Dear Friends in the Northwest,
Today is the Eighth Sunday after Pentecost and there will be services in Ullapool and Achiltibuie. Next week, there is change in the pattern of worship in the charge. The congregation of St Gilbert’s Kinlochbervie will meet on Saturday 24th July at 12 noon in The Ceilidh House, Kinlochbervie. For the remainder of this summer, that congregation will meet on the fourth Saturday of each month, as they usually do in winter anyway. As that congregation have already been advised, numbers permitted in The Ceilidh House are very limited and it will be essential that people let me know in advance if they plan to attend to be sure of a space. On Sunday 25th July, there will be services in Ullapool and at Inchnadamph Old Kirk.
The First Minister’s announcement this week allows churches to reduce social distancing to 1 m from Monday 19th July. This will allow quite a significant increase in the number of household groups we can accommodate at services in both Ullapool and Inchnadamph, particularly as most household groups attending are one or two people. Unless there is a remarkable increase in the numbers coming to church, this will mean that, from Monday, it is no longer essential to book in advance for services at Ullapool and Inchnadamph. This also remains the case at Achiltibuie. I hope this will provide a little more flexibility for those who need it. Of course, booking ahead remains helpful and you can still let me know if you want to be absolutely certain of a place!
So, just to be clear: from next week, you will need to book a place in advance for services in Kinlochbervie, but this will not be essential for services in Ullapool, Achiltibuie and Inchnadamph (Lochinver) unless numbers substantially increase.
As some of you already know, I am sorry to report the death of Rev’d Donald Strachan, formerly itinerant priest of this diocese, who re-established Episcopalian worship in Ullapool. Fr Nicholas has kindly written a short obituary which is included at the end of the attached readings and reflection. May he rest in peace.
With love and prayers,
Please click the link below for this week’s reflection