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Bulletin – 23rd March

Diary

Services today:

11:00am @ Sleat – Morning Worship – John 10:22-42 - All that John said about this man

5:00pm @ Broadford – 2 Samuel 5-6 - Jerusalem

Mid-week meetings & events:

Tuesday, 12:00-2:00pm @ Broadford Village Hall – Mustard Seed Cafe

Wednesday, 7:00pm @ Sleat – Monthly Prayer Meeting

Next Lord’s Day

11:00am @ Sleat – Morning Worship – John 11 - Lazarus and the Tears of God

6:30pm @ Broadford – Faith Mission Convention - Gospel Meeting

Rotas

Date Door Tea
30th March J.N. & Mairi L. Kate & Dolina
6th April Gordon & Carol Communion
23rd March Alasdair & Kate Mairi M & Isobel

 

Notices

Skye Convention – Faith Mission

This weekend sees the annual Skye Convention, organised by the Faith Mission.   Meetings are:

  • Thursday & Friday – 7:30pm – Kyleakin Church of Scotland
  • Saturday – 10:00am – Prayer Meeting at Kyleakin Church of Scotland
  • Saturday – 4:00pm and 7:00pm – Broadford Village Hall
  • Sunday – 6:30pm – Gospel Meeting at Broadford Village Hall
  • Sunday – 8:15pm – Closing Convention Meeting at B.V.H.

Our service next Sunday evening will close for this this.

Communion Service

The next communion service in the congregation will be held Sunday 6th April.   Anyone wishing to profess faith in Jesus Christ for the first time, or join the congregation from another church, is invited to contact Gordon in advance, to arrange to meet with the Kirk Session.

Denominational News

Wanted: new name for Free Church children’s magazine

The search is well and truly on for a new name for the Free Church of Scotland’s children’s magazine. There have been many changes to The Instructor since 1906, and now it has been decided to find a more appropriate title. A competition has been launched in the March edition of the magazine, with a top prize on offer for the winner. It is hoped the new name will first appear on the 2014 October edition. Please send your entries to the editor: Mrs Irene Howat, 57 Garvine Road, Coylton, Ayr, KA6 6NZ.

Special offer for new book by Professor Donald Macleod

The Free Church bookshop in Edinburgh will continue its special offer on Professor Donald Macleod’s new book until the end of March. The hotly anticipated ‘Christ Crucified: Understanding the atonement’ is available for purchase from 21 March. Retailing at £16.99, the bookshop is offering a special deal of just £10.50 per copy. To place your order email bookshop manager Charlie Douglas at bookshop@freechurchofscotland.org.uk

New e-book on Thomas Guthrie out now

A new e-book about the role of the family from a leading Free Church minister at the time of the Disruption has been made available on Amazon. ‘God’s Institution of the Family’, based on a famous General Assembly address by Rev Dr Thomas Guthrie in 1862, is a challenging short paper on the Biblical responsibilities of Christian parents and their covenanted children. The e-book has been carefully pieced together by Guthrie enthusiast and blogger Mr Andrew Murray. Download from Amazon for 77p.

Former London City minister nominated for top US church role

A former Free Church minister in London is expected to be called as senior minister of one of the biggest Presbyterian congregations in America. Rev David Strain, who studied at the Free Church College in Edinburgh and pastored the London City congregation for five years, has been unanimously recommended to the post at the 2,100-member First Presbyterian Church of Jackson, Mississippi by its Kirk Session. Mr Strain is expected to follow in the footsteps of Ligon Duncan.

New edition of Free out now

The April/May edition of Free magazine is now available. This issue has an interview with a Christian vet, and also a feature on the pitfalls of superstition.

Trotternish spring mission

We give thanks for the attendance at the Trotternish Spring Mission event on Sunday. Around 100 people came along to the special praise evening.

Thanks from FCYC kitchen

A huge thank you to the volunteers who got in touch after last week’s appeal for kitchen helpers at the youth conference. We are pleased that three extra people can help the team. Please remember to pray for those involved with the conference, which runs from 21-23 March.

Sexual temptation – Proverbs 7

Coatbridge minister Rev Ivor MacDonald has written a helpful guide for those struggling with sexual temptation. Based on a sermon on Proverbs 7, it can be read on the Free Church website.

Bulletin – 12th January

Diary

Services today:

11:00am @ Sleat – Morning Worship – John 8:1-11 - A Woman’s Tale

5:00pm @ Broadford Village Hall – Evening Worship – 1 Samuel 25 - Another Woman’s Tale

Mid-week meetings & events:

Tuesday, 12:oo-1:30pm @ Broadford Village Hall – Mustard Seed Cafe

Wednesday, 7:00pm @ Sleat – Weekly Bible Study

Next Lord’s Day

11:00am @ Sleat – Morning Worship – John 8:12-30 - “I am the light of the world”

3:30pm @ Kyleakin Free Church – Monthly Service

5:00pm @ Broadford Village Hall – Evening worship – 1 Samuel 27-31 - National Calamity

Notices

Duty rotas

Please collect a copy of the Sunday morning duty rotas as you leave.

Mustard Seed Cafe

The Mustard Seed Cafe resumes this Tuesday lunchtime.   The Cafe tea are always on the lookout for people who might be willing to help, so please contact Carol (822 419) for a space on the roster.

Christianity Explored

It has been a while since we’ve had a CE group running, but there is now a concerted effort to begin a new group towards the end of January.   If you are interested in coming yourself, or know someone who is, please speak to Gordon.

Finance Committee

The Finance committee will meet a week on Wednesday (22nd January), at 8:00pm, after the midweek meeting.

Gift Aid & Envelopes

New envelopes are available from Donald John (833 207).   If you would like to Gift Aid your givings, please ask for a form to do so.   This enables us to claim about 20% more from your donations if you are a tax payer.

Discipleship Explored

DE is a follow up course to Christianity Explored, designed with people who want to go on in the faith after CE in mind.   It introduces many key Biblical teachings about the benefits Christians have because of their faith and connection with Christ.

This course would really benefit people who have recently been converted, whether in membership or not.   Please think about this – again, we hope to have this ready to run towards the end of January, or into February.

Denominational News

Rev David Randall accepts Falkirk call

On Tuesday night (7 January) Rev David Randall accepted a call to be the next minister of Falkirk Free Church. The 42-year-old arrives with his wife Linnea and four children from Newmilns in Ayrshire. Mr Randall had been a Church of Scotland minister, but left due to the denomination’s continued departure from the Bible on various issues. Falkirk has been without a minister since May, when Rev Norman Mackay left to establish a new church group in Govan, Glasgow. An induction date will be announced soon.

Tain manse family to feature on TV documentary

A former BBC producer is to feature in a fly-on-the-wall documentary looking at the role of the minister’s wife in Scottish churches. Mairi MacAulay, who is married to Tain and Fearn Free Church minister Rev Alasdair MacAulay, is one of three wives featuring on the special series on BBC Alba. For the past 18 months a camera crew have been following  the MacAulays from Alasdair’s completion of his studies for the ministry to the nitty gritty of parish life in Easter Ross. The first episode is on Friday (10 January) at 8.30pm, and will be available afterwards to watch on BBC iPlayer for seven days.

Prayer request for work of Home Missions Board

The chairman of the Home Missions Board (HMB) Rev Derek Lamont is taking a one-month sabbatical from the St Columba’s congregation in Edinburgh to focus on the work of the wider Free Church. The HMB’s remit encompasses ministry matters like redevelopment and church extension charges, finance and youth work. Please pray for wisdom as the HMB works with Presbyteries to produce plans for the way ahead given the spiritual needs of the nation and the financial limitations the Free Church faces as it matches expenditure to income.

Royalty expected at Free Church General Assembly

Prince Edward will be Her Majesty The Queen’s representative at the 2014 General Assembly, it has been announced. Although the Earl of Wessex will primarily be involved with the Church of Scotland’s Assembly across the road at New College, it is expected that he will make a short address to the Free Church General Assembly which meets in St Columba’s Free Church at the top of the Royal Mile on Johnston Terrace. It is the first time that Prince Edward has been the Lord High Commissioner – last year it was Baron Selkirk of Douglas. The General Assembly runs from 19-23 May.

Bulletin: 15th December

Child is born

Diary

Services today:

11:00am @ SMO – Joint Christmas Service & the College - “For unto us a child is born”

5:00pm @ Broadford – Evening Service – 1 Samuel 23-24 - David: “I will not kill the Lord’s Anointed”

Mid-week meetings & events:

Wednesday, 7:00pm @ Sleat – Weekly Bible Study

Friday, 7:00pm @ The Manse – Mince Pies & Mulled Wine

Next Lord’s Day (22nd December)

11:00am @ Sleat – Morning Worship – J.N. Macdonald

5:00pm @ Kyleakin Free Church – Evening Worship – Cameron Tallach

Sunday 29th December

11:00am @ Sleat – Morning Worship – J.N. Macdonald

6:00pm @ Kyleakin Village Hall – Joint District Communion

New Year’s Day

12:00 Midday @ Sleat – New Year’s Day Service

 

Notices

Mince Pies & Mulled Wine

The annual mince pie eating competition at the manse will be help on Friday 20th, from 7:00pm.   Feel free to pop in any time that evening for some mince pies and mulled wine (other snacks and beverages will be available).

Annual Leave

Gordon expects to be away on annual leave from Saturday, 21st December, for about two weeks.   Please contact the elders in the event of any urgent pastoral concerns.

Meetings over Christmas / New Year (D.V.)

The services next Lord’s Day will be conducted by J.N. Macdonald and Cameron Tallach.   Please note, the evening service will be in Kyleakin Free Church, as there is a fund-raising event in the Broadford Village Hall on Saturday.

The mid-week meetings on Wednesdays 25th December and 1st January are cancelled, however there will be a noon service on New Year’s Day, at the church in Sleat.

The morning service on the 29th December will be lead by J.N. Macdonald.   The evening service will be a quarterly joint district communion service in Kyleakin Village Hall, where John Murdo Macdonald (Grace Community Church, Kyle) will preach.

 

Denominational News

Missions co-ordinator appointed to Ayrshire congregations

Ayr and Kilwinning have become the first Free Church congregation to appoint a missions co-ordinator with the specific aim of helping to communicate the Bible to an unbelieving world. Free Church missionary Clive Bailey, who was previously headmaster of one of the biggest Christian schools in Peru, has accepted the role. Clive’s duties include promoting and developing a missional mindset for the congregation, exploring possible avenues of training for individuals or groups in the field of mission, as well as examining good practice elsewhere in the Free Church and the possibilities of similar implementation in the Ayrshire area.

New elders and deacons for Livingston

Last week the Livingston Free Church congregation ordained a new elder and two new deacons, as well as inducting another elder. Iain MacIver and Professor John Angus Macleod are the new elders, and they are joined by Andy Murray and Kenny Sutherland. Do remember these men in their new duties as well as the work of the Livingston congregation.

Passing of Rev Hugh M Ferrier

We are sad to announce the passing of former Free Church Moderator Rev Hugh M Ferrier. His funeral will be held today (Wednesday 11 December) at 12.30pm in the Free North in Inverness. Mr Ferrier was ordained and inducted to Golspie in 1952 and served subsequently at Knockbain, Partick and the Free North before retiring in 1990. We offer his family our deepest sympathy in their loss but we are comforted by the fact that a valiant soldier has gone home to the Lord.

Rev David Robertson in live TV debate with Peter Tatchell

Rev David Robertson is going head to head with veteran British gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell in a televised debate about the future of marriage tonight (Wednesday 11 December). At 9pm the minister of St Peter’s Free Church in Dundee will square off with Mr Tatchell on Christian broadcaster Revelation TV. Tune in on Freesat channel 692, Sky channel 581 or online: http://www.revelationtv.com/webdev/

New website consultation

The Free Church is moving towards redeveloping its denominational website and would like to hear from its visitors. A survey has been set up for website users to complete online: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FNJ6SXM Suggestions can also be emailed to: Gordon@freechurchofscotland.org.uk

Bulletin: 1st December (Aargh! It’s December already?)

Diary

Services today:

11:00am @ Sleat – Communion Service

5:00pm @ Kyleakin – Evening Communion Service (Both conducted by Alasdair Macdonald (Dunblane Free Church))

Mid-week meetings & events:

Tuesday, 12-2:00pm @ Broadford Village Hall – Mustard Seed Cafe

Wednesday, 7:00pm @ Sleat – Congregational Meeting, followed by Monthly Prayer meeting.

Next Lord’s Day

10:30am @ Sleat – Morning Prayer Meeting

11:00am @ Sleat – Morning Service - J.N. Macdonald

5:00pm @ Broadford – Evening Service – 1 Samuel 20-22 - David: Fugitive

Rotas:

  Door Duty After-church coffee
8th December J.N. & Mairi M. Isobel & Carol
15th December Gordon Service at SMO
22nd December J.N. & Mairi L. Kate & Dolina

Notices

Communion Service

Today we welcome Alasdair Macdonald, minister at Dunblane Free Church, as our visiting preacher.   Alasdair was minister at Drumchapel Free Church, where Gordon worshipped as a student in Glasgow.

Service Next Lord’s Day Morning

Gordon expects to be away, taking the morning service in Raasay, next Lord’s Day.   J.N. Macdonald will take the service in Sleat.

Strath & Sleat Over-65s Lunch

The annual over-65’s Christmas lunch is been organised.   This will be on Friday 6th December (no venue on the mail I was given about this!).   Please contact Steve or Mary Fennel for more info or booking.

Congregational Meeting

The Finance Committee have requested a congregational meeting to present the 2011 accounts.   This will take place at the beginning of the meeting on Wednesday 4th December.   We expected this to take only a short time at the start of the meeting, which will be followed by our usual monthly prayer meeting.

Philippines Disaster

The Free Church has committed to send at least £10,000 to support OMF’s disaster fund, following Typhoon Haiyan, which struck the Philippines last week.   If you wish to give anything to this appeal, please put it in an envelope marked “Philippines Disaster” (with your envelope number or name if you are registered for Gift Aid.)

Christmas Joint Service

Our annual Christmas joint family service with the Sleat part of the Church of Scotland congregation will be in Sabhal Mor Ostaig, on Sunday 15th December, at 11:00am.   Donations of Christmas themed baking would be appreciated.

While we aren’t called anywhere in Scripture to celebrate the birth of Jesus, it is always a good evangelistic opportunity to share the message of the Gospel – that God the son became a man, dwelt among us, and offered his life as a sacrifice for many.   Please bring family and friends along to this service.

 

Denominational News

Morningside church plant gets its own building

The Morningside church plant group in Edinburgh led by Rev Neil MacMillan will hold their first service in their new church building this Sunday (1 December). The group were gifted The Old Schoolhouse on Morningside Road by a Brethren fellowship who were stopping their own services.

Four new deacons for flourishing Glasgow City Free Church

Following consultation with the congregation, Deacons Court and Kirk Session earlier in the year, four new deacons were ordained and inducted to the diaconate at Glasgow City Free Church last Sunday with Rev Dr Colin Dow officiating. This brings their total number of deacon to 14.

Encouragement from the north coast of Scotland

The Thurso and North Coast congregation have had a busy and encouraging November.  Three new members joined at the recent communion, a coffee morning in Thurso raised £600 for charity, and finally a men’s retreat took place in Helmsdale. Please do continue to remember the work of our congregations in the North Coast team ministry.

Response to independence white paper

A Free Church spokesman has responded to the Scottish Government’s white paper on independence. He said he was disappointed that the paper did not properly recognise the Church’s place in society. Read the full article on the Free Church website: http://www.freechurch.org

Thanks from our OMF missionaries

This week the Free Church of Scotland received a ‘thank you’ email from OMF missionaries Neil and Rachel Rae who are serving in Manila in the Philippines. The Free Church donated £10,000 from its Disaster and Relief Fund to help ongoing relief work following the recent typhoons. Donations to the fund have been coming in from all over Scotland, and a very generous £660 was raised from a special collection at the induction of Rev Robert Macleod to the Tarbert and Lochgilphead congregations last weekend.

Bulletin – 17th November

Services today:

11:00am @ Sleat – Morning Worship – John 7:25-39 - Thirsty & Overflowing Hearts

3:30pm @ Kyleakin Free Church – Monthly Service – 2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1 -  You shall be my people

5:00pm @ Broadford Village Hall – Evening Worship – John Caldwell.

Mid-week meetings & events:

Tuesday, 12-2:00pm @ Broadford Village Hall – Mustard Seed Cafe

Wednesday, 7:00pm @ Sleat – Weekly Bible Study

Next Lord’s Day

10:30am @ Sleat – Morning Prayer Meeting

11:00am @ Sleat – Morning Worship – John 7:40-52 - What to make of Jesus’ incredible claims?

6:00pm @ Kyleakin Church of Scotland – Monthly Joint Service

Rotas:

  Door Duty After-church coffee
Sunday, 24th November J.N. & Shonnie Elena & Rosie
Sunday, 1st December Gordon & J.N. Communion
Sunday, 8th December Alasdair & Mairi M. Isobel & Carol

Notices

Services Today

This evening Gordon is on Presbytery duty taking the evening service in Glenelg.   The evening service in Broadford at 5:00pm will be takne by John Caldwell.   John worships in the Portree Free Church congregation, and is an RE teacher at Portree High School.

Congregational Meal

Thank you to everyone involved with the congregational meal on Friday evening.   It was a great night, and well worth all the effort.

Congregational Meeting

The Finance Committee have requested a congregational meeting to present the 2011 accounts.   These are nowhere near the latest set of congregational accounts, so there is no intention to take long presenting them, in fact the Kirk Session propose doing so at the beginning of the usual weekly Bible Study on Wednesday 27th November, taking no more than 15 minutes.   Copies are available on request (ideally by email, to save printing).

Communion

God willing, we will have communion on Sunday, 1st December.   We hope to have Alasdair MacDonald (Dunblane) with us for the Saturday and Sunday.   Preparatory services will be in Kyleakin Free Church, but as with the last “Strath” communion, we expect to have the Lord’s Supper at both services that Sunday.

Anyone wishing to profess their faith in Christ, and sit at the Lord’s Table for the first time should contact Gordon, or one of the elders.

Philippines Disaster

The Free Church has committed to send at least £10,000 to support OMF’s disaster fund, following Typhoon Haiyan, which struck the Philippines last week.   There will be a special collection for this next Lord’s Day.

Joint Service with Church of Scotland

The evening service next Lord’s Day will be a joint service with the church of Scotland congregation.   This will be a communion service in Kyleakin Church of Scotland at 6:00pm.

Denominational News

Induction of Rev Robert Macleod to Tarbert and Lochgilphead

The induction of former hospital chaplain Rev Robert Macleod to Tarbert and Lochgilphead is expected to take place on Saturday 23 November at 2pm. The service will be held in the Tarbert Free Church building.

Presbytery praise for revitalised Kiltarlity

A previously struggling congregation on the outskirts of Inverness has been praised by its Presbytery after being completely transformed over the past decade. At one point there had been a question mark hanging over the future of Kiltarlity Free Church, but God has blessed the work to the extent there are now up to 60 people coming to its morning services every week and new converts attending the midweek meetings. You can read about the encouraging findings on the Free Church website: http://www.freechurch.org .

Christianity in Scotland’s schools conference – Saturday 23 November

The first conference for over a decade looking at the role of Christianity in Scotland’s schools takes place in Dundee on Saturday 23 November. Organised by the Solas Centre for Public Christianity, the ‘Education, Education, Education’ conference begins at 9.15am in St Peter’s Free Church, tickets are priced £15 (concessions available). The speakers are Rev Dr Sinclair Ferguson, Luc Bussiere, Mike Reeves and Rev David Robertson, with subjects including ‘educating children in the home and church’.

Vacancy: College Secretary/Assistant Librarian

The Free Church College in Edinburgh is advertising for a College Secretary/Assistant Librarian. The successful applicant would be will be responsible for a wide range of duties including: administrative support to the College Principal and other staff, acting as Secretary to the College Board and the Senate, responding to enquiries from students and helping to maintain the College library. Details on how to apply are on the Free Church website. The closing date for applications is Thursday 28 November. Current incumbent Joan MacLennan will soon be retiring.

Plockton congregation successful in building bid

A Wester Ross congregation are rejoicing after acquiring their own premises in Plockton after effectively being homeless for 30 years. The Plockton Free Church congregation were successful in their bid to buy the former Church of Scotland building in the middle of the picturesque village and expect to gain entry in the New Year. They hope to fund the sale and development of the building by selling surplus land.

Bulletin: 3rd November (Its November already!!!)

Diary

Services today:

11:00am @ Sleat – Morning Worship – Matthew 20 The Parable of the Labourers

5:00pm @ Broadford Village Hall – Evening Worship – 1 Samuel 17 David & Goliath

Mid-week meetings & events:

Tuesday, 12-2:00pm @ Broadford Village Hall – Mustard Seed Cafe

Wednesday, 7:00pm @ Sleat – Monthly Prayer Meeting

Next Lord’s Day

10:30am @ Sleat – Morning Prayer Meeting

11:00am @ Sleat – Morning Worship – John 7 What does unbelief look like?

4:00pm @ Broadford Village Hall – Evening Worship – 1 Samuel 18-19 Popularity & Envy

Rotas:

  Door Duty After-church coffee
Sunday, 10th Nov. Gordon & Isobel Carol & Mairi M
Sunday, 17th Nov. Alasdair & Mairi L. Rosie & Helen
Sunday, 3rd November J.N. & Shonnie Elena & Rosie

Notices

Congratulations

Congratulations to Lyn-Anne and John MacKinnon, on the birth of John Donald last week.   May they all know God’s blessing and protection in these days of joy.

First Aid Training

Congratulations as well to Kate MacRae, Fiona MacKinnon, Carol MacPherson and Isobel Taylor, who have passed the Emergency First aid at Work certificate.

Sunday 10th November

At last week’s Presbytery meeting, Gordon was appointed Interim Moderator of the Durinish congregation.   This was done to take pressure off Marcos, whose father remains unwell in Spain.   On Sunday, 10th November, Gordon plans to take the evening meeting in Dunvegan.   The 5:00pm service in Broadford that day will be rescheduled for 4:00pm, to enable Gordon to travel up for 6pm.   Please pray for the congregation there, but also for the Presbytery as we begin to think about how we will meet the financial burden of a ministry there.

Congregational Meal

We plan to hold a congregational dinner on Friday, 15th November, at the church in Sleat.   After the Wednesday evening meeting, there will be time for a bit of planning for this.   Ideally a couple of people will prepare hot main courses, and others can bring desserts.

Kirk Session

The Kirk Session will meet on Thursday at 7:00pm in the Sleat Church.

Finance Committee

The Finance Committee will meet on Monday, 11th November, at 7:30pm, in the Sleat Church.

Communion

God willing, we will have communion on Sunday, 1st December.   We hope to have Alasdair MacDonald (Dunblane) with us for the Saturday and Sunday.   Preparatory services will be in Kyleakin Free Church, but as with the last “Strath” communion, we expect to have the Lord’s Supper at both services that Sunday.

Anyone wishing to profess their faith in Christ, and sit at the Lord’s Table for the first time should contact Gordon, or one of the elders.

Denominational News

New minister for Lochgilphead and Tarbert

Two rural congregations in Argyll are rejoicing after experienced hospital chaplain Rev Robert Macleod accepted an invitation to become their minister. Mr Macleod, who originally began his ministry in the Argyll area, is set to pastor the Lochgilphead and Tarbert congregations under a special local arrangement. It is hoped that an induction will take place before the end of the year, with details to be announced in due course.

Winter lectures at Falkirk Free Church – Friday 8 November

One of Scotland’s leading theologians will be giving a set of expositions on the book of Colossians over the winter months at Falkirk Free Church. Professor Donald Macleod, former Principal of the Free Church College in Edinburgh, will give the first talk on Friday 8 November beginning at 7.30pm.

Govan church plant goes Stateside

The minister of a church plant in one of the most deprived areas of Scotland is to speak at a special missionary conference in the USA later this month. Rev Norman Mackay, who heads up the G51 church plant in Govan, Glasgow, will travel to Pennsylvania to be part of the Global Outreach Week from 8-10 November. It is being organised by Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, whose minister Rev Dr Liam Goligher recently visited Scotland. Donations are still greatly welcomed towards the work in Govan.

Meet Suraj – the vision for Nepal

A Christian convert from Hinduism who is now studying for the ministry at the Free Church College has shared his burden for an evangelistic church in Nepal. Suraj Kasula, who came to the UK in 2009 to study tourism at Ayr College, attends St Columba’s Free Church in Edinburgh. The 26-year-old is in the final year of a theology degree, but hopes to begin a Masters which would complete his studies for the ministry. He has a remarkable testimony having grown up with Hinduism in Nepal, and falling into the street gang culture including running battles with the police. Suraj plans to return to his homeland after finishing his Masters to share the Gospel with his compatriots

Bulletin – 20th October

It’s been a few weeks since we last updated this – sorry, just had lots of higher priorities than updating the website!

Diary

Services today:

10:30am @ Sleat – Morning Prayer Meeting

11:00am @ Sleat – Morning Worship - Bill McClelland

5:00pm @ Broadford – Evening Worship - Bill McClelland

Mid-week meetings & events:

Tuesday, 12-2:00pm @ Broadford Village Hall – Mustard Seed Cafe

Wednesday, 7:00pm @ Sleat – Weekly Bible Study

Next Lord’s Day

10:30am @ Sleat – Morning Prayer Meeting

11:00am @ Sleat – Morning Worship: John 7 - The Feast of Booths

6:00pm @ Sleat – Joint Service with the Church of Scotland

Rotas:

  Door Duty After-church coffee
Sunday, 27th October Gordon & Carol Mairi M & Isobel
Sunday, 3rd November J.N. & Mairi L Shonnie & Lyn-anne
Sunday, 10th Nov. Gordon & Isobel Carol & Mairi M

Notices

Services Today

Gordon is away this weekend, assisting at Communion services in Gravir Free Church on Lewis.   Bill McClelland will take the morning service, and the evening meeting will take the form of a testimony meeting, where Bill will speak about God’s work in his own life.   Please make every effort to bring friends along to this meeting – we expect there will be advertisements in the WHFP.

Unfortunately, Gordon has been unable to get supply cover for today’s 3:00pm service.  The service has been cancelled.

Rotas

A couple of folk have mentioned that the rota on this bulletin is different to the printed one.   Please check you aren’t relying on the earlier “draft” rota that was circulated – the printed version in the lobby is correct.

Mid-week Meeting

Gordon will be away on Wednesday night – at Daniel Sladek’s induction in Edinburgh.   Please keep Daniel in your prayers as he works through his first term in particular.   Writing a new course is a demanding workload.

Monthly Joint Service

Next Lord’s Day will be the monthly joint service with the Church of Scotland.   The service will be followed by the usual cup of tea and time for fellowship.

Denominational News

The Big Free Rally – Saturday 26 October

Billed as ‘THE young people’s event of the year’, over 300 are expected to gather at the Big Free Rally in Smithton-Culloden Free Church in Inverness on Saturday 26 October. If you need transport from Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee or Stornoway please email  laura@freechurchofscotland.org.uk before 18 October. Entry is £3 (transport £10), bring a packed lunch.

Induction of Rev Daniel Sladek as Old Testament Lecturer

The induction of Rev Daniel Sladek as Free Church College lecturer will take place in Buccleuch Free Church, Edinburgh, on Wednesday 23 October at 7pm. The recent Commission of Assembly approved Mr Sladek’s appointment at the College for a period of three years.

Concern at Church of Scotland plans to remove worship from schools

A Free Church minister has described religious observance proposals from the Church of Scotland, that would remove Christian worship from Scottish schools, as being “as useless as a wet paper bag on a rainy day”. Rev David Robertson spoke out after the national Church unveiled its plans for ‘Time for Reflection’ – which critics believe “capitulates to the secularist agenda”. The Kirk said in its submission to the Scottish Parliament that their plans would make for a “genuinely inclusive society”.

Rev Dr Sinclair Ferguson backs Govan church plant

One of the world’s most prominent Presbyterian preachers has got behind the pioneering attempt to plant a church in one of the neediest areas in Glasgow. Rev Norman Mackay, who is originally from Govan, is aiming to start a church group in the community he grew up in. And his bid has been backed by Rev Dr Sinclair Ferguson, who recently returned to Scotland after ministering in the States for a decade.

Scholarship launched for youth worker diploma

The Free Church has launched a new scholarship fund for youth worker training. The Free Church College recently rolled out a youth worker Diploma course, which can be completed by web-based part-time study. Students will cover a range of topics such as ‘communicating God’s word through social media’. Costs will be dramatically reduced under the new scheme, meaning that any applicants from a Free Church congregation would only have to pay £250 – around a quarter of the original course fee. It is hoped that this diploma course will help raise the standard of youth work to enable congregations to better engage with young people.