Bulletin: 1st September

communion

Services today:

11:00am @ Sleat – Communion Service – John 5:19-29- Honour the Son

5:00pm @ Broadford – Evening Worship – 1 Timothy 6:11-21 – Paul’s Closing Charge to Timothy

Mid-week meetings & events:

Wednesday, 7:00pm @ Sleat – Monthly Prayer Meeting

Next Lord’s Day

10:30am @ Sleat – Morning Prayer Meeting

11:00am @ Sleat – Morning worship – John 5:30-49 – Receiving a witness

5:00pm @ Broadford – Evening Worship – Philippians 3:3 – Our Vision – A Worshipping Church

Rotas:

  Door Duty After-church coffee
Sunday, 8th September John Norman & Isobel Mairi M & Carol
Sunday, 15th September Alasdair & Mairi L Dolina & Helen
Sunday, 22nd September Gordon & Dolina Shonnie & Rosie

Notices

Communion & Congregational Lunch

At this morning’s service we will share in the Lord’s Supper.   Anyone visiting the congregation, but in fellowship (and good standing) with a church elsewhere, is welcome to come forward and join us at the appropriate point.

After the service, there will be a congregational lunch at the manse – everyone is welcome to come along.

Mustard Seed Cafe

The Mustard Seed Cafe resumes this week, on Tuesday, 12:00-2:00pm.   The cafe is open to everyone to attend, and is an important part of our work in Broadford.  Most of our congregation probably know people in Broadford – if you would like to see our work in Broadford advance, why not bring people along for lunch on a Tuesday?

We are also looking for a few more volunteers – either staffing the cafe, or providing a soup, or baking.   Please speak to Carol, Isobel, Mairi L. or Mairi M. if you are able to offer some time to support this important work.

Monthly Prayer Meeting

The midweek meeting this Wednesday will return to our usual format – the first Wednesday each month meeting to pray for the work of the congregation.   Please make this meeting a priority.

Sunday Evening Meetings

Sunday evening attendances are really flagging – not just at our Broadford evening service, but across the whole church.   Speaking at the General Assembly earlier this year, Iain D. Campbell said:

“Why should we encourage God’s people to make their holy day last the whole day? Why should we encourage them to be in church twice? Simply because faith, and all its attendant blessings, comes by hearing, and hearing the Word of God – and we cannot get enough of it.”

We want to encourage our congregation to have this sort of longing to hear God’s Word, because on God’s Word as we read it, and hear it preached, will transform our lives.   This passion for preaching is only one part of our vision for the congregation. Through September, Gordon plans to preach over four Sunday evenings on this vision.  Please come along for this refreshing series.

Training Courses

We have a small number of places for a Basic First Aid training course to be held Saturday 26th October, in Sleat.

There is also a Christians Against Poverty money course training day in Glasgow, on Saturday 30th November.   We hope to run this course in Sabhal Mor Ostaig, with new students this year, and are doing so with help from Grace Community Church (Kyle).   Having our own trained volunteers would make running future events a lot easier.

If you are interested in attending either of these courses, please speak to Gordon.

Kyle and South Skye Foodbank

We have a training evening for everyone who is able to be involved with the foodbank, on 11th September 7.15 at the Lighthouse Centre.  This is open to anyone and everyone who would like to be involved in the foodbank.  Laura from Blythswood will be taking the evening, and will cover all the details of running a foodbank, and will answer any questions you may have.

We aim to open the foodbank early in October.  For any further information please contact Lesley Edmonds 544488

Gaelic Services

The Kirk Session are considering starting a Gaelic service to run in conjuncture with the Church of Scotland’s services, to provide a Gaelic service every Lord’s Day, somewhere in South Skye.   We need to know what support/demand there would be for this, so are asking that those interested make their opinions know to Gordon over the next couple of weeks.

Rotas

The current door and coffee duty rotas expire at the end of September. If you are not already on a rota, but would like to help, or are already on, but want to come off a rota, please speak to Gordon.

Denominational News

Free North calls Rev Daniel Paterson as assistant minister

The Free North congregation in Inverness has called Rev Daniel Paterson to be their assistant minister. Mr Paterson, who recently graduated from the Free Church College, will be ordained and inducted at the Free North on Friday 27 September 2013 at 7.30pm with Rev Angus MacRae to preach.

Delegation to meet with Transport Secretary for A9 talks

A Free Church delegation is set to meet with the Transport Secretary for talks about the dualling of the A9. Last week ministers from the Presbytery of Inverness, Lochaber and Ross wrote an open letter urging Keith Brown MSP to dual the A9 as a matter of urgency because they do not want to conduct any more funerals from accidents on the road. Mr Brown wrote directly to Presbytery Moderator Rev Colin Macleod inviting him for a meeting and an opportunity to discuss the Scottish Government’s plans to dual the Inverness to Perth stretch of the A9. The meeting takes place at the Scottish Parliament on Thursday 5 September.

2013 Ayr Bible Convention – 2 to 6 September

The annual Ayr Bible Convention takes place at the beginning of next month, with the usual excellent mix of speakers lined up. Beginning on Monday 2 September, the conference runs each weekday evening at Ayr Free Church, John Street, from 7.30pm. After each talk there will be refreshments as well as an opportunity to buy from the bookstall in the hall.

Wanted: Pioneering rural church worker

The search is on to find a trailblazing church worker who will support some of the most rural congregations in Scotland. The Mull and Coll congregations have sold off surplus property, and are using the proceeds to fund a worker for a minimum of three years to assist congregations in the Argyll region. The salary is expected to be in the region of £18,000 plus expenses and accommodation, which would be provided free of charge at a suitable location. More details are on the Free Church website www.freechurch.org

 

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Bulletin: 25th August

baptismLord’s Day – 25th August 2013

Diary

Services today:

11:00am @ Sleat – Morning Worship – John 5:1-18 – The Authority of the Son of God

6:00pm @ Kyleakin – Joint District Service (John Urquhart preaching) – Addressed by Rosemary Mumbi, Faith & Hope School, Lusaka, Zambia

Mid-week meetings & events:

Wednesday, 7:30pm @ Kyle Free Church – Clive Bailey

Next Lord’s Day

10:30am @ Sleat – Morning Prayer Meeting

11:00am @ Sleat – Communion Service – John 5:1-18 – Honour the Son

5:00pm @ Broadford – Evening Worship – 1 Timothy 6:11-21 – Paul’s Closing Charge to Timothy

Rotas:

  Door Duty After-church coffee
Sunday, 1st September Elders (Communion) Congregational Lunch
Sunday, 8th September John Norman & Isobel Mairi M & Carol
Sunday, 15th September Alasdair & Mairi L Dolina & Helen

Notices

Communion & Congregational Lunch

Next Lord’s Day, at the morning service, we will share in the Lord’s Supper.   Anyone wishing to profess faith in Jesus Christ, and sit at the Lord’s Table for the first time, or join us from another congregation, should contact Gordon to arrange to meet with the Kirk Session.

After the service, there will be a congregational lunch at the manse – everyone is welcome to come along.

Baptism Plans – short overview

The Kirk Session met on Thursday evening and spent some time thinking through our process relating to baptism.   Firstly, we recognise that this is really something believing parents should seek for their children.   Baptism is a sign of inclusion among the people God has made promises to, and the children of one (or both) believing parents have special promises in Scripture.

Secondly, we want to encourage families in taking this step, and understanding what is involved.   Baptism is just as important as communion in the life of the church.   There’s more to it than just taking some vows you hope to keep.   There are promises from God that call for us to have faith in him.   To help families understand these promises (and their responsibilities) Gordon will meet with parents to talk about this, before there’s any talk about meeting with the church’s elders.

But just like we do with communion, we want our people to see clearly the pastoral concern our elders have for families.   So the first time a member wants to bring one of their children for baptism, we’ll invite you to meet with the elders, to pray with you, and encourage you in taking this step in faith.   We realise mums are busy people, so we’re flexible about when this happens.

Baptism is all about the Gospel – God’s message of hope to all people.   As believing parents, you’ll want your wider family to share not just the occasion, but your faith in Jesus too.   So when it comes to organising a date for a baptism service, we want to be accommodate families bringing in visitors from near and far – and we’d encourage you to do this.

Finally, baptism places responsibilities on our congregation too.   So when we have a baptism service, and parents promise to raise their kids in light of and in keeping with God’s promises, we will also ask the congregation to promise to pray for, and welcome these kids into our church family.

Missionary Meeting

The midweek meeting this Wednesday will meet across in Kyle.   Clive Bailey, recently returned from his role as Principal of Colegio San Andrés, Lima, Perú, will be the speaker.   Our own meeting in Sleat on Wednesday is cancelled to allow people to go across.

Christianity Explored

After the schools go back we are planning to begin new Christianity Explored courses.   As Gordon is currently moderator of Presbytery (and therefore really has to attend every meeting) it is expected that the evening meeting will fall on a Thursday.   We can also run groups during the day, over morning coffee if that suits people better.   Please use the invitation cards to invite people to this, or contact Gordon if you would like to attend.

Training Courses

We have a small number of places for a Basic First Aid training course to be held Saturday 26th October, in Sleat.

There is also a Christians Against Poverty money course training day in Glasgow, on Saturday 30th November.   We hope to run this course in Sabhal Mor Ostaig, with new students this year, and are doing so with help from Grace Community Church (Kyle).   Having our own trained volunteers would make running future events a lot easier.

If you are interested in attending either of these courses, please speak to Gordon.

Kyle and South Skye Foodbank

We have a training evening for everyone who is able to be involved with the foodbank, on 11th September 7.15 at the Lighthouse Centre.  This is open to anyone and everyone who would like to be involved in the foodbank.  Laura from Blythswood will be taking the evening, and will cover all the details of running a foodbank, and will answer any questions you may have.

We aim to open the foodbank early in October.  For any further information please contact Lesley Edmonds 544488

Gaelic Services

The Kirk Session are considering starting a Gaelic service to run in conjuncture with the Church of Scotland’s services, to provide a Gaelic service every Lord’s Day, somewhere in South Skye.   We need to know what support/demand there would be for this, so are asking that those interested make their opinions know to Gordon over the next couple of weeks.

 

Denominational News

Induction of Rev Lachie Macdonald – Friday 20 September 2013

The induction of Rev Lachie Macdonald to South Uist and Benbecula Free Church has been confirmed for Friday 20 September 2013. It will be the 33-year-old’s first congregation, having just completed his studies at the Free Church College in Edinburgh.

Wanted: Pioneering rural church worker

The search is on to find a trailblazing church worker who will support some of the most rural congregations in Scotland. The Mull and Coll congregations have sold off surplus property, and are using the proceeds to fund a worker for a minimum of three years to assist congregations in the Argyll region. The salary is expected to be in the region of £18,000 plus expenses and accommodation, which would be provided free of charge at a suitable location. More details are on the Free Church website.

Ministers tell Transport Secretary: No more A9 funerals please

The Presbytery of Inverness, Lochaber and Ross has written to Transport Secretary Keith Brown urging him to dual the A9 as a matter of urgency – because ministers don’t want to conduct any more funerals from accidents on the road. The open letter can be viewed on the Free Church website – it also featured on the front page of the Press and Journal on Wed 21 August.

Pulpit heavyweights in Free Church congregations

Two giants of the pulpit will preach in different Free Church congregations this Sunday (25 August). Former Tron minister Rev Dr Sinclair Ferguson is expected to lead the 11am service at St Peter’s Free Church in Dundee, having joined the congregation’s preaching team on a part-time basis. Rev Steven Lawson, from Mobile Alabama, will preach at the 5.30pm service for St Columba’s Free Church in Edinburgh. Both men are also leading a tour of American guests around Reformation sites in Scotland and England, organised by R.C. Sproule’s Ligonier ministries.

Bulletin: 18th August

TrustLord’s Day – 18th August 2013

Diary

Services today:

11:00am @ Sleat – Morning Worship – John 4:43-54 – Signs and Belief

3:30pm @ Kyleakin – Monthly Afternoon Service

5:00pm @ Broadford – Evening Worship – 1 Timothy 6:2-10 – Godly Contentment

Mid-week meetings & events:

Wednesday, 7:00pm @ Sleat – Monthly Prayer Meeting

Next Lord’s Day

10:30am @ Sleat – Morning Prayer Meeting

11:00am @ Sleat – Morning Worship – John 5:1-18 – The Authority of the Son of God

6:00pm @ Kyleakin – Joint District Service – John Urquhart preaching, also addressed by Rosemary Mumbi, Faith & Hope School, Lusaka, Zambia

Rotas:

  Door Duty After-church coffee
Sunday, 25th August Alasdair & Dolina Lyn-Anne & Isobel
Sunday, 1st September Elders (Communion) Congregational Lunch
Sunday, 8th September John Norman & Isobel Mairi M & Carol

Notices

Monthly Prayer Meeting

The mid-week meeting on Wednesday (21st August) will be our “monthly” prayer meeting.   The focus of the meeting will be the congregation’s work in Broadford.   The meeting will not be about looking horizontally (i.e. towards each other) to generate new ideas, critique what we currently do, or revise our plans.   Instead, we will spend much of the meeting in prayer vertically (i.e. towards God) for specific items to do with our Broadford work.   Please make this meeting a priority if you are able to.

Christianity Explored

After the schools go back we are planning to begin new Christianity Explored courses.   As Gordon is currently moderator of Presbytery (and therefore really has to attend every meeting) it is expected that the evening meeting will fall on a Thursday.   We can also run groups during the day, over morning coffee if that suits people better.   Please use the invitation cards to invite people to this, or contact Gordon if you would like to attend.

Sacrament of Baptism

The bible teaches that the children of believers are to be baptised.   It’s been a few years since we have had a baptism service in the congregation, but the Kirk Session will be meeting to arrange for this in the coming weeks.   Parents seeking baptism for their children should contact Gordon ASAP to arrange for this.   We will have a Kirk Session meeting for this purpose when Alasdair returns, after the 19th August.

Communion & Congregational Lunch

Unfortunately, Gordon’s cousin’s wedding falls the same weekend as our planned communion weekend in September (8th).   This makes it very difficult to have visiting preachers and preparatory services, so the communion will be rescheduled for 1st September.   As this is a fairly short notice change, our usual congregational lunch that weekend will be at the manse.

Anyone wishing to profess faith in Jesus Christ, and sit at the Lord’s Table for the first time, or join us from another congregation, should contact Gordon to arrange to meet with the Kirk Session.

We hope to have a visiting preacher, and preparatory services, at a communion “weekend” in November.

Training Courses

We have a small number of places for a Basic First Aid training course to be held Saturday 26th October, in Sleat.

There is also Christians Against Poverty money course training day in Glasgow, on Saturday 30th November.   We hope to run this course in Sabhal Mor Ostaig, with new students this year, and are doing so with help from Grace Community Church (Kyle).   Having our own trained volunteers would make running future events a lot easier.

If you are interested in attending either of these courses, please speak to Gordon.

Denominational News

Call for conscience clause in gay marriage bill

Conscience clauses similar to existing legislation for abortion should be introduced to the same-sex marriage bill in Scotland, the Free Church has said. In its response to the Scottish Parliament, the Free Church said the proposed legislation offered little protection for individuals who believe marriage is between one man and one woman. The denomination argued that the introduction of such a clause would “provide indisputable guidance” as well as avoiding the need to “establish precedents through the courts”. The deadline for responses to Holyrood is Friday 23 August.

New Porterbrook courses starting in October

The part-time mission-focussed Porterbrook course is now inviting applications. Aimed at Christians of all ages and stages who want to serve the Gospel well and can give a few hours a week to study, Porterbrook provides biblical, practical, contextual, affordable and flexible training. Led by church planter Rev Neil MacMillan, the Edinburgh group begins on 5 October, and it is hoped there will also be regional groups in Dundee and Inverness (led by Rev Calum MacMillan) starting around the same time.

2013 Ayr Bible Convention – 2 to 6 September

The annual Ayr Bible Convention takes place at the beginning of next month, with the usual excellent mix of speakers lined up. Beginning on Monday 2 September, the conference runs each weekday evening at Ayr Free Church, John Street, from 7.30pm. After each talk there will be refreshments as well as an opportunity to buy from the bookstall in the hall.

And Finally…

Hope & Faith School

This coming week, Rosemary Mumbi, of Hope & Faith Christian Community School will be visiting Skye.

Along with addressing next Sunday evening’s District Joint service, a number of other events are planned.     (The preacher at the service will be John Urquhart, but owning to Rosemary’s visit, we have opted to give time to hear of her work in Lusaka rather than holding a communion service this time.)

On Saturday, 24th, there will be a ceilidh/buffet in their honour at Sabhal Mor, old campus, starting at 6.30pm. Contributions toward the cold buffet will be welcome. Entry is free but there will be an opportunity to make a donation toward the work of the school.

Further info from Jean Gillies on 01471 844 281.   For more information about the school, or the local support network here in Skye, visit:

http://www.hopeandfaithschoolngombe.org/

http://www.friendsofhopeandfaith.org/