Mission planning for beginners…

Don’t miss the next vital meeting – 16 June in Tayvallich church after morning worship…

Mission Planning for Mid Argyll: North Knapdale. – First meeting

A meeting of the congregation was held on Wednesday 29th May 2019 at Tayvallich church to discuss the requirement from the Presbytery Planning group for the five parishes of Mid Argyll to develop a joint Mission Development Plan.

The meeting was asked to consider:

How do we plan for the Christian church to be a vital and life changing influence on our society over the next 10 to 20 years?   That is really what we are being asked to   consider for Mid Argyll.

We are asked to produce  a “Mission Development Plan” in collaboration with our neighbouring Parishes of Glassary, Kilmartin and Ford; Ardrishaig and South Knapdale; and Lochgilphead.

This plan must be agreed by all the Parishes and submitted to the Presbytery Planning Group for signing off by September this year.    This plan will include proposals for the ministerial cover for the five Mid Argyll parishes.

What should be in our Plan?

What are the issues in our communities?    How is our church involved in our communities?

How do we present “Following Jesus” as relevant to our neighbours?   How do we introduce Jesus, Son of God, to people who have no idea of the Christian story?   How would you like to see the church working in 20 years time?

Some questions to get us thinking:

What would be lost to our community if we ceased to be here?

Why do we exist as a congregation?

What purposes and values must we hold on to, to maintain our identity?

What are we willing to let go in order to continue as a congregation here?

What resources would help us develop as church in Mid Argyll.

Who will suffer if the church does not continue here?

How can we support them into a changed system.

What structure should we have across Mid Argyll to develop as a combined church.

Following a general discussion the meeting divided into two groups for further discussion based on three questions as discussion starters.  

1 What would the community miss if the church was not here?

2 How should the church serve the community in ways no-one else can?

3 What structure do we need in Mid Argyll to be most effective as a church in relation to the answers to Questions 1 and 2?

It would be impossible to provide considered views on these topics in one meeting only and it was agreed that further meetings with others from the congregation should take place.

At the first meeting a wide range of answers and comments were made and these are summerised as follows – 

People in this area in general appear to be fairly satisfied with material aspects of life, although it is noticeable that issues such as addictions, mental health problems , family break up would indicate that this may not be the real picture.

The church provides a place of stability and is seen by some as the heart of the community, even though they may not attend.

People would miss the Christmas and Easter services if the church was not here.

Messy Church would be missed, and Cafe Connect.

The church building could provide a space for quiet contemplation, for prayer, and for deeper conversations.    

The church building is a scary place for some people who would not come in.

Some in the congregation provide pastoral care and demonstrate God’s love to others.

The church could provide more opportunities for teaching about Christianity, faith, and for open discussion and questioning, during and after services.

If we had “One Parish” of Mid Argyll, this would reduce the number of people involved in being Session clerks, treasurers, presbytery elders, Stewardship and Safeguarding roles, etc., and would therefore free up these people for other activities.

We need to consider how we can “connect” more effectively with the people of Crinan and Cairnbaan.

If we have “One Mid Argyll Parish” then we could have an employed person to do training on outreach, pastoral care, visiting, or youth work, dementia awareness, etc. as well as a minister.

We could have monthly central services led by a minister and on other weeks meet in our local church as we do now – led by lay people.   

Mission Development Planning for Mid- Argyll – North Knapdale:  Second meeting

On the 2nd of June we held a second meeting of the congregation, after the Morning service, to carry on our discussions.

The meeting decided that it would consider the first discussion question –

 What would the community miss if the church was not there – considering the “church” to be the people of the congregation, rather than the building.

There were 16 people attended the meeting and discussions reviewed comments from the first meeting as noted above and also moved on to new aspects. 

Comments and ideas covered the following:

It is vital that we pray about this process, seek God’s will and follow that through.

We have a duty to both follow God and to serve the community by being out and about taking part in what is going on.

When visiting with Christian Aid envelopes many people wanted to talk about the church.

There is an increase in people asking for “Humanist” services for funerals and weddings.   

Should we do more to encourage church weddings?

Visiting is an important role for the congregation, and helps to build up the community.

The community would miss Easter and Christmas services and also weddings and funerals.

Messy church would be missed by those who attend.

The church provides prayer and pastoral care – although this may not be seen by the community.

We should aim to have a Youth Worker for Mid Argyll.

The parish has a healthy bank balance, we could use this to fund extra workers, e.g. for youth work.  Also there are many grants available, such as “Going for growth” fund where we could apply for extra funding for projects.

The presbytery is considering having a Chaplain for Farmers, perhaps this post could be based in Mid Argyll? 

What should we be doing to serve and connect with the communities of Crinan and Cairnbaan?

Services at Bellanoch are well attended.  Is that because of the central position?

How can we influence the schools to include Christian teaching in their curriculum, or to have visits by Ministers, elders or SU groups?

We should join in and support the Youth Environment Project which young people in the area have started. (– e.g.first meeting is in Tayvallich on the 2nd June.)

The next meeting will be after the morning service at Tayvallich next Sunday – the 15th June. Please stay after the service and bring your vital contribution to this important discussion. Thank you.

Kirk Session Minutes 29 May

Minute

  1. The meeting was opened with prayer led by the interim Moderator.
  2. Sederunt: Mrs Alison Hay, Interim Moderator; Mr David Logue, Session Clerk; Mrs Libby Macdonald, Mrs Catherine Paterson, Mrs Norma Kelly, Mrs Louise Logue; Mr Russell Anderson, Property Convenor
  3. Apologies were received from Ms Ealasaid Mackay
  4. Minutes of meetings of the 29th April 2019:The minutes of the meeting of the 29th April were taken as read and unanimously approved:  Proposed by Mrs Logue and seconded by Mrs Kelly.
  5. Matters arising from the above minutes:
    1. Audio Visual Equipment.    Mr Chris Tabraham has offered to take this forward.
    2. Extension of Tayvallich Church:  A pre planning application has been submitted to the Planning Department.
    3. Service Calendar:  The session Clerk reported that leaders for worship services were in place through until the end of October 2019
    4. Office Bearers:  Mrs Heather Anderson has taken on the role of GDPR co-ordinator.
    5. Mrs Hay reported that she has ordered Health and Safety toolkits for the Church buildings to be passed to the Property convenor.   It was agreed that Health and Safety will be a standing item on the agenda.
  6. Worship and Mission:
    1. Messy Church:   The final meeting for this session will be the Messy church picnic at Kilmartin.   Date to be arranged.
    2. Alpha:   The alpha next group are holding a “Second Sunday Supper at Achnamara Hall on the 9th June.   The people of Achnamara and the church congregation will be invited.
    3. Service for the Closure of Inverlussa Church.    This service had taken place led by Rev David Carruthers.   It was agreed that this had been a fitting and well received event as a final service of worship in this building.   54 people had attended.
  7. Reports:
    1. Interim Moderator:   The importance of current Health and Safety records and actions was stressed.
    2. Stewardship:  The collection for Christian Aid around the entire parish had been completed and well supported.   At this time approximately £600 had been received. There is a Stewardship road show on “A narrative of Generosity” in Oban on the 11th of June.    Mrs Paterson and Mrs Logue expressed interest in attending.   
    3. Safeguarding:   The May 2019 newsletter has been received by the Coordinator.
    4. Notifiable  events:   Nothing to report 
    5. Treasurer and Finance Committee:  No report to this meeting.
    6. Fabric:   A small shed has been erected at Tayvallich for the Grass cutting equipment.  
  8. Correspondence:
    1. Inverlussa Church Building:    Confirmation has been received in an e-mail from the lawyers to the General Trustees that the sale of Inverlussa church building is completed on the 28th May 2019 and the money transferred into our account held by the General Trustees.Mr Logue will hold the key until requested by the purchaser.The Communion Table, font, lectern, vacuum cleaner, Christmas Tree and small table have been removed to the Tayvallich Church for consideration for disposal.
    2. Any other correspondence: None reported
  9. Date of next meeting:   The next meeting will be at Tayvallich Church on the 10th July at 7.30pm.
  10. The meeting was closed with prayer.

The Columba Experience

Pilgrimage 1 [June 22nd – 29th. ] Schedule

Anyone is welcome to come and join us for a day on the Pilgrimage as long as you let Kenny know in advance on 0777 852 9693 and bring your own food.

Some folks start to gather on Friday June 21st in Tarbert, staying over at Tarbert church until the official start day of…

Saturday 22nd Pilgrims and Team Gather

5pm Travel down by minibus to Southend for a short Commissioning Service at St Columba’s Footprints. 

Snacks are being provided for us by the folks at Southend.

7 ‘ish’ travel back up to Tarbert for evening prayers and prep.

Sun 23rd Walk from Tarbert to Port Ban Caravan Park  [14 miles]

Having eaten our evening meal in our caravans we aim to have a Beach Bonfire @ the Caravan Park where we hope to meet up with other site users.

Mon 24th Walk from Port Ban to Achahoish Church [14 miles]

Evening Dinner is being provided by the lovely folks of Ardrishaig parish church in Achahoish Church.

Overnight in Achahoish church

Tues 25th Walk from Achahoish to Achnamara [20 miles]

AM Mid-morning communion in ‘Columba’s Cave’ led by Fthr David Connor and Rev David Carruthers

PM We will be hosted by some lovely folks from North Knapdale Parish who will also provide us with our Evening meal.

Overnight in Achnamara.

Wed 26th Walk from Achnamara to Kilmartin [13]

AM Visit Dunadd Castle, the Crowning Site for the Kings of Dalriada [Pre –Scotland kingdom] 

PM  Visit the Stone Circles and Chists in Kilmartin with our host and guide: Jim Malcolm]

EVE Possible event in The Kilmartin Hotel [TBC]

Overnight at Kilmartin Hostel

Thurs 27th Travel from Kilmartin to Isle of Luing [12]

AM Walk to Old Poltollach [OP]

Boat from OP to Ardfern for Lunch at church app 12

provided by local parishioners 

PM Walk from Ardern to Croabh Haven  then boat to Toberonochy on the Isle of Luing staying at the church on Luing overnight. The parishioners of Luing have offered to provide us with our evening meal.  

Frid 28th Walk from Luing Parish church to Kilninver Parish Church [12]

Return from Kilninver by Minibus to overnight at the homes of Maura & Robert Rae and Myra Waddell on Seil who have also offered to provide us with our evening meal. Possibly a talk by Robert Rae on St Brendan.

Sat 29th Travel from Kilninver to Oban/Lismore/Oban

AM RIB boat from Kilninver To Oban 

PM Ferry to Lismore for some Reflection Time

EVE Return from Lismore to Oban to stay overnight at the H20 [HopeToOban’s] base

On Sunday 30th the group disperse and the Week 2 Pilgrimage starts in Tarbert.Columba Experience Pilgrimage

Week 2 [June 29th to July 6th] Schedule.

Anyone is welcome to come and join us for a day on the Pilgrimage as long as you let Kenny know in advance on 

0777 852 9693 and bring your own food.

Saturday 29th Pilgrims and Team Gather

5pm Travel down by minibus to Southend for a short Commissioning Service at St Columba’s Footprints. 

Snacks are being provided for us by the folks at Southend.

7 ‘ish’ travel back up to Tarbert for evening prayers and prep.

Sun 30th Walk from Tarbert to Port Ban Caravan Park  [14 miles]

Having eaten our evening meal in our caravans we aim to have Beach Bonfire @ the Caravan Park where we hope to meet up with other site users.

Mon 1st July Walk from Port Ban to Achahoish Church [14 miles]

Evening Dinner is being provided by the lovely folks of Ardrishaig parish church in Achohoish Church.

Overnight in Achahoish church

Tues 2nd Walk from Achahoish to Achnamara [20 miles]

AM Mid-morning communion in ‘Columba’s Cave’ led by Fthr David Connor and Rev David Carruthers

PM We will be hosted by some lovely folks from North Knapdale Parish who will also provide us with our Evening meal.

Overnight in Achnamara.

Wed 3rd Walk from Achnamara to Kilmartin [13]

AM Visit Dunadd Castle, the Crowning Site for the Kings of Dalriada [Pre –Scotland kingdom] 

PM  Visit the Stone Circles and Chists in Kilmartin with our host and guide: Jim Malcolm]

EVE Possible event in The Kilmartin Hotel [TBC]

Overnight at Kilmartin Hostel

Thurs 4th Travel from Kilmartin to Isle of Luing [12]

AM Walk to Old Poltollach [OP]

Boat from OP to Ardfern for Lunch at church app 12 noon

provided by local parishioners 

PM Walk from Ardern to Croabh Haven  then boat to Toberonochy on the Isle of Luing staying at the church on Luing overnight. The parishioners of Luing have offered to provide us with our evening meal.  

Frid 5th Walk from Luing Parish church to Kilninver Parish Church [12]

Return from Kilninver by Minibus to overnight at the homes of Maura & Robert Rae and Myra Waddell on Seil who have also offered to provide us with our evening meal. 

Possible evening talk from Robert Rae about St Brandon

Sat 6th Travel from Kilninver to Oban/Lismore/Oban

AM RIB boat from Kilninver To Oban 

PM Ferry to Lismore for some Reflection Time

EVE Return from Lismore to Oban to stay overnight at the H20 [HopeToOban’s] base

On Sunday 7th the group disperse and we look forward to 2020 when we hope to do another Columba Experience Youth Pilgrimage!

David’s talk 2 June 2019

Last chapter of Deuteronomy:

Then Moses climbed Mount Nebo from the plains of Moab to the top of Pisgah, across from Jericho. There the Lord showed him the whole land—from Gilead to Dan, all of Naphtali, the territory of Ephraim and Manasseh, all the land of Judah as far as the Mediterranean Sea, the Negev and the whole region from the Valley of Jericho, the City of Palms, as far as Zoar. Then the Lord said to him, “This is the land I promised on oath to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob when I said, ‘I will give it to your descendants.’ I have let you see it with your eyes, but you will not cross over into it.”
And Moses the servant of the Lord died there in Moab, as the Lord had said. He buried him in Moab, in the valley opposite Beth Peor, but to this day no one knows where his grave is. Moses was a hundred and twenty years old when he died, yet his eyes were not weak nor his strength gone. The Israelites grieved for Moses in the plains of Moab thirty days, until the time of weeping and mourning was over.
Now Joshua son of Nun was filled with the spirit of wisdom because Moses had laid his hands on him. So the Israelites listened to him and did what the Lord had commanded Moses.
Since then, no prophet has risen in Israel like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face, who did all those signs and wonders the Lord sent him to do in Egypt—to Pharaoh and to all his officials and to his whole land. For no one has ever shown the mighty power or performed the awesome deeds that Moses did in the sight of all Israel.
Joshua
Joshua Installed as Leader
After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, the Lord said to Joshua son of Nun, Moses’ aide: “Moses my servant is dead. Now then, you and all these people, get ready to cross the Jordan River into the land I am about to give to them —to the Israelites.

The king is dead, long live the king. – that is the cry from the royal court when  a monarch dies and the heir to the throne takes over his or her mantle.   It is a cry which speaks of continuity, of stability, of “no change” here – life will go on as it is – no upset, no crisis.    To give assurance to the people that they will not be disturbed by this change.

But…That is not what is being presented in this reading here.     We are going to look at how the death of Moses heralds a tumultuous sea change for the people of Israel.   It marks a profound alteration in their lifestyle, in their working, in their worship and in their relationship with God.    

 The church here and across Scotland is being urged, encouraged, coaxed and cajoled into assessing how to change, how to recapture our Mission – how to demonstrate the Kingdom of God, to make disciples of Jesus Christ, to seek out what is the Church of Christ in 2021, and how does it connect with our society and community.  

As in the time of Moses death – this is not a time for continuity, for stability, for “no change” here.  

So how does this transition from Moses to Joshua guide us at this time we are in now?

Moses is the hero of the Jews, he led them out of slavery and through the desert.   They were rebellious, they wanted to go back to the “comfort” and security of slavery, they complained about food, about water, about travelling, about God’s guidance, about God’s laws.    They sloped off to find other gods, they were frightened, confused, and they moaned a lot – and Moses held them together as they circled around the Desert     

But Moses was the right man to keep them going – and God looked after them  – he really spoilt them in the desert.   He led them clearly where to go and when to stop.   Cloud and fire went before them.  Moses could go and talk to Him –   They didn’t have any doubts about the direction they were going.   He fed them with Manna- every day, he gave them a treat like the flock of Quaill when they moaned about the Manna.      They were looked after, they knew what was expected of them, they were in a routine which did not challenge them to change – merely to keep going as they were.  Moses’ task was to keep them moving along with God until he had a people who were ready and able to change – to actually go into their promised land.

Moses took them to the start of a new stage in the life of their community – to the edge of a new adventure, a new way of living.     Moses looked after them in the continuity of the desert – but Joshua would take them into uncertainty, conflict, danger and yet ultimately into triumph.   Joshua led them into battles, into strife and discomfort, but ultimately into the land promised by God.   

The pillar of fire and cloud were gone – they had to look to find what God wanted, they had to plan and think, they had to trust that God was with them – that was no longer obvious.    The manna was gone, they had to hunt and forage and barter and steal food from the countryside – they had to work at living as God’s people.

They had to learn to listen to God, to be alert to His guidance.    And when they did  – they had tremendous successes and blessings – think of the walls of Jericho, of the amazing victories against much bigger armies – but when they tried to do things without God, they had disasters and defeats, setbacks and confusions.  

 God was teaching them a new type of dependence on Him.    God was still with them but He wanted them to listen out for His guidance,  to be trusting that He was there, even when they couldn’t see Him,  and he wanted them to live and move forward in His way – not in their in own strength, but in His power, not with their own agendas, but with His.

The Israelites were learning a new, stronger relationship with God, built on trust and understanding, on seeking and action, not on the cloud and fire presence of God in the desert, showing them exactly what to do, and where to go, but on living out plans and actions  – seeking out and then trusting in His will.

I think that the church in Scotland, in Mid Argyll, is being moved by God into a new phase  – a new way of trusting God.   As the Israelites were taken out of the comfort and routine  of the desert into the uncertainty and challenges of a campaign of invasion, so our churches are being moved by God out of the routine and tradition of Sunday worship for the few, out of the certainty of regular meetings, out of depending on a parish minister to look after all our spiritual needs,  out of waiting for people to choose to come and join us – into a new way of being church – a way which has uncertainty at its core, a way that requires us to seek and to search out God’s guidance,  – a way that drives us to trust Him as he asks us to take on novel or uncomfortable projects, or coaxes us to welcome new and unexpected neighbours.   

The people under Joshua grew into a new relationship with God – a relationship based on Trust during uncertainty, based on assurance during adversity, and based on seeking His guidance when they were at a loss what to do.     All this drew them closer to God as they sought out the promised land.  

The church in Scotland has the same challenge and the same opportunity  – to grow into a new relationship with God, as we seek to trust Him as we try to plan for the future of the Gospel in our communities,  as we get to know the assurance of His presence when we struggle for ways of introducing Jesus to the next generations, as we pray and ask for guidance as to how to connect into our communities, to share the Gospel with people who have no idea what the church is about.   The time in the desert is passed – we are being led into new territories, a new landscape and we need to be going into this unknown landscape seeking out God’s plans and seeking the ways forward for His Kingdom.

Easter Day

Call to Worship:  Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed upon us that we should be called the children of God:  Let’s unite our voices in praise of Him who loved us so.

Sermon

For Jesus life had a climax, and that was the Cross. To him the Cross was the glory of life and the way to the glory of eternity. “The hour has come,” he said, “for the Son of Man to be glorified” (John 12:23). What did Jesus mean when he repeatedly spoke of the Cross as his glory and his glorification? There is more than one answer to that question. Why in A W Pink’s words we have tragedy and triumph, victim and yet a victor.
(i) It is one of the facts of history that again and again it was in death that the great ones found their glory. It was when they died, and how they died, that showed people what and who they really were. They may have been misunderstood, undervalued, condemned as criminals in their lives, but their deaths showed their true place in the scheme of things.
When James Montrose was executed, he was taken down the High Street of Edinburgh to the Mercat Cross. His enemies had encouraged the crowd to revile him and had actually provided them with ammunition to fling at him, but not one voice was raised to curse and not one hand was lifted. He had on his finest clothes, with ribbons on his shoes and fine white gloves on his hands. James Frazer, an eyewitness, said: “He stept along the street with so great state, and there appeared in his countenance so much beauty, majesty and gravity as amazed the beholder, and many of his enemies did acknowledge him to be the bravest subject in the world, and in him a gallantry that braced all that crowd.” John Nicoll, the notary public, thought him more like a bridegroom than a criminal. An Englishman in the crowd, a government agent, wrote back to his superiors: “It is absolutely certain that he hath overcome more men by his death, in Scotland, than he would have done if he had lived. For I never saw a more sweeter carriage in a man in all my life.” Again and again a martyr’s majesty has appeared in death. Consider the radiance of Stephen: It was so with Jesus, for even the centurion at the foot of the Cross was left saying: “Truly this was the Son of God” (Matthew 27:54).
The Cross was the glory of Jesus because he was never more majestic than in his death.

John Calvin: For in the cross of Christ as in a splendid theatre, the incomparable goodness of God is set before the whole world.  The glory of God shines indeed in all creatures on high and below but never more brightly than in the cross.
The Cross was his glory because like a magnet it drew men to him in a way that even his life had never done–and it is so yet.
(ii) Further, the Cross was the glory of Jesus because it was the completion of his work. “I have accomplished the work,” he said, “which You gave me to do.” For him to have stopped short of the Cross would have been to leave his task uncompleted. Why should that be so? Jesus had come into this world to tell men about the love of God and to show it to them. If he had stopped short of the Cross, it would have been to say that God’s love said: “Thus far and no farther.” By going to the Cross Jesus showed that there was nothing that the love of God was not prepared to do and suffer for men, that there was literally no limit to it.

H. L. Gee tells of a war incident from Bristol.  Attached to one of the Air Raid Precautions Stations there was a boy messenger called Derek Bellfall. He was sent with a message to another station on his bicycle.On his way back a bomb mortally wounded him. When they found him, he was still conscious. His last whispered words were: “Messenger Bellfall reporting–I have delivered my message.”

That is exactly what Jesus did. He completed his task; he brought God’s love to men. For him that meant the Cross; and the Cross was his glory because he finished the work God gave him to do; he made men for ever certain of God’s love.  He made known “your name” What a legacy!
[iii]  Anticipated it through the church – you and me. v10 In our Being – sanctification/being conformed to His image – It is not just about words but about who we are.

In our Service – incarnational presence in the world
(iv) But there is still more. Jesus prayed to God to glorify him and to glorify Himself. The Cross was not the end. There was the Resurrection to follow. This was the vindication of Jesus. It was the proof that men could do their worst, and that Jesus could still triumph. Why in the tragedy there is triumph a victim and victor. It was as if God pointed at the Cross and said: “That is what men think of my Son,” and then pointed at the resurrection and said: “That is what I think of my Son.” The Cross was the worst that men could do to Jesus; but not all their worst could not conquer him. The glory of the resurrection obliterated the shame of the Cross.

(v) For Jesus the Cross was the way back. “Glorify me,” he prayed, “with the glory which I had before the world began.” He was like a knight who left the king’s court to perform some perilous and awful deed, and who, having performed it, came home in triumph to enjoy the victor’s glory. Jesus came from God, and returned to him. The exploit between his coming forth and his going back was the Cross. The ‘no vacancy’ sign over the door at Bethlehem ended in the spitting and scoffing of Calvary.  For him, therefore, it was the gateway to glory; and, if he had refused to pass through it, there would have been no glory for him to enter into. For Jesus the Cross was his return to God. We might say the cross was an ET moment! Home Home – remember these words in the famous film.

Maundy Thursday talk


Having loved his own – John 13:1
His love was particular – loved his own – those the father had given him
First notice whom we loves: “Having loved his own… he loved them to
the end.”

“He calls his own sheep by name and they follow him.” “The good
shepherd lays down his life for the sheep” (John 10:3, 15, 27).

“Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for
his friends” (John 15:13).

“I do not pray for these only but for all who will believe on me
through their word” (John 17:1).

“His own.” “His sheep.” “His friends.” “Believers.”

Here is something very precious and powerful and life-changing.

The love of Jesus for his own, for his sheep, for his friends, for
believers is more than the love held out to the world—the compassion
that fed the hungry and healed the sick and preached good news to the
poor.

And in this verse, John wants those of us who are “His own,” his
sheep, his friends to hear something uniquely for us.

It is not by accident that Jesus’ love for the church is compared to
the love of a husband for his wife in Ephesians 5.

There is a kind of love I can have for all women and men, but when I
have vowed in solemn covenant to forsake all others and cleave to Jean
alone and to love her and cherish her for richer for poorer, for better
for worse, in sickness and in health, til death do us part, our love
becomes a slight reflection of what it means for Jesus to love his own,
his sheep, his friends, his bride.

Think of the love that takes captive and cleaves and unites and
cherishes and defends.

His love was protective – in the world

The world of the flesh, tempation, trial and testing.

Having willingly set aside the glory that was rightfully His, and in
spite of the disciples’ appalling selfishness, Jesus’ main concern
that night was to demonstrate His personal love to the twelve so that
they might be secure in it.

John 13:1 says, “having loved His own who were in the world, He
loved them to the end.”  “To the end” in the Greek text is eis
telos, meaning, literally, that He loved them to perfection. He loved
them to the uttermost. He loved them with total fullness of love.

His love was permanent – to the end – no end.

He loved us in life and he loved us in death. Having loved us in the
easiest times he loved us in the hardest times. Having loved us with
words and bread and touch he loved us with blood and pain and death.
Having loved us extensively over years he loved us intensively to the
depths. Eternally – lead them, surely goodness and mercy follow us –
glory of perfection.

We are moved to believe that someone loves us when two things
appear—they stick with us over time, and they stick with us when it is
costly.

And the word tells us, “having loved his own who were in the world, he
loved them to the end.” It went long and it went deep.

O, may God give us the power to comprehend with all the saints what is
the height and depth and length and breadth and to know the love of
Christ which passes knowledge that we might be filled with all the
fullness of God.”Having loved his own.” Those four words are a brief but
complete summary of the Savior’s conduct towards his disciples.

Kirk Session Agenda 29 May 2019

Agenda

  1. Opening Prayer and Worship
  2. Sederunt
  3. Apologies
  4. Minutes of meetings of the 29th April 2019
  5. Matters arising from the above minutes:
    1. Audio Visual
    2. Extension
    3. Service Calendar
    4. Office Bearers:  GDPR
  6. Worship and Mission:
    1. Messy Church
    2. Alpha
    3. Service for the Closure of Inverlussa Church.
  7. Reports:
    1. Interim Moderator  – 
    2. Stewardship  
    3. Safeguarding 
    4. Notifiable events 
    5. Treasurer and Finance Committee
    6. Fabric  
  8. Correspondence:
    1. Inverlussa Church Building
    2. Any other corresspondance
  9. Date of next meeting
  10. Close with Prayer

The meeting will be followed by a congregational meeting to discuss the development of a Mission Plan for Mid Argyll Parishes. 

Kirk session minutes 29 April 2019

  1. Opening Prayer and Worship.

The meeting was opened in prayer led by the Interim Moderator:

2. Sederunt: Mrs Alison Hay, Interim Moderator; Mr David Logue, Session Clerk; Mrs Louise Logue, Mrs Norma Kelly, Mrs Libby MacDonald, Ms Ealasaid Mackay, Mrs Catherine Paterson. 

3. Apologies:   Mr Russell Anderson, Property Convenor; Mrs Marjorie Drysdale.

4. Minutes of meetings of the 23rd March 2019 and 18th April 2019.

The minutes of the meeting of the 23rd March were approved: Proposed by Mrs Kelly and seconded by Mrs MacDonald.

The minutes of the meeting of the 18th April were approved: Proposed by Mrs Logue and seconded by MrsPaterson

5. Matters arising from the above minutes.

5.1 Audio Visual Equipment:   Mrs Kelly will ask members of the congregation, if they will look into the provision of Audio visual equipment for Tayvallich church.

5.2 Tayvallich Church extension:   Mr Logue advised the meeting that Mr Nick Smith was preparing sketches of the proposed extension to Tayvallich Church for submission to the Planning department for an informal assessment.   It was agreed that this development be handed over to the Property convenor, Mr Anderson, for taking forward.

6. Session Administration

6.1 Review of Stated Annual Meeting 7.4.19:

The Stated Annual Meeting had taken place on the 7th April 2019 and the reports well received by the congregation.  It had been agreed at the S.A.M that the views of the congregation and community be sought on the pattern of the venues for Sunday worship following the closure of Inverlussa Church. 

6.2 Service calendar after closure of Inverlussa:

The views of the congregation and community were canvassed between the 7th April 2019 and the 27th April 2019 by questionnaires distributed at church services and Cafe Connect.

49 completed questionnaires were received with 26 in favour of worship services alternating weekly between Bellanoch Church and Tayvallich Church only, and 22 in favour of worship services continuing in the current pattern but meeting in Achnamara Village Hall instead of Inverlussa Church.   One return proposed that we meet in Tayvallich Church only.

Other comments received were:  Have more frequent joint services with Glassary, Kilmartin and Ford Parish; when there is a fifth Sunday in a month meet on those Sundays only in Achnamara Hall.

Following discussion the session agreed that they would seek permission from Presbytery to commence a regular pattern of Sunday Worship from the 2nd June 2019 as follows:

First and third Sunday each Month: Tayvallich Church

Second and fourth Sunday each month Bellanoch Church

Each fifth Sunday in a month Achnamara Hall.

The times of the Tayvallich and Bellanoch Services will remain at 10.00 am during 2019.   The service in Achnamara Hall will be at 4.30 pm.   The Achnamara services may be presented in a “cafe style” format with afternoon teas.

6.3 Congregational Office Bearers:    

Health and Safety Co-ordinator: Mr Logue reported that Mr Anderson, Property Convenor had been given the position of Health and Safety Co-ordinator.

Mrs Hay will ascertain if there has been a Health and Safety toolkit previously provided to the Parish.

GDPR co-ordinator: Mrs Logue will approach a member of the congregation to ask if they will take on this role.

7. Worship and Mission:

7.1 Messy Church: Mrs Logue provided a brief report on Messy church. 

7.2 Alpha  Next: Mrs Logue reported on the event “Second Sunday Supper” in Achnamara Hall.  This had been well received by all attending and further “Suppers” are planned from June onwards.   The format is a meal with conversation starter questions using “TableTalk”. This had been a pilot event and 18 people attended.  For future events it is planned to invite members of the congregation and the community, it is planned to invite members of the congregation and the community, and due to the constraints of the hall, limit the places to 32.   It was agreed that the “Second Sunday Supper” would have a separate column in the accounts.

8. Presbytery Planning Meeting – discussion.

The Session held an open discussion on the forthcoming meeting with Presbytery on the future planning of Parishes in Mid-Argyll.  The meeting will be with members of the Sessions of North Knapdale, Glassary, Kilmartin and Ford, Ardrishaig and Lochgilphead.

9. Reports:

9.1 Interim Moderator:  Mrs Hay emphasised the importance of carrying out a Health and safety audit on our buildings.  – 

9.2 Stewardship :   Mrs Kelly confirmed that Christian Aid week commences on the 12th May and volunteers would be delivering envelopes throughout the parish.   She also reminded the meeting that World Mission Council were collecting used stamps and asked that this be noted in the weekly service leaflet. 

9.3 Safeguarding :  Nothing to report

9.4 Notifiable events :  Nothing to report

9.5 Treasurer and Finance Committee :  Mrs Logue reported that the recent Coffee Morning raised over £750.   She asked that the dates of Coffee mornings be set by the individual who was taking responsibility for organising the event.   It was noted however, that the events should continue to be on suitable Saturdays during the Easter and summer school holidays to attract the optimum number of visitors.

10 Correspondence  

10.1        Inverlussa Church Building:

Mr Logue reported on an e-mail from the Church of Scotland Law department concerning further correspondence from the potential buyer with qualified acceptance to purchase the property but subject to two qualifications relating to the entry date and Clause 15 of the standard clauses.

It was hoped that this would be concluded by the end of May 2109.       

10.2 Any other correspondence:

  • Possible Worship Leading training with Episcopal Church:

An e-mail had been received from Father Simon MacKenzie of Christ’ Church Episcopal church with information on a possible training course for lay people in leading worship.   This could be undertaken by individuals from the Church of Scotland.   

This has been sent to Presbytery for consideration.

  • Homeless Jesus – post lent reflection on rural homelessness.  Information on this will be e-mailed to session members.
  • Request for wedding at Bellanoch – May 16th 2020.

A request from Ms Julia Ferguson to use Bellanoch Church building as a wedding venue has been received.   As we currently have no minister she has been advised that the church building is available, but she will have to find and appoint a minister from a Christian denomination herself. 

  • Elder’s conference – 7th to 9th June Tulliallan.

A reminder for this event has been received and details will be circulated to Session members.   The costs can be met from the Church Training budget. 

  • Tearfund:  Lent appeal.  Information on this appeal had been received but after discussion it was agreed that this clashed with the Christian Aid appeal and so no action would be taken. 
  • Letter from Rt Rev Susan Brown, Moderator of the General Assembly.

The Moderator has written in relation to the tragedy of the bomb attacks on Christian places of worship and hotels on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka.

Details of an appeal to assist the Church of Scotland congregation of St Andrew’s, Colombo, to provide aid to those affected by the atrocity, will be circulated to the congregation through the Service leaflet on Sunday, 2nd May 2019

11.Other Business:   It was agreed that the meal in Achnamara Hall after the closing service at Inverlussa would be a buffet.   Mrs MacDonald will co-ordinate the various donations of food.   A request for donations of food will be made to the congregation and to the Achnamara Community

12.Date of next meeting:    29th May 7.30pm, Tayvallich Church.

The moderator closed the meeting leading members in saying “The Grace” together.

………………………………………………………………………..  Mrs Alison Hay

  Interim Moderator

………………………………………………………………………….. Mr David Logue             Session Clerk