Past and Present
Remembering past events and occasions
The Bishop Flies In
On Sunday 23rd August 2015 Bishop Mark joined the Congregation of St Gilberts, Lochinver for the monthly Eucharist Service. After the service a lovely afternoon tea was shared by all.
Bishop Mark with Helen
Very High Church in the Northwest Charge
On 12th June, 2014 - a day which threw a wide variety of weather at us, Air Cadets from Ullapool and further afield, civilian, RAF and other support staff, members of Assynt Mountain Rescue and Fr Nicholas (Padre to the Air Cadets) climbed to 2,100 feet to dedicate the new memorial erected at the site- on the slopes of Benmore Assynt - of the crash of an Anson type 1.
It had been on a training flight from RAF Kinloss when it hit the mountain in appalling winter weather on 13th April 1941, killing the entire crew. They were buried where they died.
Pilot; Flying Officer James Henry Steyn, Distinguished Flying Cross, aged 23
Pilot Officer; William Edward Drew, aged 28
Observer; Sergeant Charles Mcpherson Mitchell, aged 31, training as an Observer; Flight Sergeant Thomas Brendon Kenny, aged 20 - Instructor Wireless Operator/Air Gunner;
Sergeant Jack Emery, aged 20 - trainee Wireless Operator/Gunner;
Sergeant Harold Arthur Tompsett. aged 20 - Trainee Wireless Operator/Gunner.
After a 3 hour walk in, a simple ceremony was held to remember those who had given their lives in this tragedy. It was particularly touching to have with us a handful of relatives of those who were buried there. The Service- during which the memorial stone was blessed and dedicated - took place simultaneously at the site and at Inchnadamph Old Kirk( for those unable to make the climb).
It was good also to have with us representation from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and to share the day with those who had worked so hard over many years to see to it that this fitting memorial is now in place. May those who fell on this mountain rest in peace, and be raised in glory. Amen. Their names will live forever.
St Gilbert's Banner Square
All of the churches in the Diocese made squares to be assembled into a banner for the celebration of the Dioceses Anniversary.
Sincere thanks go to Alison and Fr. Nigel for their skill and time in creating, working and producing this to square to show Lochinver's iconic mountain, our connection with the sea, the net - symbolising the Church's witness as "Fishers of men" ( worked in silver and gold threads) and the Bishops Crozier (in gold thread) with the connection with Bishop Gilbert.
On Saturday 16th August 2014, an event with a difference - to celebrate the 900th anniversary of the Diocese of Moray and the 150th anniversary of the Uniting of the Diocese of Moray, Ross & Caithness- was held at the ancient Old Kirk at Inchnadamph. Christian Worship has been known to have been held on this site for about a millennium, so it was a fitting privilege to be part of that continuing Christian witness for this occasion.
The aim of the day was to take an appreciative look at the local importance of Celtic Christianity, and the local links with Iona from the early days of St Columba. The Rev'd Joanna Anderson from the Iona Community led the day, and it was thoroughly enjoyable and uplifting. The singing was joyful, the worship and preaching and addresses captivating and the workshops challenging.
Our thanks go to Fr Gordon Sleight who masterminded the whole event, and to Helen Morrison who worked with him to see that everything was as it should be on the day. It was especially good to have Bishop Mark with us to preside at the Eucharist - it may have been several hundreds of years since anything like this last occurred in Inchnadamph Kirk!
Bishop Mark Preaching
Bishop Mark and Father Nicholas with the Lochinver Congregation following the August 23rd Eucharist.