Newsletter: March – April 2011

January 6th, 2012 by

Glennorchy & Innishael and Strathfillan

Newsletter: March & April 2011

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Minister’s Musing

It’s been a busy beginning to the year. We’ll be marking the bicentenary of Glenorchy Kirk throughout the year. The dates are of course of historical interest but the main thing is to celebrate that the church is still alive and well and growing. It’s the people over the years who have been and are the church wherever it meets, with buildings being focal points and hopefully encouraging us to gather in worship. Elders in both parishes are hoping to visit people on their district lists. If you would like a visit from an elder or the minister please do get in touch. We are now able to record the Sunday service so if you are unable to come to church let us know if you would like a cd copy. You are part of the church wherever you are.

Liz Gibson


– all welcome!

27th February Glenorchy Kirk 10.00
Bridge of Orchy Church 11.30
Portsonachan Village Hall 18.00
6th March St Conan’s Kirk 9.00
Glenorchy Kirk 10.00
Crianlarich Church 11.30
13th March Glenorchy Kirk 10.00
Bridge of Orchy Church 11.30
20th March Glenorchy Kirk 10.00
Crianlarich Church 11.30
27th March Glenorchy Kirk 10.00
Crianlarich Church 11.30
Portsonachan Village Hall 18.00
3rd April St Conan’s Kirk 9.00
Glenorchy Kirk 10.00
Crianlarich Church 11.30
10th April Glenorchy Kirk 10.00
Bridge of Orchy Church 11.30
17th April Glenorchy Kirk – Joint Service 11.00
Maundy Thurs 21st April Glenorchy Kirk – Holy Communion 19.30
Good Friday 22nd April Crianlarich Church – The Cross 19.30
Easter 24th April Glenorchy Kirk 10.00
Bridge of Orchy 11.30
Portsonachan Village Hall 18.00

India Twinning

On Thursday 24th March in Dunbeg Church there will be some Indian nibbles and a short film of the Indian railways to show some realities of life, with discussion afterwards. A light and social introduction. Lifts available.

Alasdair MacDonald

With coverage in the Oban Times and the Sunday Post, it is now widely known that Alasdair has been providing music in church for fifty years. He was presented with a long service certificate signed by the Moderator, and we celebrated with a cake, and a small gift. Our thanks to him, and to Mary Ann, and we hope that he will continue playing for a good few years to come!

Glenorchy Kirk Bicentenary

Diary of Events 2011(confirmed so far)

  • Saturday 26th March 1811 Dinner at Glenorchy Lodge (ticketed)
  • Sunday 27th March 1811 Buffet at Glenorchy Lodge
  • April – December Exhibition of memorabilia
  • Friday 24th June Music Recital
  • Sunday 10th July Ohio Youth Choir at Glenorchy morning worship & with Taynuilt Gaelic Choir at St Conan’s in the evening.
  • Friday 22nd July Evening Service of Celebration with guest preacher Very Rev David Arnott, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland; including Dedication of Banner; followed by Reception
  • 19th – 21st August Flower Festival
  • 3rd September Tent at Dalmally Show

Knit & Natter

The Craft Class in Crianlarich has been going for years – it may sound more formal than knit and natter but that’s mostly what goes on every second Monday afternoon.

There are now two groups meeting in Dalmally, on Monday mornings and Wednesday afternoons every week. Some embroider or do cross stitch, some do felting or make paper pots for seedlings. Some are experienced and some are trying out new skills. Many are taking part in making a banner to hang in Glenorchy Kirk. Thinking back, looking forward, with the church in the centre surrounded by panels representing many aspects of the community in this part of the world. As it begins to take shape it’s exciting to see the creative process develop and the different mediums chosen for the panels. Each panel is a 12 inch square and there are still one or two needing people to take them on. You don’t have to come to any groups – if you’d like to work on one in the comfort of your home that’s just fine. You choose whether to embroider, appliqué, knit, or whatever. Contact Andrea 01838 200244 for more information.


“Christianity has been expressed in countless ways over the centuries. The 21st century is no different. DreamThinkBeDo is not about ‘what’ to believe. It’s not about projecting someone else’s ‘truth’. It’s a springboard for conversation about what’s next for those who follow Jesus.”

There are four blocks of five sessions. You are welcome to come to one block and
decide whether you want to continue with the following ones.

Volume 1: DREAM

  1. Faith as Journey
  2. Stories of Creation
  3. Reconciliation
  4. Jesus
  5. Risk

Dalmally Church Hall Tuesdays 15th, 22nd, 29th March, 5th, 12th April

A good way to spend Tuesday evenings in Lent!

A Church Near You

a place to be encouraged
a place to share
a place to question
a place for doubt
a place to get away
a place to come home
a place to cry
a place to be comforted
a place to learn from all ages
a place to be

a place for prayer
a place to celebrate
a place to remember
a place for peace
a place for family
a place for friends
a place for hope
a place for today
a place for tomorrow
a place to grow
a place to meet God

Anon on


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Registering as a user is a very straightforward process. Thanks to those already registered we’ve raised over £50 in a few weeks. Pretty encouraging!

Annual Stated Meetings

Sunday 20th March in Glenorchy Kirk and Crianlarich Church after morning worship. Short meetings to make the accounts available and receive reports on the previous year’s work. Complying with charity regulations but also an opportunity to ask questions, and show interest in all that is happening in the parishes.

Crafty Kids

An after school Christmas craft workshop for P5-7 went down well. We hope to run similar ones in future. Thanks to Julie, Andrea, Jane, Pam & Liz, as well as to the school for their support.

Cafe Sci

Wednesday 16th March 7.30pm, Tyndrum Village Hall

Hydraulic applications: a simple step between a slide rule and the first law of thermodynamics

Nicholas Taylor will explain how energy, which cannot be created or destroyed, can be converted through hydraulic flow and pressure to power machines. Hydraulics, the application of a force to a confined liquid, has enabled engineers to harness hydraulic power in a multitude of machines for human benefit in everyday life.


  • Molly Matheson on 16th November at Glenorchy Kirk
  • Valerie O’Brien on 10th December at Glenorchy Kirk
  • Chrissie MacLennan on 22nd December at Crianlarich Church
  • Mary MacMillan on 1st February at St Conan’s Kirk


Jodie Carey & Paul Gillespie, St Conan’s Kirk, 18th December


Izabella Mae Whyte, daughter of Tracey & Hector, Glenorchy Kirk, 2nd January