Tiree: Celebration

It’s been an action packed weekend. It began on Friday with a lively School Carol Service at Heylipol Church. Once again we were reminded of the tremendous talent there is on the island, from the youngest to the oldest, Later in the evening, it was a privilege to be a guest of the residents of Tigh-An-Rudha at their foot stomping ceilidh.

Saturday’s highlight was the delayed, but safe arrival of the MV Clansman, On board were friends returning to the island and one of our sons coming to share Christmas with us.

Today, Sunday, was the Tiree Baptist Church Nativity. All the hard work of the Sunday School leaders and the children payed off as they reminded us of the reason for the season, the birth of God’s Son, our Saviour in Bethlehem. The nativity was followed by a veritable feast, as we continued our celebration by sharing lunch together .

In no time at all, it was the Island Carol Service at Heylipol. There we sung Tiree’s favourite carols which included the Gaelic carol “Leanabh an Àigh” (Child in a manger) to the tune “Bunessan”. It was written by Mary M. Macdonald (1789-1872) from the Ross of Mull. A Baptist, her brother was one of the founding members of the Baptist Church on Tiree.

The celebration continues this week with a Christingle service on Tuesday afternoon, a Watchnight service of Wednesday evening and a Christmas Day Service. If you are on the island, you are more than welcome to join us.  “Come Let’s Celebrate!”