Inverallan Parish Church
Registered Charity No. SCO10001

Dates for the Diary


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. -Morning Worship led by Rev. Gordon Strang

Wednesday 15th November Grandview  House service – 2.30pm

Sunday 19th November Morning Worship -/ short communion

Sunday 26th November Inverallan Church – Communion Service -Morning Worship led by Rev. Gordon Strang

                                        Messy Church 4-6 pm

Saturday 2nd December St Andrews Night in Church Hall

Sunday 3rd December - Morning Worship led by Mrs Christine Clasper

Sunday 3rd  December Grant House service – 3 pm

Monday 4th December - Light up the Highlands Service in the Pagoda 6.30 pm (Highland Hospice)

Sunday 10th December - Morning Worship led by Rev. Gordon Strang

Sunday 17th December Morning Worship led by Rev. Gordon Strang/ short communion at 11.30 a.m.

Sunday 24th December - Joint Service - Morning Worship led by Rev. Gordon Strang - DULNAIN BRIDGE

Sunday 24th December Watchnight Service – 11.15 pm  (Inverallan Church)

Monday 25th December - Joint Service - Morning Worship led by Rev. Gordon Strang - INVERALLAN CHURCH

Sunday 31st December -  Joint Service - Morning Worship led by Rev. Gordon Strang  - CROMDALE CHURCH

Sunday 7th January - Joint Service - ST COLUMBA’s CHURCH

*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

Holidays are great! Family Strang are just back from a break which,

on paper, maybe doesn't look that attractive. Four weeks on a road

trip that took us over 3000 miles with the four of us and the dog

living, eating and sleeping in the close confines of a

motorhome….that might sound like torture, but was one of the best

holidays we've ever had. Of course, the weather helped!

Spending all that time together was a joy where we could all stop the

usual rushing around and just be ourselves with the people who know us and love us best. We

were able to play games with clock watching. We were able to sit and read a book or three

without the phone ringing. And we were able to hear each other’s stories without the filter of

other people’s claims on us and our time.

Because stories are really important. A good book is a great escape from the world and help

feed our imaginations. And each of us are made up of the stories we’ve heard and been a part

of. Stories shape us and form us and give us our outlook on the world.

Taking time to listen and hear each other is really important, and many of us really struggle to

find the time in our normal lives to do that. Jesus spent so much of his time travelling around

listening to people’s stories, and in turn telling stories that painted pictures of what God and

His love look like.

Back home to reality, and it’s easy to be sucked back in to the more destructive stories that are

all around. The ones we’re told by the media of fear and hate and division. The ones we’re

told by our ‘friends’ that spread rumour and intrigue. The ones we’re told by society that

paint pictures of ‘normal’ that make so many of us feel unworthy or unequal. And the ones we

tell ourselves when we judge ourselves against others.

Holidays remind us that there are other stories worth listening to. These are the stories that

are worth going to find, that don’t fall into our laps quite as easily. The quietly told stories of

our friends and loved ones that need space and time to hear. The ones that build them up,

and us too.

And in the middle of all of them, stories from God, about love and transformation, and a

better, more hopeful world. God speaks to us through the stories of others and the stories

passed down to us from the past. Making time to hear them is a post-holiday resolution that

might be good for us all.

And although four weeks together in a motorhome was great, it’s even better to be back to

the space of the Manse!! But I hope the four of us will still make time to come back together

of an evening and hear each other’s stories some more.


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:

Mae Marshall 30/03/17 Grandview Care Home

Eddie Banks 04/04/17 Shankland Court, Grantown

Margaret McDonald 17/04/17 Grant House Care Home

Norman Grant 17/04/17 Skye Of Curr,Dulnain Bridge

Virginia (Ginnie) Mustard 27/04/17 Dell Road, Nethy Bridge

Amelia (Mela) Nicolson 14/05/17 Grandview Care Home (formerly Aviemore, and Tomintoul)

Iain Coker 16/05/17 Skye of Curr, Dulnain Bridge

Katherine (Katy) MacDonald 19/05/17 Aviemore (formerly Dulnain Bridge)

Isabella Davren 22/05/17 Woodside Avenue, Grantown

Joyce Slaughter 25/05/17 Cromdale

Jane Kerr 27/05/17 Innerleithen (formerly Skye of Curr)

Alastair Donaldson 29/05/17 Grant Road, Grantown

Ruby Allan 07/06/17 Easter Curr, Dulnain Bridge

Marie Cumming 14/06/17 Haughs, Cromdale

Donnie Mackenzie 18/06/17 Dulnain Bridge

John (Jock) Ogilvie 05/07/17 Rhuarden Court, Grantown

Sheila Sherry 15/07/17 Johnstone (formerly Grantown)

Margaret Cormack 25/07/17 Strathspey Drive, Grantown

David Wood 26/07/17 Woodside Avenue, Grantown


Julia Hamilton at Dulnain Bridge Church on 23rd April

Arlo Kraus at Inverallan Church on 4th June

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 August Grant House 3 pm

3rd September Grant House 3 pm

20th September Grandview 2.30 pm

1st October Grant House 3 pm

5th November Grant House 3 pm

15th November Grandview 2.30 pm

3rd December Grant House 3 pm

Communion Services

Please note, there are monthly

Communions after the Service in Inverallan

Church. Everyone welcome – 3rd Sunday of

every month.


Monday 7th – 12th August POP UP SHOP from 10 am to 4 pm daily in Inverallan Hall raising funds for

INVERALLAN 20/20 – bargains galore!

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


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

Friday 8th September

BINGO TEA in aid of refurb for Inverallan Church

Sunday 10 September

Annual Cromdale Church Walk. Always a great day out with friends old and new,

this year we’re walking to Glenmore Loch on Tulchan estate, meeting at

Cromdale Kirk at 2 pm. There will be lots of nice goodies to look forward to as

well. Everyone welcome, but no dogs this year please.

Saturday 23 September

Macmillan Coffee Morning – Inverallan Hall – 10 am to 12 noon – Raffle, home

baking and much more. £3 entry. Children under five free.

Sunday 1 October Harvest Thanksgiving Service as part of morning worship at both Inverallan and

Dulnain Bridge churches

Sunday 8 October Special Harvest Thanksgiving Service at Cromdale Church followed by a harvest

lunch. Service starts at the later time of 11 am.

Sunday 29th 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 4 November

Macmillan Soup and Pudding Lunch – Grantown British Legion – 12 noon to 2

pm Raffle, Pheonix cards, Gillian’s chutneys. £5 entry. Half price for children.

Under- fives free.

Saturday 11th November

Act of remembrance at Grantown War Memorial at 11 am.

Sunday 12th November


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

I am hoping, as I

write this at the

beginning of the

summer, that we

are seeing some

nice hot sun.

Everyone smiles

more when the sun


I also hope you enjoy our second edition of Bridges

this year. We have tried to include a wide variety of

interesting articles. Our elder’s profiles continue –

this time, Bruce Morgan has given us an insight

into his life, and a very impressive insight it is.

Bruce still works hard producing the Welcome

leaflets for Inverallan Church, the front cover for

Bridges and is often asked to produce posters for

our various events on top of his elder duties. Being

an elder is indeed a commitment for life!

We also have been given a story about the “Crisis

in Yemen” reminding us of the atrocities around

the world. We should never be complacent

especially now in light of the Manchester suicide

bomber back in May and the horrendous attacks in

London. Our heart goes out to everyone who is

suffering through wars and at the hands of

extremists. I for one was very relieved to hear that

both my daughters were safe as I have one in each

of those cities.

Fund raising for the refurb of the church continues.

The Coffee Morning/Book Sale was a great success;

a Pop Up Charity Shop has been set up in Inverallan

Hall; and in September we have a Bingo Tea which

we hope you will support. I have been working on

a follow on to a recipe book we produced 20 years

ago when we were raising funds to update

Inverallan Hall and I hope you will enjoy the

culinary delights in this second edition of

“Heavenly Recipes Devilishly Good”.


On the 28th May, we met again for Messy Church at

St Columba’s church. The theme, the middle of a

series of three, was “Love your neighbour”. Our

story, the Good Samaritan, was re-enacted outside

and set the wonderful scene for the activities that


As usual, we had a range of interesting things for

both children and adults to undertake. Inside,

there were maps to colour and then place on a

banner of the world, travel food (biscuits) to

decorate, a heart adorned with colourful

handprints, stones to decorate and some

lego/playdoh for the wee ones. Some bandaging

and chat about First Aid was fun too. Outside, we

enjoyed “bandit practice” and a labyrinthine

assault course, akin to a dangerous journey.

Our service took place inside St Columba’s

sanctuary and was a good time to reflect, again, on

loving others, especially those who we may choose

not to love.

During the service, the hall was transformed into

our dining room. We were delighted with baked

tatties, chilli and puddings galore. Extended family

dinner time is such a joy at Messy Church. It’s a

great opportunity to meet new folk and catch up

with others. It’s always a light hearted, warm time

of fellowship. We welcomed a family from

Australia who just happened upon our Messy

Church, but seemed very glad that they had.

As always, we are indebted to the many people

who made Messy Church run so smoothly. Denise

and her helpers in the kitchen deserve a special

mention. Our “Messy Angels” (those who tidy up

after most of us have gone) are instrumental to

Messy Church continuing.

We hope that the next Messy Church will be on or

around 3rd September. The theme will be “Love

your world”. If you would like to help, or any more

information, please get in touch.

Mairi Crawford


A Commitment for Life

I was brought up in Broughty

Ferry a suburb of Dundee and

apart from the war years, my

schooling was in the city. Art was a major interest

from a young age. This is perhaps not surprising as

my father trained as an artist designer when he

started his career. He was very much involved in

the development of the greeting card industry so

as a youngster I was used to being in the company

of both artists and businessmen. After my National

Service I studied art in Edinburgh and Paris before

joining my father as an Art Publisher. This, when

given the opportunity, led me into managing the

company’s advertising and publicity. Being

desperate to explore all avenues of communication

I introduced what was then the relatively new

concept of ‘public relations’. My pioneering work

in this field was recorded in an ‘Institute of Public

Relations’ publication and this provided me with a

useful background to back up future job

applications. My career proceeded, holding

managerial positions involving marketing, print and

design plus other aspects of corporate

communications (sales promotion, advertising,

public relations etc).

Like many people my first involvement in church

life was through Sunday School. My father was a

non-attender so it was up to my mother to take me

to a local Church of Scotland although she had

been brought up as an Episcopalian. On first

visiting an Episcopal church I remember objecting

to kneeling during prayers - wearing a kilt, it was

hard on the knees! During my teenage years I

drifted away from the church, but it was during my

National Service that I began to seek a spiritual

awareness into the ‘meaning of life’. When my unit

in Stirling was asked by the local minister if we

would like to visit his historic church of the ‘Holy

Rude’, I enthusiastically agreed - much to the

dismay of my colleagues who were then faced with

having to attend a church parade.

On meeting Wilma as a student in Edinburgh we

attended St Georges West where Rev Prof Murdo

MacDonald was minister. We were enthralled by

his sermons and I am sure this deepened my

search into Christianity. Once married and settled

in Broughty Ferry I became increasingly involved in

the life of St Luke’s and Queen Street church firstly

as a Sunday school teacher then joining the

Congregational Board. In 1962 I was Property

Convenor and became involved in the building of a

church hall. This was most fulfilling for me as I was

keen to be in the centre of things and delighted to

be in regular contact with the architect as the

building work progressed. As President of the

Youth Club I attended the National Youth Assembly

in Edinburgh as a delegate when they debated the

developing political crisis in Rhodesia.

In 1961, aged 27, I was invited to be ordained as an

Elder and join the 35 members of the Kirk Session.

This was a humbling experience. ‘Remember it is a

commitment for life’ Wilma warned me but that

did not discourage me from accepting. I considered

it a privilege at my relatively young age, being

responsible for the spiritual wellbeing of many

members in my district much older than myself.

My first attendance at communion as an elder

involved wearing a Morning Suit which I borrowed

from my father and, although adequate, was not a

perfect fit. Not long after that event the Session

agreed that lounge suits were to supplant ‘tails’ for

future communions. What a relief!

With our two young children Wilma and I moved to

the London Borough of Enfield in 1964 and we

joined St Paul’s Presbyterian Church of England

where, among other duties, I became a Junior

Fellowship Leader named by the minister ‘Bruce

and his Spiders’. In 1969 I joined St Paul’s Session

and was an Elder when the Presbyterian Church of

England and the Congregational Church combined

to become the United Reformed Church (URC).

Elders were then appointed for a fixed term rather

than being ‘ordained for life’. This was fortunate

for me as I was, at that time, frequently travelling

abroad (Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, Africa and

the Middle East). After 18 good years with the

American pharmaceutical company, Smith Kline &

French I had the opportunity to take early

retirement when they merged with a British

competitor and we moved back to Scotland,

settling in Grantown on Spey. It did not take us

long before we joined Inverallan Church. Being

retired I was able to direct more of my released

energies into church work and my interest in

sculpture. Throughout my church connections

successive ministers have collared me to prepare

posters for church notices and many special

events. Morris Smith was no exception and it did

not take long before I was producing by hand

notices for Inverallan (pre-computer days).

In 1994 I was admitted to the Kirk Session when

Morris asked me to convene a Christian

Commitment Programme and later became Clerk

to the Board during the last major alteration to the

church when we relocated the vestry. I suffered a

serious illness about this time which meant all

church duties had to be abandoned. However, my

faith and people’s prayers brought a miraculous

recovery so that through time I was again able to

face the future.

In 1999 Morris asked me to attend the General

Assembly as a commissioner. I enjoyed this

experience particularly when I was honoured to be

one of forty-six elders taking part in the

communion and served wine from the collection of

silver goblets one of which was dated 1745. Later I

addressed the 863 commissioners to promote an

addendum to a deliverance regarding the

management of the church’s publicity department.

This was a daunting yet exhilarating experience.

Looking to the future we must seek the guidance of

the holy spirit, which is in all of us, if we are

prepared to listen. The importance of the holy

spirit was brought home to me when I was

preparing a reflection on ‘Art and the Holy Spirit’

four years ago. I am confident that the church in

general with the help of the holy spirit will

surmount its present problems and challenges

even if the results may not be what we anticipate.

However, the proposed development of our own

church and the enthusiasm of our current minister

is part of that process.

When I was ordained an elder in Broughty Ferry in

1961 little did I realise that I would be receiving a

long service certificate 39 years later and after 56

years I would still be serving. Wilma was right to

warn me ‘this is a commitment for life’!

Bruce Morgan


From Eugene Peterson’s ‘The Message’:

God said, ‘Be responsible for fish in the sea and

birds in the air, for every living thing that moves on

the earth’. Genesis 1 v28.

For over the past year I have been one of the

Interim Moderators for Tomintoul, Glenlivet and

Inveravon and doing one day a week as their

pastoral Locum. The weather has been very kind to

me over this past winter, on my frequent trips

‘over the hill’, and I constantly marvel at the

scenery as I make my way from Cromdale over to

Tomintoul, or Glenlivet or to Inveravon, and thank

God for such a beautiful world. The scenery

reminds us of the words of the chorus of the wellknown


‘All things bright and beautiful, all creatures great

and small,

all things wise and wonderful, our Lord, God made

them all’

In April, I travelled down to Northumberland, to

Holy Island, for workshops that have been part of

the Lindesfarne Festival. They are entitled,

‘Immersing yourself in the Landscape and art’. On

the first one, we spent a couple of hours in the

morning, walking along the beach, going over to St.

Cuthbert’s island, just taking in all the sights and

sounds and smells. I spent time beach-combing

collecting all sorts of objects and taking lots of


In the afternoon, we were encouraged to ‘make’

something with whatever we had brought back. I

came up with two collages – one of traditional

‘beach-combing’ items, e.g. sea-weed, shells, tiny

crabs, stones and the other which sadly

represented what we find all too often on our

shore-lines today – non-biodegradable rubbish.

Organisations such as Greenpeace, are making us

aware of the effect all this kind of rubbish is having

on creatures that live in the sea from the smallest

types of fish to sharks and whales who ingest it as

food, many with fatal outcomes. We all need to

care for our world.

Indeed, as God says we have a responsibility to

care for our world. We are encouraged to recycle

our rubbish and reuse our plastic bags. Caring for

our plant, for our environment, reminds me of one

of a lovely contemporary hymn from New Zealand:

‘Touch the earth lightly, use the earth gently,

nourish the life of the world in our care:

gift of great wonder, ours to surrender,

trust for the children tomorrow will bear.’

Rev Mary Duncanson, OLM

“Always Do Your Best

God Will Do The Rest”

Crisis in Yemen

East African crisis; Nigeria Food crisis; South Sudan

Crisis; Somalia Crisis; Nepal earthquake crisis. Sadly

the list goes on and on, the crises seem to get ever

more frequent, ever more desperate. As a

Christian, I find it particularly difficult to know how

to react. What should I do as each month brings

forward yet another disaster, with more and more

people seemingly suffering the effects of civil war

or natural disasters, leading to drought and

famine? I am in real danger of suffering from

disaster overload – sometimes even skipping over

the harrowing newspaper articles which report on

these terrible tragedies, maybe turning the TV

channel when yet another disaster appeal comes

on. We can give our donations to Oxfam, Save the

Children, the various disaster relief funds… there

are so many organisations all worthy, all doing

their best to help the poor people suffering in such

a terrible way, yet in many ways it seems so little,

such a hopelessly inadequate gesture, as the

problems seem to multiply rather than reduce.

Then I start to think about God’s role in all this –

our caring, loving God. Is this part of a complex

plan that is way beyond our understanding? Is this

some form of punishment for non-believers

(although this cannot be as many Christians are

affected too)? Is this the result of societies living

outside of God’s law? – the result of not following

the teachings of Jesus in our lives?

I have no answers to these questions. What I do

know is that prayer can be a very powerful weapon

(and I use the term deliberately here, a weapon of

peace) and something that we, as Christians can do

when just giving more money is not an option. In

this article, I would like to highlight for our prayers

this month, the crisis in Yemen. Often referred to

as “the forgotten tragedy”, it seems to come way

down the list when crises are being discussed, yet

the situation can only be described as an

unmitigated disaster.

A few facts: As a result of a civil war, in the last two

years 7600 mainly civilian people have been killed.

That is almost three times the entire population of

Grantown! 42,000 people have been seriously

injured and with two thirds of medical facilities out

of action, and few doctors, these injuries result in

significant suffering with no pain relief and can

often lead to death. Two thirds of the population,

that's 19 million people, (three times the entire

population of Scotland) are in need of

humanitarian assistance of some sort. Aid often

can’t get through because roads and bridges have

been bombed and ports are blockaded. Nineteen

million people now have no access to safe drinking

water or sanitation, which in turn has led to a big

increase in Cholera – 22,181 cases by March of this

year. Fourteen million people have insecure food

supplies and the disaster has been described as the

largest food insecurity emergency in the world.

These figures are just a small example of the

tragedy that has befallen just one relatively small

and almost forgotten country in the Middle East. A

country, incidentally, capital city Aden, which was a

British Crown colony until 1963!

If this has caused you to stop and think please join

with me in a prayer:

“Heavenly Father, we pray for the people of the

Yemen, in their suffering, that you may give them

comfort and solace in their struggle. We pray for

the tribes, the heads of state, and the warring

factions, that they may cease the violence and try

to resolve differences by peaceful means,

negotiations and better understanding of the

position of each side. We pray for the aid agencies

that are doing their best to bring relief to the

terrible suffering of the many innocent people

caught up in the conflict. We pray that you will

help us all to better understand the terrible

tragedies that are taking place around the world,

and that such understanding may help and guide

us in our attitudes and reactions to these crises.




This year’s stamp appeal will help buy books for

ministry students at the Giffen Institute of

Theology of the Presbyterian Church of South

Sudan which was recently relocated to a refugee

camp in Kenya.

South Sudan has suffered terrible violence and war

in recent years and many resources, including

books have been lost and destroyed.

The money raised from your used stamps will

provide valuable education for students in a

peaceful environment.

Last year the fantastic sum of £4,334 was raised for

the Othara Eco-spirituality Centre in South India.

Please cut a border round your stamps and put

them into the box under the table in the vestibule

of the church. Thank you.

Morven Mitchell

Contact the Elderly

In Autumn 2010, the Kirk Session linked up with

Contact the elderly to start a Grantown-on-Spey

branch. From an initial group of five guests, the

group has expanded to 12 guests; there are still

four of the original guests in the group.

Once a month, on a Sunday afternoon, a volunteer

hosts an afternoon tea party for guests. They are

driven to the party by volunteer drivers and spend

about two hours in the company of friends.

Generally, the guests are lonely on a Sunday,

especially as day centres are closed and

opportunities to get out are limited by lack of

transport. The tea parties combat this loneliness

and the guests are always looking forward to their


Guests are usually over 70, live alone and lack

contact with family due to distance and other


There are no restrictions in age etc. for drivers or

hosts. We are always looking for new volunteers to

serve as hosts and/or drivers. If you would like to

become involved please contact Bill Steele, Group

Co-ordinator on Tel. 870154.

Bill Steele

Inverallan 20/20 – the story so far……

Only a few weeks ago we had never heard of

Inverallan 20/20 – all we had was a small group

considering how to take forward thoughts which

had been expressed at our Future Focus meetings

in the last months of last year. Now, by the time

you read this, we will all have seen the exciting and

ambitious (not to mention expensive!) plans drawn

up for us, to show what our church might look like

in two or three years’ time. Everyone will have had

(and still does have) a chance to tell us what they

think and make suggestions, and we hope that

everyone is excited about the thought of having a

unique and stunning new church interior suitable

for a wide range of uses.

When presented with the plans in early June

members of the Board and Session were

unanimous in agreeing that they be presented to

the congregation, and there was a palpable sense

of excitement about what we were embarking on.

Naturally the cost of such a project is daunting, but

we hope to arrange major sources of funding to

provide the bulk of what is required, and work has

started to get this off the ground. But, of course

our own efforts are important, not least because

being seen to raise money ourselves shows our

commitment to the project and helps to secure

funds from outside.

The last issue of Bridges contained forms for

members to fill up if they so wished, to donate or

to pledge towards the Development fund. A small

number of people have already responded with

these forms, with donations or pledges – mostly

with standing orders to run for two or three years -

ranging from £50 to over £2000. We are very

grateful to those who have shown their support so

early on. Including expected Gift Aid reclaims, we

already see a projected total of over £20,000 from

these members by mid-2019, and this is hugely


Now that the initial plans have been made

available, the hope is that many more members of

the congregation will feel they can now make

donations or pledges, and all such gifts and

promises will make a difference as we apply for

other help. If any member would like assistance in

thinking about how they might go about this, just

ask any elder or contact John Wilson (tel. 872672

or e-mail

Other fund raising has started also, with a

successful book-sale/coffee morning following in

the wake of the Burns supper, and more events are

planned. Watch out for a second edition of the

successful Recipe Book which was produced for the

1997 fund raising for the church hall. We have a

week-long charity sale in the church hall) and

stands at the Grantown show and Motormania

later in the summer.

Don’t forget also that we would love to have

suggestions for fund-raising ideas from any of you

who are reading this – if you have any good ideas

we want to hear them – and if we can have fun and

enjoy good company while we raise money – so

much the better!

Fundraising facts: At the time of writing, the 20/20

bank account stands at over £7,350, which includes

one-off donations from members of almost £4,000,

standing orders of £1,300 (which will yield a further

£15,000 or so over the next two or three years,

£327 from the Round Pound collection, and £1,500

from the Burns Supper and the Book Sale. Gift Aid

over the next two or three years will add another

£5,000 or £6,000.

John Wilson


7 – 12 AUGUST 2017 10 am to 4 pm


Bring all your unwanted items – clothes, bric-abrac,

toys, books, plants, – a great opportunity for

a good clear out!

Children, Young People and Family Group

As a result of our Future Focus workshops held at

Inverallan recently another area identified as

essential for the future of our church is how to

encourage children, young people and families to

come to church. A small group has been set up to

look into this and find out how we can make

ourselves more user friendly! Some of the ideas

the group discussed are as follows:-

a) A quiet activity corner with toys for children

and parents to escape to while still being

able to listen to the service.

b) Toy/Busy bags suitable for younger and

older children available for use within the


c) More family services.

d) Wider advertising of our events.

e) Keep the front doors of the church open

during the service as this is more


f) Make more use of social media -

g) Update our Website.

h) We need an active Sunday School/group for

older children.

We are pleased to say that all of the above are

in place or are in the process of being put in

place. Please note that church services are

geared to families and while we have a number

of volunteers to help with a Sunday School this

still needs to be finalised.

We ask for your patience as we try out our new

ideas. We await official permission from CARTA

(The Committee on Church Art and

Architecture) to remove three rows of pews at

the back of the Manse wing which we hope will

help to make that area much more comfortable

for young children. However, there are many

more ideas to come, but one step at a time

…….. all ideas gratefully received.

Moira McLeod

Community Group

We are also in the process of setting up a new

group to look at ways in which we can support

the community more – go out to them instead

of expecting them to come to us!

One suggestion was to expand the garden area

around the church by adding a couple of picnic

tables with benches with a community garden

thereby encouraging everyone to make use of

this area.

A befriender group was suggested along with

various home groups that offer support on

various subjects or drop in to the Toddler

Group and help out from time to time and offer

this group more support.

If you have an idea that you feel we could help

with please get in touch or become involved if

you are able to.

“We’d love to see you”

Even if you haven’t ‘done’ church in

many years, if you feel your kids are too

noisy, your singing isn’t great, you have

too many doubts and questions or you

have never been and have no idea what

to do – trust us, we’ve seen it all before

– because once upon a time that was us

too. So we’d love to see you…

sound like our kind of person.

Stop and Think

Have you ever watched children

On a merry-go-round?

Or listened to the rain

Slapping on the ground?

Every followed a butterfly’s erratic flight?

Or gazed at the sun into the fading night?

You better slow down

Don’t go so fast

Time is short.

The music won’t last

Do you run through each day

On the fly?

When you ask “How are you?”

Do you really hear the reply?

When the day is done

Do you lie in your bed

With the next hundred chores

Running through your head?

You’d better slow down

Don’t go so fast

Time is short.

The music won’t last.

Ever told your child

“We’ll do it tomorrow?”

And in your haste,

Not see his sorrow?

Ever lost touch,

Let a good friendship die

Cause you never had time

To call and say “Hi”

You’d better slow down,

Don’t dance so fast

Time is short.

The music won’t last

When you run so fast to get somewhere

You miss half the fun of getting there

When you worry and hurry through your day

It is like an unopened gift …

Thrown away.

Life is not a race

Take it slow.

Hear the music

Before the song is over

Author unknown

Contributed by Eleanor Walker

Some fun stuff for the young at heart!

Instructions: Connect the dots to make this Summer picture. Then colour it in.

© 2009-2017


Gordon presented Ian Brown and Leonard Watson with Long Service Certificates signed by the Moderator.

Each of them have given 30 years as an Elder.

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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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

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


 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


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


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

8733 01

8701 54

8729 09


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