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of the D Mac
We warmly invite you to come and join us
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Intimation of upcoming events are now mainly
on our Facebook page
Sunday Services at
Fort William D. Mac at 11am
and an Evening Service at Fort William DMac at 6.30pm
There is also a Lunchtime Service every Thursday
at 12.15 - 12.45. All welcome.
Visit by the Moderator
The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, the Rt. Rev Dr Angus Morrison, and Mrs Morrison, attended a display by the Boys Brigade followed by a reception with the whole congregation at the D. Mac on 24th September.
A great evening was had by all. Thanks to everyone who organised the event and thanks to Dr and Mrs Morrison for their encouragement and support.
As part of the visit to the Presbytery of Lochaber by the Moderator of the General Assembly the Rt. Rev. Dr Angus Morrison and Mrs Morrison a conference was held in Fort William Duncansburgh MacIntosh Church on Saturday 26th September. The Guest Speaker was Iain Morris who is the producer of the international TV series "The God Question: Science, God and the search for Truth". This series is available on DVD with a study guide. Throughout the conference Iain Morris illustrated how the series shed light on the questions: does science provide convincing evidence for a creator; and does mainstream science conflict with a belief in God?
The conference began with opening worship led by the Moderator of Presbytery the Rev Edgar Ogston. Throughout the day ample opportunity was given for wide ranging discussion. A total of forty seven people attended coming from various denominations throughout Lochaber and beyond.
The Moderator, who is closely involved with this initiative which is being called "Grasping the Nettle", closed the conference by speaking about the opportunities it opens up for the church and how it could be used as an effective response to growing secularisation in our schools and communities.
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Wednesday 30th September at 7.30 pm the Colne Orpheus
Glee Union (Lancashire) Male Voice Choir are giving a
concert in the D Mac. All welcome.
Help Desk for Computing Classes have started
The use of computers is a growing need for people of all ages for receiving information, communication with family and friends and even for shopping. The church is increasingly using computers to reach out to others.
Three sessions, two weeks apart, of workshops and computing talk are being held to try to improve skills and to answer questions. These sessions will be led by David Anderson and Melville Paton.
The sessions on 7th and 21st September and 5th October will be aimed to start people from the very beginning. Depending on the needs of those who attend, the sessions will concentrate on emailing on the first day, Social Networking on the second and on web sites in the third.
It is expected that each session will last about an hour - longer if you wish.
Come along and bring your laptop, iPad or mobile 'phone with you. Even if you do not have a computer you could use the ones that will be provided.
Come and enjoy!
Scottish Country Dancing has recommenced for the season.
8.00 pm with a session for learners and improvers at 7.30 in the Old Hall.
ROTARY SPONSORED CZECH CHOIR ENTHRALS A PACKED CHURCH
The Janacek Choir from Bohemia in the Czech Republic performed to an audience of over 200 at the Duncansburgh Macintosh Church on the night of 7th July. Past president John Hutchison very ably welcomed the choir in their own language and choir manager Pavel Kopacek reminded us that, as Celts, our roots were also in Bohemia ! Earlier that day the choir members had visited Arisaig to see the memorial to the Czech and Slovakian soldiers who had trained at Traigh during the last war, again emphasising their links with Lochaber.
The choir treated its audience to a superb performance of 18 songs ranging from haunting soft melodic numbers to hall-bursting full voiced jaunty folk songs, from spirituals to upbeat ragtime, and from outstanding soloists to a bridal song included to celebrate the 25th wedding anniversary of two of the choir members. The choir's rendition of the haunting Dvorak melody "Going Home", sung in English, generated rapturous applause from an appreciative audience.
In closing, the choir's spokeswoman reminded us that "in this day of world problems and strife, where the spoken word is often the cause of conflict, music can be an instrument of peace. Music can satisfy our yearning for harmony. While the spoken word can be misunderstood, music speaks to everyone in the same way. We thank you for your company and hope we have succeeded in reaching your heart with our music"
On behalf of the audience President Terry Lee captured the mood of the evening and said "it's not often I'm lost for words. The concert far exceeded all that I was expecting. The choir completely blew me away with its world class performance and I cannot thank them enough. Thanks to them, and to the public who supported the event, charities will benefit to the tune of nearly £900".
Andy Muirhead presented with 60 years of service award.
At the Parents' Evening on Friday 27th March 2015 of the 2nd Fort William Boys' Brigade Company, which meets in Fort William Duncansburgh MacIntosh Church, Captain Ian Fleming presented Lt. Andrew Muirhead with a certificate and an engraved slate plaque to commemorate his 60 years of service to the Boys' Brigade Movement.
Changes in the Church WiFi
New WiFi units have been installed and are in good working order.
They have been renamed
DMacNewHall – also covers the Upper Room
The Vestry remains named DMac Router – it also covers the Upper Room and the Old Hall.
In the Church, the laptop at the back will now connect with
the internet so that the projector can display any internet site, video etc.
Many thanks to Melville Paton for his considerable efforts and expertise in setting all this up. Now - let's use it!
For some time, it had been planned to move the control of the sound system and projection system from the front of the Church to the corner at the back.
An office desk was purchased to serve as a console which takes the sound mixer desk, the equipment for making recordings of the Service on to memory sticks for those unable to attend Church and the laptop which serves the projectors at the front and back of the Church.
With the mixer desk no longer hidden away in a cabinet, the operator can now adjust the microphone levels to provide a consistent level and quality of reproduction. This is particularly useful for the microphone at the lectern where the voice level of different readers may vary.
Who are we?
Fort William Duncansburgh MacIntosh Parish Church is a congregation of the Church of Scotland within the Presbytery of Lochaber.
The congregation derived its name following the union in 2007 of the two Fort William Church of Scotland Congregations—Duncansburgh and MacIntosh Memorial.
Click here for more information on these congregations.
Where are we?
We are situated on the Parade, a grassy area in the centre of Fort William. To find us click here.
Our Sunday Worship
Our morning Sunday service is at 11.00am.
The crèche, Junior church and Bible Class meet during the morning service and everyone is encouraged to stay behind after each service to share with each other over a cup of tea/coffee.
In the evening there is a service at 6.30pm in the new church hall at the rear of the Church.
Weddings and Funerals
If you are looking at our web site because you want assistance with organising a wedding or arranging a funeral contact the Session Clerk by clicking here.
Kilmonivaig Church in Spean Bridge
Our congregation shares a Minister with Kilmonivaig in Spean Bridge. Services are also held at 11.00 am there.
To accommodate this, each Sunday the services are conducted on a rota basis.
The Rev Dr Adrian Varwell is our Interim Moderator and Locum as we journey through the vacancy journey.
The Rev Morag Muirhead is an Ordained Local Minister who is assigned to this charge.
The Session Clerk is Mrs Mabel Wallace. Contact her by clicking here.
The Safeguarding Co-ordinator is Mrs Jean Sneddon.
Click here to email her.
Our web site
David Anderson is the webmaster.
If you want to contact David click here.