Bulletin – 24th March

Diary

Services Today

10:30am @ Sleat – Morning Prayer Meeting

11:00am @ Sleat – Morning Worship – John 1:1-18 (3) – John the Baptist

6:30pm @ Broadford Village Hall – Faith Mission Gospel Meeting

Mid-week Meetings & Events

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

Tuesday, 7:00pm @ The Manse – Christianity Explored

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

Saturday, 10:30am @ Kyle Free Church – Praise Workshop

Next Sunday

10:30am @ Sleat – Morning Prayer Meeting

11:00am @ Sleat – Morning Worship – John Norman Macdonald

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

Notices

Christianity Explored

Please remember, this is the last week of the current CE group.

Faith Mission Convention

This weekend is the Faith Mission convention has been taking place at Broadford and Kyleakin.   The main speaker is Rev. George Macaskill, retired from Stornoway APC.   George is a fantastic preacher, and his messages will be worth making an effort hear.   Our own evening service in Broadford tonight will be cancelled to avoid over-burdening us with meetings.   The Faith Mission meeting tonight will be at 6:30pm in the Broadford Village Hall.

Broadford Manse “Deep Clean”

We expect to have the Broadford Manse on the market within the next few weeks.   Last week, all the old furniture and rubbish was cleared.   We now need to make sure the manse is clean and fit for photographing for the sale brochure.   A date for this is provisionally set for Thursday 28th at 10am.   As many volunteers as possible will make the job a lot quicker.   Please bring brushes, cloths, cleaning materials, window wipes etc.   Most rooms have wooden floor boards, but some have old lino coverings, so a mop or two might be useful as well.

Joint District Communion

The next joint district communion service will be Sunday, 31st March – Easter Sunday – at 6:00pm in the Kyleakin Village Hall.

Minister Away

Gordon will be on leave for about 10 days, from Saturday.   The morning service next Lord’s Day will be conducted by John Norman Macdonald, with our evening service cancelled for the joint district communion in Kyleakin.   The following Sunday morning is TBA, but the evening service in Broadford will be conducted by Stuart MacKinnon (Elgol).   In the event of any pastoral emergencies, please contact the elders in the first instance.

Denominational News

Board of Trustees workshop

Representatives from the main boards and committees of the Free Church and every Presbytery met at Greyfriars Free Church in Inverness to discuss issues facing the denomination over the next five years. Delegates were reminded of the purpose of the Church and discussed a vision of what the denomination will look like if that calling is fulfilled. The chairmen of the Home Missions, International Missions and College Boards all reflected on what this would mean for their respective areas. The final aspect of the discussion looked at how limited resources may be allocated in the current financial climate realising this vision and building God’s kingdom.

Marriage bill “completely nonsensical”

The Jedi Knights could soon be officiating at weddings in Scotland under plans to redefine marriage by the Scottish Government, according to the Free Church of Scotland. The Free Church described the Government’s plans to create a third category of marriage as “completely nonsensical”. The comments came as the denomination responded to the second consultation on the redefinition of marriage in Scotland, which it continues to vehemently oppose. The story attracted worldwide media interest.

New minister for Leith Free Church

Inverness Greyfriars Free Church assistant Rev Gavino Fioretti is set to create history by becoming the first-ever Italian minister in Edinburgh after accepting a call to Leith Free Church. An induction for the 38-year-old father-of-four, who is originally from Sardinia, is expected to take place on Saturday 20 April at 2pm.

Induction of Rev Andrew Coghill to Scalpay

The induction of Rev Andrew Coghill to Scalpay Free Church is expected to take place on Wednesday 27 March at 7pm. A special service welcoming Mr Coghill will be hosted in the Tarbert Church of Scotland building – as the usual place of worship in Scalpay is too small for the occasion.

Churchman criticises £1.6m Government grant to gay rights group

Rev David Robertson has criticised the Scottish Government’s decision to award a leading gay rights group £1.6 million of taxpayers’ money for its own schools programme. David, minister of St Peter’s Free Church in Dundee and director of the Solas Centre for Public Christianity, condemned all homophobic bullying in Scottish schools but argued the decision to give the Equality Network £1.6 million is unwise and unhelpful.

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