum price of £150 each. The pews are in good condition, but please note that because they used to be attached to the wall, they only have one end, and a leg in the middle, so are not free standing without some modification.
Anyone who is interested in buying a pew, please contact Rev Elspeth MacLean on 220377 (please leave a message) or any of our elders.
Tiree Music Festival 2015 – special Sunday morning worship service at 10.30 am in the Community Village Tent. Refreshments and singing from 10am, with refreshments after the service too. All ages very welcome.
On Sunday 31st May two new elders were ordained at Tiree Parish Church during the morning service. Session and members of the congregation welcomed Annette MacKinnon and Elspeth Gillies as elders for Tiree Parish Church. The service was followed with refreshments and a time of fellowship. We wish Annette and Elspeth every happiness in their new roles.
Rev. Elspeth with new elders, Annette MacKinnon and Elspeth Gillies
We have a small group who meet to practice Christian Meditation each Friday afternoon in Tiree. We have now been meeting for a little over a year, and are delighted to announce that Alex Holmes of the Scottish region WCCM (World Community of Christian Meditators) is coming to Tiree to give a day’s teaching on Saturday 23rd May.
Christian Meditation is a tradition grounded in Biblical wisdom, the early Christian desert monks, and the spiritual classic The Cloud of Unknowing.
As well as the spiritual benefits, the physical benefits of meditation are now well recognised by the medical profession. These include reducing high blood pressure, reducing stress and depression, improving sleep and relaxation and even increasing one’s natural immunity.
Everyone is welcome to come on Saturday 23rd May. We will meet in the manse at 10.30am. There will be no charge for the day, but anyone wishing to come for the whole day is asked to bring a packed lunch. Teas and coffees will be provided. The morning will be aimed at complete beginners with the afternoon taking us a little deeper into the tradition, but everyone is welcome to come for part or the whole of the day.
For further details contact Rev Elspeth MacLean on 220377.