Children who attend a church project in Great Bernera have created a special Advent message, with their own rendition of a popular carol, sung in Gaelic.

The children from Bernera Church of Scotland’s Molaidh Mi E (We will praise Him) group have recorded their verse of Oidhche Shàmhach (Silent Night) with the help of MG Alba, and it’s been included as part of the Church of Scotland’s online Advent calendar today (Wednesday December 18th).

The group, which meets in Bernera church hall every Monday night, was prompted by the recent introduction of fibre optic broadband to the island, which has allowed them to produce their own online creative Christian worship material.

Rev Hugh Stewart, the minister at Lochs-in-Bernera linked with Uig, said:
“Joy is central to the vibrant, vivacious witness of life-affirming Christian faith. Never more so than at this special time of year.

“Christian joy and praise are foundational to the Molaidh Mi E Project, and it’s great to see such wonderfully talented children creatively and joyfully working together to produce Biblically based Gaelic praise materials in today’s quill and parchment: the internet.”

Supporters of the MME Project include Comataidh Gaidhlig, Eaglais na h-Alba and Comunn na Gaidhlig.

Amongst the children involved in the project is Roseanne MacInnes-Smith, a young girl who has had to learn to speak for the third time, following recent life-threatening surgery. Also featured in the video are Joseph Smith-MacInnes, Eva Douglas, Rebecca MacKenzie, Sarah MacKenzie and Carrie Douglas.

You can watch the video at https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/advent-2019/day-18