“We are God’s masterpiece, created anew in Christ Jesus to do the good things he has planned” (Ephesians 2:10)
Download the latest edition of The Anchor (Dec 2015).
Download a summary of Christmas Services in both churches.
Welcome to the home of Kirkhill and Kiltarlity Churches. We are two rural congregations in the Highlands who are committed to living in the love of Jesus and making that love known to all in our communities. We are a family who love having fun together and honouring God in the way we live.
Our Sunday morning services are at:
- 10am in Wardlaw Church in Kirkhill
- 11.30am at Tomnacross Church in Kiltarlity
Every Thursday at Wardlaw Church, Kirkhill 9am – 11.30am
A chance to explore life and the Christian faith in a friendly, open and informal environment with coffee, soup and sandwiches. The last session is on 17th of Dec, but we have Holy Spirit away day on the 14th of January 9-4pm at Wardlaw church.
Contact Rev Jonathan Humphrey for details: 831247
Message from our Minister – Rev. Jonathan Humphrey
Firstly I’d like to welcome you to our new magazine, “The Anchor” – published jointly by Kirkhill and Kiltarlity Churches and to express my grateful thanks once again to Frances Grant, Sheila Moir and Ellenor Thomas our editorial team for putting together this first issue. Secondly I would like to wish all our readers, and all those in our congregations and communities, a very Happy Christmas and a New Year full of God’s blessings! Kate and I are looking forward with great excitement to sharing Advent and Christmas with you all.
As we come to the turn of the year, I would like to keep you all up to date with the developing vision for our two churches. In September, Inverness Presbytery asked our Kirk Sessions to answer some questions about the present life of our congregations, where we would like to see things going in the next 10 years and how we propose to get there! We had a joint Session day in Wardlaw church on 27th September to begin a process of forming a shared vision for the future of our two congregations and identifying priorities in terms of worship, witness, service and mission. We don’t doubt that God has a plan for us. In the book of the prophet Jeremiah He says:
“For I know the plans I have for you……They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me. I will be found by you” Jeremiah 29: 11-14
God’s plan is assured, but the promise rests on our obedience and willingness to partner with Him wholeheartedly in prayer and in seeking His presence – the reality of Jesus’ love in our lives together. If I were to put together a pen picture of where the Kirk Sessions would like our congregations to be in 10 year’s time, it might look something like this:
God first in everything, every generation and all sorts of people engaged in the life of the church, people becoming disciples; leaders identified and developed; active engagement with our communities and the wider church at home and overseas, and numerical growth such that we outgrow our buildings.
This is a bold vision to say the least and to have any hope of achieving it we need faith-filled prayers, a reliance on the Holy Spirit, and an openness to change. In the Old Testament when the Holy Spirit came upon individuals it was always so that they could achieve the seemingly impossible. We have a God who delights in enabling us to do impossible things so that He gets the glory. If that sounds a bit far-fetched to you then I might suggest that you have a read though Luke 1: 26-38 in preparation for our second Sunday of Advent service on the 6th of Dec. See the way that Mary responds to the promise of the Holy Spirit. I hope and pray that this Christmas and in the year ahead, we can all come together with Mary and declare corporately, “We are the Lord’s servants. May everything you have said about us come true.”
With every blessing for a joy-filled Christmas,