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Minutes of Kirk Session 24 May

At a meeting of the Kirk Session in Tayvallich Church on 24th May 2017 the meeting was constituted in prayer by the Moderator, Rev Clifford Acklam.

SEDERUNT
Present were Moderator, Rev Clifford Acklam, Session Clerk, Mr Alan Cameron, Elders, Mrs Norma Kelly, Mr David Logue, Mrs Louise Logue, Mrs Libby MacDonald, Miss Ealasaid Mackay and Mrs Catherine Paterson.
Also present were Mrs Rona Blythe and Mrs Marjorie Drysdale

APOLOGIES
Apologies were received from Mrs Valerie Cameron

MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING
The minutes of the meeting of 29th March 2017 were approved
Proposed by Mr David Logue
Seconded by Mrs Norma Kelly

MATTERS ARISING
Holiday Club Benmore
– Mrs N Kelly confirmed that grants towards the cost of sending children to the holiday club were available. Mrs L Logue agreed to email a link to families with children in the correct age group and with church connection.
“Who do you say I am” Books – The supply of books duly arrived. Books were distributed through Cafe Connect and church services and were well received.
Path to Renewal – Mrs L Logue raised the subject of Path to Renewal but as there was insufficient interest at this time it was agreed that no application would be made.
Big Lunch – There will be no Big Lunch organised by us this year.
Messy Church for Older Children – There are events in Glasgow and also more locally at the Well, Oban. Mr D Logue will have discussions with parents who may be interested in taking their children to Oban.

CORRESPONDENCE
Email from Presbytery with regard to Inverlussa Church. A meeting between office bearers and the convenors of the Presbytery Property and Ministry Committees is suggested for 5th June 2017. Session Clerk to contact Rev D Carruthers.

REPORTS
Minister
Rev Acklam reported that he had conducted the service at Ardfenaig last Sunday. He will conduct the funeral of Mrs Anne Ferguson in Tayvallich Church
on Friday 26th May. The funeral of Mr James Flint will be held in Perth Crematorium also on Friday 26th May.
Stewardship
Mrs Norma Kelly advised that Christian Aid Week collections are going well and that the final total would be available next Sunday.
Safeguarding
Nothing to report.
Presbytery
The next meeting of Presbytery will be held in Oban on 6th June 2017.
Treasurer
Mrs L Logue reviewed the figures for the first quarter of 2017.
Fabric
There was no report. It was however noted that the mains water connection to Tayvallich Church was still not completed.
A new external noticeboard for Tayvallich Church is to be purchased.

SESSION ADMINISTRATION
Training

There is to be an Elders Training Day in Tarbert on Saturday 17th June 2017.
Mr D Logue and Mrs L Logue will be attending and will report to Kirk Session.

WORSHIP & MiSSION
18th June 2017 Morning Worship will be held in Kilmartin Church at 11.00 am.
Evening Worship will be held in Tayvallich Church at 6.30 pm.

Pulpit Supply
On the following dates worship will be led by
Mr James MacLellan 16th July 2017 in Tayvallich Church
Mr James Malcolm 23rd July 2017 in Bellanoch Church
Mr James Malcolm 30th July 2017 in Tayvallich Church

Alpha Course
Mr D Logue reported that the format had been changed over the last two meetings. Now meeting for lunch and continuing into the afternoon.

Messy Church
Mrs Logue welcomed the participation in leadership by some older children

Cafe Connect
There will be no Cafe Connect on Saturday 17th June 2017.

A.O.C.B.
There was no further business.

D.O.N.M.
The date of the next meeting will be 20th June 2017 at 7.30pm in Tayvallich Church.

The meeting was closed by saying the grace together.

Minutes of Kirk Session 29th March 2017

At a meeting of the Kirk Session in Tayvallich Church on 29th March 2017 the meeting was constituted in prayer by the Moderator, Rev Clifford Acklam.

SEDERUNT
Present were Moderator, Rev Clifford Acklam, Session Clerk, Mr Alan Cameron, Elders, Mrs Norma Kelly, Mr David Logue, Mrs Louise Logue, Mrs Libby MacDonald and Miss Ealasaid Mackay.

APOLOGIES
Apologies were received from Mrs Valerie Cameron and Mrs Catherine Paterson.
Apologies were also received from Mr Russell Anderson and Mrs Marjorie Drysdale.

MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING
The minutes of the meeting of 22nd February 2017 were approved
Proposed by Mrs Libby MacDonald
Seconded by Mr David Logue

MATTERS ARISING
Membership
Rev Acklam confirmed that he had the matter in hand and would report further in due course.

CORRESPONDENCE
Email from Christian Publishing & Outreach (CPO)

A new book entitled “Who Do You Say I Am ?” is available for distribution at Easter services. From the producers of “The Servant Queen “, the cost is £11.50 for 10 copies. It was agreed that Mrs L Logue would order 100 copies immediately.
Email from Church of Scotland Panel on Review & Reform
An invitation for a further 40 congregations to join in the Path of Renewal pilot project. Applications to be in by 31st May 2017. The Session Clerk will forward this email to members of Kirk Session for further consideration.
The Big Lunch
Mrs L Logue had received a pack in respect of this year’s Big Lunch. The date is 18th June but this can be flexible. We will give more thought to the matter and come to a decision before the next meeting of Session.
Invitation from Glassary, Kilmartin & Ford Parish
We are invited to participate in a joint service in Kilmartin Church on Sunday, 18th June 2017 at 11.00 am. It was agreed that this invitation would be accepted.

REPORTS
Minister
Rev Acklam reported that he was happy to see the progress being made by the Alpha group in Achnamara. He noted that there was to be a Presbytery Dementia training day in Tarbert Village Hall on Saturday 29th April 2017 and recommended attendance by elders. Past sermons are now available on our church website.
Stewardship
Mrs Norma Kelly advised that Christian Aid Week would run from 14th to 20th May 2017.
It was agreed that our response to the East African Crisis would be channeled through Christian Aid to the Disaster Emergency Committee. It is understood that as at 26th March 2017, a total of £36 million has been raised with the first £10 million being matched pound for pound by the UK government.
Safeguarding
Mr D Logue advised that the Safeguarding Register and SG11 were up to date.
Six persons now hold PVG registration. The Session Clerk advised that Session Minutes should contain a record of at least two meetings of the Congregational Safeguarding Panel.
Presbytery
The next meeting of the Mission committee is to be held in Kilmartin on 4th April 2017.
Treasurer
Mrs L Logue submitted the minutes of the Finance Committee meeting held on 29th March 2017 ; attached as Appendix 1. Inter Alia, a sum of £150,000 has been committed to the purchase of Growth Fund units as approved at the last Stated Annual Meeting of the Congregation.
There followed some discussion on the best use of approximately £40,000 of unrestricted funds which we hold. Suggestions included running a Messy Cafe as a follow up to Messy Church for older children and possible subsidies to send children to Holiday Club. Mrs Kelly to report back on the Holiday Club.
Fabric
In the Fabric Convenor’s absence, Mr A Cameron confirmed that the new access ramp was now installed at Bellanoch Church.
He also confirmed the following as contained in the Fabric Convenor’s Annual Report
Inverlussa Church
The recommendations of the Electrical Report would not be actioned until the future of the building was clearer.
Tayvallich Church
The mains water supply should be connected by the end of April.
Electrical recommendations – Robert Fletcher, Electrician to provide quotation for works.
Bellanoch Church
Collapsed east boundary wall has been repaired.
Grass cutting to be contracted out.
Electrical recommendations – Robert Fletcher, Electrician to provide quotation for works.

SESSION ADMINISTRATION
Records
The Safeguarding Register was received.

WORSHIP & MiSSION
Easter Retiring Offering

In view of the current situation, it was agreed that the offering will be for the East Africa Africa Crisis Appeal and not Children’s Hospice Association Scotland as previously agreed.

Evening Services will again be held on the following dates
14th May 2017
18th June 2017
9th July 2017
20th August 2017
17th September 2017
All services will include informal communion and will be held in Tayvallich Church at 6.30 pm. .

A Joint Service will be held with Glassary, Kilmartin and Ford Parish in Kilmartin Church on 18th June 2017 at 11.00 am.

Alpha Course
Mr D Logue reported that the course was going well with five meetings having been held and attendances of between seven and nine persons. He was pleased that Cafe Connect had laid the foundation for this initiative in Achnamara.

Messy Church
There was some discussion regarding the lower numbers at Kilmartin meetings.
It was hoped that there could be increased engagement with Glassary School.
An activity within the end of term service was suggested as a possible starting point. Rev Acklam to action.

Cafe Connect
Continues to do well with good attendances.

A.O.C.B.
Mrs L MacDonald reminded members that we have a Coffee Morning on Saturday 8th April 2017 from 10.30 am until noon in Tayvallich Hall.

D.O.N.M.
The date of the next meeting will be 24th May 2017 at 7.30pm in Tayvallich Church.

 

The meeting was closed by saying the grace together.

…………………………………………………………….. Rev Clifford Acklam
Moderator

……………………………………………………………….. Alan Cameron
Session Clerk

Kirk Session Agenda 24 May

Opening Prayer

Sederunt

Apologies

Minutes of the Meeting of 29 March 2017

Matters arising

Correspondence
Inverlussa Church

Reports
Minister
Stewardship
Safeguarding
Presbytery
Treasurer & Finance Committee
Fabric

Session Administration
Elder Training

Worship & Mission
Alpha Course
Messy Church
Cafe Connect

A.O.C.B.

D.O.N.M.

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Kirk Session Minutes 22 February 2017

At a meeting of the Kirk Session in Tayvallich Church on 22nd February 2017 the meeting was constituted in prayer by the Moderator, Rev Clifford Acklam.

SEDERUNT
Present were Moderator, Rev Clifford Acklam, Session Clerk, Mr Alan Cameron, Elders, Mr David Logue, Mrs Louise Logue, Mrs Libby MacDonald, Miss Ealasaid Mackay and Mrs Catherine Paterson.

APOLOGIES
Apologies were received from Mrs Valerie Cameron and Mrs Norma Kelly.
Apologies were also received from Mrs Marjorie Drysdale.

MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING
The minutes of the meeting of 11th January 2017 were approved

Proposed by Mrs Louise Logue
Seconded by Mrs Libby MacDonald

MATTERS ARISING

Inverlussa Church
Session noted that a Congregational Meeting had been held on Sunday, 5th February 2017 and that the congregation did not agree to the sale of the Inverlussa Church building. The Session Clerk wrote on 10th February 2017 advising the General Trustees of the outcome. No Application for Disposal has been made.

The Minutes of the Congregational Meeting of 5th February 2017 were approved.
Proposed by Mrs Catherine Paterson
Seconded by Mr David Logue

World Day of Prayer Service
It was noted that the service in Lochgilphead is to be held in the Baptist Church, Lochgilphead and not Lochgilphead Parish Church. The service is at 7.00 pm on Friday, 3rd March 2017.

CORRESPONDENCE
Letter dated 6th February 2017 from General Trustees – Glebe
It was confirmed that the lease for this season’s grazing has now been finalised and the rent has been received for the period 1st February 2017 to 31st December 2017.

Email dated 9th Feb. 2017 from Mr John Blue of the Glasgow Phoenix Choir.
The choir is arranging a West Coast tour in May of this year and had hoped to give a performance in Tayvallich Church or Hall. Due to lack of space in Tayvallich Church and the likely congestion in Tayvallich village itself, it has been agreed with the choir that the performance will take place in Lochgilphead Parish Church. Further details will follow, but it is proposed that the choir will give a one hour performance on the afternoon of Sunday, 28th May 2017.

REPORTS

Minister
Rev Acklam reported that he had recently attended a conference in Oban on Workplace Chaplaincy and that more details would follow. He had enjoyed his visit to the USA and had attended worship in a large evangelical church in New Jersey.

Stewardship
Nothing to report

Safeguarding
Nothing to report

Presbytery
The next meeting of Presbytery is to be held in Tarbert on 7th March 2017.

Treasurer
Session received and approved the accounts for the year ended 31st December 2016. Treasurer, Mrs L Logue gave a detailed explanation of the financial position and was thanked for the work which she had put in to the preparation of these accounts.

Fabric
Mr Cameron stated that we had been struggling to find a solution to the disabled access at Bellanoch Church for a considerable time with various alternatives having been considered. The situation was no longer tenable and he had in conjunction with the Fabric Convenor, Mr Anderson, looked at portable ramping systems. Session approved the purchase of a twelve foot modular system fitted with double handrails and requested that Mr Cameron deal with the ordering thereof.
There was no further Fabric Report.

SESSION ADMINISTRATION


Membership
The voting procedure at the recent Congregational Meeting revealed the need for clarification of the terms of membership of the church. Rev Acklam will, over the coming weeks, speak about the subject at morning worship and will have discussions with those adherents who express an interest in becoming full members. 

WORSHIP & MiSSION

Easter Services
13th April 2017 at 7.00 pm Maundy Communion Tayvallich Church
14th April 2017 at 7.00 pm Good Friday Meditations Bellanoch Church
16th April 2017 at 8.30 am Early Morning Service Kilmory Chapel
16th April 2017 at 10.00 am Easter Sunday Service Inverlussa Church

Alpha Course
There will be “Taste and See” sessions in Achnamara Hall on Friday 24th February 2017 at 7.00 pm and Saturday 25th February 2017 at 1.00 pm

Messy Church
New Messy Church books have been issued to the team, to be read and circulated.

Cafe Connect
There will be no Cafe Connect on 8th April as the Church Coffee Morning takes place in Tayvallich Hall. There will be a Cafe Connect on Easter Saturday, 15th April 2017.

A.O.C.B.
Mrs Logue advised that she had included a “Training Budget for 2017” in the Annual Accounts. She encouraged elders, therefore, to consider attending the Going for Growth Summer School in Dundee running from 5th to 8th June 2017.

Closing Date for applications is 19th May 2017.

D.O.N.M.
The date of the next meeting will be 29th March 2017 at 7.30pm in Tayvallich Church.

Kirk Session Agenda 29 March 2017

Opening Prayer
Sederunt
Apologies
Minutes of the Meeting of 22 February 2017
Matters arising
Correspondence
Reports

Minister
Stewardship
Safeguarding
Presbytery
Treasurer & Finance Committee – Investments
Fabric

Session Administration

Submission of Records

Worship & Mission

Evening Services
Easter Retiring Offering
Alpha Course
Messy Church
Cafe Connect

A.O.C.B
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D.O.N.M.
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Kirk Session minutes 11 January 2017

At a meeting of the Kirk Session in Tayvallich Church on 11th January 2017 the meeting was constituted in prayer by the Moderator, Rev Clifford Acklam.

SEDERUNT
Present were Moderator, Rev Clifford Acklam, Session Clerk, Mr Alan Cameron, Elders, Mr David Logue, Mrs Louise Logue, Mrs Libby MacDonald, Miss Ealasaid Mackay and Mrs Catherine Paterson.

APOLOGIES
Apologies were received from Mrs Valerie Cameron and Mrs Norma Kelly.
Apologies were also received from Mr Russell Anderson, Fabric Convener, Mrs Heather Anderson, Miss Daisy Bell and Mrs Marjorie Drysdale.

MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING
The minutes of the meeting of 16th November 2016 were approved
Proposed by Mrs Louise Logue
Seconded by Mrs Libby MacDonald

MATTERS ARISING
Alpha Course

Mr Logue reported that the course was being advertised and expressions of interest were now awaited. Could possibly be linked to Cafe Connect meetings.

New Website
The site is now complete and Mrs Logue was thanked for the work she had put in to bring this about. Ideas for additional content will be welcomed.

Publication of Kirk Session Minutes

Mrs Logue thought that draft minutes could be published so that the information on offer was more up to date. It was agreed, however, that minutes would not be published before approval by Session.

CORRESPONDENCE
Email from Mrs Mollie Hood.

Mollie will not be in a position to organise the World Day of Prayer 2017 service which would normally have been held in Bellanoch Church. As an alternative, it was agreed that we would participate in the service which will take place in Lochgilphead Parish Church.

Letter dated 15th November 2016 from General Trustees – Inverlussa Church

Mr A Cameron reported that a fresh Application for Disposal had been received and that the process of sale should now commence as instructed by Presbytery in September 2016.
We are required by the General Trustees to return the Application for Disposal, duly signed, if we agree to its terms. Accompanying it must be extract minutes of both a Kirk Session meeting and a Congregational Meeting agreeing to the disposal. As no such meeting had yet come to that conclusion, Session moved to a vote.
The motion – “Do the members of Kirk Session wish to sell Inverlussa Church ?” A majority were against the sale of Inverlussa.
A Congregational Meeting will be advertised and held in Inverlussa Church after morning worship on Sunday 5th February 2017.

REPORTS
Minister

Rev Acklam reported that he would attempt to have the 2017 Christmas cards printed earlier. The number of cards printed will be reduced. He reminded us that there is an Open Heaven event in the Baptist Church, Lochgilphead on Sunday 15th January at 6.30 pm.

Stewardship
Nothing to report

Safeguarding
Mr Logue reported that there is a new checklist in use. Recent issues in the world of football may also result in more enquiries.

Presbytery
Rev Acklam reported that Presbytery met at Tarbert on 6th December 2016.
There was an interesting presentation on Malawi. There will also be meetings to discuss hub ministries.

Treasurer
Mrs Logue reported that the annual accounts will be ready for the next meeting of Kirk Session in February. Payments for past electricity and buildings insurance will be claimed back from the fabric account.

Fabric
There was no report.

SESSION ADMINISTRATION
Attestation of Records

The following records were duly attested:-
Electoral Roll
Baptismal Register
Safeguarding Register

Stated Annual Meeting
The date of the Stated Annual Meeting is set for 12th March 2017 after morning worship at Tayvallich Church. Rev Acklam to arrange pulpit supply for Glassary, Kilmartin and Ford.

Retiring Offerings

The 2017 retiring offerings will be
Easter Children’s Hospice Association Scotland
Harvest To be finalised
Remembrance Poppyscotland
Christmas EMBRACE the Middle East

WORSHIP & MiSSION
Pulpit Supply
The following dates have been arranged :-
19th February 2017 Bellanoch Dr John Morrison
19th March 2017 Bellanoch Mr David Logue
26th March Tayvallich Mr James MacLellan

Messy Church
The next meeting of Messy Church will be in Kilmartin on 19th January 2017.
The Christmas Party held in Tayvallich Hall was a great success and was attended by 41 people. It was noted that we do require some additional helpers and we should also continue to encourage people of all ages to attend.

Cafe Connect
Continues to be well supported. We will require a staffing rota to aid future planning.

A.O.C.B.
There was no other business.

D.O.N.M.
The date of the next meeting will be 22nd February 2017 at 7.30pm in Tayvallich Church.

The meeting was closed by saying the grace together.

Kirk Session agenda 22 February 2017

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Opening Prayer

Sederunt

Apologies

Minutes of the Meeting of 11th January 2017

Matters arising
Inverlussa Church
World Day of Prayer

Correspondence
Office of the General Trustees 6th February 2017 – Glebe – Grazing Let
Glasgow Phoenix Choir 9th February 2017 – Proposed visit

Reports
Minister
Stewardship
Safeguarding
Presbytery
Treasurer & Finance Committee – 2016 Accounts
Fabric – Bellanoch Disabled Access

Session Administration
Membership

Worship & Mission
Easter services
Alpha Course
Messy Church
Cafe Connect

A.O.C.B. 
D.O.N.M.
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Session minutes 16 November 2016

At a meeting of the Kirk Session in Pier House, Tayvallich on 16th November 2016 the meeting was constituted in prayer by the Moderator, Rev Clifford Acklam.  

SEDERUNT

Present were Moderator, Rev Clifford Acklam, Session Clerk, Mr Alan Cameron, Elders, Mrs Valerie Cameron, Mr David Logue, Mrs Louise Logue, Mrs Libby MacDonald and Miss Ealasaid Mackay. 

APOLOGIES

Apologies were received from Mrs Norma Kelly and Mrs Catherine Paterson.  

Apologies were also received from Mr Russell Anderson, Fabric Convener and Mrs Marjorie Drysdale.

MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING

The minutes of the meeting of 4th October 2016 were approved

Proposed by Miss Ealasaid Mackay

Seconded by Mr David Logue

The minutes of the meeting of 23rd October 2016 were approved

Proposed by Mrs Libby MacDonald

Seconded by Mrs Valerie Cameron

MATTERS ARISING

There was further discussion regarding the style of advertising for meetings of the Kirk Session. All future advertisements will refer to Kirk Session and not as Trustees Meetings as previously suggested. Advertisements will continue to state that meetings are open to all. Agendas for meetings will be published and made available in church one week before the proposed meeting. Minutes will also be published and made available but subject to the editing of sensitive material.

INVERLUSSA CHURCH

Mr A Cameron advised that correspondence had now been received from the General Trustees regarding the sale of this building. It is now clear that we must close the church and strip it of its contents before it can be exposed for sale. Since the correspondence dealing with the closure has been wrongly addressed and sent to the former Clerk to the Congregational Board, nothing will happen until that situation is rectified.  

It is probable, however, that Inverlussa Church will close after Easter 2017.

Mr D Logue suggested that a small committee be set up at the appropriate time to deal with the practicalities of the physical closure and also to have some input into the content of the final Service of Thanksgiving and Closure. This suggestion was accepted.

CORRESPONDENCE

Letter dated 15th November 2016 from the General Trustees dealing with the disposal of Inverlussa Church. Since the letter has been addressed to the Congregational Board, replacement correspondence has been requested.

REPORTS

Minister

Rev Acklam reported that he had now resumed driving and thanked all who had helped him with transport over the last twelve months.

With regard to the proposed Pilgrimage Route, the local Ramblers Club are to assist with survey of the route.

Stewardship

Nothing to report

Safeguarding 

Nothing to report

Presbytery

Presbytery will meet at Tarbert on 6th December 2016.

Treasurer

Mrs Logue reported that a Finance Committee has been established.

Committee members are Mr Russell Anderson, Mrs Louise Logue, Mrs Fiona Oswald and Mrs Kim Ritchie. The committee may make recommendations to Kirk Session but will not have the power to effect changes without the approval of Kirk Session.

Fabric

A written report was submitted by Mr R Anderson, the main features of which were :-

Inverlussa Church – no further work instructed at this time

Tayvallich Church – Mains water not yet connected but some progress has been made with the complex administrative process.

Bellanoch Church – Inspection of fixed electrical installation has been carried out.

Account received for external painting – £2,563.20 including VAT.

Church Bell repair – not yet carried out – an estimate is awaited.

SESSION ADMINISTRATION

Mr Cameron issued those present with their copy of the 2017 events calendar.

WORSHIP & MiSSION

27th November 2016 First in Advent Communion at Inverlussa Church followed by Christmas Fayre in Achnamara Hall

Christmas Day Bellanoch Church at 11.00 am. This is a Joint service.
Morning Worship 2017 The time of Morning Worship will change to 10.00 am
Pulpit Supply Watchnight Service in Tayvallich – Pulpit Supply yet to be arranged.

Messy Church Attendances good. The meal will in future be eaten at the end of the meetings.

Cafe Connect Continues to be well supported. There is also to be a Carol Concert in Achnamara Hall on the evening of 22nd December 2016.

Alpha Course Mr & Mrs Logue are giving consideration to running a Alpha Course.

A.O.C.B.

Website – Our new web address is www.northknapdale.org

D.O.N.M.

The date of the next meeting will be 11th January 2017 at 7.30pm in Tayvallich Church.

The meeting was closed by saying the grace together.

Kirk Session 

The next meeting of the Kirk Session is on Wednesday 11 January at 7:30 pm in Tayvallich Church. Everyone is welcome to attend this meeting and join in with the discussions. Here is the agenda:

Opening Prayer

Sederunt

Apologies
Minutes of the Meeting of 16th November 2016 
Matters arising

  • Alpha Course
  • New website

Correspondence

  • Office of the General Trustees 15th November 2016 – Process of selling Inverlussa Church

Reports

  • Minister
  • Stewardship
  • Safeguarding
  • Presbytery
  • Treasurer & Finance Committee
  • Fabric

Session Administration

  • Attestation of Records
  • Date of Stated Annual Meeting
  • 2017 Retiring Offerings

Worship & Mission

  • Inverlussa 5th February 2017 Holy Communion
  • Pulpit Supply
  • Messy Church
  • Cafe Connect

A.O.C.B. 
D.O.N.M.
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