A warm welcome awaits you at the
Churches of Fort Augustus and Glengarry
Please do visit the Presbytery website for up to date news of what is happening in the area. The site is very informative and provides ‘links’ to on line worship
Lochaber Presbytery On Line Worship
A shared programme of worship was recorded for Good Friday compiled by the Ministers, OLM’s, Readers and members of Presbytery to bring you the blessings of all our church communities may be viewed ‘on line’at www.lochaber.presbytery.org/uk/worship
For those who wish just to ‘hear’ the service, not unlike a radio broadcast, you can listen to the Good Friday Service at: http://www.dropbox.com/s/ykOxwfeizb7ruer/Good%20Friday.way?dl=0
Share it now with your family and friends for inspirational music, discussion, bible teaching and hope for the future!
Thought for the month
Famous Sayings to meditate upon
“There are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of in your philosophy”
(Hamlet, Act 1 Scene 5 To Horatio)
The Great Glen Churches are currently following all necessary restrictions while under national ‘lock down’. We are receiving daily advice regarding developments. Regular services are being held in April and continue on a monthly cycle. We expect the regular cycle of services to increase from May as the situation improves and as time moves on.
LENT – A time given to us for ‘Reparation’
What is this time of Lent we keep each year in our churches. This year again we face a time of ‘awayness‘ from our church buildings. We are prevented from gathering for communal worship due to the ongoing and lengthy ‘lock down’ restrictions in place. Although we are in a state of ‘awayness‘, it does not prevent each one of us from being in a state of ‘awareness‘. Yes, Lent is about the real awareness that christians live in each day. Lent is the time leading up to Easter itself when we are called to remember the greatest sacrifice ever made in human history. The sacrifice of God’s own Son, Jesus Christ on the cross of Calvary.
Before his death Jesus Christ was praying in the Garden of Gethsemane. He knew only too well the sufferings he must undergo. He was strengthened by an angel and then told his friends to ‘Rise and pray that you may not enter into temptation‘ (Luke 22.46). The hour was at hand. “The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and on the third day rise again” (Luke 24.7).
Betrayed he was, by a kiss and for the sake of a few coins. Jesus was betrayed by Judas, one of his closest friends. Betrayed, handed over to the authorities and put to death. The whole weight of history fell on his shoulders and, the whole of human history still calls us back today to remember that last hour in Jerusalem.
Lent is a time for us to set time aside to strengthen our faith through prayer and remembrance. The cross of Christ stands in our path. Christ died to save us from our sins and showed his love for the whole world. He overcame death and rose again on Easter morning. The only way we can repay him is by following him in our lives. Lent is a season that is given ‘on loan’ to us by God to improve our lives in so many ways. Practically by helping each other, giving and forgiving as Christ forgave us. A time of reparation.
Lent need not be a time of ‘awayness‘ just because we are not meeting physically. Let this be a time of spiritual awareness, alertness and nearness and preparedness. As we keep looking forward beyond the suffering, beyond the darkness, beyond the cross to the light, the joy and the peace of Easter – remember God is always there with you.
With my prayers and every blessing to you and your family for this Lent and Easter,
Reverend Anthony Jones
THE EASTER FLOWER CROSS
AT GLENGARRY CHURCH
‘Were you there when they crucified my Lord’
On Good Friday 2nd April, the parishioners of Glengarry planted a cross in the grounds of the Parish Church. It remained for the day as a bare symbol to all who passed by – a potent reminder of the death of Jesus Christ. It also sought to remind us of all those over the course of the past year entered in to suffering, who have suffered or have died as a result of the coronavirus.
On Easter Saturday, 3rd April and Easter Sunday 4th April, however, in remembrance of the joyful resurrection of Jesus Christ, it was transformed into a beautiful flower cross. It now stands as a living sign of recovery in to new life, healing and promise for the future. Friends of the church are being invited to plant their own flowers in to the frame of the cross while remaining socially distanced. We welcome you to carefully visit the grounds of the church to reflect and admire the cross.
Happy Easter to You and to all whom you love
CONGRATULATIONS TO LAURA STEWART (INVERGARRY) & JAMES LINDSAY
Laura Stewart and James Lindsay were married at Glengarry Church on Saturday 20th March. They both had a lovely day. . We look forward to seeing some pictures of their special day at church later. Watch this space.
Please note – due to the national lock down all Sunday services are currently continuing to follow all national restrictions in place.
Details of all forthcoming services will be found here on the church website pages.
GREAT GLEN CHURCHES WELCOME YOU
Fort Augustus Parish Church
We welcome you to our services
Sunday 25th April
Sunday Family Service
Join us for a said service with music, bible readings, contemplative prayer, and a message for the season. All future services will follow all the latest restrictions.
Enquiries regarding seating capacity while visiting the church for worship please contact: Cath Fraser – firstname.lastname@example.org
GLENGARRY PARISH CHURCH
We welcome you to our services
Sunday 25th April
Sunday Family Service at 12pm
Welcome to our church for a shared time in fellowship together. A said service following all the latest restrictions. Quiet time for prayer, music and Bible readings and a message from the Minister.
Enquiries regarding seating capacity while visiting the church for worship please contact: Helen Allen – email@example.com
Following the latest announcement from the Scottish Government regarding the continuation of a the national ‘lock down’ and the ongoing situation concerning the virus ‘Covid-19′, we are being guided by advice’ and until further notice, regular services are suspended with the exception of Easter worship (to be confirmed). Funeral services are possible but, sadly are now restricted to twenty people having regard to building capacity. Weddings are still possible but, unfortunately only five people are currently permitted at a marriage service.
Please note all current Covid-19 restrictions apply ‘Phase 1’ and ‘Tier 4’ for the lock down under national restrictions introduced in Scotland on 6 January. The Church will reopen, as advised, for very restricted numbers and on limited special occasions. The situation is being carefully monitored and, for our safety is under constant review.
If you have any queries about seating capacity please contact Helen Allen – helenallen@glengarry lodge.com
The Great Glen Churches of Fort Augustus and Glengarry are opening for special services of worship. We do hope you will join us as we gather together to give thanks and share Bible teaching, music and prayers.
My prayers and best wishes to you all,
Rev Anthony Jones (Parish Minister)
As permission has been received from Presbytery to reopen outside lock down times, we look forward to meeting everyone again in the Great Glen churches. Further information regarding anticipated restricted services following all the current guidance may be found when available in the ‘Diary’ of our website pages.
During times of national lock down in the present pandemic, the Great Glen Churches are operating ‘post church’. This means that if you are ‘on line’ as a member or adherent you will automatically receive regular newsletters from the Parish Minister. This can include a pastoral message and prayer resources. Most importantly you can be kept abreast of all the latest news regarding anticipated services at the churches. All services follow all restrictions. If you have not received a copy of the ‘Minister’s Newsletter’ on line and you would like your email to be added to the regular circular list please send a message to Reverend Anthony who will be pleased to add your details at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are not on line and would like a ‘hard’ copy posted through your door this also can be arranged.
Please contact the Session Clerk if you would like the elders to post you a ‘hard’ copy, Cath Fraser (Fort Augustus) email@example.com or, Sonia Robbins (Glengarry) firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Notice outside our Church to the Community
“Spirit of God come dwell within me,
open my heart O, Come set me free”
The Moderator of the General Assembly, the Rt Rev Dr Martin Fair has sent a mailing to all Presbytery Clerks, Ministers , OLM’s and Readers recommending that everyone within the Church of Scotland considers finding out more about ‘try praying’. I encourage you to read the materials and use the resources on the ‘try praying‘ website. The information provided by ‘try praying’ recommends a seven day approach with material to help aid you. A structure is always helpful to our prayer life (otherwise it is apt to stray away and life passes us by) In these times of pandemic fraught with worry, anxiety, stress, distraction and misdirection. There are very few organisations committed to upholding the nation’s prayer life. I would urge you to ‘click’ on the site. As the Moderator states, I hope that ‘it may be a blessing to the whole church at this time’.
Rev Anthony Jones
BOOK YOUR WEDDING FOR 2021
If you have booked a wedding at the beautiful churches of Fort Augustus or Glengarry for 2020, don’t worry the Minister will be happy to plan forward and discuss another date. Although we cannot plan definite dates this year, we hope 2021 will bring good news for everyone. You may have been thinking about marrying later in the year. Weddings are already being booked in the church diary for 2021. We invite you to consider planning your marriage and to sharing your big day together with us in 2021. Please do contact the Minister to arrange a suitable time for your special day. Stay safe!
Contact: Rev Anthony Jones
tel: 01320 366210
COMMUNICATION DURING THIS TIME OF ISOLATION
NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH :
PASTORAL PHONE & E-CHAIN
During this time of prolonged isolation for so many of us, it is so important to keep in touch with each other. The Church cares for every one of its members, adherents and friends in the community. A number of local based help groups have arisen and are active in the community seeking to give you support and help with day to day things like shopping from the local shops, collecting prescriptions, dropping off meals, etc.
Among the things we will be doing as a Church is maintaining ongoing contact. Our Minister will be keeping a weekly ‘phone chain’. He may call you at random to see how you are doing and to have a wee blether. An invitation is also extended to keep in touch with him by email. If you are in need of any special help or, in an emergency, you can also ring the Manse or may send an email if, you wish to make an arrangement for him to phone you at a specific time. The Minister and the elders are casting the net wide to strengthen this chain of communication. We are here to listen and to help you at this time. Obviously, we are taking all necessary precautions to protect each other and to keep safe but, no one need feel isolated. We seek to uphold each other in our thoughts and prayers and by vital communication.
Rev Anthony Jones tel: 01320 366210
Christmas in the Great Glen
for details of all the New Year services ‘click’ on the Diary page of the churches website
Could 2021 be THE year for YOU?
Maybe you are attending church but have never quite made the big step or perhaps you feel yourself on the edge of the local church and seriously would like to consider being a member……
The Minister is now inviting new communicants to join in becoming church members at Fort Augustus and Glengarry.
Please contact him (tel: 01320 366210) or simply email at Ajones@churchofscotland.org.uk or, speak to the Session Clerk or any elder at church if, you feel you would like to take this important step in your life of faith when our normal church services resume in 2020.
KILCHUIMEN SCHOOLS PRIZEGIVING PRESENTATION
3rd & 4th JULY, 2019
Pictured is Rev Jones making the presentation at the School Prizegiving Ceremony to Ms Maria Frances Gibbons (Headteacher: Kilchuimen Academy) & Mrs Yvonne Walker (Headteacher: Kilchuimen Primary School)
THE SUN SHINES ON THE GREAT GLEN CHURCHES
BREAKFAST/HOLIDAY CLUB 2019
(for a fuller gallery of the ‘Heroes’ Holiday Club see the slideshow on
the ‘Great Glen Churches News’ page)
CHURCH’S ‘NEW’ OPEN SPACE FOR PRAYER
All churches are spaces for prayer. Fort Augustus Church is developing a new ‘prayer space’ set apart. As you enter the door of the Church building to your left, there is a comfortable seated area for quiet personal reflection at any time during the day. Petitions for specific prayer may be left in the prayer box provided or may be left on the table. A short service is held on the first Thursday of every month at 11.30am to which you are also warmly invited. Please do come along. We are praying for you.
“Prayer is the soul’s sincere desire”
During normal times (outside ‘lock down’ restrictions) the Great Glen churches welcome you and are open for worship every Sunday morning and Tomdoun monthly. Fort Augustus church is open during the day all year round to visitors. Week day morning service is held on the second Thursday of every month at 11.30am. Glengarry church is open daily during the Summer months. Please remember that the churches of the Great Glen are beautiful churches and are very special places of prayer cherished by the local communities and by all who come here from all over the world. Do come and experience for yourself the unique atmosphere of peace and tranquility that are to be found here at Fort Augustus and Glengarry churches. You may wish to spend some time quietly or offer a private prayer. At Fort Augustus there is a place set aside for private reflection in the ‘prayer corner’. There is also a prayer box for you to place any special petitions you may have into at the back of the church. Take time also to sign the visitors book in the churches before you leave.
Service times alternate between both congregations and change every 4 months:
January – April 2019 Fort Augustus (10 am) Invergarry (12 noon)
May – August 2019 Fort Augustus (12 noon) Invergarry (10am)
September – December 2019 Fort Augustus (10am) Invergarry (12 noon)
Service at Tomdoun: second Sunday of each month at 3pm
Monthly week day service – short service of reflection Fort Augustus (1st Thursday at 11.30am)
World Day of Prayer (First Friday in March)
Ecumenical ‘Songs of Praise’ on 1st December, Fort Augustus Parish Church at 7pm (Advent Sunday)
Songs of Praise on the occasion of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity ( January 18-25)
Worship is led by Rev Anthony Jones supported by Mrs Sonia Robbins (Congregational Worship Leader), Mr Cameron Donnelly (Congregational Worship Leader) and Ms Kathryn Sharples (Congregational Worship Leader).
If you would like to read on a Sunday, please get in touch. We are always looking for new volunteers.