Inverallan Parish Church
Registered Charity No. SCO10001

Dates for the Diar

Sunday 19th March - Morning worship at 10.30 am in Inverallan Church - followed by a short communion service- worship led by Rev Gordon Strang

Thursday 13th April - Maundy Thursday service at St Columba’s led by The Venerable Richard Gillings (1900)

Friday 14th April - Good Friday service at Inverallan Church led by Rev Gordon Strang (1900)

Sunday 16th April - 0900 at Cromdale Church - open air service followed by breakfast

                              - 1100  - Family service at Inverallan Church; followed by a short communion service

                              - 1900 -Service at Dulnain Bridge Church

Tuesday 25th April - Board & Session meeting - 7 p.m.

Sunday 14th May - Stated Annual meeting in Church Hall - 11.30 p.m.

Sunday 21st May - Joint Christian Aid service followed by a short communion; Christian Aid Lunch in Hall 11.30 a.m.

Sunday 28th May- Messy Church 4-6 pm  (Inverallan Church Hall)

Sunday 4th June - Communion Service at 10.30 a.m.

                             - Grant House Communion Service at 3p.m.

Sunday September 3rd - Messy Church 4-6 pm  (Inverallan Church Hall)

Sunday 26th November - Messy Church 4-6 pm  (Inverallan Church Hall)

*Gluten Free Bread served at Communion. A 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                       

A letter from our minister

I've been watching a programme that has looked behind the scenes of Barack Obama's

nearly 8 years in the White House. In it he has said, more than once, that he's a hopeful

person. You'd probably have to be to do that job!

But his words, indeed his whole attitude, struck me. Against the odds he has become the

first black president of the United States of America. That would have been unthinkable

even a generation ago and yet my kids will grow up knowing that as normal. His slogan,

"Yes, we can!", tuned in to a people looking for hope, and he rode a wave of popular

hopefulness all the way to theWhite House.

None of this is comment on the politics involved but, instead, the attitude. We all use

the word "hope" a lot. I hope it'll stay fair today. I hope you're feeling better. I hope

Andy Murray* gets through to the next round (*insert sports star or team of your

choice!). But a lot of the time we really mean "wish". Wishing for something is one

thing, but believing it can or will come true is another thing entirely. Hoping is more

than wishing. Hoping believes that it is possible. That it can happen. That it will

happen, even.

Barack Obama believed that change was possible, and his hopefulness infected a nation's

psyche. Whether that hope lived up to the reality is for others to judge, but in a cynical

world, his election showed that hope still stands for something.

First century Palestine wasn't a very hopeful place. There was lots to be pretty downcast

and cynical about. And yet into that God chose to begin his hope operation. God would

come to be one, like just doesn't make sense. That God would choose to do that

in the form of a helpless, poor baby.....well, that's just daft. That that same baby would

change the world and show us all God's love....wait a minute!!

Jesus brings hope. Real, possible, believable hope that we are loved and that change can

happen. In spite of much evidence to the contrary, yes He can. And, through Him, yes

we can too. This Christmas we celebrate again that hope is very much alive....the best

Christmas gift of all.

Wishing you a happy, peaceful, hopeful Christmas. 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:

Joan Bramwell, Meallmore (formerly Braes) – 23 August

Grant Ross, Strathspey Drive, Grantown – 3 September

Bryan Grozier, Camerory, Grantown – 7 September

Biddy Constable, Camerory, Grantown – 11 September

Robert Bristow, St. Olaf’s Nursing Home, Nairn (formerly Grantown) – 23 September

George Munro, Cambrae, Cromdale – 12 October

MaryWillder, Speyside Home (formerly Rhuarden Court, Grantown) – 30 October

Marion Stuart, Grant House (formerly Seafield Avenue, Grantown) – 30 October


Melissa Donaghey and Ian Frame – Inverallan – 3 September

Bozena Nowakowska and Richard Lawn – Muckrach Lodge – 30 September

Susan MacKellar and Steven Ligertwood – Muckrach Lodge – 1 October


Arthur Atkins, son of Sarah Jack and James Atkins – Inverallan – 25 September



Friday 11 November Armistice Day Service at 11 am at the War Memorial in


Sunday 13 November Remembrance Sunday Services (Inverallan is at the earlier

time of 9.45 am)

Sunday 20 November Holy Communion at the morning services

Sunday 27 November MESSY CHURCH – Inverallan Church Hall – 4 to 6 pm – a

fun time of worship for all ages with Christmas activities and a

meal for everyone

Sunday 4 December Grant House service – 3 pm. AllWelcome

Sunday 18 December Short celebration of Communion after the service at Inverallan

Sunday 18 December Carols Around the Tree – 6 pm – come and sing your

favourite carols, with refreshments in Cromdale Hall


Monday 19 December Community Carol Concert – 7 pm – join our local school

and community choirs and musicians for an evening of

Christmas music

Friday 23 December Joint Christingle Service – St Columba’s – 6 pm – a

lovely way to start Christmas for all the family, with

refreshments after (ending in time to join the torchlight


Saturday 24 December Christmas Eve Service at Cromdale – 7 pm

Saturday 24 December Carols Around the Tree – 4 pm – Dulnain Bridge – join us

for some of your favourite carols

Saturday 24 December Watchnight Service 11.30 pm Inverallan – join in carol

singing any time from 11.15 pm

Sunday 25 December Christmas Day Family Service – 10.30 am Inverallan – a

short time of worship for the whole family. Bring a

present to show everyone!

Sunday 1 January Joint New Year’s Day Service – 10.30 am Cromdale

Sunday 8 January Joint Service – 10.30 am Dulnain Bridge



Christmas is coming

the goose is getting fat!

Please put a penny in

the old man’s hat, if

you havn’t got a penny

a ha’penny will do and

if you havn’t got a


God bless you!

This is just one of the many rhymes I used

to sing as a child, which served as a

reminder that Christmas was not always a

joyful time for everyone, although I am

sure I gave that little thought at the time.

As a child Christmas was always the

highlight of my year and I remember being

forever grateful to baby Jesus for the nice

presents I received on account of his


At school we made calendars and

Christmas cards and I remember being

Mary one year in the nativity play.


little has changed I am sure in a child’s eye

but I think it is still up to us adults to make

sure the message of Christmas – good will

to all men, peace on earth …… is

reiterated in whatever way we can.

Our new web site is nearly up and running

and don’t forget to look us up on Facebook

– liking and sharing our posts are always


We hope you enjoy our new look Bridges

and find our stories of interest.

With all good wishes for a happy

Christmas and a healthy 2017 from the

Bridges team.

Moira McLeod


Sunday 27 November

Inverallan Church Hall

4 – 6 pm

We hope as many of you as possible will

come and join us for another session of

Messy Church. It is fun for all ages.


will be Christmas activities, lots of glitter

and glue plus lots of other stuff to brighten

up a dull November day. Bring all the



Coffee after the church service has become

a very important part of our Sunday

worship at Inverallan.


YOU to all who give me a hand with

serving, washing dishes and putting tables

away. Also to friends who at very short

notice step in and serve coffee. Thank you

all so much.

But most importantly a big

THANK YOU to all who take time to

come in for coffee and also look after our


I would really like to retire from

organising this though so if you fancy

taking this on please get in touch.

Anita Brown




When Moira asked me to “do a bit about

yourself and my thoughts on eldership” I

agreed because our editor can be very


I was born in York and lived there until I

was about 10 years old when we moved to

my mother’s native town of Preston. I

have three older brothers and a sister a few

years younger than me.

My childhood was

a happy one, which is a credit to my

mother who brought all five of us up on

her own. Sadly my parents separated

shortly after my sister was born and I

remember very little about my father.

After school I trained as a nurse/teacher

for mentally handicapped children, which I

did for a few years before joining the Civil

Service in what was then the Department

of Health and Social Security.

I had

several posts and promotions, working at

various times in Liverpool, Manchester

and London. I ended up helping to set up

what was probably the first call centre in

the UK! New technology enabled benefit

claimants in London to have their benefits

calculated several hundred miles away in

Warrington, Cheshire.


was cutting edge 30 years ago

is old hat now

After taking early retirement

and on husband Bob’s

retirement we moved to Grantown, we

have been here 21 years and cannot

imagine living anywhere else.

Although my mother was Catholic I was

brought up as a Methodist. Like many

young people I drifted away from church

until returning later on in life, it was in my

30s that I found my faith.

Before moving

to Grantown I had been attending a

Methodist church in Warrington and had

become their Church Secretary. When we

knew we were moving I asked my minister

which denomination in Scotland is closest

to Methodism and he suggested the

Church of Scotland – a great choice.

I felt

very privileged when Morris Smith asked

me to become an elder. Having a district

and being invited into folks homes is quite

an honour, it has been good to get to know

people better and to be part of their lives,

sharing our faith in good and perhaps not

so good times too.

Being Presbytery elder

for many years was also an opportunity to

get to know how our church works and

how it is facing up to the challenges of our

21st century with falling roles and fewer

ministers to fill our vacancies.

Having read again John Wilson’s piece in

our last issue of Bridges I wonder what I

can possibly add to his well-considered

thoughts about the future of our church.

We are certainly going through some

tough times but there is so much to be

positive about.

Our Future Focus sessions

have shown us that we have a lot to offer

the people of Grantown but we need to

find new ways of sharing our faith with


For some of us that may mean

getting right out of our comfort zone and

trying new things. I certainly never

thought that I would lead worship – what a

challenge and a joy that has been!

At the heart of our church family is our

faith in Jesus, we may feel tossed about

and troubled by many things but if we

keep him as our focus we will surely

discover what God wants us to do here in

our community.

Chris Clasper



I am more

of a ‘job

doer’ than


who goes



with lots

of ‘post it’ notes on how to decide to do

the job!

However, I attended all four of our

Future Focus meetings held in Inverallan

Church to see if this was indeed a better

way to get the job done. To my surprise

they were enjoyable and worthwhile


All three of our churches want to

engage more with our parishes and

community. A successful start has already

been made with Rhymetime (Cromdale)

and Messy Church (Inverallan).


who attended the meetings were very

aware that much more has to be done for

young people and families. Also concern

was expressed that our church buildings

require updating to aptly accommodate the

needs of the WHOLE community.

Lots of really good ideas came from the

people attending, and the Kirk Sessions

will be looking at these soon. Fliers are

available in each of the churches which

give resumes of what was discussed so

pick one up if you haven’t already, or ask

your Elder for a copy.

We must modernize our way of thinking to

make our churches more acceptable for

future generations. Change is difficult and

there is a big task ahead.

There were lots of ideas and lots of

enthusiasm, but for any of it to come

about, it needs YOU!




The Badenoch & Strathspey Community

Transport Company (BSCTC) has lots to

offer the people of Badenoch &

Strathspey. Yes, we are transport

orientated, but we also do much more to

increase social connections and decrease

loneliness and isolation for the people we


The Community Car Scheme was set up

primarily as a transport link, to get people

to other transport hubs, but a need for

more was identified. Volunteer drivers use

their own vehicles to transport people to

and from services and social engagements.

It is a low-cost service for clients and

provides door to door transport. To use the

service, people must register with us and

then we have a dedicated phone line for


Drivers picked up hints of

loneliness and noticed that some clients

needed assistance to shop, so the Assisted

Shopping and Music Afternoon projects

were born.

Every week we have volunteers in place to

help people shop in Grantown and

Aviemore. The group in Grantown meets

on Tuesday mornings, at the Co-op and

then they have morning tea/lunch together

at a local restaurant. In Aviemore, we all

meet at the local Tesco store on Thursday

mornings. We use our accessible vehicles,

driven by volunteers, and local taxis to

transport the shoppers. There is a team of

volunteers providing one to one support

for some clients and checkout help only

for others. This group includes people with

various disabilities, requiring closer care

and also have others using the service on a

temporary basis, because of injury or

illness - recently, a lady with two broken

ankles! We provide a wheelchair to get

this lady in and out of her home and

around the store, operated by fully trained

volunteers. Our drivers help carry

shopping once back at home and share

friendly conversation.

Also people who are lonely or isolated

may benefit from our Befriending project,

‘Here 2 Help’ and can be referred by

family, friends, healthcare professionals

self-refer. They will be paired up with a

volunteer Befriender who will visit them

on an arranged basis, supported by our

Befriending Coordinator.

At BSCTC we welcome new volunteers

and have a variety of opportunities,

including Driving for the Car Scheme,

Telephonists, Befriending, Shopping

Assistant, Musicians, Bakers, Passenger

Assistants, Minibus Drivers.

We provide

free training for volunteers to support them

in their various roles. Recently we have

had two teenagers volunteering with us as

part of work placement and to accumulate

hours for their Saltire Awards.


your need and however much time you

have, we will have a volunteering role to

suit. Volunteers gain a great sense of self

worth and satisfaction in helping others, as

well as getting to know more people in

their local communities.

Why not give it a

go? At present we have people in need of

assistance in Boat of Garten, some are on a

waiting list for a Befriender and others

need transport help, so we need more Car

Scheme drivers and Befrienders, based in

or near Boat of Garten.

To find out more about any of the above or

to register as a client or volunteer, please

call Ros on 01479 810004 or email Take a look at our

website or find us on


Ros Munro

Subscription for Life & Work

for 2017 is £30. Anyone

wishing to subscribe please

get in touch with Ian or Anita –

Tel. 872357


Let us Build a House

The Church of Scotland World Mission Council

project to fund house building in post-earthquake

Nepal has been an amazing success.

At the end of October, £241,862.22 had been

raised across Scotland….way beyond our initial hope of £50,000! At £500 per house, this

money will help to give shelter and safety to more than 450 of the poorest families needing


United Mission to Nepal (UMN) is the Kirk’s partner there, whose new director is the

Presbytery of Abernethy’s mission partner, Joel Hafvenstein. Some of us were fortunate

enough to meet Joel and his family when they were here this time last year. UMN will be

using this money in the Dhading area, where they are concentrating their rebuilding efforts.

Joel speaking at the handing over of Chandidevi Primary School of Mahadevsthan, Dhading, to the community on 28 October 2016

Frustratingly, bureaucracy and difficulties within the government are delaying the actual

building of homes. UMN are working hard to get this resolved and in the meantime they are

working on infrastructure and community building.

A recent success has been the upgrading

of 14 temporary schools in Dhading to permanent structures.

Joel and Fiona will be back to visit us some time in 2017, but you can keep up-to-date with

their work and life in Nepal by picking up a copy of their latest newsletter in the church.

UMN are just one of the many partners thatWorld Mission Council work with, learning more

about Christ’s work all over the world, helping where we can, and bringing stories of the

world church back to us here in Scotland.

If you want to know more about the work of the World Mission Council, pick up a copy of

their latest newsletter in church, or have a look at their pages on the Kirk’s website: Or have a look at their Facebook

page for up-to-date news, events and information:

And you can find out more about UMN’s work at their website:


The Christmas Story

According to the Press!

Isaiah promised that The PEOPLE

who walked in darkness would see

a great light.

The HERALD (either

Badenoch & Strathspey or

Glasgow) does not always have

good news, but the herald angels

did: they had NEWS OF THE

WORLD – peace on earth, because

God loved the world so much that

he gave his son.

The RECORD is provided in

Matthew and Luke: as usual details

differ, but the birth of Jesus is

certain. At least one of the Magi

was The OBSERVER who spotted

The STAR, almost as bright as The


The TELEGRAPH carried a court

circular announcing that king Herod

had hosted a reception for three

distinguished visitors from the East:

none, apparently, was a


These wise men, having no

COURIER, had come themselves,

bringing their three gifts to

EXPRESS different aspects of

Jesus life, the FINANCIAL TIMES

reporting on the price of gold at the

time, as well as the rate for

frankincense and myrrh on the

commodities market.


always seeking a local angle,

reported that one of the shepherds

was reading the SCOTTISH

FARMER when the angels

interrupted him.

A GUARDIAN angel warned

Joseph about the threat from

Herod, who could not bear the

thought of Jesus` INDEPENDENT

ways: from Bethlehem to Calvary

he was opposed by the


Things didn`t end with Jesus,

however, because he sent out

apostles, in that culture, of course,

all MAIL. They were of course

fulltime, not just SUNDAY

aPOSTles. (sorry about that!)

Truly, THE TIMES they were achanging:

the year of our Lord had


Contributed by Rev Jim MacEwan



It seems to be the fashion these days

for couples to tie the knot in all sorts

of places!

However, we think the

church is a wonderful setting for

starting a new life together.

Cromdale, Dulnain and Inverallan

are always available for your big

day, just as they have for

generations before us.

Whether it’s a

small family wedding, or a big event

with lots of people coming, our three

churches are beautiful, spiritual


Contact Gordon Tel. 872084 or


Or, if you want Gordon to take the

ceremony out to a favourite place of your

own, this can also be arranged.

We are survivors! (for those born

before 1940….)

We were born before television, before

penicillin, polio shots, frozen foods,

Xerox, plastic, contact lenses, videos,

frisbees and the pill.

We were before radar,

credit cards, split atoms, laser beams and

ball point bens; before dishwashers,

tumble driers, electric blankets, air

conditioners, drip-dry clothes … and

before man walked on the moon.

We got married first and then lived

together (how quaint can you be?)


thought ‘fast food’ was what you ate in

Lent, a ‘Big Mac’ was an oversized

raincoat and ‘crumpet’ we had for tea.


existed before house husbands, computer

dating and when a ‘meaningful

relationship’ meant getting along with

cousins; and sheltered accommodation was

where you waited for a bus.

We were before day care centres, group

homes and disposable nappies We never

heard of FM radio, tape decks, electric

typewriters, artificial hearts, word

processors, yoghurt and young men

wearing earrings.

For us ‘time-sharing’

meant togetherness, a chip was a piece of

wood or fried potato, ‘hardware’ meant

nuts and bolts and ‘software’ wasn’t a


Before 1940 ‘Made in Japan’

meant junk, the term ‘making

out’ referred to how you did in

your exams, ‘stud’ was

something that fastened a collar

to a shirt and ‘going all the way’

meant staying on a double-decker

to the bus depot.


McDonalds and instant coffee were

unheard of. In our day, cigarette smoking

was fashionable, grass was mown, coke

was kept in the coal house, a joint was a

piece of meat you had on Sundays and

‘pot’ was something you cooked in.

Contributed by Alice Doran




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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)


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)

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Rev Gord on Strang

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