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Don't forget to check for NEWS ..and please email byrne[AT]colonsay.org.uk if you would like to join Zoom worship on Sundays at 10.30
We very much regret that Covid-19 has closed our church building, but are most grateful to Dr. Alastair Scouller who leads us in our virtual gatherings each week; we appreciate the chance to congregate and the turnout is very healthy - thank you, Alastair.
COVID-19 UPDATE: Our church building has been closed in recent months, although it will be re-opened for private worship in accordance with guidelines as of 20th September. Only a very few people will be able to attend, but for details please contact byrne[at]colonsay.org.uk . As far as regular worship is concerned, we intend to restrict ourselves for now to the very successful Zoom services conducted by Dr Alastair Scouller. It is our hope that our manse we will back in use for 2021 and that we will once again welcome our visiting ministers and preachers. We intend to make arrangements so that services will continue to be shared by wifi, and even if the church has to be closed again it will be possible to lead worship from the manse..
For clarification: we had to close our manse in late March, pending clarification as to the dangers of Covid-19, and it is currently in use as emergency housing until early December. It will then return to normal use and we intend to have regular worship in 2021, with visiting ministers and preachers, according to the "new norm". We are actively developing a simple system that will be very "low-tech" but which will be flexible enough to meet changing circumstances and which will include all members of our congregation, even those who maintain self-isolation. We have "rolled forward" the rota for 2020, to be reached via link at the foot of this page, and we will contact everyone again in October or November, so as to firm up on plans.
You are very welcome to this website, which reflects Christianity as it exists in Colonsay today and which is not restricted to any one denomination. The site includes information and news about the living faith in Colonsay, but we hope that it will also grow to include plenty of information about the history and development of Christianity locally. In particular, we hope that this site will help to forge and maintain a bond between the island and its diaspora, the descendants of those very many people who left its shore to found a new and successful life elsewhere.
Colonsay is remarkably ecumenical and local congregations of the Baptist Church and the Church of Scotland habitually participate in joint worship, which is held each Sunday at 11.30 in the parish church at Scalasaig. Until autumn 2016 we alternated between the two church buildings, but the Baptist Church building is now reserved for special occasions, and is still available for weddings and funerals.
Please note that everyone is welcome, and please do not hesitate to bring your children - the congregation will normally include persons from a variety of traditions, including the Anglican, Episcopalian, Methodist and Roman Catholic faiths. The schedule is given below - everything else can be reached from the links above. Services are also flagged-up upon the notice-boards at the shop and Old Waiting-room. For any further details, please phone 01951 200320
N. B. If any week below is BLANK it means that there may be no service, but any change will be posted on the church door and at the Post Office/Shop notice board. We are always glad to hear from ministers who might be interested in joining our circulation list for vacant dates. Please contact 01951 200320 or email email@example.com .
Very important note (if you happen to be making a donation by cheque): The Bank of Scotland will not credit any cheque to our account unless it is made out to this precise payee: Colonsay & Oronsay Church of Scotland
Covid-19 coronavirus: services have been cancelled as indicated below and subject to further decision at a later date; unfortunately the church itself has had to be CLOSED even for private prayer or contemplation. The ruined chapels at Kilchattan and An Gleann are both consecrated places that remain available for private visits, following the Covid-19 guidelines. Feel free to contact the church at any time - these are testing times and members of the congregation are ready to give support if needed - contact the Session Clerk (as above) in the first instance.
COLONSAY JOINT CHURCHES 2020
|Date||Venue||Church of Scotland||Notable Days|
|Jan 05||Scalasaig||Dr Alastair Scouller||Twelfth Night|
|Jan 12||Scalasaig||~||Baptism of the Lord|
|Jan 19||Scalasaig||Dr Alastair Scouller||World Religion Day|
|Jan 26||Scalasaig||Dr Alastair Scouller|
|Feb 02||Scalasaig||~||Presentation of the Lord|
|Feb 09||Scalasaig||~||Septuagesima Sunday|
|Feb 16||Scalasaig||Dr Alastair Scouller||Sexagesima Sunday|
|Feb 23||Scalasaig||~||Quinquagesima Sunday|
|Mar 01||Scalasaig||Geoffrey Hinder||Quadragesima Sunday|
|Mar 08||Scalasaig||Crawford Langley||2nd Sunday in Lent|
|Mar 15||Scalasaig||~||3rd Sunday in Lent|
|Jul 05||Scalasaig||Cancelled||Church closed|
|Jul 12||Scalasaig||Cancelled||Church closed|
|Jul 19||Scalasaig||Cancelled||Church closed|
|Jul 26||Scalasaig||Cancelled||Church closed|
|Aug 02||Scalasaig||Cancelled||Church closed|
|Aug 09||Scalasaig||Cancelled||Church closed|
|Aug 16||Scalasaig||Cancelled||Church closed|
|Aug 23||Scalasaig||Cancelled||Church closed|
|Aug 30||Scalasaig||Cancelled||Church closed|
|Sep 06||Scalasaig||Cancelled||Church closed|
|Sep 13||Scalasaig||Cancelled||Church closed|
|Sep 20||Scalasaig||Cancelled||Worship by Zoom|
|Sep 27||Scalasaig||Cancelled||Worship by Zoom|
|Oct 04||Scalasaig||Cancelled||Worship by Zoom|
|Oct 11||Scalasaig||Cancelled||Worship by Zoom|
|Oct 18||Scalasaig||Cancelled||Worship by Zoom|
|Oct 25||Scalasaig||Cancelled||Worship by Zoom|
|Nov 22||Scalasaig||Worship by Zoom|
|Nov 29||Scalasaig||Worship by Zoom|
|Dec 06||Scalasaig||Worship by Zoom|
|Dec 13||Scalasaig||Cancelled||3rd Sunday Advent|
|Dec 20||Scalasaig||Dr Alastair Scouller||Human Solidarity Day|
|Dec 24||Scalasaig||Dr Alastair Scouller||Watch Night|
|Dec 27||Scalasaig||Dr Alastair Scouller||Holy Family|
Provisional details for 2021 may be found here, very provisionally ...
The Church of Scotland parish of Colonsay and Oronsay (No. 211300) is a registered Scottish Charity No: SC031271