13th January 2013
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
Wednesday, 7:00pm @ Sleat – Weekly Bible Study
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.)
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 meets next Sunday in the manse, from 7:00-8:30pm. Teen’s group is for anyone in P7 or secondary school.
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.
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.