What’s Happening in Cromarty?
As you may have noticed, I’ve been doing services solely from Culbokie since the beginning of the month. No, we haven’t abandoned Cromarty, and yes, there’s a method to this madness.
Prior to COVID, Cromarty had a small, but faithful and aging congregation. Needless to say nearly 2-years of isolation took a stiff toll, and many of them simply continued to watch online rather than return to church. This was due to a combination of age, infirmity, or simply, choice. As such the congregation dwindled.
At the same time, I’d been thinking about how to do a different sort of outreach into the community. An outreach that was somewhat outside the box and that would catch the interest of people who don’t normally attend church. I also wanted it to be uninterrupted by the rotating schedule. What I didn’t know was that Carol Rattenbury had a similar idea, which I discovered when I called to talk with her about my idea.
After a good discussion, and eventually a chat with the Cromarty Session, the outreach was born, and named “Church at the Royal”, because instead of holding services at the West Church, we’re holding the service at the Royal Hotel. The service there is totally different. It’s café style and it’s very informal with more give and take as Carol leads worship and teaches.
It's done very well over the last 4-weeks and we want to continue this experiment through the remainder of the summer.
With that in mind, please pray for Carol and her core group of volunteers, as well as asking God to open the hearts and minds of the people of Cromarty to this new outreach. Our hope is that it grows enough to be a self-sustaining and fully active congregation.