Inverallan Parish Church
Grantown-on-Spey
Registered Charity No. SCO10001

Dates for the Diary


SUNDAY MORNING WORSHIP STARTS AT 10.30 a.m.


Sunday 18th June Morning Worship / short communion - led by Rev. Gordon Strang

Sunday 25th June Morning Worship - led by Rev. Gordon Strang

Friday 30th June - Grantown Primary School Service

Sunday 2nd July Morning worship led by Rev. Gordon Strang

Sunday 2nd July Grant House service – 3pm

Sunday 9th July Morning Worship led by Mr Andrew Kimmitt

Sunday 16th July Morning Worship led by Nicola Whyte/ short communion led by Rev. Mary Duncanson

Wednesday 19th July Grandview  House service – 2.30pm

Sunday 23rd July Morning Worship led by Mrs Chris Clasper

Sunday 30th July Morning Worship led by Rev. Mary Duncanson

Sunday 6th August Morning Worship led by Mrs Chris Clasper

Sunday 6th August Grant House service – 3pm

Thursday 10th August Grantown Show- Church manning a stall

Sunday 13th August Morning Worship led by Rev. Gordon Strang

Sunday 20th August Morning Worship led by Mr Bill Steele/ short communion led by Rev. Mary Ellen Thomson

Sunday 27th August Morning Worship led by Rev Gordon Strang

Sunday 3rd September Inverallan Church – Communion Service

                                       Grant House Communion Service – 3 pm

                                       Messy Church 4 to 6 pm – may change as it’s Motor Mania day

Sunday 17th September Morning Worship / short communion

Wednesday 20th September Grandview  House service – 2.30pm

Sunday 1st October Grant House service – 3pm

Sunday 15th October Morning Worship / short communion

Sunday 29th October  Remembering Service – 4p.m.

Sunday 5th November Grant House service – 3pm

Saturday 11th November Remembrance Day Service at Cenotaph – 11 a.m.

Sunday 12th November Church Service starts 0945 ; also service at Cenotaph at 11 a.m.

Wednesday 15th November Grandview  House service – 2.30pm

Sunday 19th November Morning Worship / short communion

Sunday 26th November Inverallan Church – Communion Service

                                        Messy Church 4-6pm

Sunday 3rd  December Grant House service – 3pm

Sunday 17th December Morning Worship / short communion

Saturday 24th December Watchnight Service – 11.15 pm








*Gluten Free Bread served at Communion. At our short Communion services, port or non-alcoholic juice is served



After Church Fellowship

Join us for tea / coffee / biscuits in the Church Hall – immediately after the Service                       




Letter from our minister

At Messy Church a few weeks ago we were exploring the

story that Jesus told of the Father whose son wanted

everything early.... his share of the wealth and his freedom

to spend it now. Off he went into the sunset and spent it all

till there was nothing left. And it was only then, at his

lowest, that he realised he'd been daft. We call him the

prodigal son. The son who threw it all away.

At Messy Church we had great fun with the story, with

buckets of pigswill made from jelly to stick our hands in to

think about how hungry the son became and acetate tears

to think about how we can make God sad. But we also

focussed on the prodigal love of the father, with fruit

cocktails for the party, and a welcome home love banner. Dad welcomes his boy home with arms

stretched wide. No questions. No recriminations. No finger wagging or huffing or any of the other

things that most of us would have done. His boy was lost and now he's found.... what's not to

celebrate?!

For a first hearer, the Easter story doesn't sound much like a love story. There's pain and sorrow and

dreams dashed. But, yet, in the middle of it all are those same arms stretched wide. Miroslav Wolf is a

Bosnian theologian who makes this same comparison between the prodigal love of the father in the story

Jesus tells, and the prodigal love of God seen in Jesus. He lived through the atrocities of the 1990s and

sought to find a way to Christian reconciliation between peoples broken and bloodied by war and

hatred. The father could just as easily have turned his back and slammed the door, excluding his

son. God could just as easily have done the same with a people who kept on turning their back on him,

and each other. But, instead of exclusion, the father in the story, and the God on the cross choose

embrace. Here is love, arms stretched wide.

The cross of Easter stands for so much more than pain and sorrow and betrayal. For many hearing the

story, for the first time or the umpteenth time, that's sometimes as far as we get. But for Christians it

symbolises the prodigal love of God with arms stretched wide. An embrace like no other. A love like no

other.

And the wonderful thing about embrace that Wolf points out is that they are almost impossible to

resist. When offered a hug, it's pretty hard not to hug back! The love of God, shown in arms stretched

wide, calls us and inspires us to love God back, and in doing so to love each other as well.

The Easter story is a love story like no other. The prodigal love of God that knows no bounds.

Wishing you a happy, blessed, and hug filled Easter, full of love.

Gordon




Jesus said, “I am the Resurrection and the Life. He who believes in me, even though he dies, he shall live. And

whoever lives and believes in me shall never die.” St John 11: 25.




We Remember Those Who Have Died:

Norman McLeod of Manchester and Seafield Avenue, Grantown on 27 July

Donald Scobie of Seafield Court, Grantown on 4th December

Andrew Brooks of Haugh Road, Cromdale on 2nd January

Robert (Bobby) Smith of Grandview Care Home, Grantown (previously Dulnain Bridge) on 5th January

Peter (Paddy) Rattray of Table Road, Nairn on 13th January

Gordon Macbeath of Seafield Court, Grantown on 17th February

James McConachie of Culfoich, Grantown on 18th February

Ian Brown of Mossie Road, Grantown on 19th February

Mary Elizabeth (Betty) Grant of South Street, Grantown on 24th February

Dorothy (Dot) Bruce of Cromdale on 11th March

John (Jackie) McIntosh of Castle Road East, Grantown on 19th March



Teardrops in my Eye

I just found a memory In the corner of my mind

of happy times gone past when you were by my side

I just saw a picture, it flashed before my eyes

Of dreams we had together and future we once had

I just wiped a teardrop which was nestled in my eye

Followed by another as I began to cry

I just gazed to heaven, that heaven up so high

I see a light that shines for me, my Angel in the sky





Remembering Service in Inverallan Church

29 October 2017

4 pm followed by teas and a time to chat

This is a particularly sensitive and comforting service for anyone who has recently lost a loved one or for

anyone who just wants to remember a friend or relative




Services at Grant House and Grandview

6th May Grant House 3 pm

17th May Grandview 2.30 pm

4th June Grant House 3 pm

2nd July Grant House 3 pm

19th July Grandview 2.30 pm

6th August Grant House 3 pm

3rd September Grant House 3 pm

20th September Grandview 2.30 pm




Communion Services

Please note, there are monthly Communions after

the Service in Inverallan Church. Everyone

welcome – 3rd Sunday of every month.




DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Wednesday 5th and 12th April The last two Lent events take place at St Columbas. Eucharist at 11.30 am, lunch

from 12.15 – 1 pm, Lent study from 1 – 2 pm.

All welcome to join in any or all.


Monday 10th – 14 April HOLY WEEK – Inverallan Church will be open each day where there will be space

for reflection (specific times will be advertised)


Thursday 13th April Maundy Thursday service at St Columba’s – 7 pm (Communion)

Friday 14th April Good Friday service at Inverallan – 7pm


Sunday 16th April

Easter Day Joint Services between our three Churches:

Everyone is welcome at some or all of these Easter celebrations.

9 am – Open Air Service on the river bank at Cromdale, followed by bacon rolls

11 am – Easter Day family celebration at Inverallan Church

7 pm – A quieter time to end the day at Dulnain Bridge


Sunday 7th May Stated Annual Meetings of the Cromdale & Advie and Dulnain Bridge

congregations after the morning services

Sunday 14th May Stated Annual Meeting of Inverallan congregation after the service



Sunday 14th – 20th May CHRISTIAN AID WEEK – look out for details of fund raising events:

Lunches and afternoon teas at Cromdale Church – Monday to Friday; bucket

collection at Grantown Coop on the Saturday, and much more.

Sunday 21st May A special joint service of all three Churches of Scotland and St Columba’s

Episcopal Church at Inverallan for CHRISTIAN AID WEEK followed by soup and

sandwich lunch in the hall



Sunday 28th May

Messy Church 4-6pm

FUN FOR ALL AGES

St Columba’s Church



Sunday 4th June Holy Communion is celebrated during morning worship at all three churches.


Saturday 10 June Badenoch & Strathspey Music Festival – Annual Ambassador Concert and to

celebrate their Diamond Jubiliee in Inverallan Church


Sunday 18 June We will be joined by Presbytery’s mission partner, Joel Hafvenstein of United

Mission to Nepal. More info to follow


Sunday 25 June We are planning on holding another Grantown area community service outside

somewhere, but planning is at an early stage. More info soon.


Thursday 10th August GRANTOWN SHOW – our three churches have a stall this year. Come and say

Hello!



Sunday 3rd September

Holy Communion is celebrated during morning worship at all three churches



Messy Church 4 to 6 pm – may change as it’s Motor Mania day



Sunday 29 October Loved ones remembering service at Inverallan at 4 pm, followed by teas. A

special service to remember loved ones no longer with us.


Saturday 11th November Act of Rememberance at Grantown War Memorial at 11 am.

Sunday 12th November

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY

9.15 am – Service of Remembrance at Cromdale Church, including wreath laying

9.45 am – Community Service of Remembrance at Inverallan Church, followed by

wreath laying at the War Memorial at 11 am.

12 noon – Service of Remembrance at Dulnain Church, followed by wreath laying

at the War Memorial at 1 pm

3 pm – Wreath laying at Advie War Memorial, followed by teas in Advie Hall



Sunday 26th November

Holy Communion is celebrated during morning worship at all three churches


Messy Church 4-6pm





EDITOR’S BLOG



A very happy Easter

to everyone. It

seems to come

round faster every

year regardless of its

timing – maybe

that’s because I am

just getting old!

Of course much has happened since last year and

while many folks have had to deal with changes

both good and bad in their lives we hope the

message of Easter will encourage us to have a

positive outlook for the future. There are many

changes ahead for our three churches as you will

see from our article “Developing Inverallan” and a

start has been made to move forward the ideas

taken from the recent “Future Focus” meetings.

Many of us enjoyed a fun packed Burns Supper

ably organised by John Wilson and his team where

laughter was the order of the day. A few photos

have been included in this issue.

Many thanks to Ian Brown for his story “Life on the

Ocean Wave” about his involvement with the

church over the years. This is the third in the series

of stories from our Elders.

We hope you like the layout of this issue – it is back

to being printed in-house, this time on our new

colour printer currently housed at Dulnain Church

– there were a few ‘fraught moments’ from your

editor while she worked out where the ‘on’ switch

was! Many thanks to Bruce Morgan for designing

the front cover.

There is much going on within our churches –

exciting times ahead.

Wishing you all a peaceful and happy Easter from

the Bridges team.

Ed










Developing Inverallan

A number of Future Focus meetings were held

during the late Autumn and early Winter period

and one of the needs identified for Inverallan was

to refurbish and develop the church building to

make it more suitable as an asset and focal point

for the whole community of Grantown and the

surrounding area. A Development Sub-Group(DSG)

was set up to investigate how best to go about the

required development and to date a rough plan

has been created to enable matters to proceed

further. By the time you read this item it is hoped

that an architect will have inspected the building

and will have given a professional opinion on what

is, and is not, possible.

The DSG hope to transform the building into a

general purpose venue which could be used for

concerts, meetings, conferences, etc, as well as its

current use as a place of worship.

One of the wishes

that emerged from

the Future Focus

meetings was that

we should be able to

engage more with

people who do not

normally come to

church, especially

children, young folk

and families, and it is hoped that making the

church building more inclusive and more of a

community asset will help with this aim.

Achieving the aims of the DSG will not be cheap,

but if we can approach future fund raising with the

same enthusiasm as that which surrounded the

recent Burns Supper, then it could be a lot of fun!

If you have any ideas or opinions on what should

be included in the refurbishment, then I would be

happy to act as a contact for forwarding ideas to

the DSG. It is most certainly the aim of the DSG to

involve the whole congregation at important

stages of the planning process.

You can contact me on 872357, or email

ian_anita.brown@btinternet.com

Ian Brown









UNITARY CONSTITUTION

The Kirk Sessions of both Dulnain Bridge and

Inverallan have agreed to recommend to their

congregations that the churches move to what is

called “unitary constitution”.

What’s that? It sounds like something you go to

the doctor about!

Well, it’s not painful! Basically, it’s a change to the

way we run our churches, moving from a

Congregational Board and a Kirk Session to just a

Kirk Session being the decision making body.

OK. So why is that a good idea?

At the moment, the charity is run by these two

separate groups. But charity law says that all

trustees should have a say in all decisions. Board

members and elders together make up the

trustees, but only some make some decisions and

others make others. The charity regulator doesn’t

like this so the Church of Scotland are now

encouraging all congregations to consider the

change.

Won’t that mean more work for the Kirk Session

then?

It needn’t. One of the good things about the new

model being proposed is that working groups are

set up for different tasks, made up of anyone in the

congregation with an interest in that area. The

Session can give these groups powers to just get on

with things, so the Session is really just giving

oversight and making any decisions that are out of

the ordinary.

And what happens to current Board members?

Well, some of them might be glad of the rest! But

the hope is that many of them will want to stay on

the finance and property groups (that’s what the

Boards currently look after), or become involved in

other ones.

Will there be a lot of groups? And what will they

be doing?

That’s what we’re still working on, but it will

probably look different in the different churches.

Finance, property, worship, pastoral care, children

and young people.….. these are the sorts of groups

we’re looking at.

So do we get a say?

Yes definitely. The Kirk Sessions have only

recommended the change. It’s up to the

congregations to decide. We’ll ask everyone to

vote at the Stated Annual Meetings (Dulnain

Bridge: 7 May; Inverallan: 14 May). Prior to that,

we’ll give everyone some more information, and

Gordon will talk about it on a Sunday some time

after Easter. And you can ask Gordon or the

Session Clerks any burning questions any time you

Like.






Treasurer’s Report from Dulnain Bridge

In 2016, it was encouraging to report that the

General Income amounted to £17,374 which is

£3,723 more than in 2015. The Gift Day amounted

to £1,280 while the Coffee Morning which was held

in Dulnain Bridge Village Hall, realised £593.

Expenditure amounted to £16,263 compared with

£14,063 the previous year. This increase was on

account of work done in the Manse.

Special collections

raised £249 which

sum benefited

Christian Aid, Poppy

Scotland, UNICEF,

World Mission and

the Food Bank.

The balance in the

Revenue Account of the Manse Fund stands at

£871. The amount released by the General

Trustees in 2016 was £6,848. The Revenue Account

of the Manse Fund is used for the maintenance of

the Manse, Church and Hall. Since the linkage of

Cromdale with Inverallan and Dulnain Bridge

maintenance costs in the Manse are now shared by

the three congregations.

On behalf of the Congregational Board, I would like

to thank all who contributed so generously to

Church funds.

Archie Ballantine







LIFE ON THE OCEAN WAVE by Ian Brown

I was brought up in a small crofting community on

the West Coast of Sutherland, a few miles north of

Lochinver. In our community we had three

churches, Church of Scotland, Free Church and

Free Presbyterian Church. We attended the Free

Church and as was normal at that time, each

Sunday we attended two services plus Sunday

School. My earliest memory of church is of being

told off by my mother for using the Bible as a car

and making Brrm Brrm noises as I “drove” it along

the pew.

Like most kids from the North and West Coasts of

Sutherland my Secondary schooling was in

Dornoch where we lived in hostels, one for boys

and one for girls. Again, we attended Church twice

on a Sunday and also Sunday School or Bible Class

depending on our age. After a couple of years

attending the Free Church I discovered that the

Church of Scotland had much more comfortable

seats and shorter services so I switched, though I

had to get parental permission

to do so.

After finishing my schooling in

Dornoch I “ran away to sea”,

joining the Merchant Navy as a

Cadet Navigating Officer.

During my sea service I would have to admit to

rarely attending church, but I did have a shipmate

who was a Roman Catholic and sometimes

accompanied him to services on the rare occasions

when we were in port on a Sunday and there was a

chapel within reasonable distance of the harbour.

Passenger ships had regular Sunday Services,

normally conducted by the Captain or another

senior officer. I worked on tankers and cargo

vessels where there was no formal worship of any

kind. My only experience of a religious event at

sea was after a Man Overboard incident.

Unfortunately, the crewman who went overboard

was never located even though our ship and two

others searched for many hours in the middle of

the Pacific Ocean. On completion of the search our

Captain stopped the ship and held a short service

on deck for everyone who was not on duty. The

service was very simple and consisted of a short

reading, a short prayer and the singing, or

recitation, (I can´t remember which), of the 23rd

Psalm. Even though short, it was a very moving

event, and our flag flew at half mast during the

service until we got under way again. I should say

that during my time at sea I always had with me

the Bible which my mother had given me when I

first left home. I would have to admit to not

reading it very often but I did pray on a fairly

regular basis.

After getting married, my dear wife slowly nudged

me into attending Church again. We lived in

Kinross then and while not regular attendees we

did go fairly often. We then moved up here to

Grantown and became much more regular in our

attendance. Rev. Johnstone was the Minister

when we first arrived but he retired soon after our

arrival, to be followed by Colin Alston. By this time

I was attending church most Sundays when home

on leave, becoming a member soon afterwards and

then after some time Colin suggested that I

become an Elder. I imagine that most people when

asked to consider becoming Elders have many

doubts about taking on the responsibilities of

Eldership, and I was certainly no different.

However, Colin assured me that he would be there

to help me as required, and then he moved away,

leaving me floundering, and leaving the Church in a

vacancy position. Then, of course, Morris Smith

arrived and we had about 25 good years under his

leadership and now we are very fortunate to have

Gordon as our leader.

I doubt if many people enjoy attending meetings

but I must say that among all the serious stuff we

have to discuss at Session meetings there are also

quite a few laughs to be had and some of my

fellow elders can be very amusing at times. I think

that I can say that our meetings are conducted

with good grace, respect for each other and the

positions we hold, serious attention to the matters

in hand when required, but also a lightness of

touch which makes attending much less onerous

than it might otherwise be. Thanks to our Minister

and my fellow elders for that.

By the time this item reaches Bridges (assuming

the Editor hasn´t binned it by then) you will

probably know quite a lot about the Future Focus

programme which was carried out in the autumn.

You will know a bit about where we hope to go

from here and what we hope to achieve. Please

give all the support you can to our Minister, office

bearers, and those on the planning groups who are

trying to make things happen so that Inverallan

becomes an important place at the very centre of

our whole community.








INVERALLAN BURNS NIGHT

6pm on Saturday 5th

February saw more than

70 people converging on

Inverallan Church Hall for

a Burns supper being

held to raise funds for

the proposed new

development of the

church building. As the

first revellers appeared,

sweat was still trickling from the brows of the

organisers as they finished decorating and setting

up the hall. The previous user group had only

vacated the premises in late afternoon, and

transforming the hall into a welcoming dining room

had been a bit of a rush.

In the kitchen the volunteers had completed food

preparation in time for the 6.30 meal, and

everything was ready except that the haggis had

not yet arrived! Chief cook and bottle-washer

Janet re-assured us all that it would be fine, and on

the stroke of 6.30 the steaming dishes arrived and

joined the mashed tatties and neeps in the kitchen.

The pipes struck up and led Janet bearing the king

haggis through the assembled throng to the top

table where the haggis was accorded all due

ceremony and attacked with a kitchen knife in

time-honoured fashion.

Then the assembled crowd got stuck into one of

the main attractions of any Burns supper (eating

and talking with neighbouring diners), pausing

between courses to enjoy the other main attraction

of listening to songs, poetry and music provided by

other guests. The buzz of conversation round the

tables and the enthusiastic response to the

performers indicated that this was turning out to

be a very successful evening,

After the meal, coffee, shortbread and fudge were

served and we were further entertained with the

usual speeches common to these occasions

together with more music, a comic sketch and a

couple of sing-along songs to finish off. To say the            

“usual” speeches and “common to” is to mislead

however – quite a number of those attending rated

this amongst their best ever Burns suppers, and the

organisers would like to express their warmest

thanks to all who took part, performers and guests

alike.

The generosity of local traders and all those

involved in preparing the evening meant that

absolutely everything was provided at no cost to

the church, and the grand total of £710 was raised

and deposited in the new Inverallan Development

Fund.

Here comes the haggis piped in by Laurence

Carefully carried in by head chef Janet

A wee dram to steady the nerves!

John in full flow addressing the haggis

Our star team in the kitchen from L to R: Janet, Ann and

Alice.

The waiter and waitresses did a sterling job

So – one fund-raising event down, what happens

next? A group of people from the congregation –

elders, board members and others – have been

meeting and discussing what we might do, and an

architect from a company with an excellent track

record in altering churches has given us some ideas

for discussion. The Congregational Board and Kirk

Session have approved the next stage of a

feasibility study which will give us an idea of the

cost, time and other implications of what we think

we might do, and discussions with the architect will

distil our thoughts and hopefully lead to a plan

which will meet our hopes and aspirations.

At this stage we can’t say exactly what the finished

project will look like, but our aim is to change the

interior of our lovely church building as little as

possible, keeping the appearance and seating

capacity as much as possible while providing

facilities and spaces for a much wider variety of

uses. The hope would be to have an improved

venue for worship, congregational activities and

community uses so that the building is used

perhaps 7 days a week instead of an hour or so a

week as at present. As soon as plans are available

for what might happen, they will be displayed for

us all to see.

So there will be many more fund raising events

(any ideas would be welcomed!) and within this

magazine you will find an invitation for us all to

contribute directly also – we hope you will feel this

is well worthwhile. We are also optimistic about

other major funding opportunities.






































GRANTOWN SHOW

We are having a stand at the Grantown show on 10

August 2017 on behalf of the three churches –

Inverallan, Cromdale and Dulnain Bridge.








This is to help raise awareness, to the wider

community, of the activities and events taking

place in our churches.

Nearer the time we will be looking for volunteers

to help man the stall.

Bill Mitchell T. 872398







NEWS FROM CROMDALE AND ADVIE

The occasional combined worship for our three

congregations is becoming a much enjoyed fixture.

We are looking forward to hosting the early service

on Easter Sunday. This will be our third year of

welcoming folks to the riverside. Much credit goes

to everyone who turns out so early and it is

wonderful to get to know others better over a

cuppa and a well-earned bacon roll afterwards.



Rhyme time is still going strong and we meet every

Wednesday from 10.30 till 11.30 in the church for

wee ones and their adults. There is a snack for the

children and the chance for a coffee and chat for

the rest of us. We have been having fun with

singing, chanting, banging drums and listening to

stories. Our latest game involves a parachute

which everyone loves. New Rhymetimers are

always welcome.






We have been running a Cafe Church service on a

trial basis, once a month in the church at our usual

time of 9.15. It is a relaxed, interactive occasion

which is very suitable for both children and adults.

We all sit at tables in the social area and I for one

really love the fact that we have coffee on arrival!

So far, the feedback from the congregation has

been very positive. (it can't just be the coffee?)

As many of you will know, our beautiful, but aged

building is in need of a new roof. The 200 year old

nails have developed nail fatigue. So, we have

challenging times ahead but are working positively

towards a good outcome. Old age, especially for

churches, is not easy!

Maggie Dick















































Another fun packed afternoon of activities took

place on Sunday 11 March this time in St

Columba’s Church. Activities included edible ‘Pigs

in the Pen’; ‘Tears of God’; Cocktail making; ‘Pig

Swill’; Farm Collage; Lego/Duplo farm making; and

string hearts to name some. The theme for the

session was ‘The Parable of the two sons’ (Luke

15:11-32) and the meal at the end was Toad in the

Hole with vegetables and cakes for pudding.





Future dates for Messy Church:

28 May – “Love your neighbour”

3 September – “Love the world”

26 November – “Christ the King”

A few comments received in feedback emails:

“Just to thank you all for coming to St Columba’s. It

was a very encouraging experience. The turnout

was excellent and the organisation magnificent.

You'll always be welcome!”

Richard Gillings

“Although there was a wide range of ages, it

seemed that folk were well engaged with it all for

long enough. And there seemed to be a lovely

atmosphere at tea time.”

Mairi Crawford










We are always looking for volunteers to help with

the activities and for the cooking and tidying up.

Also, if you know of any young families please let

them know that this event is available.







GOODBYE MARY!











Goodbye, but not gone for ever. Mary Duncanson

was presented recently with flowers and gift

vouchers as she officially retires, and although we

won’t see Mary so much on a Sunday, she’ll still be

a very active part of our churches as an OLM. We

thank Mary for all her help and support she gave to

our three churches especially during the time of

the vacancy and thereafter her support for Gordon

as the new boy.








Inverallan Church Development Fund

Mandate Form

We hope as many people as possible will want to

contribute even a little bit to giving Inverallan

another 130 years of service to the community. If

you are able to give something, either now or as a

pledge for later, or perhaps something every

month for the next year or two, we know it will be

put to great use to make our wonderful building a

warm and welcoming place for all. The enclosed

form has more information or you can contact John

Wilson or any of the development group. Thank

You.











THE SINGING KETTLE

Up to its neck in water, boiling water too.

Yet the kettle keeps on singing – that’s what we

ought to do!

Next time we’re in some trouble, almost up to the

chin,

we’ll think of the cheerful kettle, and a little song

begin.

It helps, when feelings are boiling, to let off lots of

steam.

Whistle and sing with courage; things aren’t as

black as they seem.

Kettle you merry creature, scorched by the callous

fire,

teach us your power of moulding the will to the

day’s desire.

Up to your neck in troubles? They haven’t swept

over your head!

Sing like the steaming kettle, till all your troubles

have fled.

Singing will sound so pleasant to any who chance

to hear.

The kettle does naught by its duty – but doesn’t its

singing cheer!

Contributed by Neil Campbell




CONGRATULATIONS TO THE BELLA VOCE CHOIR

A glorious victory for the Bella Voce Choir from Grantown. The choir earned a Distinction and the Burnard

Quaich at the Badenoch & Strathspey Music Festival for a performance full of vitality and musical merit.

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Fair Trade Stall in Inverallan Church Hall

Inverallan is now a Fair Trade Church and all the tea and coffee we serve is Fair Trade, along with the sugar

and as much of the other food we serve as possible. To help us all be more aware of what we can do, there is

now a monthly Traidcraft stall in the hall after the service on the last Sunday of the month. Thanks to

Campbell for organising this for us. You can contact him or Gordon at The Manse if you want an order in

between times.

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ACR OSS

3. Shep herds activi ty in the fields (8)
5. Jose ph and Mary fled here (5)
7. Josep h's city (8)
8. Guid ed the three wise men to the infant Jes us? (4)
11. Wise Mens gift (5)
12. Wise men looki ng for this pers on (3,4,2 ,3,4)
14. Other wise kno wn as the city of David (9)
16. Mary wrapp ed the baby Jesus in these cloth es (10)
17. Gave the sheph erds good tidin gs of great joy (5)

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1. Rom an Empe ror who sent out a decr ee that all the world shou ld be tax ed? (6)
2. Hono ur (7)
4. Appe ared to the sheph erds with the angel (8,4)
6. Her od sent the Three Wise Men here (7)
9. Hero d’s reas on for knowi ng when Jesus was found (2,4,3 )
10. Place where the three wise men see the celest ial body (2,3,4 )
13. Count ry that Her od was the king of (6)
15. Whe re the ange ls went after they gave the news (6)


Sourc ed from the Intern et


CO NT AC TS


MINI ST ER

MINI ST RY ASSI STA NT

Rev Gord on Strang

Rev Mary Dunca nson

Tel Nos.

8720 84

8721 65

CRO MDA LE AND ADV IE  9.15 am  

Sessi on Clerk

Clerk to Board

Treas urer

Proper ty Conve nor

Presb ytery Elder

Safeg uardi ng Coordi nator Diane Brazi er

June Cain

Magg ie Dick

John Diffey

Magg ie Dick

Rev Christi ne Ritch ie 8725 47

8731 48

8737 93

8734 88

8737 93

8734 19

DUL NA IN BRI DGE 12 noon  

Sessi on Clerk

Clerk to Board

Roll-Keep er

Proper ty Conve nor

Treas urer

Presb ytery Elder

Flow er Rota

Christi an Aid Rep

Safeg uardi ng Coordi nator

Gord on Ritch ie

Merle Allan

Kate McGui gan

Ewan Camer on

Archie Ballan tine

Angus Fraser

Chriss ie Grant

Archie Ballan tine

Rev Christi ne Ritch ie 8734 19

8512 11

8512 28

8513 13

8720 70

8513 50

8513 64

8720 70

8734 19

INVE RAL LAN

 10.30 am

If Club - 10.20 am (last Sund ay of the mon th in Scho ol term time)  

Sessi on Clerk

Clerk to Board

Treas urer

FWO Conve nor

Roll-keeper

Gift Aid Conve nor

Chur ch Offic er

Organi st

Flow er Circle

Chur ch Trans port

Life and Work

Christi an Aid Rep

Missi on Partn er Corres ponde nt

World Missi on Stam ps

IF Club

Safeg uardi ng Coordi nator

Youth Prayer Link

Hall Booki ngs

Proper ty Conve nor

Guild

Presb ytery Elder

Bridg es Editor Bill Steele

Ian Brown

Peter Holla nd

Arthur Grah am

Moira McLe od

John Wilson

Richa rd Stone

Leslie McCr acken

Cather ine Allan

Bill Steele (temp)

Anita Brown

Vaca nt

Christi ne Stewa rt

Morv en Mitch ell

Seona id Green

Rev Christi ne Ritch ie

Linda Stone

David Elder

Jimmy Turnb ull

Seona id Green

Bill Steele

Moira McLe od 8701 54

8723 57

8723 14

8733 03

8729 09

8726 72

8730 00

8727 38

8725 50

8701 54

8723 57


8722 10

8723 98

8733 01

8734 19

8730 00

8722 60

8738 11

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