A warm welcome awaits you at the
Churches of Fort Augustus and Glengarry
FAMILY SERVICES EVERY SUNDAY
Fort Augustus Church at 10am
Glengarry Church at 12pm
FORT AUGUSTUS CHURCH
GROUNDS AND CAR PARK
SATURDAY 27th AUGUST, 2022
FROM 10am to 12pm
EXCITING GRAND CHURCH EMPORIUM CAR BOOT SALE!
“Everything must go from bric a brac, books, pictures, curiosities to household items”
Anyone may enter the sale in aid of church funds
If you wish to enter a table it is £10 per table
Please contact : email@example.com
From 10am – Refreshments, teas and light bites in the Church Hall
“Songs of praises, Songs of praises,
we will ever give to Him”
“Songs of Praise”
at Fort Augustus Church
on Sunday 4th September at 12pm
Come and sing all your favourite hymns!
“Verily, verily, I say unto you except a man be born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God”
Sunday 25th September at 12pm – Harvest Service with the Baptism of Calvin James Ferguson
Please bring your items of non perishable foods to church which will be donated to the Lochaber Foodbank
The family service will be followed by a special Harvest lunch in the Church Hall. There is no charge for the Harvest lunch, All donations in aid of Church Funds.
(Fort Augustus Parish Church)
“We plough the fields and scatter the good seed on the ground but, it is fed and watered by God’s almighty hand”
Invergarry Family Harvest Festival Service
with Holy Communion
at Glengarry Parish Church
on Sunday 2nd October at 10am
Please bring along your donations of non perishable items for the service.
Any items given to the church will be donated to the Lochaber Foodbank
CELEBRATION OF NEW LIFE
FOR THE GREAT GLEN CHURCHES AT EASTER!
EASTER SUNDAY ORDINATION
At Glengarry Parish Church
On Easter Sunday, 17th April, during worship Glengarry Church was packed as the community came to give their support as Isabella ‘Bel’ Henderson and Philippa Maltby made their vows and were ordained and admitted as Elders to Glengarry Kirk Session by the Parish Minister, Reverend Anthony Jones. We congratulate them and send them our prayers and best wishes in their service as elders to the church. The service concluded with a family celebration of Holy Communion.
EASTER SUNDAY CONFIRMATIONS
at Fort Augustus Parish Church
At the Easter Sunday family service at Fort Augustus Euan Grassie and Anne Mariner made their vows and were admitted as communicant members of the Church of Scotland. The Kirk Session and congregation welcome them both and give them our best wishes. Pictured are Anne and Euan with Rev Anthony Jones, the Parish Minister.
CHRISTENING OF BELLA MARY SLATER
“O Happy Day!“
Little Bella Mary was so pleased to have Mum and Dad, Jess and Jordan Slater, her godparents and family around her for her special day. She was baptised at Tomdoun Church on Palm Sunday 10th April, 2022, by Reverend Anthony Jones. The little church was full as Bella Mary was welcomed in to the church family on her christening day.
IN THE GREAT GLEN CHURCHES
CHURCH MEMBERSHIP INCREASES!
“Beseech the Lord to send out workers in to his harvest”
Matthew 9. 38
The Great Glen churches’ missionary endeavour is reaching out with two Confirmation and Admission services recently conducted by our Parish Minister, Reverend Anthony Jones on Sunday 3rd October. At Morning Family Worship at 10am at Fort Augustus Church, Miles Jones was confirmed. At Glengarry Church at 12pm, Bill and Philippa Maltby, Brenda Matheson and Justin and Elizabeth Perkins were all confirmed as new members. The services also included a special celebration of Holy Communion. Congratulations to them all on their Confirmation and becoming full members of the Church of Scotland. We pray for them that they might be happy and blessed in the family of the church.
Thought for the month
Famous Sayings to meditate upon
“I believe for everyone who goes astray someone will come to show the way. I believe above the storm, the smallest prayer will still be heard. I believe that someone in the great somewhere hears every word. Everytime I hear a new born baby cry, or touch a leaf, or see the sky, then I know why, I believe!”
Al Stillman, Ervin Drake, Irvin Graham and Jimmy Shirl
Songwriters. Composed in 1952.
Most popular version of song by Frankie Laine
Wedding News Gallery
Congratulations to Dr Eoghan Farmer and Dr Mairi Walker whose marriage took place at Fort Augustus Church on Saturday 2nd October, 2021.
Laura Stewart and James Lindsay were married at Glengarry Church on Saturday 20th March, 2021. They both had a lovely day. We are pleased to include a picture of their special day.
Little Kyonn Ferguson was glad to have his mum and dad Ruth and Brian surrounded by all his family and friends on his recent Christening day on Sunday 26th September, 2021 at Fort Augustus Church. He is pictured here at his baptism and with his parents
CHURCH CAFE OPEN!
BOOK YOUR SEAT FOR THE EVER POPULAR
FORT AUGUSTUS THURSDAY ‘CAFE’
The cafe meets every week at the Church Hall on Thursdays
between 10am and 12pm.
Teas and coffees will be available.
The teas will be brought to your table. There is still risk of transmission of the virus in close quarters so we would prefer very much for the safety of all attending that you please wear a mask while moving around the hall.
It is anticipated here will be a different sales table each week at the door
Contact for information or, if you would like to help at the Thursday cafe
Cath Fraser (tel: 366309) or email her at – firstname.lastname@example.org
or, Lorraine Martin (tel: 366650) or email her at – email@example.com
Please note following continuing advice received from the Scottish Government and the Church of Scotland offices regarding the spread of the ‘omicron’ variant virus throughout the UK, we regret that refreshments are not possible in the church until further notice. We hope to return to post service refreshments in the near future.
12th December, 2021
THE EASTER FLOWER CROSS
AT GLENGARRY CHURCH
‘Were you there when they crucified my Lord’
On Good Friday 2nd April, 2021 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 then stood as a living sign of recovery in to new life, healing and promise for the future. Friends of the church were invited to plant their own flowers in to the frame of the cross while remaining socially distanced.
The ‘witness of the flower cross weekend’ will be repeated from Thursday 14th to Sunday 17th April (Easter Sunday) 2022 and, for Eastertide.
PICTORIAL MEMORIES OF
REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY 2021
at Fort Augustus
Sunday 14th November, 2021 was a day of crisp, Autumn sunshine and signalled the annual Act of Remembrance for the fallen in two world wars, past conflicts and all those victims of war still suffering around the globe. Members of the community gathered at Fort Augustus War Memorial and Invergarry War Memorial. The Royal British Legion led the procession to Canalside which included members of the armed forces, the police force, and both the fire and ambulance service. Reverend Anthony Jones, F.R.S.A., Parish Minister conducted the service. The poignant 2 minutes silence was followed by the lament which was played by piper Colin Sidley and wreaths were layed by representatives of the services present and the community.
“And immediately they left their nets and followed him”
General Assembly of the Church of Scotland 2021
This year’s deliverances and reports may be found on the website pages: churchofscotland.org.uk
AT GLENGARRY CHURCH
Sunday 26th September, 2021
Lochaber Presbytery On Line Worship
A shared programme of worship was recorded for Good Friday 2021 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
Share it now with your family and friends for inspirational music, discussion, bible teaching and hope for the future!
Please do visit the Presbytery website for regular up to date news of what is happening in the area. The site is very informative and provides ‘links’ to on line worship
The Great Glen Churches are currently following all necessary national restrictions. The Minister is receiving daily advice from the Church of Scotland and the Government regarding developments.
Regular ‘restricted’ services are being held and continue on a weekly basis.
Please note hospital visiting is unfortunately, not possible under the present restrictions. Please speak to the Minister (tel: 01320 366210) or an elder if there is a special need. There are restrictions in place for home visits. Pastoral phone call discussions can always be arranged at a convenient time. If you are ‘on line’ you can keep in touch by email.
Please note – 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 Family Service
(please note all Sunday services are at the earlier time of 10am from September)
Join us for a service with singing, music, bible readings, contemplative prayer, and a message for the season. All future services will follow all the latest restrictions.
Enquiries regarding visiting the church for worship please contact: Cath Fraser – firstname.lastname@example.org
GLENGARRY PARISH CHURCH
We welcome you to our services
Sunday Family Service at 12pm
(please note all services are at the later time of 12pm from September)
Welcome to our church for a shared time in fellowship together. A service following all the latest restrictions. Quiet time for prayer, singing, music and Bible readings and a seasonal message from the Minister.
Enquiries for visiting church for worship please contact: Sonia Robbins (Session Clerk) – email@example.com
Following the latest announcement from the Scottish Government regarding the ongoing situation concerning the virus ‘Covid-19′, we are being guided by advice’. Regular services are however, now possible with the option of not wearing a face mask and worship has recommenced every Sunday. Baptism, Wedding, and Funeral services are now possible at the Great Glen Churches without previous building capacity restriction. Please contact the Minister: Rev Anthony Jones if, in need of assistance – Ajones@churchofscotland.org.uk
The Great Glen Churches of Fort Augustus and Glengarry are open again for Sunday morning services of worship. We do hope you will join us as we gather together to give thanks and share Bible teaching, music, prayers and sing!
My prayers and best wishes to you all,
Rev Anthony Jones (Parish Minister)
At the present there are still restrictions in place guiding hospital and home visits. 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 email address at: Ajones@churchofscotland.org.uk . 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) firstname.lastname@example.org or, Sonia Robbins (Glengarry) email@example.com.
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 2022
Why not consider booking your wedding at the beautiful churches of Fort Augustus or Glengarry for 2022? The Minister will be happy to plan forward and discuss your date. 2022 is now ‘opening up’ and that is 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 2022. We invite you to consider planning your marriage and to sharing your big day together with us in 2022. 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. While ongoing restrictions make it difficult for the Minister to visit, he 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 2022 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. Normal regular Sunday church services have now resumed.
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.
Immanuel Kant, German Philosopher