The AGM was held on Sunday 26th. November 2017, chaired by Revd. Martin Roff. The reports of the secretary, treasurer and lay rep were presented, along with the accounts.
Ian Mure was elected as lay rep and Marjorie Wilson as alt lay rep. Janet Adams, Sue Munro, Ian Mure, Pat Westall and Marjorie Wilson continue to be members of the Vestry, and are now joined by Bridget Gordon and Christine Hart. Ian Mure continues as secretary together with Marjorie Wilson, and Sue Munro continues as treasurer.
SERVICE OF REDEDICATION AND HARVEST THANKSGIVING
Following the completion of the church building restoration work, a service of rededication was held on Sunday 29th.October and was combined with our annual Harvest Thanksgiving festival. The church was beautifully decorated with flowers and produce, thanks to the skill and artistry of Pam Poston.
The service was taken by the Most Revd. Mark Strange, Bishop of Moray, Ross and Caithness and Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church. Other clergy – Revd. Martin Roff and Revd. Pam Shinkins – who have been taking services at St. Ninian’s since we have been without a resident priest, also helped at the service.
Over 60 people attended the service, including the architect for the building work, Calum MacLean, and the Quantity Surveyor, Gary McAra. We were pleased to welcome back Michael and Jackie Whitaker; Michael was one of the Vestry members who were involved in the renovation project from the start, including the application to the Heritage Lottery Fund. The other members of the team, Richard Constanduros and George Stone, also spoke at the start of the service about all the work which had been done.
We were blessed with a beautiful sunny day, with the church looking its best in its setting beside the loch with the trees in their autumn colours.
After the service we adjourned to Kilmartin Hall, where thanks to the hospitality of Mr. Bill Furman, and of William Mitchell and Margaret Bain, we were treated to a lovely tea.
The Raspberry Tea was held in Balnain Hall on Saturday 23rd. September 2017. It was very well attended and raised a good sum of money which will help with the final remaining expenses of the church restoration work. Very sincere thanks to all who helped, on the day, with preparations beforehand, and by donating items for sale or raffle. And thanks too to all who attended and made the day such a success.
We held our Open Week from Monday 11th. to Saturday 16th. September 2017. The church was beautifully decorated with flowers, and we are indebted to Willaim of Kilmartin Hall for the floral arrangements. Visitors were able to see how well the church has been restored, and most also enjoyed a cup of tea or coffee and a biscuit in the coffee room, where they could also admire the renovations. We had a total of about 90 visitors.
On Friday 15th. September we hosted a talk in the church by Canon Allan MacLean, who spoke about Saint Ninian and other local saints. It was very well attended and enjoyed by all.
RETURN TO THE CHURCH!
With the interior plastering now completed, we have been able to return to the church! After several days of very hard work by members of the congregation, cleaning the church and restoring items to their proper places, we were able to hold our first Sunday service in the church again on 13th. August. The walls will be painted once the plaster has thoroughly dried out, sometime next year.
We are happy also to have been able to replace the old pew cushions with nice new ones. This was made possible by a generous donation from the late Margaret Clarke.
Thursday services will also now return to the church, except that the service on the first Thursday of every month will continue to be held in Glen Urquhart Care Centre, Coilltie Crescent, Drumnadrochit (this service is open to everyone, not just people attending the Care Centre).
MISSION AVIATION FELLOWSHIP
Throughout the month of July, special collections were taken at all services for one of the charities we support, Mission Aviation fellowship, who fly medical aid and supplies to remote parts of the world which can only be reached from the air: www.maf-uk.org.
PICNIC AND PRAISE
This event, organized jointly by St. Ninian’s with the Church of Scotland and the Free Church in Drumnadrochit, is a musical celebration of faith. It was held this year at Urquhart Castle on Sunday 25th. June and featured the singer John Alexander Wilson, supported by a local choir and musicians. George Stone has provided the following report:
Urquhart Castle, overlooking Loch Ness, is one of Scotland’s most popular tourist attractions. Two thousand visitors go there every day through the summer.
When the visitors leave at 5.30 pm, peace and quiet descend on this magical spot. But not on Sunday 25 June, because this is the venue for Picnic & Praise. The three churches of the Glen combined for an outreach event: you bring your picnic and a garden chair, and join in the praise led by local musicians and choir. You bring your friends too.
St Columba came here too, but not in 2017. He brought the Good News of Jesus to the Pictish tribes round here long before the castle was built. We hope he would approve of what we do, and particularly as it is an expression of the partnership among Christians of various denominations.
Picnic & Praise is one of very few Christian events held outdoors in the north of Scotland. Nevertheless, the evening was dry right until the last few minutes, with over 100 people enjoying the fine and stimulating music and words of John Wilson. As someone said “It gave me a real spiritual uplift”.
We now have the results of the Picture Quiz which was composed, organized and circulated by Christine Hart. Places within the parish had to be identified from photographs. The winner were Hazel Tipper and David Clark, who returned the only two entries that were all correct; they win £10 each.
Our thanks go to all who helped to sell the quiz sheets, especially the Ness Deli and Drumnadrochit Library. The quiz made £120 for the church building restoration fund.
The correct answers are as follows:
- The Lodge Hotel, Drumnadrochit.
- The Old School, School Road, Drumnadrochit.
- Lord and Lady Tweedmouth memorial fountain, Tomich
- Plodda Falls, Tomich
- Drumnadrochit War Memorial,
- Ninian’s Cross, St. Ninian’s Episcopal Church, Glen Urquhart.
- Divach Falls, Drumnadrochit.
- The Courtyard Sweet Shop, Drum Farm Courtyard, Drumnadrochit.
- Nessie, The Loch Ness Official Exhibition, Drumnadrochit
- Holy Well (St. Ninian’s Well,) by Temple Pier, Drumnadrochit
- Guisachan House, Tomich.
- .Scotmid, Balmacaan Road, Drumnadrochit.
- .Hilton Lodge, Tomich
- Glenkirk, by Milton
- Fasnakyle Power Station
- Corrimony cairn
FUN QUIZ EVENING
Our fun Quiz Evening was held in Balnain Hall on Friday 5th. May in aid of the restoration fund. It was very well attended and it really was a fun evening, thanks to our excellent Quizmaster, Christine Hart. We raised a total of £118!
COLLECTION FOR FAMINE VICTIMS IN EAST AFRICA
Our collections for the Disaster Emergency Committee, which is providing aid to victims of the famine in East Africa, raised £50. Help is obviously still urgently needed, and you can contribute by sending a donation directly to the Disaster Emergency Committee – see their website for details: https://www.dec.org.uk.
Saint Ninian’s had a stall at the Soirbheas Clubs and Volunteering Fair in Glen Urquhart High School hall on Tuesday 21st. March. We had a display of photographs and information about the Church, and we sold cards, notelets and bookmarks, made by Janet Adams, and a picture quiz sheet, devised by Christine Hart. Our aim in taking a stall at this fair, which showcases local groups to the community, was not primarily to make money (although we were glad to make some sales in aid of the ongoing restoration work) but to make our presence in the community known, and we were glad that several people visited our stall and expressed interest in the Church.
BISHOP’S LENT APPEAL
Bishop Mark has written with details of his Lent Appeal, which this year is for Inverness Women’s Aid:
Dear Friends and fellow members of the Diocese.
I have chosen Inverness Women’s Aid for my Lent Appeal this year. This charity works alongside some of the most vulnerable people in our society and I am aware of a growing need for this work. In many of our communities we encounter women who are struggling with the effects of abuse and a fear for the future. They need a place of security and help and this is what Women’s Aid provides. The service is open to women from across the Diocese and has Rev Sarah Murray as a member of its committee.
Please support this appeal with prayer and with donations.
We had a donations box for this appeal at all services during Lent. For further
We had a stall at the bi-monthly Strathglass Market in Cannich on Saturday 4th. February, and raised just over £120 for the Church restoration fund. Many thanks to all Church members and friends who donated things to sell, and very sincere thanks to all who helped.
GOODBYE TO REVD. CHRISTINE
On Sunday 29th. January Rev. Christine Mylne, who has been our priest for the last five years, took her last service at Saint Ninian’s. We are very sad that she is leaving and our very best wishes go with her for the future. A presentation was made to her at the end of the service.
The service was followed by a lunch at Kilmartin Hall. We are grateful to Mr. Bill Furman for his hospitality and to his staff, William and Margaret, for a lovely lunch, in beautiful surroundings.
Our AGM was held on Sunday 27th. November after the 11 am service. Reports were given by Revd. Christine as resident priest, and by the secretary to the vestry and by the treasurer, and the accounts were presented.
Revd. Christine made known that she is leaving at the end of January. George Stone is resigning as secretary to the vestry and Christine Hart is resigning as treasurer, both after 11 years! All were thanked for their service to St. Ninian’s. George Stone and Richard Constanduros were also thanked for their hard work in connection with the current building renovations and extension; they announced that they have just completed the application to the Heritage Lottery Fund for the next tranche of grant money.
Ian Mure remains Lay Rep, with Marjorie Wilson as Alternative Lay Rep, and Eric Wylie and Pat Westall also remain on the vestry; they are joined by new members Janet Adams and Frank Spencer-Nairn.
Revd. Christine took six bags of food and toiletries to the Highland Food Bank following the appeal at our Harvest Festival. Thanks to all who contributed.
On Sunday, 16th. October, we celebrated our Harvest Festival.
The church was decorated with flowers and produce, and a large congregation, including several visitors, took part in the service, which was followed by lunch at Kilmartin Hall, courtesy of Mr. and Mrs. Furman.
A large hamper of food and other necessities was also collected for donation to the Highland Food Bank.
Our annual Raspberry Tea was held on Saturday 24th. September 2016 in Balnain Hall. Many people attended, to enjoy scones with cream and home-made raspberry jam, topped with fresh home-grown raspberries. They also took advantage of the opportunity to buy many items of produce, bric a brac and books, and to try their luck at the raffle. The sum of £436.90 was raised for the church renovations fund. Many thanks to all who attended, and to all the church members who worked hard to make the day a success.
STRATHGLASS GALA DAY
Saint Ninian’s had a stall at the Strathglass Gala Day at Cannich Village Hall on Sunday afternoon, 28th. August 2016. We displayed photographs and information about the church and our forthcoming events. Revd. Christine was there to speak to people, assisted by Christine Hart. The Gala Day was very well attended, and we hope that we have succeeded in making our presence known more widely in this part of our parish.
TABLE TOP SALE AND COFFEE MORNING
We held a table-top sale and coffee morning on Saturday 18th. June 2016 in the Blairbeg Hall in Drumnadrochit. We had our own stall, and several other individuals and organizations also took tables. With a raffle as well, and donations for coffees, we made a total of £247.18 – a very good result! The money goes to the church renovation fund.
Many thanks to all who helped at the sale, and who donated things to sell, and to those who attended.