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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