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PASTORAL LETTER & CHURCH MEETINGS In my role as a minister it never ceases to amaze me how many people believe Christianity stands for something that Christians themselves do not recognize! One of the main misunderstandings that is frequently aired is that Christianity is concerned with life after death; when the truth is, it is interested in life – full stop. In John 10:10 Jesus says: 'I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.' And at the end of his Gospel, John makes it clear why he wrote about the Lord Jesus: 'Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.' John 20:30-31. Christianity is not some spiritual lifeinsurance or heavenly pension scheme where you pay in during your life on earth and reap a reward or draw a pension in the life to come! Christianity is like the new born baby

who is born into privilege and wealth: they've done nothing to deserve it, nothing to earn it and nothing to merit it, it is simply theirs because of the family to which they belong. Similarly, when a person is born again of God's Spirit and comes to put their faith and trust in Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of their sins, they become heirs with the Author of Life. The baby born into a wealthy and privileged family doesn't benefit from his heritage and money once they are dead but while they are alive! Equally, the Christian is who is united to Christ by faith doesn't only start living life in all its fullness in heaven; it starts as soon as they become a part of God's family, here and now. Far too often I see too many people trying to find fullness of life in things which endlessly promise to deliver but perpetually fail to provide: careers, family, fitness, success, and I'm sure you can think of others. But in order to experience life in all its fullness you have to be

Ardersier with Petty Parish Church, Church of Scotland Sundays 10.15am. Petty Sundays 12 noon.Tel: 01667 462224. Auldearn and Dalmore Parish Church Sundays 12noon. Contact Fraser Turner (interim moderator) on 01463 794004 Cawdor Parish Church Sunday 10.15am. Contact Rev. JS Mathieson: 01667 493217. Nairn Baptist Church Nairn Community Centre. Sundays 11am. Contact the pastor: 01667 459672 or secretary 01667 452351 or visit www.nairnbaptistchurch.org.uk Nairn Christian Fellowship Sundays 10.30am. Wednesday 7.30pm: praise and Bible study. Contact Sandy Shaw: 01667 456492. Nairn Free Church Sundays 11am with Sunday school and crèche (Gordon St). Evening 6pm (Gordon St). Youth club for S1 up on Wednesday at 6.30pm (Rosebank Hall). Prayer and Bible study Thursday 11am or 7:30pm onalternate weeks (Gordon Street). Contact Minister Murdo MacLeod: 01667 459131. Old Parish Church 10:30am Sunday worship and crèche. Contact Rev. Alistair S. Younger on 01463 242873

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connected to the Author of Life, in the same way as a branch needs to be connected to the tree in order to have life or a lamp needs to be connected to electricity to produce light. Connection to the source of life ensures fullness of life. Therefore, Christianity is not only to do with life after death but life itself, life in all of its beauty and potential and richness: life that can only ever be experienced by being united to Christ by faith, the one who alone is the way, the truth and the life. As someone once said: “The tragedy of life is not that it ends so soon, but that we wait so long to begin it.” Why wait any longer when the Author of Life is freely offering you life in all its fullness? John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”

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donation. tea and home bakes will be served. come along and support this group of very talented young people. contact anne on 672930 for tickets. meet the experts at brodie castle 11am - 4pm. this informative day includes lunch and afternoon refreshments. more details at www.nts.org.uk/events. booking is essential due to limited numbers. music nairn presents royal string quartet 7:30pm at nairn community & arts centre. for details call 01667 455701 or visit www.musicnairn.org.uk

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mark thomas @ universal hall 8pm. tickets £15 / 10 (concessions). visit www.universalhall.co.uk for info.

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food, craft and collector's fair 10am - 4pm at the united reformed church crescent rd, nairn. free admission. contact jeannie 07927 959613 for table bookings.

nairn & district gardening club "leith hall's new projects" with head gardener tim keyworth 7.30pm at nairn community & arts centre.

2 friday bear’s den @ ironworks 7:30pm. £8. call 0871 7894173 or visit www.ironworksvenue.com mahler players present ‘mahler in miniature’ 8pm at nairn community & arts centre. call 01667 453476 or visit www.nairncommunitycentre.co.uk

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MAY EVENTS Friday 2nd ..............................................Mahler Players present “Mahler in Miniature” 8.00pm Thursday 8th............................................... Jazz Nairn presents “Rossano Sportiello” – 7.30pm Friday 9th ................................................... Royal String Quartet Saturday 17th.......................................................Table Top Sale Friday 23rd May ........................... Phil Cunningham & Aly Bain Friday 30th May ......Cinema Nairn – “Three Colours Red” (15) Saturday 31st.................................Referendum Debate 7.30pm For further details, telephone 01667 453476, e-mail info@nairncc.co.uk or check out our website at www.nairncommunitycentre.co.uk

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festival of museums - looking for the source of the nile friday 10am - 3pm schools events. saturday 10:30am - 11:30am, 12:30pm - 1:30pm & 2:30pm 3:30pm public events at nairn museum. for details call 01667 456791 or visit www.nairnmuseum.co.uk or www.festivalofmuseums.com festival of museums - wolf of badenoch’s banquet 7pm - 11pm, highland folk museum, kingussie road, newtonmore. dine, if you dare, with one of the most evil and bloodthirsty villains in scottish history! for more information visit www.highlandfolk.com or www.festivalofmuseums.com tales and trails @ the highlanders’ museum, fort george drop-in storytelling sessions 11am - 12:30pm & 1pm 2:30pm. craft activity 3pm - 4:30pm (booking for craft advised) take part in museum trails, dress up as a soldier & handle real war artefacts. for more info call 0131 3107803 • lynsey@thehighlandersmuseum.com or visit www.thehighlandersmuseum.com moray steiner school may fayre 11am - 3:30pm a great family day out. games, pony rides, craft stalls, bbq, cafe, music and traditional maypole dancing. raffle. school tours. call 01309 676300 for more info. nairn men’s breakfast 9:45am for 10am at dunbar golf club, nairn. testimony by john watt (fisherman to preacher to teacher) share food and fellowship and hear what god is doing in other people’s lives. call campbell on 01667 455149 by 6:30pm, 16th may to book your place. creative moray firth's craft, photography & food fair 10am - 4:30pm, mercure hotel, church street, inverness. full of great gifts and will have a food area enticing people to local goods. all stalls highlight the great talent from across the moray firth area. the counterfeit sixties @ ironworks 7:30pm. call 0871 7894173 or visit www.ironworksvenue.com table top sale at nairn community & arts centre. call 01667 453476 or www.nairncommunitycentre.co.uk festival of museums - night flights 1pm - 3pm family craft drop-in, 8pm night walk, moth watch talk & prep at museum, 9pm – 10.30pm moth walk at the falconer museum, forres. for details call 01309 696261 or visit www.falconermuseum.co.uk or www.festivalofmuseums.com festival of museums - tails and trails at the highlanders' museum drop-in storytelling sessions : 11pm - 12.30pm & 1pm - 2.30pm. bookable craft workshop: 3pm - 4.30pm at the highlanders’

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17 saturday - 18 sunday cairngorms nature festival events and experiences for all the family. nature watching, guided walks, arts & crafts and landrover safaris & much more from the hubs at glenmore lodge and muir of dinnet. for more info visit www.cairngorms.co.uk

20 tuesday highland literary salon 7:30pm, glen mhor hotel, inverness guest speaker: david hewson for further details visit www.highlandlitsalon.com

23 friday phil cunningham & aly bain at nairn community & arts centre. for details call 01667 453476 or visit www.nairncommunitycentre.co.uk

24 saturday scottish women's rural institutes food & flowers show 10:30am - 3:30pm, trinity church hall, elgin. tea, coffee and cake served all day. call 01667 493361 or email bjshone@gmail.com for details. ranger walk: magnificent minibeasts - ardersier 2pm 4pm.meet at the ardersier common picnic site. adults £3, conc. £2, family £8. contact john orr on 01463 255291 or email rangers.inverness@highland.gov.uk.

30 friday cinema nairn: ‘three colours red’ (15) 7:30pm at nairn community & arts centre. for more information visit cinemanairn.blogspot.co.uk

31 saturday baby & children's market 10am - 1pm at millburn academy, inverness. 1000s of pre-loved items all under one roof! clothing, toys, books, furniture, prams, carseats, garden toys and footwear all at bargain prices direct from the owners. adult entry £1 (under 16s free) • info@happymumsmarket.co.uk nairn & district gardening club coffee morning 10am - 12pm at the royal legion hall, nairn. plant sale & home-baking stall. no ordinary run! orienteering in forres 10:15am 11:15am, newbold house (near leanchoil hospital) all welcome, young and old. juniors can score points for their school in the moray & nairn schools orienteering league. visit www.moravianorienteering.org referendum debate 7:30pm at nairn community & arts centre. for details call 01667 453476 or visit www.nairncommunitycentre.co.uk

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firthsiders and friends charity concert for highland hospice 7:30pm at the little theatre, nairn. tickets on sale at the bookshop, nairn or call 01667 454905 inverness abc boxing tournament: north of scotland select vs north of england @ ironworks 7pm. call 0871 7894173 or visit www.ironworksvenue.com

24 saturday - 25 sunday mundole equestrian show jumping festival call 07901 602042 or visit www.mundoleequestrian.com

28 wednesday the culbin forest run 6:45pm culbin forest (wellhill) the 15th staging of this ever-popular family event with races for under 12s, under 16s and seniors. event no 2 in the moray forest runs series.

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pre-entries close for nairn 10 mile road race and fun run (5k) all proceeds to cancer research uk and yorkhill children's charity. send to: nairn 10 mile road race, 2 moss-side drive, nairn, iv12 5pn or email: info.10mile@gmail.com April 1st – 12th May

Nairn’s Commonwealth Treasure Trove, in conjunction with Rosebank Primary School May 16th/17th

Festival of Museums – James Augustus Grant, explorer, with storyteller Bob Pegg May 16th –June 30th

James Augustus Grant and the search for the source of the Nile July 1st – August 28th

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2622 Highland Squadron Royal Auxiliary Air Force Regiment based at RAF Lossiemouth want to hear from those aged 18-50 who would like to play a vital role within the UKs Defence Force. The part-time Gunners of the Highland Squadron are trained in a wide range of Military skills such as field-craft, navigation, weapon handling, first aid, tactics, how to operate as a Team and much more including the opportunity to participate in adventurous training activities in the UK and Abroad. You would be expected to attend one weekend each month plus a 2-week continuous period each year for which you would receive a daily rate of pay, travel expenses and a substantial Annual Tax Free Bounty. You can find out more and apply Online by visiting the RAF Reserves website alternatively you can speak directly with our Squadron Recruiter Tel: 01343 810776.

Search - RAF Reserves Online: Tel: 0845 6069069


Hawco Motoring services for disabled people in Moray and the Highlands At Hawco Group we have over 60 years of experience of looking after the motoring needs of our customers. For both Volkswagen and Audi drivers we aim to provide a reliable local service. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always our priority to provide the very best service to disabled people in the region, many of whom rely on their vehicle as a means of getting out and about. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re always delighted to support the National charity, Motability, which is designed to allow people of all ages to use some or all of their allowance to lease a car. We have fully trained Motability Specialists on hand at our branches including Inverness, Elgin and Fort William to help find the best car to suit the needs and lifestyle of our customers. There are many options available in the Volkswagen range, including

some where no advance payment is required. We can also offer vehicles from the Audi range within the Motability scheme. So, how does Motability Work? Motability is the leading car plan helping people who receive specific allowances, either a Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or a War Pensioners Motability Supplement, to buy or lease cars. With the contract hire option Motability customers can lease a car and use it as their own. All the admin is taken care of and included in the package; insurance, servicing, breakdown assistance, etc. For current offers available and how to get in touch, just visit our website www.hawcogroup.co.uk/motability

Approved Used Volkswagens from Hawco

Das WeltAuto. Used cars you can trust. Guaranteed. Check out our fantastic range of Approved Used Volkswagen models at our branches throughout the North. New Used Car Centre now open at Edgar Road, Elgin. www.hawcogroup.co.uk

Hawco

48 Harbour Road, Inverness. 01463 236111 6 Wards Road, Elgin. 01343 544977


May Day & Beyond Sales - Special offers and Price Reductions throughout the store

Huge Stock many at discounted prices

1/2 PRICE or LESS

Take a look at the price of our divans - we sell at

ÂŁ299

price includes two free drawers and a free headboard worth ÂŁ200

advertised on the tv at ÂŁ799 exactly the same bed! photo for representative purposes only

GIFTS

CARPETS

SOFAS

BLINDS BEDS

Only While stocks last! First come first served

Open from 12-4.00pm on 5th May (May Day)

FURNITURE

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SpotLight on Nairn & District May 2014  

SpotLight on Nairn & District May 2014

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