The Church Building
The church has had extensive improvement work done in the past comprising a hall, vestry, kitchen and toilet, the latter two being ready for an update. Extra resources include a photocopier, digital projector, radio mike system and a laptop computer. Music is provided by an organist, Mr Rob Smith, every first Sunday of the month and for special services, while at other times it comes via an Ipod, linked to the sound amplifier and loop system.
An anteroom is used as a workroom by the knitting group who meet on Tuesday afternoons. This room can also be used for Sunday School.
There is electric heating and double glazing throughout. we are currently upgrading our premises to make them more useable, comfortable and environmentally-friendly.
Minister: Rev. John Macgregor resigned on 09 May 2018 and the church is currently served by a part-time Locum, Dr Rosemary Power
Interim Moderator: Rev. John Chambers O.B.E. B.Sc. appointed by Presbytery of Sutherland on the 8th January 2018
Mr. Adam S. Macpherson
Mrs. J. Murray
Mrs. Christine Sutherland
Mrs. Susan Fraser ( resigned March 2016)
Mrs. Christine Cowie
Mrs. Ina D. S. Macpherson
Mrs Janys Wetton (ordained 01 April 2018, Easter Sunday)
The Kirk Session which meets reguarly, is responsible for spiritual affairs within the church. Certain responsibilities are delegated to the Fabric Convenor, Treasurer and Session Clerk. The Stated Annual Meeting took place on 01 July 2018 during the morning service.
Communion Services are held on the first Sunday in March, June, September, and December.
Life of the Church
There are 20 church members and 10 adherents. The congregation is made up of mostly elderly people. There has been a Bible Study Group and a Prayer Meeting each Wednesday afternoon which has been suspended for the time being, and there has been a singing group in the past, this also has been suspended. Sunday Services are at 12 noon. It would be our wish to re-start the Sunday evening Praise service at 6.30pm in the summer months. Our Church plays an active part in the Church of Scotland, Crossreach Home in Dornoch, Oversteps. Two of our elders are currently on the ‘Friends of Oversteps’ group. The group are raising money to help towards the garden in Oversteps, which needs a lot of attention.
The Elders representing Bunillidh Church also take their turn on ‘trolley Duty’ delivering birthday cards and a monthly visit to the residents. This is a very rewarding task and much appreciated by the residents and staff.
Bunillidh Church has a good relationship with the local Free Church, supporting each other at various events throughout the year, including the Free Church Holiday Club in the summer holidays. We also support the Blythswood Shoe Box appeal, Highland Food Bank, Christian Aid, Tear Fund, Fishermen’s Mission and Scottish Bible Society etc. Our Annual sponsored walk has raised thousands of £’s for the Scottish Bible Society.
2018 will be our 30th year, so we are hoping to plan something special for that year.
As a Church we are fortunate to be involved with the local primary school, they come to our church for Assemblies two or three times a year, weather permitting, and this is always a wonderful time of fellowship.
The Knitting Group meet weekly, and have various projects over the year, including a Prayer Shawl ministry. We have given a number of prayer shawls to those in need of comfort.