We are currently looking for additional helpers to assist with our Sunday School. If you feel you would like to know more, please do not hesitate to get in touch!
The Church of Scotland Sale of Work which took place on 2nd August raised a fantastic £1850!! A big thank you goes to Flora and Rosemary, and everyone else who helped to organise this event, and of course thank you to all those who supported it!
On a lovely sunny Sunday 21st April, Mr Neil Munn was ordained at Heylipol Church during the morning service. We are delighted that Neil has joined the Session and all elders and members of the congregation wish Neil well in his new role.
Everyone is very welcome to this special outdoor celebration of Christ rising from the dead. The service starts an hour later than last year…but remember the clocks change that weekend!
Meet at the manse 7.00am Sunday 31st March, and weather permitting we will head for the beach. After a brief service, we will have breakfast together, please bring your own packed breakfast, hot drinks and bacon rolls will be provided.
Our fellowship lunch which was held on 17th February raised £182.00 for the Church of Scotland HIV Programme. Thank you to everyone who attended and helped to raise this fantastic amount for a very worthwhile cause!
Souper Sunday 2013
Kirkapol Church –
17th February 2013 at 11.30 am
Tiree Parish Church and Tiree Baptist Church
will be holding a joint service followed by a fellowship lunch
in support of The Church of Scotland HIV Programme.
Please come along and support this very worthwhile cause.
Everyone is welcome!
On Sunday 16th December Kirkapol Church was packed to bursting! The occasion? It was the World Record Carol Sing, an event which was organised by Premier Christian Radio (www.premier.org.uk). Last year 18,100 people took part in the event beating the existing record of 15,000 people singing carols, and although most of those taking part were in Britain, there were others taking part as far away as Geneva!
This year, here in Tiree, 95 people attended the event which took place after a traditional Lessons and Carols service. Everyone joyfully sang their way through five well-loved carols for 15 minutes between 7.00pm and 7.15pm, and afterwards enjoyed a well earned cuppa and mince pie.
So has the world record been beaten? Well, we have to wait until numbers have been verified before we can announce that, but irrespective of that, a wonderful evening was had by all! Rev. Elspeth MacLean would like to thank all of those who took lead roles in organising the event, as well as a big thank you to all who attended, making this a truly memorable occasion.
In October, deacon Glenda Wilson came to Tiree to provide cover whilst Elspeth was away. The following is an excerpt from her newsletter to her own parish about her recent stay here ….
“As many of you know, the girls and I went off to Tiree in October. I was on a kind of bus man’s holiday – the minister on the island was on holiday and as she is the only minister there, she must make sure someone is available to cover the services, funerals etc. while she is away. In return, we received accommodation in the manse, and enjoy seeing a new place; meeting new people.
I immediately fell in love with the island and its people. We were made to feel very welcome in the cosy manse which looked right over the sea. A walk through the Glebe which grazed a herd of friendly cows took us right down onto our own wee bit of beach. Not twenty minutes after we had arrived on the island, an elder arrived with coal for and kindling for the fire and was disappointed that Elspeth, the minister, had left a fire all set for us to light! However, his gifts were welcome the next day (which was before we found Elspeth’s coal stock for the winter!) Also before we knew it, the girls had acquired a lovely bike each for the week! Not long after that, the Session Clerk and her husband arrived to greet and welcome us! We met so many local people throughout the week and felt very much a part of the community, and regulars at the ‘Cobbled Cow’ (restaurant owned and run by the loveliest of people!) by the end of it! Then there was Eileen the organist who, as many of you read about in our local newspaper sorted out the havoc I created in the last 5 minutes of our stay with two handbags!
Also, the churches (at the moment there are two C of S buildings on the island, but this is in the process of being reduced to one) were involved in two very special things happening that particular weekend.
The first was that a book was being launched. It was about written by Mike Hughes and Dr John Holliday (the G.P. on the island) called the Barley and the Brine. It is about Tiree during the years of the 2nd World War. Several war veterans came to Tiree for the book launch, and also relatives of those who had served there. In preparation for the morning service which the visitors and author attended, and some took part in along with the Islanders, I went to the cemetery where we were also holding a memorial service on the Sunday afternoon. I was very moved when I saw the graves of such young service men – some un named, with the words “known only to God” inscribed on the stones. As the dates on the stones told, these must have been men whose ships went down, and whose bodies were washed up onto the shore one day after another. Along with these services, I was invited to lunch with the group and cannot describe how easily they accepted me into their midst and made me feel a part of them. The girls and I both attended the actual book launch in the Island’s hall on the Saturday evening, and again, we were made very welcome into the packed hall where it was clear that everyone on the island knew everyone else! It was a lovely night. One we will remember for a long time to come.
The second involved a couple who had come to Tiree as part of a special birthday for the wife, and also a wedding anniversary. While there, in the intimacy and sacredness of one of the churches, wedding vows were renewed and beautiful memories created.
What a privilege to be part of all of that while on holiday in one of the most beautiful places in Scotland! I certainly hope that it will not be our last visit to Tiree……”
Local Tiree Churches will join new attempt on Guinness World Record for ‘Carol Singing’
Local Tiree churches plan to take part in a new nationwide attempt to smash the Guinness World Record for the largest number of Christmas carol singers – singing at the same time.
The current record was set up last year when churches across the UK and abroad attracted a total of 18,114 carol singers to sing five classic carols in unison – beating the previous record of just 14,100 established by Disney in 2009.
Tiree Parish and Baptist Churches will together join in this year’s record-breaking attempt at 7-00pm on Sunday, December 16th, in Kirkapol Church, when, like last year, the five selected carols will be sung in churches up and down the country. They are Silent Night, O Come All Ye Faithful, O Little Town of Bethlehem, Away in a Manger, and Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.
Premier Christian Radio, which is coordinating the national attempt, will also play the five carols on the radio, enabling local churches to use the broadcast as their backing music and assisting nationwide unison.
“Last year’s record-breaking attempt brought many people into churches who were not regular visitors, and served as a timely reminder that Christmas starts with Christ,” said Peter Kerridge, CEO of Premier Christian Radio. “We received many positive reports from churches telling us they were full to overflowing and what an enjoyable evening it had been for all concerned.”
“We invite everyone from our local community to join us in the carol singing record attempt on December 16th,” said Rev Elspeth MacLean “It will undoubtedly be a lot of fun to be part of a national challenge while enjoying festive carols in Kirkapol church. We are holding a service of nine lessons and carols from 6.00-6.45pm, with the world record attempt starting prompt at 7.00pm. Tea and mince pies will be served afterwards, everyone is welcome.”
Premier Christian Radio is Britain’s largest Christian broadcaster.
Advent is a time of waiting, not the kind of waiting that finds us kicking our heels in boredom, not the fearful waiting for unwelcome news, not the numbed waiting of the grieving at the bedside of the dying,– but the attentive waiting as we live each moment fully. Like the waiting of pregnancy, which we call ‘expecting’, Advent is a time of waiting expectantly, a time to prepare for Christmas.
These preparations will be many and varied. Decorating the house, and checking the Christmas tree lights; writing and posting (or e-mailing) cards, letters and presents; buying and wrapping those gifts; buying and preparing all the food; and so much more. But all this busyness can lead to short tempers and frazzled nerves. A good antidote to this is to take time to prepare ourselves spiritually as well as physically. Taking a short time every day to be still and think about the reason for the season, Jesus, Immanuel. When we remember the awesome event that we celebrate at Christmas, that unique moment in time when God, the One and Only, came to live ‘with us’, our hearts are filled with wonder and peace.