Christ Church Lochgilp­head straw­berry tea hits the spot

Argyllshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

CHRIST Church, Lochgilp­head, held its an­nual Trans­fig­u­ra­tion fes­ti­val at the start of the month.

On the evening of Fri­day Au­gust 4 the Pa­tronal Fes­ti­val ser­vice was led by Fa­ther Si­mon Macken­zie, as­sisted by the Rev Amanda Fair­clough, who de­liv­ered the ser­mon. Rev Fair­clough, the new priest in charge for the High­land re­gion, now lives in Glen­coe and this was her first visit to Christ Church.

Lo­cal and renowned or­gan­ist John Mars­den ac­com­pa­nied the con­gre­ga­tion on the or­gan and played a beau­ti­ful vol­un­tary.

Con­gre­ga­tion mem­bers and guests then gath­ered at the end of the ser­vice for a glass of wine and canapes. The Feast of Ded­i­ca­tion ser­vice on Sun­day morn­ing was led by Fa­ther Si­mon with guest preacher, re­tired min­is­ter Ann McIver from the Church of Scot­land in Camp­bel­town.

After lunch, it was all hands to the pumps as prepa­ra­tions for the straw­berry tea af­ter­noon event be­gan. Although the in­clement weather meant it felt as though hot choco­late and crum­pets rather than straw­berry scones and tea should have been served, many in­trepid visitors braved the rain to sup­port the event.

As well as the usual church stalls and raf­fle, there was del­i­cate glass­ware from A Touch of Glass for sale, colour­ful ac­ces­sories for chil­dren from Lit­tle Sew and Sews, and vivid tex­tile home­wares from High­land Home­wares. And the cream teas went down well and re­ceived much praise.

As the day was such a suc­cess and so well re­ceived, the or­gan­is­ers hope to make it an an­nual event.

Ros Box, Fa­ther Si­mon and Rev Amanda Fair­clough at Fri­day evening’s ser­vice.

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