Church life and community
Kilmonivaig has a communicant's roll of 48, with 30 adherents. There is a service each Sunday, currently at 9.30am (11am on the first Sunday of the month) attended by about 30 adults. There is a crèche and Sunday School during term time.
Additional services are held on Christmas Eve and Good Friday. A small team prepares song words and visuals for projection to enhance the worship. The AV equipment has recently been upgraded.
Two pianists lead the praise, in rotation. Hymn-choice by the preachers is varied and sourced from CH4 and Mission Praise.
The Kirk Session, comprising 14 elders, is responsible for all aspects of church life.
The Commando Association organises an open air service of remembrance at the Commando Memorial on the afternoon of Remembrance Sunday, at which the parish minister is invited to officiate. A large crowd of over 200 usually attend.
The church building dates from 1812 and is in good repair. The hall next to it was built in 1970 and is also in good repair. A few years ago we celebrated the re-opening of our hall which had been through a major upgrade and refurbishment.
"I promise that by my presence I will seek to enrich the worship of this church. I promise I will serve this congregation with energy, thoughtfulness, enthusiasm and love. I promise that I will seek the unity and peace of this congregation. I promise to do what I can to rekindle faith and friendship, joy and hope, love and forgiveness in this community. I promise to do all of these things in the name of God my Lord, through the love of Jesus Christ my Saviour, and by the strength of the Holy Spirit. Amen."
"That this church and these local communities hear clearly the Gospel of Jesus Christ, see and experience the life of his Spirit among his people and come to know the love of God the Father."
The church has a gift fortnight each year in September, originally set up to raise money for general use but in recent years it has been used to raise money for specific charities.
There is a Roman Catholic Church in Spean Bridge and one in Roy Bridge. Good ecumenical relations exist between the two denominations.
About the Parish
Kilmonivaig parish lies to the northeast of Fort William, bounded on the west by the River Lochy and Loch Lochy and on the east by the Nevis range of mountains, and by the Grey Corries, extending to Corrour and Loch Laggan. The main villages are Spean Bridge, Roy Bridge and Torlundy, with other small hamlets and scattered housing. The land is mostly rough moorland with small pockets of arable land given over mostly to forestry, sheep, deer stalking and some cattle farming.
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