The Mod services hosted by Fort William Duncansburgh MacIntosh in October 2017 were very well attended and appreciated by locals and visitors alike. The Gaelic service (broadcast live on Radio na Gaidheal) was busy and the Celtic Praise service filled the church. A wide range of music lifted the spirits of all who came along. During the week, the church premises were used for all sorts of competitions and rehearsals.
A special celebration service on 1st September 2017 marked the tenth anniversary of the union which joined the former Duncansburgh and MacIntosh churches, Alan Ramsay's 50th anniverary of ordination and May Macintyre's 60 years of continuing service as a church organist
Visit from Indian Village Ministries
Over 40 people gathered in the New Church hall to meet and hear from Suresh Vemulapalli and his family about their ongoing work through Indian Village Ministries. It was an enjoyable time of sharing food and fellowship and Suresh's presentation was very informative and inspiring. We will continue to hold the family and their work in our prayers.
On Thursday 4th May 2017 which was a school in-service day we ran a holiday club for primary age children with a Picnic on the Beach theme. 16 children came along and thoroughly enjoyed the morning. We hope to have events on other in-service days in future.
Easter Soup & Sandwich Lunch
Easter Saturday brought sunshine & showers and our first soup & sandwich lunch of 2017. Visitors from Wales, Inverness & Edinburgh and of course lots of local folk enjoyed the fresh fayre. The summer Saturday lunches have now started up again.
Boys' Brigade Annual Parents' Night & Inspection
This evening took place on 31st March 2017and photos from the event can be seen on the BB page or on Facebook.
Gerald Kaye's 60th anniversary of ordination
We celebrated Gerald Kaye's 60th anniversary of ordination in a special service on 3rd October 2016, along with friends from many churches, all of whom Gerald has helped and encouraged. In sharing some of the story of Gerald's life and ministry and reflecting on God at work in many places, people from the Baptist, Scottish Episcopal, Free Church, Catholic Church and Independent churches, as well as the Church of Scotland congregations, all took part together. We're glad Gerald continues to be an active part of our team.
The flower festival with the theme Rejoice which ran from 22nd-25th September 2016 was well-attended and widely appreciated. It was great to see so many visitors enjoying the floral displays representing the life of the congregation.
The conclusion to our flower festival on 25th September 2016 was a concert by the Badenoch Chorale. Their superb presentation of Faure's Requiem and a variety of religious and popular pieces (some including the Fort William: Duncansburgh Men's Choir) gave a perfect end to our "Rejoice!" weekend.
On Sunday 28th August 2016 we welcomed a German youth choir who were visiting Fort Augustus. we ran out of seats in a packed hall, as we enjoyed a mixture of praise and popular music.
Heart and Soul Local
A large annual gathering linked to the General Assembly takes place in Princes Street Gardens in Edinburgh each May. A local event for Lochaber churches to connect with that was held in Fort William: Duncansburgh MacIntosh Church in May 2016. There were displays highlighting the work of local congregations, Messy Church activities, choirs from Kilchuimen and Fort William: Duncansburgh MacIntosh, and a live link to the closing worship from Edinburgh. In Lochaber we watched on a big screen as people in Edinburgh watched a big screen with people from Lochaber reading Bible passages in outdoor locations.
Induction of Rev Richard Baxter April 2016
Service of Induction for The Rev Richard Baxter
Duncansburgh MacIntosh Church was packed on Friday Evening (15th April 2016) for the Presbytery of Lochaber Service of Induction for the Rev Richard Baxter to the charge of Fort William Duncansburgh MacIntosh linked with Kilmonivaig. Richard, native to Northern Ireland, had previously been the minister of St Kenneth’s, Kennoway Windygates & Balgonie in Fife for eighteen years.
Presbytery welcomed many of his former congregation, and local ministerial colleagues, to the service. Also present were representatives from most local church congregations. The service was conducted by the Presbytery Moderator, the Rev Edgar Ogston, with the preacher the Rev Tabea Baader, who is the minister at Fort Augustus and Glengarry. The “Charges”, which is advice to the minister, were given by the Rev Ann Winning who is the retired minister from Morvern.
An enormous spread was laid on by the congregations for the reception afterwards, which included a cake specially made for the occasion. Entertainment was given by youngsters from both congregations including the Boys Brigade, the Church Male Voice Choir, the Church Praise Band and Robert Robertson. Presentation gifts were given to both Richard and his wife Sheryl.
Richard says: “I am really looking forward to leading these two lovely congregations and we both hope to take an active part in the Lochaber community.”