Update on Poolewe & Aultbea Church Building Project

Date: Wednesday, 18 November 2020
Author: Rev Murdo MacIver

As reported previously, Phase 2 of the new church building project in the Poolewe & Aultbea congregation, the sinking of the foundations, began in February 2020 on a piece of land purchased by the congregation on the main A832 just outside the village of Aultbea. The original article and site photographs appeared on the denominational website on 7th March and subsequently in the April issue of the Witness, by which time, in the Lord’s providence, the Covid-19 pandemic had already brought all work at the site to a sudden halt. This remained the case for fully five months.

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It was an answer to prayer therefore, and a great delight for the congregation, to see our elder Mr Murdo MacDonald and his able team recommence work during the first week of August. Since then, steady and safe progress has been made, as can be seen from the photographs. The timber frame has been erected, and both blockwork and slating of the roof has now begun. The next stage will be to apply render to the blocks and the fitting of external windows and doors to make it wind and watertight before the usual inclement winter weather sets in. Attention can then be turned to planning for all the internal work required. God willing it is hoped to have the building completed and ready for use by the Communion Season commencing 10th June 2021.

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Many readers, both individually and as Deacons’ Courts, have already sent generous donations which have proved invaluable and been put to good use in purchasing building materials. The congregation of Poolewe & Aultbea are greatly humbled and extremely thankful for this kindness shown to us.

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Should any reader still wish to  make a contribution towards this building work please send it, suitably marked, to: Mrs Joanne MacIver, Congregational Treasurer, FC(C) Manse, 6 Pier Road, Aultbea, Achnasheen IV22 2JQ. Above all, please remember this project in prayer.

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