The special time of Christmas is arriving fast with only a few days to go before we can start celebrating with our friends and loved ones. We ourselves are in Germany at the moment to spend time with our family there. In Germany, in Vogtland to be precise, christmas is always a very special time of year with traditional Christmas Markets and many homes decorated with handcrafted wooden art and light arches (picture right) from the Ore Mountains in the East of Germany. And as religion plays an important part there as well as on Islay I thought I'd include some information from the Islay North Churches (below) where you can read more about Christmas at the Kilchoman, Kilmeny and Portnahaven parishes just in case you're visiting the island and want to attend one of the services:
"With Christmas rapidly approaching the linked charge of Kilchoman Kilmeny and Portnahaven is getting ready for the special services held at this time. On Thursday 20th December Keills School will hold their Christmas Assembly in Kilmeny Church and we welcome everyone to this very special service hosted by the children of Keills School. The Assembly starts at 2.30pm. St Kiaranâ€™s Sunday Club will be entertaining the congregation on Sunday 23rd with their take on the Nativity story at 11.30am." Continue reading...
"On Christmas Eve Portnahaven Church will be having a Carol Service at 4 oâ€™clock in the afternoon when favourite carols will be sung along with the well-known Bible readings. The Watchnight Service on Christmas Eve at 11.30pm will be in St Kiaranâ€™s Church and this will be the only Watchnight Service in the charge as Kilmeny Church is unable to hold one again this year. We invite everyone in the island to any or all of these services all of which will be led by our locum Rev Alex Cairns who, with his wife Dorothy, is living in the manse in Port Charlotte until the end of January. Mr Cairns will conduct the Sacrament of Communion in Portnahaven Church on Sunday 30th December at 10.00am."
"As a wee change after all the carol singing, Portnahaven Guild will hold a Hogmanay Coffee Afternoon in the hall on 31st December at 3.00pm Again everyone is invited to come along and enjoy coffee and mince pies before they become unseasonal again. So, there is a lot to remember, especially at this busy time, but it is a good time to consider what the season really means. Come along to some or all of our services and recharge your batteries. Youâ€™ll be made very welcome. "