Dr Who and Kintyre’s search for Grace

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Words and photographs Mark Davey

Kintyre is rapidly becoming a hub for space travel and on Sunday it attracted a time traveller.

Dr Who’s famous time machine, Time and Relative Dimensions in Space (TARDIS) halted its journey through the universe as it beamed into Lorne and Lowland church for the community carol service.

Campbeltown Salvation Army’s Major Ben Russell, conducting the service, found himself led on a mission to search for Grace, led by the famous doctor, who seemed vaguely familiar under what appeared to be a blonde wig.

The duos’ hunt included searching for Grace through the church’s pews.

But when you have a TARDIS it is easy to move through time.

So the pair soon found themselves on the First World War frontline, witnessing the famous Christmas football match, between the allies and Germans and reflecting on the war to end all wars.

The theme of the search for Grace, which Major Russell explained is an acronym for: God’s Riches at Christ’s Expense, was interspersed with carols sung by the whole congregation, backed by music from Campbeltown Brass and two carols by the Dalintober School Choir.

As the service neared its climax youngsters created a nativity scene and the famous time lord’s TARDIS cruised into Bethlehem 2018 years ago.

Major Russell said that the baby Jesus was the lord of all time and he singlehandedly could save the world.

A collection held at the service split its takings between the Salvation Army for its charity work round the UK and the Mairi Semple Fund for Cancer.

The first reading from John’s gospel. 25_c50carols02

Major Ben Russell adjusts Dr Who aka Major Ruth Russell’s microphone. 25_c50carols09

The Dalintober School Choir in full song. 25_c50carols08

The nativity scene. 25_c50carols10

Campbeltown Brass accompany a carol. 25_c50carols07