Easter at Keills

Easter at Keills Chapel
Easter Sunday 31st March – 9.00am
“He is risen indeed!”

Around 600 AD the Irish missionaries were bringing the Good News of Jesus Christ to our shores.
They came first to Dalriada, to the West coast and on to Iona.
In the 700s AD a missionary named Cormac, or Carmaig set up a centre for worship and prayer at the tip of the Keills peninsula, south of Tayvallich. He also made a place for retreat on the Island of Eilan Mor, one of the McCormac Isles.
In the 1100s AD a Chapel was built at Keills and this still stands overlooking the Sound of Jura and the seaway to and from Ireland. It is breathtaking to imagine the Irish missionary monks coming over these waters in their small wood and hide boats
Until the 16th Century this was the Parish church for Knapdale – drawing people from both sides of Loch Sween, until a larger building was made at Inverlussa near Achnamara.
Since the 1980s the congregation of North Knapdale has held worship services in Keills Chapel on Easter Sunday Morning to celebrate the resurrection of Christ. A wonderful setting to retell the good news and to enjoy the beauty of God’s creation all around.
Many come, both local and visitors, and know the joy of continuing centuries of worship, and celebrating that the Church of Christ is alive here, 13 centuries after it was first preached to the pagan communities of Knapdale and beyond.
Come and join us at on Easter Sunday this year on March 31st at 9.00am.
Keills is about five miles past Tayvallich – keep going to the end of the road! Then it is a short scramble across rough ground to the chapel.
If you can’t make it to the service – make another time for a visit – you will find a beautiful chapel, lovely views, and a “thin place” where you can enjoy a meeting place with God.
“Rejoice, O Church!, Exult in Glory!
The risen Saviour shines upon you!
May this place resound with joy,
Echoing the mighty song of all God’s people
“Liturgies of Lindisfarne”, Ray Simpson

Dalriada Mid Argyll Church of Scotland