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.

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