Smithton church NEWS

We'll keep a small update on the latest news and events from Smithton here, but you should find a comprehensive breakdown of all of the events in and around Smithton Church in the calendar here


Bereavement Support

What is Grief?
Grief is a natural healing process, not an illness. The death of someone we love can be one of the most devastating, painful and complex loss we are ever likely to experience. Grief comes to us all. After someone dies, we experience feelings and emotions such as shock, numbness, disbelief, anger, guilt, physical and emotional pain, sleep deprivation and erratic thought processes– to name just a few.  We often wonder why God allows such sadness and pain in the world. Why us? Why now?

Eventually we reach a point where we realise that life carries on and we must start a new beginning. For some, this process takes longer than others

Where will support come from?

  • Initial contact with a newly bereaved family may be made by the Minister and Church Elders, or family friends and colleagues. 
  • The Bereavement Support Worker within Smithton Church can be asked to contact families recently bereaved who have links with the congregation and within the local community. Discussion will take place if ongoing pastoral support is wanted or required. Support is not limited to members of the church. Offers of support can be given to members of the wider community. 
  • Ongoing 1-to-1 support if required. 
  • Discussions will be strictly confidential. 

Bereavement Support Group
Fortnightly sessions commence Saturday 14th April 2018, 10am-12noon

It is hoped that a small group will meet to share their thoughts and feelings about their journey through grief. The meetings will be structured using the ‘Griefshare’ ™ 13 week programme, consisting of video, personal reflection & workbook sessions. Each session provides time to share experiences and concerns with others who may be struggling with similar issues and will include positive steps to take as you move forward.

A small support team of Christians will help by providing encouragement from God’s word, friendship, a listening ear, and a cup of tea.  
If you would like more information or would like to attend the Support Group, please contact Marion McInnes - email:


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Kenya mission trip 

In November, Alasdair Macleod and a few others travelled to Kenya, to the Cheptebo Centre in the southern Kerio Valley. Alasdair preached at the Sunday service and spoke at a pastors’ conference, where he delivered ten hours of lectures on the book of Esther. Others in the team engaged in practical tasks and video ministry.

The Cheptebo Centre is a ministry of Africa Inland Church, Kenya. Its vision is to be a Christian centre of excellence that contributes to the community’s spiritual and physical development.   


soup and pudding fundraiser 


On Sunday 5 November we’ll be having a Soup and Pudding Fundraiser after the morning service. This is being organised by our Women for Mission group to raise funds for this year’s WfM projects.

We never heard of anyone going hungry at a WfM event, so come and join us for some good food in great company.


reformation reminders


500 years ago the movement known as the Reformation began. What was it all about? Does it have any relevance for our lives?

On Sunday 29 October at 4.30pm Ian Hamilton will deliver the first in a series of five talks about the great Reformation principles which still have an impact today. Talks will be held in the Café/Lounge and are open to all.

If you know nothing about the Reformation but want to learn, or know the basics but want a bit more, or even if you just want a reminder about the Reformation's significance, then these talks are for you. 


Induction of rev innes macsween


The induction of Rev Innes Macsween to the charge of Assistant Minister of Smithton Church will take place on Saturday 21st October at 2pm.

Innes has recently completed his ministerial training at Edinburgh Theological Seminary and was given a call to become the Assistant Minister at Smithton Church last month.

All are welcome to join with us as we celebrate the beginning of another new and exciting chapter in the life of the congregation.