Bulletin: 12th May

Diary

Services Today

10:30am @ Sleat – Morning Prayer Meeting

11:00am @ Sleat – Morning Worship – John 3 – You must be born again

5:00pm @ Broadford – Evening Worship – 1 Timothy 2:11-15 – Women in authority?

Mid-week Meetings & Events

Wednesday, 7:00pm – Monthly Prayer Meeting

Next Sunday

10:30am @ Sleat – Morning Prayer Meeting

11:00am @ Sleat – Morning Worship – In darkness & In Light

3:30pm @ Kyleakin – Afternoon Worship

5:00pm @ Broadford – Evening Worship – 1 Timothy 3:1-7 – Qualification for Elders

Notices

Summer Duty

With tourist season just beginning (and maybe better weather, too!), this year it’s worth making sure we are working hard to welcome visitors in a helpful way.   Following this morning’s service, please remain behind if you are willing to help with:

  • Door Duty / Welcome Team – we are looking principally for members who can greet people arriving at services, distribute bibles and psalm books, and sit near visitors to help them, e.g. finding their way about Sing Psalms.
  • After Service Tea / Coffee – we hope to put a rota in place for people to provide a cup of tea or coffee after the service.   Because we normally rush off after the service, it’s very difficult to take time to talk to visitors, and share in fellowship together.

Evening Service – Next Week

At next week’s evening service, we will reach 1 Timothy 3.   This chapter addresses the qualifications for elders and deacons.   As one of the more pressing concerns we face as a congregation is a lack of eligible men to serve as elders, I want to request that as many as possible make the effort to attend Sunday evening’s meeting in Broadford next Sunday.   The thrust of the sermon will be looking at what we need to earnestly ask God to provide for our church.   Please make an extra effort to attend.

Joint Service – Last Sunday in May

The last Sunday in May, we will host the monthly joint service with the Church of Scotland.   The service will be addressed by Iain Alisdair Macdonald of SASRA (Soldiers’ & Airmen’s Scripture Readers Association).   Iain has spoken at our joint fellowships before, and it will be good to welcome him once again.   The collection on the night will go towards supporting the work of SASRA.

General Assembly

Please pray for the General Assembly meeting in Edinburgh later this month.   As the Free Church faces challenging financial circumstances, the church’s expenditure is under rigorous review.   One area where some believe substantial savings can be made is the Free Church College, and the way we train our ministers.   Please pray for wisdom in how we approach these issues in the short term, but also provide for the long term health of the church.

Denominational News

Free Church College end of session ceremony

The Free Church College end of session ceremony will take place in Presbytery Hall, Edinburgh, on Friday 17 May at 7.30pm. As well as awards and prizes to present students, retiring Principal John L Mackay will address students who are going out to serve within the Free Church and the wider Christian community. This is a good opportunity for friends and supporters to see the College building, and meet the staff and students.  If you are able to come along it will be greatly appreciated by both staff and students.

Vacancy: assistant drug and alcohol support worker, Inverness

The Free North congregation in Inverness wishes to appoint a drug and alcohol support worker at its Road to Recovery offices at Madras Street, Inverness. This service provides assistance to those suffering from addictions. A job description is available to view on both the Free Church (www.freechurch.org) and Free North (www.freenorthchurch.org) websites. For more details contact Free North minister Rev Colin Macleod by email: colin.macleod@sky.com

Gair Hall in Bonar Bridge to reopen

The Gair Hall in Bonar Bridge will officially reopen on Saturday 18 May, after a complete internal renovation. The hall is the usual place of worship for the Bonar Bridge Free Church congregation, which is linked with Lairg. Saturday 18 May also marks the 170th anniversary of the Disruption, and Professor John McIntosh from the Free Church College will be giving a talk in the evening about the history of the Free Church. There will also be a joint thanksgiving service in the Gair Hall on the Sunday morning (19 May), where Professor McIntosh, whose uncle was minister in nearby Creich, will preach.

2013 Free Church of Scotland General Assembly

The 2013 Free Church General Assembly takes place in Edinburgh from 20-24 May. Most of the reports will be available to download from the Free Church website (www.freechurch.org) on Monday 13 May. Supplementary reports will become available before the start of the Assembly.

Summer supply needed for Arran Free Church

Arran Free Church’s interim moderator Rev Kenny Boyd has issued an open invitation to lay preachers and retired ministers to consider doing a few services with the congregation over the summer – particularly the months of July and August. The manse is well equipped for families, and interested parties can contact Kenny on: kenneth@boyd151.orangehome.co.uk

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