News and Special Events
Union with Kilmallie
We are delighted that the process of union between Fort William: Duncansburgh MacIntosh and Kilmallie has now taken place. The kirk sessions and congregations overwhelmingly voted for union, presbytery's updated plan was agreed, and approval was given to recruit a team minister to share the work across the whole area. The union service took place in Caol on 19th November 2020. We have invited a new team minister to join us and once employment checks are complete we'll give more details.
Christmas in January
It was surprising to see members of the Men's and Ladies choirs singing carols on The Parade, wearing their finest Christmas jumpers in the middle of January! They were acting as extras for the film Perfect Strangers, a romantic comedy set in Lochaber which should be released in December 2020.
Update - the film - now called Lost at Christmas was released in November 2020 and our choir made the cut! The premiere took place in Fort William and several choir members were there. Our Duncansburgh building was the setting for the big final scene (masquerading as a street in Glasgow). Catch up with the film and see how many locations you can identify and how many well-known Scottish actors you can name.
Nevis Radio broadcasts a Thought for the Day around 8.45a.m. every morning. Richard (here with Allan and Tricia Smillie) is seen in the studio. Morag helps to make sure there is a full rota of contributors from many churches.
Glasgow Phoenix Concert
We enjoyed welcoming the renowned Glasgow Phoenix Choir on the afternoon of Sunday 29th September 2019. It was a really special afternoon and we hope to repeat the event in future.
In June 2019 we welcomed Mable Sichali, a deacon in the United Church of Zambia, along with members of the Guild national leadership team to Duncansburgh MacIntosh. Members of the Guild for Duncansburgh MacIntosh, Kilmallie and Kilmonivaig, the Thursday lunchtime regulars and the Wider Mission Team heard Mable talk about Journeying Together. This project, shared by World Mission and the United Church of Zambia and chosen for support by the Guild, helps teenage mothers in Lusaka to rebuild their lives by training them in health, nutrition, childcare, reproductive rights and income generation.
Quiz and supper night
organised by the Guild
£10 per head including supper
Friday 10th May
6.30p.m. for 7.00p.m.
Tickets from Guild members
Easter at Duncansburgh MacIntosh Parish Church
Holy Week ~ 15th – 19th April 2019
Every Day – 2.00pm – 4.00pm
A space and a time for Contemplative Reflection and Prayer
A selection of readings, prayers and reflections on Jesus’ journey to the cross are available.
Thursday 18th April – 12.15pm – 12.45pm - Maundy Thursday Communion Service
Friday 19th April – 6.30pm – Good Friday Service
Sunday 21st April – 11.30am – Easter Day Service
Visitors from Malawi
Over the weekend of 9th and 10th February 2019, we were very pleased to welcome Rev Dr Levi Nyondo and Ruth Nyondo. Levi is the General Secretary of the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian Livingstonia Synod which works in Malawi and surrounding countries. Levi spoke about the work of the church in Malawi and about the benefit of partnerships between Scottish and Malawian congregations.
Reflection and study group
A series of six reflections and discussions on the theme "In God's Hands" will take place on Thursday evenings at 7.00p.m. in the New Hall or Upper Room starting on 24th January 2019. We will be using Archbishop Desmond Tutu's book In God's Hands as the starting point for our reflections. Everyone is welcome.
Wedding themed service
On 27th January our 11.30a.m. morning service will contain lots of wedding hymns and readings and anyone planning or thinking about a wedding is invited to come along and get some ideas.
Kilmonivaig carol service
The choirs went on tour to the Kilmonivaig carol service on 17th December 2018.
Town Carol Service
A town carol service with Lochaber Community Wind Band and the Men's and Ladies Choirs took place on 7th December. There was a collection for Lochaber food bank.
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.