Feast of Tabernacles 2012 Report.
Once again the bretheren of Maranatha Ministry Church of God, celebrated and kept the Feast of Tabernacles and the Last Great Day in and around the Scottish highlands, with Banavie, Lochaber, just outside Fort William, as our base.
This year the weather was even better than last year with little or no rain throughout the whole of our stay and the sun shone brightly for us every day as you will see if you view the videos of the feast.
We arrived mid-afternoon the day before the feast began which left us plenty of time to get in all our shopping from the local supermarket.
We kept the first day of the feast, a high Sabbath day, with a meal of a selection of cold meats, wines and salad followed by deserts. After, with stomachs full, we listened to an appropriate feast day message given by our church elder, Anthony Steel.
The second day of the feast we journeyed up to Inverness and on our return we stopped off at King Gussie and had an hour or so rummaging around a huge `shed` which was crammed with all sorts of second-hand `collectables`.
On Wednesday we drove the road to Oban and stopped en route to take photos of Castle Stalker, a stronghold which was originally the seat of the Clan McDougall before falling into the hands of the Clan Campbell. It is built on a tidal islet in the waters of Loch Laich, and has been the subject of many a shortbread tin decoration. Our final destination that day was to be the picturesque fishing village of Inveraray, where we visited its` famous jail and walked its` pleasant streets, unfortunately we ran out of time to visit the castle, maybe during some future feast?
Thursday was a very special day for us all but for one in particular. John Evans was baptized in order to be received into the Church of God. The event took place at the beautifully situated `Isles of Glencoe Hotel`, Ballachulish, Glencoe, where they very generously let us have free of charge, the use of their nice, warm swimming pool in which to perform the baptism. This was followed by a very substantial lunch (provided for us by the newly baptised John) in the hotel`s pleasant loch-side restaurant, photos of which can be seen on the video. After lunch we drove the short journey back to the pier-side at Fort William and embarked on a cruise of Loch Linnhe, it was the ideal way to end a perfect day.
On Sunday we motored into Perthshire to visit `The Queen`s View` which overlooks the beautifully set Loch Tummel and after some time spent in the visitor centre there we drove about half a mile and had a picnic on a hillside overlooking the loch. From there we travelled on to the nearby village of Fortingall, well known for its` rows of thatched cottages and the famous `Fortingale Yew`, a tree reputed to be between two and five thousand years old. With plenty of time still to spend we travelled a few more miles to visit Castle Menzies, seat of the Menzies clan, were we spent at least a couple of hours browsing around this interesting, fortified building at our leisure.
Monday was to be our last day for sightseeing and so we kept it local to our accommodation. In the morning we did some `consumer` shopping in Fort William and after lunch some of us went for a walk whilst the rest of us jouneyed the five miles or so to the remote and deserted shores of the very beautiful and inspiring Loch Arkaig.
And so the Last Great Day arrived, and we tucked into another feast of meats and salads, wines and deserts followed by a message, given once again by our church elder, Anthony Steel.
It had been an idyllic, trouble-free Feast of Tabernacles and the Lord had blessed us with perfect weather, good health and loving fellowship. Here`s to next year`s feast, come and join us!