Harvest Thanksgiving Service 13.10.19

Our Harvest Thanksgiving service was celebrated at A’Chleit this morning and the Church was decorated by members from the north end of our Parish.Thank you to those involved and also to the many folk who donated to the Kintyre Food Bank.

Killean & Kilchenzie Guild Tea and Chat 9.10.19

Despite the fact that most of our summer visitors have returned home,the Guild Tea and Chat afternoon was well attended with the usual high standard of baking proving hard to resist!

Harvest Messy Church 3.10.19

The Harvest Messy Church was a great success with a large number of children attending from three Primary Schools in the linked charge.Thank you to all the parents, grandparents and helpers who came along to lend a hand.

All the crafts were great fun- especially the edible ones!
Rev Scott Burton brought along his guitar.


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Read the October edition of Church Chat here.

Badminton Coaching Sessions September 2019

Children who attend  Tayinloan Youth Club have recently enjoyed badminton coaching sessions in Glenbarr Hall.This has been possible using a grant provided by the Church of Scotland’s Go For It Fund.

Guild “Wee Big Sing” 7.9.2019

The Guild held its own Wee Big Sing in Tarbert which was well supported by members of congregations from across Argyll.Marion McDonald,a member of Killean & Kilchenzie and Guild Convener, led the event.Here she is with the Rev Scott Burton who had the Guild logo painted on his face at an event which he had attended earlier in the day!

Men’s Night Coffee Evening 5.9.2019

The men’s night coffee evening was a great success: this year it featured some of the activities which would normally be held at the Fun Day.Marilyn and Maggie’s hoopla had something for everyone,Rev Burton was in charge of the Lucky Square competition and Calum’s putting competition was as always very popular.The amount raised which included some very generous donations was £437 and Joan’s puzzle sheet which was won by Margaret Raeside raised £187.


Church Chat

Read our September edition of Church Chat here.

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Induction of Rev Scott Burton 10.8.19

The induction service for our new Minister, Rev Scott Burton took place in Kilcalmonell Church Clachan,on Saturday 10th August..This was followed by a reception in Clachan Village Hall.The Hall was packed as members of our three linked congregations were joined by representatives from Presbytery and by members from Scott’s former Church,St Matthew’s,Perth.

Rev Burton pictured outside Kilcalmonell Church after his induction to the Churches of West Kintyre and Gigha.
The reception in Clachan Village Hall






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Our editor Peter is going off on holiday, as a result CC for August has been published earlier than usual.

Thank you very much Peter for all the time you spend on this each month.

Farewell to Clive and Mary 28.7.19

We bid a fond farewell to Rev Clive and Rev Mary Pearson as their time in West Kintyre and Gigha came to an end.Clive had referred to their four months here as a bridge for the congregations from a time of sorrow (following the loss of Catriona ) to a time of hope with the imminent arrival of our new Minister.He also said how much he and Mary had enjoyed their stay and how they had marvelled at the views across the sound to Gigha, with Islay and Jura in the distance.It was appropriate that they were presented, as a leaving gift, with a photo of the sun setting across these islands.

Clive and Mary with the photograph of the scene     behind them .


Family Fun Day 22.7.19 

Further update – It was very fitting that the Guild Hamper was won by Cathie MacIntosh from Killegruer Caravan Site . Well done Cathie! The overall total raised now stands at £600.

The ‘K’ team!!
Cathie correctly guessed the value of the hamper.











Family Fun Day 21.7.19

Although the Fun Day was cancelled the folk on Killegruer Caravan Site were not deterred and set up stalls etc in Glenbarr Hall.A very big thank you to all who organised, contributed to and supported the event.The amazing total of £450 was raised plus another £80 in monetary donations in aid of A’Chleit Church!!



Killean & Kilchenzie Sale of Work 17.7.19

A’Chleit Church held its annual Sale of Work in Tayinloan Hall on Wednesday 17th July. Despite the heavy rain and gusty wind a large number of folk turned up to hear Rev Mary Pearson formally open the sale.There were several bargains to be had and a large raffle contributed to the excellent  total (as we went to Press!!) of £1266.

Rev Mary Pearson formally opens the Sale of Work.
Tea with home baking was very popular.



‘                      Get your raffle tickets ready!’








Joint Service 7.7.19

Rev Burton receives ‘The Call’
Voting is about to commence – standing room only !!


A’ Chleit Church Kintyre (above) was filled with members from our three linked congregations and several visitors to hear Rev Scott Burton preach for our vacant charge.Rev Burton’s sermon was entitled ‘Light in the dark’ and he also explained why he had applied for our vacancy.After the service members voted unanimously to call Rev Burton to be our Minister and we eagerly await his arrival in the next few weeks.


Tayinloan Youth Club

Before the Youth Club stopped for the summer the children enjoyed a craft evening which had been organised by one of the parents.


Joint Service 7.7.2019

Our three linked congregations will be holding another joint service this Sunday at A’Chleit Church at 11:30am when Rev Scott Burton will preach as sole nominee for our vacant charge.Voting will take place immediately after the service.We are very much looking forward to hearing Rev Burton.

Joint Service 30.6.2019

Members from Kilcalmonell and A’Chleit went overseas to Gigha for a joint service which was conducted by Rev.Christine Fulcher and Rev.Clive Pearson.It was lovely to see Gigha Church well filled and the singing was enhanced by the playing of our organist Julius Weeks.










Messy Church Games/ Barbecue  29.6.19

To kick off the summer holidays Messy Church held a fun afternoon on A’Chleit beach with games, toasted marshmallows and a BBQ.Thank you to all the helpers who made this possible and to the children and parents who came along. They were not deterred by a thunderstorm which threatened to spoil the party!!

Quiz Night (13.6.2019)

Killean & Kilchenzie fundraising committee held their annual Quiz Night in Tayinloan Hall. It was very well attended and those participating tried to answer questions on topics such as geography, American presidents and recent past copies of the Campbeltown Courier!!

We were also treated to home baking and tea/coffee at half time.

The event raised £263 for Church funds.Thank you to everyone on the Committee for arranging the evening and to all who came along to participate.


As there is a lot happening in the next few weeks here is a brief summary.

Sunday Worship during June and July

Church Chat 

Read our June edition of Church Chat here.CC34 June ’19

A’Chleit Art Group(25.5.2019 and 26.5.2019)

Over the last two days the Church Hall at A’Chleit was transformed into an art gallery as those who attend the Art Group displayed their paintings.The quality of the work on display was of a high standard and visitors to the gallery were also treated to tea/coffee and biscuits.

Coffee Evening(23.5.2019)

The first of Killean and Kilchenzie’s summer Coffee Evenings took place in Glenbarr Hall.A number of visitors were in attendance and over £260 was raised for Church funds. After the Coffee Evening members of the finance committee met to plan the programme of fundraising events over the summer months.

Rev Johnny Paton

Members of our community were shocked and saddened to hear of the death of our former Minister at A’Chleit, Johnny Paton who has died in a hill walking accident near Ullapool, where he was on holiday with his wife Cathy.Johnny was a highly respected and hard working  Minister who will be sorely missed.Our thoughts are with Cathy and Johnny’s family at this very difficult time.Tributes have also been paid on the Church of Scotland website.

Church Chat

Read our May edition of Church Chat hereCC33 May ’19

Support For Sri Lanka(5.5.2019)

During the course of last week we received an email from the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland asking congregations to display white ribbons in solidarity with the people of Sri Lanka and in memory of those who were killed or injured in the terrorist massacres.

These ribbons were on display at A’Chleit Church earlier today.













Click on the above link to read about how members of Killean and Kilchenzie Kirk Session are supporting the community of Tayinloan.

Tayinloan Youth Club

Another busy night at the Youth Club. Fund raising for a new playpark is going well and the children were delighted to hear that the Tayinloan Villagers Association has been awarded £2,500 from the Supporting Communities Fund.


Easter Day Beach Service

Our second beach service, also conducted by Marilyn Shedden, celebrated the risen Christ.As we stood listening to the sound of the waves crashing on the shore we were reminded of Jesus’ appearance to his disciples on the shores of the Sea of Galilee.Following the service all enjoyed a cooked breakfast in the Church Hall.







Easter Beach Service

Pupils from Glenbarr and Rhunahaorine Primary and Pre 5 unit acted out the Easter Story round the fire at A’Chleit beach. The symbolism of the events leading up to Easter Day was very effectively explained and demonstrated by the School Chaplain,Marilyn Shedden with the children participating.Later the children, accompanied by their teachers and a large number of parents and friends enjoyed a drink and hot cross bun in the Church Hall.




Easter Messy Church

The Easter Messy Church was a great success with 24 children and 20 adults in attendance.The children enjoyed a variety of crafts, heard the Easter Story and enjoyed sharing a meal.

Preparations for Easter Services(16.4.19)

In preparation for our Easter beach services the children from Rhunahaorine and Glenbarr Primary Schools decorated our daffodil cross. Doesn’t it look wonderful!!

Manse Open Day

Several members from our linked congregations took up Clive and Mary’s offer to visit them at the Manse.We would like to thank them for their hospitality and warm welcome.

Church Chat 

You can read our April edition of Church Chat here.

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Photograph in Life and Work

A photo of A’Chleit Church  taken by Anne Littleson,Session Clerk, has featured in the April 2019 edition of the Church of Scotland magazine,Life and Work.

Guild Tea and Chat Afternoon(3.4.19)

The Guild held their very popular Tea and Chat afternoon at A’Chleit Hall.It was very well supported by both locals and visitors and everyone enjoyed home baking and a hot cup of tea/coffee on what was a very cold day.

Prayer Shawl Ministry(3.4.19)

Rev Chris Fulcher who started the Prayer Shawl Ministry group several years ago celebrated a big birthday as she joined the  group to day.She received a basket of specially knitted Easter chicks as a present.Very best wishes Chris from the three linked congregations.

New Arrivals (30.3.19)

We’re delighted that Rev. Clive and Mrs Mary Pearson have arrived safely at the Manse in Muasdale which will be their home for the next 4 months.We look forward to welcoming them at Sunday worship.

Easter Chicks(30.3.19)

With Easter fast approaching our knitters (some of whom have had previous experience in the wool business!!) have been very busy knitting Easter chicks which contain an Easter egg.These are on sale from various outlets including Glenbarr Stores and the Argyll Hotel,Bellochantuy.

Muasdale Manse(29.3.19)

After a very busy couple of weeks the Manse is ready for the arrival of Rev.Clive Pearson and his wife Mary.Thank you to everyone who assisted in getting the work done on time and in particular our Property Convener,Marion McDonald.

        The kitchen

        The office


      The hall


      The double bedroom

     The double bedroom

     The twin bedroom




The lounge




Tayinloan Youth Club(22.3.19)

The youth Club at Tayinloan has restarted and is being supported by elders from A’Chleit. Several parents and a grandparent are also involved.

The children were given a challenge to build a tower from newspaper which could carry a paper plate with six beads. Working in teams,  all were successful!!

Joint World Day of Prayer Service

A World Day of Prayer Service was held on Friday 1st March in A’Chleit Church Hall.We were pleased to be joined by folk from Gigha,Clachan and Southend and Campbeltown.The service this year was prepared by the women of Slovenia and the table “decorations” reflected that. Members from the different congregations contributed to the readings and reflections and all enjoyed a cup of tea and chat after the service.



A’Chleit Church Supper

The A’Chleit fundraising committee held their first event of 2019 recently in Tayinloan Hall.A good turnout of Church and non Church folk enjoyed a splendid buffet supper followed by entertainment.One of our elders Stewart McMillan chaired the evening which was enjoyed by all.The excellent total, which included some very generous donations, was £630.



This is a popular activity enjoyed by both Church and non Church members.Men are also welcome!!


Twenty four Guild members and friends enjoyed Christmas Lunch recently at the Argyll Hotel Bellochantuy. We were delighted that Rev.Chris Fulcher,our new Hub Minister could join us.


The Prayer Shawl Ministry Group held an Open Day recently (with tea/coffee and home baking) to showcase all the work that they do.Later that day a shawl was gifted to a member of the congregation at A’Chleit who is in Campbeltown Hospital.


New Hub Minister Appointed

The Rev. Christine Fulcher has been appointed as Hub Minister to the vacant Parishes of Gigha & Cara lw Kilcalmonell lw Killean & Kilchenzie.Rev Fulcher took up her appointment on December 1st 2018.




The Rev. Catriona Anne Hood – Obituary

Occasionally in life, if we are fortunate, we meet someone who makes a difference.

Catriona Hood made a difference. Catriona made a difference in hundreds of lives, well over 800 in fact, if the numbers at her funeral alone are anything to go by.

She touched people wherever she went and left a mark on them.

She made people feel valued, because to Catriona they were valued.

Catriona was born in Campbeltown on 4th September 1966, the second child to Cath and James Hood.

Catriona was educated at Castlehill Primary and then at Campbeltown Grammar school.

Catriona went on to study English and Religious Education at Aberdeen University, where she formed an allegiance to the red strip of that town’s football team.

She qualified as a teacher in both subjects. Her first school was Invergordon Academy after which she worked in Plockton High School. However Argyll called her home and she became Head of English at Lochgilphead High School and subsequently a Depute Head.

Catriona then gained the post of Head Teacher at Tarbert Academy, then finally came full circle from one time pupil to become the first woman Rector of Campbeltown Grammar School.

Catriona had a special gift when it came to dealing with young people. She respected them, cared for them and about them, and they knew this.

She also had an outrageous sense of humour and shared her wonderful sense of fun enchanting many of us with her stories.

Gracious and gentle, kind and considerate, funny and faithful, enabler and encourager, Catriona made a difference.

She had a unique style of teaching and never tried to solve confrontation with further confrontation, but used her people skills to transform potentially difficult situations with reasoning and love.

However her other calling was to ministry in the Kirk.

Catriona’s father was a church of Scotland minister in Campbeltown, and Catriona grew up in a Christian home.

In 2006, Catriona was ordained as an Auxiliary Minister and devoted most of her spare time in her already busy job, to pastoring and ministering to folk in Kintyre.

People loved her, and loved her gentle unique ways. Catriona didn’t just guide people, she walked beside them on their journey. Catriona made a difference.

Finally Catriona responded to that call, that whisper of God that persisted in her life, and she became the first Hub Minister in Scotland.

This involved looking after six congregations in Kintyre and latterly a further six on Islay and Jura.

She thrived on this opportunity and challenge and she had a vision and a commitment that was making this pioneering form of ministry work.

She was a real God spark. She ignited enthusiasm and challenge to lead people forward to embrace new ways to take the gospel into the community, while retaining with respect and affection the old ways that are precious to so many.

Catriona fostered a genuine feeling of family in the Kirk and people loved her for it.

She was there when people needed someone and was in fact, a God-send in so many ways.

Catriona was also a very gifted musician and could double up as organist and preacher in these times when there is a shortage of both.

Catriona made a difference.

Her last nine months as full time Hub Minister brought Catriona great joy, especially when she saw her folk grow in faith and unity.

It was a dreadful shock when after a sudden and short illness Catriona’s health failed and she died in the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow on 19th September 2018.

Catriona leaves behind so many of us who will miss her immensely along with her sister Mairi and family.

Occasionally in life, if we are fortunate, we meet someone who makes a difference.

We were indeed fortunate to have known and loved Catriona Hood.

Marilyn Shedden


Men’s Coffee Evening – Thursday 6th September 2018 

This is a very popular event in the A’Chleit Church Calendar when the gentlemen of the congregation sport their ‘pinnies’ and serve coffee in a fundraising event.  Usual stalls and plenty chat and banter! As well as being a successful community event, we raised funds in the region of £400! Pretty good for an evening’s work!


Mairi Semple Flower Festival – 20th to 22nd July

The Mairi Semple Fund supports people throughout Kintyre and Gigha when they and their families are affected by cancer. The work of The Fund is widely respected throughout our area.  Most of the work is carried out by a committee comprising members from many of our local communities. Every two years, there is a Flower Festival which is an icon of our communities’ charity calendar.  The churches in our linked charge support the charity significantly.  Our members and Elders serve on the committee and volunteer regularly to support fund-raising events. The Flower Festival took place in A’Chleit Church and, together with teas and coffees, raised nearly £2000 over the weekend.

On the theme of ‘Enjoy’, flowers were arranged to reflect love of gardening, music, the seasons, dog-walking and several more…..



Sunday 22nd JulyA’Chleit Church Fun Day at Killegruer, Glenbarr

Our Fun Day was enjoyed by all who attended – with several participants being three generations of the same families. We also welcomed many visitors and holiday-makers. Stalls, sports, home baking and competitions all added to event – and to the total raised which is £1156.60. There is, however, more to this event than fundraising. Here is one of many examples of how our church works successfully in and with our community in providing a family event for local folk and visitors alike.



Wednesday 18th July at 7.30pm – Killean and Kilchenzie (A’Chleit) Guild Church Sale of Work

A lovely summer’s evening brought members, friends and visitors to A’Chleit Guild Sale of Work. This was opened by Mrs Pat McMillan, immediate past Guild President, who spoke of how well community and church integrate and support one another. Total raised to be announced shortly……


July 2018 –  Kilcalmonell (Clachan) Guild Church Sale of Work

Clachan has held a very successful Sale of Work and enjoyed welcoming members its own community, visitors, friends from the other churches in the linked charge and from the wider Hub. Sales of books, crafts, home produce and baking combined with the usual stalls and teas/coffee to raise £806.00.


June 2018 – Messy Church BBQ

Our Messy Church BBQ took place on Sunday 24th June on a glorious sunny A’Chleit Beach.  This was an Argyll-wide family event including all three parishes and friends from Messy Church from Campbeltown in South Kintyre to Tayvallich in North Argyll.  This was a great opportunity for fun and fellowship. We deepened existing Messy Church relationships and made new friends too.






June 2018 – Joint Service on Gigha

A’Chleit and Clachan congregations were invited to Gigha Church for morning worship on Sunday 24th June.  The weather could not have been better as members from Clachan and A’Chleit set off on the ferry. The atmosphere shared by friends from both congregations (and with Kilberry from our Hub) matched the warmth and vibrancy of the sunshine!

Marilyn Shedden led worship and preached while Catriona Hood (Hub Minister) played the organ.  We are versatile in West Kintyre and Gigha Church of Scotland!

This was a day of many memories including the sight of the congregations walking up the hill from the slipway to church, the joint choir from three congregations, an excellent sermon and the celebration of old and new friendships.



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June 2018 – Quiz Night and Calendar Photograph Choice

A’Chleit Fundraising Committee hosted a Quiz Night in Tayinloan Hall on Thursday 14th June.  Friends from throughout Kintyre joined together to form teams for a night of competition, fun and supper. This evening is part of the series of events arranged by A’Chleit Fundraising Committee. During the quiz, we also chose photographs for the 2019 A’Chleit Church Calendar. Featuring the work of local photographer, Marilyn Shedden, this calendar of scenes from Kintyre is appreciated throughout the peninsula and raises significant funds for A’Chleit Church.


June 2018 – Gigha welcomes Cruise Ship to Church and Community

Gigha Church family hosted close to 100 guests from Australia and New Zealand – passengers on a visiting Cruise Ship on Tuesday 12th June. The Village Hall was full of folk enjoying chatting with local residents / church members. Teas/Coffees and home baking were very much appreciated and the entire morning was a great success. It was good to learn about the various churches attended by some of our guests.  Tourists and visitors to the island, who are not part of the cruise, were also welcomed and it was great to be joined by friends from A’Chleit Church as well.


June 2018 – Prayer Shawl Ministry

The Prayer Shawl Ministry continues its traditional role of knitting and crocheting shawls and blankets.  The team is also preparing a variety of craft-work to meet new needs.  Gifts to the Children’s Hospital are much appreciated.  The Hospital is having a Harry Potter themed day in July and our ladies are busy preparing scarves and hats in Hogwart’s House colours!  It is brilliant to work with such an adaptable, responsive and up to date team!