News and Special Events
Every year a group from Dudley in the West Midlands come up to Fort William to climb Ben Nevis, and to renew friendships with people in Fort William which first developed under the leadership of Bert Bissell whose Bible class influenced many people. This year a group of sixty people came from Dudley, from Christian and Muslim backgrounds and including three former Dudley mayors. They brought a male voice choir called the Gentlemen Songsters, who joined with our Men's Choir and with John Hutchison singing a Gaelic song, to provide a concert in the church which raised £437 for Lochaber Mountain Rescue. Afterwards we all shared fish suppers in the hall, provided by Sammy's in Caol (who didn't flinch at an order for 75 fish suppers) and financed by Dudley's community fund. It was an evening of good music fun and friendship.
We're now running a monthly Kirk Club at Moss Park Home. A group from the congregation meet residents to share chat, some familiar hymns and a Bible story. These take place on the first Tuesday afternoon of each month at 2.00p.m. Speak to Richard Baxter if you are interested in being part of this group.
Instead of the Saturday soup lunches which have taken place in the summer in previous years, we now going have a monthly soup lunch after church on the first Sunday of each month. We simply serve a choice of two soups with some crusty bread. There is no charge - just make what you think is an appropriate donation. We have asked that no-one should volunteer to help with this more than twice a year (so the workload is spread.) If you'd like to volunteer there's a sheet in the kitchen for this purpose.
On Sunday 21st January we welcomed seven new elders to our kirk session and we look forward to their role in our congregational life.
Wedding themed service
On Sunday 28th January our 11.30a.m. morning service is wedding themed. We will be singing a range of wedding hymns and using wedding readings. Anyone with a wedding planned (or thinking about it) is invited to come along.
Ella Gill is undertaking a readership training placement with us for six months from January 2018. Ella is Session Clerk at Acharacle Church, and has previously served as Presbytery Clerk, Presbytery Moderator, and an Interim Moderator at Duror and Glencoe. We welcome Ella to our team in Duncansburgh MacIntosh.
Survivors of bereavement by suicide have started a local group for anyone affected by the suicide of a family member or friend. We have provided the Upper Room as premises for that group in to meet. Phone Joyce on 01397 700958 for more information.
Wider Mission Team
The wider mission team has recently sent off some of the funds they raised through soup lunch to twin several of our toilets with toilets in developing countries.
An unusual visitor took part in a recent wedding in the church. This barn owl flew the rings in for the bride and groom.