Malawi visitors itinerary

You are welcome to join us on any of the visits except to the school. If you wish to come to Cruachan, Columba’s Cave or Iona, please phone David Carruthers on 603269 to book your place. The Iona trip costs £38.

Date Morning Afternoon Evening
23 Sept With Congregations
24 Sept Dochas Centre Columba’s Cave Table Tennis Achnamara
25 Sept High School, S1 High School Mary’s Meals Project Alpha Next Tayvallich
26 Sept Depart Lochgilphead 9:15 to Dalavich Cruachan Power Station Oban for fish and chips
27 Sept Messy Church Lochgilphead or Tayvallich
28 Sept Talking Newspapers? Discovery Group Ardrishaig 2 pm
29 Sept Ardrishaig Sale Public Hall 2pm
30 Sept With Congregations Evening Worship Kilmartin 7pm
1 Oct
2 Oct Depart Oban 9:50 to Mull and Iona Return to Oban 17:55
3 Oct Lochgilphead Church hall lunch and mingle Ladies and men’s meetings Kilmartin both?
4 Oct Farewell supper/service Kilmartin bothy

Kirk Session Agenda 19 Sept 2018

Item 10, Local Church Review will be the main discussion….

North Knapdale Church of Scotland
Kirk Session Meeting – 19th September 2018. Tayvallich Church 7.30pm
1 Opening Prayer and Worship
2 Sederunt
3 Apologies
4 Minutes of meetings of the 9th and 28th August 2018.
5 Matters arising from 9th August 2018
5.1 Alpha starter events
5.2 Audio visual technical equipment – carry forward
5.3 Storage space – carry forward.
6 Matters arising from the 28th August 2018.
6.1 Development of Tayvallich Church.
7 Worship and Mission:
7.1 Visit from Kasamba Congregation
7.2 Harvest service
8 Reports:
8.1 Minister
8.2 Stewardship – carry forward
8.3 Safeguarding
8.4 Notifiable events
8.5 Presbytery
8.6 Treasurer and Finance Committee – carry forward
8.7 Fabric – carry forward
9 Correspondence:
9.1 Inverlussa Church Building
10 Local Church Review:
10.1 Completion of Questionnaire
10.2 Date of review
12 Date of next meeting
13 Close with Prayer

More alpha

If you would like to know more about Alpha, the introduction to the Christian faith then why not come along to one of our “Try before you buy” sessions in Achnamara Hall. 

Saturday 22 September 12:30 – 2:30 pm
Sunday 23 September 7 – 9 pm

Trailer…click here.

Alpha is for anyone who’s curious. The talks are designed to encourage conversation in a friendly and open environment. No question is out of bounds and you are free to discuss as much or as little as you wish. If you enjoy this session, more will follow. If at any time you decide it’s not for you that’s not a problem. There’s no pressure and no follow up.

Open Heaven

Open Heaven – Mid Argyll and Kintyre

at Lochgilphead Parish Church
Sunday 16th September
6 for 6.30pm

Join with “family” from different churches and places to worship our amazing God, to bless and be blessed.

“Arise, shine,for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you…..” Isaiah 60v1-2

Kirk Session Minutes 28 August 2018

1 The meeting was opened with Prayer and Worship
2 Sederunt: Mrs Libby Macdonald, Miss Ealasaid Mackay, Mrs Norma Kelly, Mrs Louise Logue, Rev Mr Cliff Acklam (Moderator), Mr David Logue (Session Clerk)
Attending: Mr Russell Anderson, (Property Convenor)
3 Apologies: Mrs Catherine Paterson
4 Minutes of meeting 9.8.18 – Carried forward to next meeting.
5 Development of Tayvallich Church Building:
The meeting considered the possibilities of developing the current Tayvallich Church building to be better designed to meet the needs of being an active church in the community.
There followed considerable productive discussion on the points as follows:
5.1 What are our needs?
The following ideas were discussed and proposed:
A space for meetings.
A space for Children’s work and crèche
A social space which offers a homely, comfortable and relaxing environment
A place for “Vestry Time” and quiet discussions.
An area at the back of the church partitioned from the main worship area but accessible through glazed units.
A balcony above to maintain capacity in the worship space.
An enlarged and opened up entrance to be more accessable and welcoming.
Eco-friendly and efficient heat and lighting.
One extra toilet
Improved Kitchen.
5.2 Consideration of any previous plans.
The current footprint of the building and the surrounding church land was displayed and the plan of the extension to Kilmenny church, which had been circulated previously for information was superimposed on the plan.
Also, a sketch plan based on the ideas drawn up by the previous Session Clerk which provided bigger floorplan and widened entrance was also superimposed on the current layout for information.
Plans previously drawn up by a John Peace, architect and Diana Maclaurin, Local Architect were also displayed.
These plans all had useful aspects to them and provided some ideas to take forward.
5.3 Financial position.
The church holds approximately £300,000 in reserves held for Fabric and some or all of this could be allocated to this project subject to Presbytery and General Trustees approval. However it was recognised that it would not be prudent to allocate all of this sum and a contingency should be held for future maintenance and development. Planning should include fundraising, seeking support from the local community and special events to promote the venture as providing a place of worship which the church and community can use effectively.
It was also recognised that the building should be of a high standard using quality fittings and furniture which will both last well and provide a comfortable environment.
5.4 Key items for a specification:
Following from the discussion on “Item 1 Needs” the key items to include in any specification would be, in no order of heirarchy:
A space for teas and coffees.
A space for meetings
A space suitable for crèche and children’s groups
A space which provides a comfortable and welcoming environment for social gatherings of young people, older people and all age gatherings such as Alpha, discussion groups and board games, etc.
An area for quiet discussion or counselling
An open and welcoming entrance area.
Storage for Messy Church Materials, for table and chairs, for catering equipment, filing cabinet etc.
Improved Kitchen facilities
A second toilet
Eco friendly and efficient heating and lighting.
5.5 Choice of Architect:
A number of Architects , both local and further afield were suggested for initial contact and informal discussion. The Session Clerk to take this forward initially.
It was also agreed to seek advice from Presbytery, CARTA, and the General trustees.
5.6 Working Group to take this forward.
It was agreed that a small group should be formed to take the project forward. Members of the group to be drawn from the church and the community. This group would meet at least monthly and report in to the Session.
A number of people were suggested as possible members and the
Session Clerk would approach them to ascertain interest. The majority of the group should be church members and will include the Session Clerk and the Property Convenor.
5.7 Next steps.
Session Clerk to write up a brief specification to discuss with potential architects and advisors based on item 4.
The Moderator to seek advice from the General Trustees
Session Clerk to approach those people suggested as possible members of the “Development subgroup” from Item 6.
Report to be taken to each Session Meeting
6 A.O.C.B – no other business had been submitted.
7 Date of next meeting : 19th September at 7.30pm in Tayvallich Church.
8 The meeting was closed in prayer by saying the grace together.