The Parish of Kilninian and Kilmore
The Parish of Kilninian and Kilmore covers the north-west corner of Mull and its largest centre of population is the village of Dervaig, about seven miles west of Tobermory. The present-day Kilmore Church is situated in Dervaig at the junction with the road to Salen.
The church, although not an ancient building, is noteworthy for its round tower, the beauty of its stained glass, and the interior decoration which is in the style made popular by the Arts and Crafts Movement. The church also has a fine Phoenix organ, installed in 2005. The church celebrated its centenary in September 2005, having undergone a complete restoration to the fabric during 2003/4. There is wheelchair access with assistance. The Church Hall, which is situated in the main street of the village, is used regularly by various small community groups as well as for church meetings.
At the present time, the Sunday service takes place at 2 p.m. There is a small but regular local congregation which is frequently increased by visitors, particularly during the summer months. Many of these are long-time visitors to Mull and have become well-known as part of the congregation.
The population in the area, both young and old, has increased considerably over the recent past and Dervaig has a lively primary school, a mothers and toddlers group, and many other community activities taking place. Unfortunately at the moment there is no specific church youth work or Sunday school. There is a well-established ladies’ Bible study group that meets weekly and brings together local ladies from various church fellowships. The desire for the future must be to try to serve our community in a meaningful way and reach out appropriately to encourage all those, of any age, who might wish to know and serve the Lord.
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