“We are God’s masterpiece, created anew in Christ Jesus to do the good things he has planned” (Ephesians 2:10)
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 Kiltarlity Church in Kiltarlity
- We meet jointly for Café church on the first Sunday of the month during school term time
Listen to recent sermons.
Download the latest edition of The Anchor (Autumn 2017).
Services in November
Sunday 5th Nov: Café Church joint service at Kirkhill 10am; No Sunday Club; family service “World day of Prayer”.
Sunday 12th Nov: Remembrance Sunday services at Kirkhill 10am with war memorial service at 10.50am; Kiltarlity 12noon with war memorial service at 1.30pm. Sunday Club at Kirkhill and Kiltarlity as normal.
Sunday 12th Nov: “Connect & Encounter” Life group. Kirkhill 6pm
Sunday 19th Nov: Services as normal Kirkhill 10am; Kiltarlity 11.30am. Communion at Kirkhill. Sunday Club at Kirkhill and Kiltarlity as normal.
Sunday 19th Nov: Messy Church, Kirkhill 4-6pm; fun for all the family; children bring your responsible adult!
Sunday 26th Nov: Services as normal Kirkhill 10am with contributions from Wardlaw Guild; Kiltarlity 11.30am. Sunday Club at both services
Services in December
Sunday 3rd Dec: Café Church joint service at Kiltarlity Village Hall 11.30am. No Sunday Club family service
Sunday 10th Dec: Services as normal Kirkhill 10am; Kiltarlity 11.30am. Sunday Club both services
Sunday 10th Dec: “Connect & Encounter” Life group. Kirkhill 6pm
Thursday 14th Dec: Carol service Kiltarlity Village Hall 7pm
Sunday 17th Dec: Services as normal Kirkhill 10am; Kiltarlity 11.30am. Sunday Club contributions to both services
Sunday 17th Dec: Messy Church 4-6pm Kirkhill Church; fun for all the family; children bring your responsible adult!
Sunday 24th Dec: Services as normal Kirkhill 10am; Kiltarlity 11.30am. No Sunday Club; family services
Sunday 24th Dec: Watchnight services 11.30pm at Kirkhill and Kiltarlity
Sunday 31st Dec: Services as normal Kirkhill 10am; Kiltarlity 11.30am. No Sunday Club; family services
Message from our Minister – Rev. Jonathan Humphrey
I’m just looking out of the window of the cottage we have re-located to whilst work is being done on the manse, and giving thanks for the wonderful scenery and bales of hay in the fields. Churches all over are celebrating harvest thanksgiving. It is good to take time worshipping together to “taste and see that the Lord is good” (Psalm 34: 8), but our call as the people of God is also to respond to Jesus’ words.
I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest. Even now the one who reaps draws a wage and harvests a crop for eternal life, so that the sower and the reaper may be glad together.” (John 4: 34-36)
We live in a time where despite the decline in church attendance, there is great interest in the spiritual dimension of life. We have exciting opportunities to build bridges with our local communities and share the gospel, for example through Open the Book in the schools (see article), the Alpha course, our new Messy Church and Young Life (see article). Our last two Messy Churches had many folks coming through the doors who don’t, for whatever reason, come to our Sunday morning services. I am very grateful that in response to prayer over the last two years, some enthusiasm and training, we now have a team in place that can organise and run Messy Church in Kirkhill. This is just the start and we need to continually pray and look for opportunities for outreach and mission. Everyone can be involved in some way; mission is not just for the real keenies or left to the preserve of the “professionals”. We all bring something to the table in terms of gifts and passion (Romans 12) and in fact it is essential that the body is equipped and motivated if we are to see the Kingdom grow, and see the church grow.
However, current growth areas such as, Messy Church, Café church, missional communities, home churches etc., coupled with decline in traditional forms of church, mean that the church of the future in Scotland is not likely to look the same as the one you are familiar with. Ex-Moderator of the Church of Scotland Albert Bogle wrote this month in “Life and Work” (October):
“Make no mistake. The Church has a glorious future. Denominations however have no divine right to keep on going. It is only when we remain open to the transforming and reforming presence of Christ among us that we can exist as a church. We must allow the Spirit of God to teach us how to navigate the storms of change, so that we are able to ride the waves of a changing culture and stay afloat.”
I invite you to join with me in praying that we will be open to the Holy Spirit’s leading in these months ahead as we deal with challenging issues such as our Presbytery Plan (see article), alongside engaging with exciting opportunities like Messy Church and the work of Richard Dahl and Young Life.
“Lets pray in the harvest”!
Jonathan (New address: 4 Courtyard Cottages, Lentran, IV3 8RL. Phone 07979 607500)