Bulletin – 20th January

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The Diary

Services Today

11:00am @ Sleat – Morning Worship – 2 Kings 1 – A Final Task

6:00pm @ Kyleakin Village Hall – Micah 6:1-8 – District Joint Communion

Mid-week Meetings & Events

Monday, 4:15pm @ the manse – Youth Ministry Plan Review

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

Tuesday, 7:00pm @ the manse – Christianity Explored

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

Saturday, 12-2:00pm @ Portree Primary School – WFM Lunch

Next Sunday

11:00am @ Sleat – Morning Worship – 2 Kings 2 – Carried Home

5:00pm @ Broadford – Evening Worship –

The Notices

District Joint Communion

This evening there will be a joint service of most congregations in the area.   Gordon hopes to be leading the service, and Stuart Mackinnon will preach, God willing.

Communion at these meetings is open to anyone in good standing with a local church fellowship.

Youth Ministry Plan Review

Susan Maclean will be meeting with our Sunday School team on Monday afternoon, for a review of our work with youth.   Please remember this meeting in your prayers.

Christianity Explored

Tuesday night CE started last week.   Please remember this group in your prayers.

We’re also planning another daytime group in the near future – more suited to people with young families.   Please ask Gordon for more info.

WFM Soup & Pudding Lunch

Women for Mission are having their annual Soup and Pudding Lunch on Saturday, 2nd February 12:00-2:00pm in Portree Primary School.   Entry is by donation for international missions.   In the past a number of people have attended this event – if you’d like to go, as about for a lift.

Kirk Session & Finance Committee

The Finance Committee will meet a week on Monday (4th February).   This will be followed by a meeting of the Kirk Session.

CEplus

Starting in February, we are beginning a follow up to CE – informal, bible based, geared for people seeking the truth – called CEplus.   We want to make this group as assessable as possible, so if interested the options seem to be the first Monday, Thursday or Sunday evening each month.   If you are interested in this group, please talk to Gordon and indicate which evening might best suit you.

Communion & Membership Class

We hope to Prof. John Angus Macleod from the denomination’s training college with us for our next communion weekend, last Sunday in February (24th), in Sleat.

We will organise an optional membership class over two weeks on Monday nights prior to the communion weekend (i.e. 11th & 18th February).   These short sessions will look at what’s involved in membership: both the privileges and responsibilities of membership, as well as looking at the biblical basis for “church membership”.   This class might be ideal for people who have recently become members with us, as well as people thinking about becoming members of a church for the first time.   We expect to run this class twice a year in future.

The Briefing

Mid-week Meetings

We’ve looked at what goes on at our Wednesday night meeting, and who these meetings are for.   This week, we’ll reflect on what role they play in our fellowship.

When there are less than a dozen people gathered for prayer or bible study, that group can have a very intimate “feel” to it, and we can feel free to be open, for example, about items they want to share for prayer.   There’s an old expression, people who pray together stay together – it’s one of the blessings of close fellowship.

Our midweek meeting is steadily growing – last week we had over a dozen attending.   Growing numbers like this means the “feel” may change.   How can we guard against, for example, Wednesday nights might becoming less intimate, or “just another meeting” – when in fact, they should be central in binding together our fellowship as a congregation?   While the intimacy of our meetings might change, we need to be sure they have the same vitality we currently enjoy.   Remembering three things might help us:

  1. Vitality – or life – only comes from the Holy Spirit.   Come to the midweek meeting prayerfully: don’t just expect or assume it will be a time of blessing, come asking God to be at work in you and others.
  2. Fellowship – or Christian unity – is always costly.   Of course we should come to these meetings hoping God will speak to us, and help us.   But cultivate the costly attitude Paul writes about in Philippians 2 – seek the good of others first.
  3. The example of Jesus: he did have the 12, and they were close, but also had a closer bond with Peter, James and John.   Next week, we’ll look at this in a bit more detail.
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Bulletin: 20th January

20th January 2013

Services Today
11:00am @ Sleat – Morning Worship – 1 Kings 21 – A Word of Judgement
3:30pm @ Kyleakin – Afternoon Service
5:00pm @ Broadford – Evening Worship – 2 Peter 3:14-18 – Grow in Grace

Mid-week Meetings
Wednesday, 7:00pm @ Sleat – Weekly Bible Study

Next Sunday
11:00am @ Sleat – Morning Worship – 2 Kings 1 – A Final Task
6:00pm @ Kyleakin Village Hall – District Joint Communion

News and Coming Events (D.V.)

Teens Group
Teens Group meets tonight in the manse, from 7:00-8:30pm.   Teen’s group is for anyone in P7 or secondary school.

Christianity Explored
We are planning a new CE course to begin on Tuesday (22nd January).   The course runs for about 8 weeks, so we expect to be finished in time for Easter.

The Tuesday morning group seemed ideal for people with young families, and we hope to run another group like this in the near future – probably starting in February.   If you are interested in attending either group, please talk to Gordon.

District Joint Communion
Next Lord’s Day evening there will be a joint service of most congregations in the area.   Gordon hopes to be leading the service, and Stuart Mackinnon will preach, God willing.

These quarterly meetings are a great witness to the community, with Christians from different backgrounds coming together to remember Christ’s death.   It is very encouraging to see so many in our wider area – from Lochcarron, to Aird, and from Glenelg to Elgol – gather together, so if you are able to make it along, please do.   Communion at these meetings is open to anyone in good standing with a local church fellowship.

CEplus
After running CE quite intensively for a couple of years there are now a fair number of people who have expressed an interest in going on with something like CE: informal, bible based, geared for people seeking the truth.   Gordon is preparing what will initially be a monthly meeting, called CEplus.

We want to make this group as assessable as possible, but want to avoid clashing with our usual Tuesday evening CE slot.   The options seem to be the first Monday, Friday or Sunday evening each month.   If you are interested in this group, please talk to Gordon and indicate which evening might best suit you.

Communion & Membership Class
We hope to Prof. John Angus Macleod from the denomination’s training college with us for our next communion weekend.   Our “communion plan” was to celebrate the Lord’s Supper the second Sunday in February.   However, to fit in more easily with college terms dates, we have postponed this to the last Sunday in February (24th).   This communion will be in Sleat.

For a while now we have been planning an optional membership class for people thinking about identifying themselves as members of the congregation.   We want to stress that it is optional – attendance is not a requirement for membership!   Nor will attendance “sway” the Kirk Session – membership and taking communion are based on a profession faith in Jesus, not attendance at any meetings.   The class is really to help people think through what church membership involves.

We will organise this over two weeks on Monday nights prior to the communion weekend (i.e. 11th & 18th February).   These short sessions are designed to go over some of the privileges and responsibilities of membership, as well as looking at the biblical basis for “church membership” (an idea some people struggle with).   This class might be ideal for people who have recently become members with us, as well as people thinking about becoming members of a church for the first time.   We expect to run this class twice a year in future.

The Briefing: Mid-week Meetings
Last week we looked at the format of our mid-week meetings.   This week, we’ll look at who these meetings are for.   There’s a perception that mid-week meetings are in some way closed, or private meetings just for members.   Very often, men are particularly put-off coming, out of a fear that they will be pressured to lead in prayer.   It’s worth remembering what happens at our mid-week meetings – teaching and prayer:

Firstly, they are for people who are serious about growing in their faith and knowledge of the Lord.   In Romans Paul wrote, “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.”   One service on a Sunday – about 30 minutes teaching a week – is barely enough to build a serious Christian worldview.   Taped sermons or the internet can be a good supplement to this, but faith is really built up through teaching closely linked to your own life.   So if you are interested in getting deeper into God’s word, to strengthen your faith, mid-week meetings are for you.

Secondly, they are for anyone who cares about the work and witness of our Church.   The Church isn’t like other organisations, growing solely through the efforts of its people.   The Church depends on God to work.   Despite every event we organise, we cannot change a single heart; transform a single life; or comfort a single grieving person, without the Spirit of God working in and through us.   Our corporate congregational prayer meeting – the first Wednesday each month – is vital to the health and wellbeing of our Church.   You might not verbally say much, or anything, while you are there, but you are still part of the fellowship of people praying for God’s blessing in our community.

Of course, for many legitimate reasons (e.g. work, family, distance), people who want a deepening faith and knowledge, or who care deeply about our work and witness, aren’t always able to come.   But the real issue is ensuring that nobody feels they need to have special status or experience before they are willing to come.

Bulletin: 13th January

13th January 2013

Services Today

11:00am @ Sleat – Morning Worship – 1 Kings 19 – Listening for the Voice of God

5:00pm @ Broadford – Evening Worship – 2 Peter 3:1-13 – The Day of the Lord

Mid-week Meetings

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

Next Sunday

11:00am @ Sleat – Morning Worship – 1 Kings 21 – A Word of Judgement

3:30pm @ Kyleakin – Afternoon Service

5:00pm @ Broadford – Evening Worship – 2 Peter 3:14-18 – Grow in Grace

News and Coming Events (D.V.)

Minister Away

Gordon will be away Monday to Thursday this week, at “in service training” in Edinburgh.   If there are any pastoral emergencies, please contact one of the elders in the first instance.

Teens Group

Teens Group meets next Sunday in the manse, from 7:00-8:30pm.   Teen’s group is for anyone in P7 or secondary school.

Christianity Explored

We are planning a new CE course to begin a week on Tuesday (22nd January).   The course runs for about 8 weeks, so we expect to be finished in time for Easter.

The Tuesday morning group seemed ideal for people with young families, and we hope to run another group like this in the near future – probably starting in February.   If you are interested in attending either group, please talk to Gordon.

CEplus

After running CE quite intensively for a couple of years there are now a fair number of people who have expressed an interest in going on with something like CE: informal, bible based, geared for people seeking the truth.   Gordon is preparing what will initially be a monthly meeting, called CEplus.

We want to make this group as assessable as possible, but want to avoid clashing with our usual Tuesday evening CE slot.   The options seem to be the first Monday, Friday or Sunday evening each month.   If you are interested in this group, please talk to Gordon and indicate which evening might best suit you.

Communion & Membership Class

We hope to Prof. John Angus Macleod from the denomination’s training college with us for our next communion weekend.   Our “communion plan” was to celebrate the Lord’s Supper the second Sunday in February.   However, to fit in more easily with college terms dates, we have postponed this to the last Sunday in February (24th).   This communion will be in Sleat.

For a while now we have been planning an optional membership class for people thinking about identifying themselves as members of the congregation.   We want to stress that it is optional – attendance is not a requirement for membership!   Nor will attendance “sway” the Kirk Session – membership and taking communion are based on a profession faith in Jesus, not attendance at any meetings.   The class is really to help people think through what church membership involves.

We will organise this over two weeks on Monday nights prior to the communion weekend (i.e. 11th & 18th February).   These short sessions are designed to go over some of the privileges and responsibilities of membership, as well as looking at the biblical basis for “church membership” (an idea some people struggle with).   This class might be ideal for people who have recently become members with us, as well as people thinking about becoming members of a church for the first time.   We expect to run this class twice a year in future.

The Briefing: Mid-week Meetings

Over the next few weeks I want to encourage us in how we use our mid-week meetings.   There are probably some misunderstandings about what mid-week meetings are for, and who can, or should, attend.     This week, we’ll look at the format of our Wednesday night meetings.

Most weeks the meeting is a bible study.   The aim of these studies is to increase people’s working understanding of what the Bible teaches.   At the moment we’re working through a study on the person and work of Jesus.   Other times we will work through a particular book of the Bible, or focus on practical themes, e.g. prayer.   It is helpful if people have read the study notes before coming along, as the discussion closely follows the material we are studying, and the main purpose of this type of meeting is in-depth bible teaching.   These weeks, an elder will pray at the beginning of the meeting.

It’s helpful to think of prayer as the “engine room” of the church, so once a month (the first Wednesday) we devote the whole meeting to pray for the work and witness of our congregation.   A full set of prayer-notes are provided, ideally the Sunday before.   We read through these first and clarify points, if anyone has questions about them.   We then break into small groups and spend time in open prayer going through the items listed, and anything else people feel led to pray for.   If you can commit to only one Wednesday a month, this meeting would be the one I’d urge you to make time for.

Next week, we’ll think about who should be attending these meetings.