St Oran’s & Dunbeg Annual Flower Show 2018

St Oran’s Church Flower Show, held today, was once again a huge success. We pass on our thanks to the Committee and to all involved, both in setting up and competing.

Trophy Winners 2018:~

FALLS OF LORA TROPHY (Pre-School) – Maisie Ferguson

CAMPBELL TROPHY (Floral Art) (P1-3) – Kenna Ferguson

CAMPBELL TROPHY (Floral Art) (P4-7) – Hanah Ferguson/Zara McLeod

CAMPBELL TROPHY (BakingP1-3) – No Entries

CAMPBELL TROPHY (Baking P4-7) – Ruairidh Ireland

MANSE TROPHY (High School) – Caitlin MacMpherson




LOUVAIN CUNNINGHAM TROPHY – Brenda Spence/Margaret Campbell






HENDERSON TROPHY – Agnes MacPhee/Ian Brown





2018 St Oran’s & Dunbeg Sports Club and Holiday Club

To mark the Year of Young People 2018 a Sports Day was held in Dunbeg on 7th July, which was enjoyed by all who attended. We had races, a craft table to go and make things, barbecue, teas and coffees.

Over this weekend, on Friday & Saturday, a Holiday Club was hosted in Connel Village Hall, with invitations being sent to all the village organisations and both schools and Sunday schools, and also visiting children.

The theme was ‘Jesus and Me’ (JAM Club) brought to life through the calling of the 12 disciples, the feeding of the 5000 and the calming of the storm.

The format, devised and delivered by members of St Oran’s, included warm up games, singing and storytelling and craft activities. On the second day the Presbytery Youth Worker joined in and showed us how to make boats from sponges which were added to the display.

Our display was then taken to St Oran’s Church and used during the service of worship on the Sunday. During the service the congregation were asked to write prayers on the cut out fish which were added to the net. (This was a joint service).

After the service the congregation were asked to come up and have a closer look at what we had made and took away word searches and dot tot dot sheets to try themselves. The net was left up in the Church for anyone who hadn’t been at the service to come along and look and to add their fish if they so wished. A great time was had by all who attended.

Marion Fisher, Session Clerk

Holy Communion ~ 12pm on 11 Mar 2018 at Dunbeg Church

Join the congregations of Dunbeg and Connel

as they gather together at

12pm on Sun 11th March 2018

in the sacrament of Holy Communion.


Should anyone require transport from Connel,

please contact Marion Fisher on 01631 710589 or one of the elders.


Holy Communion, also called the Lord’s Supper, is open to all those who love the Lord Jesus Christ and have made public profession of faith.


“Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again” ~ excerpt from Holy Communion and the Renewal of the Church.


Joint Communion Service ~ Dunbeg Church ~ 11 Mar 2018

Advance notice that the congregations of Dunbeg and Connel will join together at 12pm on Sun 11th March 2018 in the sacrament of Holy Communion.

Should anyone require transport from Connel,

please contact Marion Fisher on 01631 710589 or one of the elders.


“Jesus shared meals with his friends on many occasions. Of the Evangelists, John would take us into
the hills near to the time of Passover, with a multitude in attendance; Matthew, Mark and Luke would take us
especially to the Upper Room, a more intimate coming together. When the apostle Paul had to berate the
Corinthians on aspects of their practice, he clearly understood that the church assembled for its communal
prayers and eating, and it was not each in their own houses. Thus from the earliest sources, as well as
subsequent evidence in writing, art and architecture, we are invited to have a sense of the geography of the
Lord’s Supper. And so this is one aspect, though not the only one, of how we might reflect on the “place” of
the Sacrament.” ~ excerpt from Holy Communion and the Renewal of the Church.


World Day of Prayer ~ Fri 2nd Mar 2018

All round the world today Christians gathered together in prayer and celebration of all that God provides. Starting in Tonga and New Zealand in the east, services were held in churches, halls, hospitals, care homes, universities, schools, and homes throughout the world, ending in Samoa and Alaska in the West.

The World Day of Prayer is an international, ecumenical prayer movement that was initiated and led by Christian women, dedicated to joining together in prayer to petition for the needs of that year’s chosen country and the needs of the wider world, coming before Almighty God knowing He hears and answers those prayers.

Our modern day World Day of Prayer evolved from Mrs Mary Ellen Darwin James’s belief that the persistent prayer of faithful believers enabled men and women of God to become ‘advocates for the powerless’. In 1887 she issued a call to set aside a ‘Day of Prayer for Home Missions when there shall be confession of individual and national sins, with offerings that will fitly express the contrition”. In Jerusalem, in 1928, at the International Missionary Conference, it was agreed that the Day of Prayer would henceforth be known as World Day of Prayer, and it was United Free Church member Mrs Mary Grace Forgan who brought news of this back to Scotland. Read more about the history of the movement HERE.

More than 180 countries join together and services are held in over 1000 languages.

This year’s service was brought to us by the Christian women of Suriname and they based their service on ‘All God’s creation is very good!’

The Republic of Suriname is part of the north east area of South America. The country has around 540,000 multi ethnic inhabitants, including indigenous people, Creoles, Maroons, Hindustani, Javanese, Chinese, Lebanese, and European.

Throughout this evening’s service in Dunbeg Church we heard from the women of Suriname who shared how they live and work in their country, and asked for prayer as they try to provide for their families, ever mindful of the impact man has had on God’s creation. As we read from Genesis 1:1-31 the women of Suriname told us ~

“What God creates is always good!

In the first five days,

all that is needed is made ready

until humankind is created.

We are created in God’s image.

We are worthy because God loves us.

But the Creator holds us accountable for how we care for the environment

and all the beings on earth.

We cannot be careless or wasteful.

It is time to seriously think about

what we have done to God’s creation.

What is our contribution to help restore it all?

Am I aware that I am part of God’s perfect creation?”

As the service came to a close we all stood with the Christian women of Suriname in affirming our determination to advocate for God’s Creation, to protect it, to take responsibility for our contribution to the damage carried out on the land.

“God invites us to have a prayer relationship with Himself, but He also expects us to have concerned relationships with our neighbours, throughout the world. Prayer must be accompanied by action, as God moves our hearts and directs our thoughts.” ~ Scottish Committee for World Day of Prayer

Thank you to all who took part in this evening’s service and to all who came along.

Easter Blessings from Dunbeg Sunday School!

Today at church the Sunday School helped Rev Cringles with his puzzles and at the end of the service gave out the tulips & hyacinths they had planted to the congregation.

As we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus today the girls gave the flowers to everyone as a reminder of the new life promised when we come to Christ. As the flowers grow they will be a reminder of our growth as Christians as we follow our path to eternal life with our loved ones who have gone ahead of us.

Easter blessings to you all from Dunbeg Sunday School.