Bulletin: 22nd September

Diary

Services today:

10:30am @ Sleat – Morning Prayer Meeting

11:00am @ Sleat – Morning worship – John 6:1-15 – Leftovers

3:30pm @ Kyleakin  – Afternoon Service – Acts 2:42-47 (Part 2 – Fellowship)

5:00pm @ Broadford – Evening Worship – Genesis 12:1-4 – Our Vision – Evangelism

Mid-week meetings & events:

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

Wednesday, 7:00pm @ Sleat – Weekly Bible Study

Next Lord’s Day

10:30am @ Sleat – Morning Prayer Meeting

11:00am @ Sleat – Morning worship – John 6:16-59 – The Bread of Life

6:00pm @ Kilmore CofS – Joint Service with Church of Scotland

Rotas:

  Door Duty After-church coffee
Sunday, 29th September John Norman & Kate Elena & Dolina
Sunday, 6th October TBC TBC
Sunday, 13th October TBC TBC

Notices

3rd Sunday Kyleakin Service

Please note the rescheduled “Third Sunday” service in Kyleakin is this afternoon at 3:30pm.

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.

Joint Service with Church of Scotland

The service next Lord’s Day evening will be the monthly joint service with the Church of Scotland.   This service will be held in Kilmore Church, and will be led by Roddy Macrae (D.V.)

Rotas

Please inspect the new rotas in the lobby – if you are unable to carry out duties any of these Sundays, please inform Gordon ASAP.

Denominational News

Rev Daniel Paterson induction as Free North assistant minister

The induction of Rev Daniel Paterson as assistant minister of the Free North congregation in Inverness takes place on Friday 27 September 2013. Please note the earlier start time of 7pm. It will be Mr Paterson’s first ministry, having just completed his studies at the Free Church College in Edinburgh. Dingwall minister Rev Angus MacRae will preach the sermon. All welcome.

Stirling church plant progress

The church plant in Stirling has progressed to the extent that the group are now holding weekly services. This Sunday (22 September) former UCCF man Kenny Robertson will take the service, and the following week the guest preacher will be Rev Jeremy Ross from Poolewe and Aultbea Free Church in Wester Ross. Weekly 6pm services are held in the Guide hall, Glebe Avenue.

Prayer request – Dumbarton Christianity Explored course

Congregations have been urged to pray for the upcoming Christianity Explored course run by Dumbarton Free Church at a local hotel. A special evangelistic radio advert has been recorded and will air on the local radio station in advance of the sessions – which begin on Thursday 26 September.

A profitable Sunday – new guide by Rev Dr Iain D Campbell

Day One has published a short booklet on what makes a profitable Sunday for Christians studying at school, college or university. Written by former Free Church Moderator Rev Dr Iain D Campbell, the 20-page A5-sized guide encourages students to put their books away on the Lord’s Day and get involved in the life and work of their local church. Copies are available from Day One (email: sales@dayone.co.uk or call: 01568 613740) and are aimed at churches ministering to students.

New Gaelic Psalter

A new edition of a Gaelic Psalter, which is orthographically compatible with the 1992 production of the Gaelic Bible, is available from the Stornoway Religious Bookshop. The price of the Psalm Book will initially be £7.99.

Best-selling Christian author launches Story-a-month club

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The editor of the Free Church’s children’s magazine has launched a web-based club to share stories of real-life Christian heroes and heroines. Irene Howat’s ‘Story-a-Month Club’ seeks to promote wholesome role models for children rather than be led by celebrity culture. More details are available on the club’s website: http://www.story-a-month-club.org.uk/

Meetings: Prayer Point

Please prayerfully remember two meetings this week:

  • The College Board – who oversee the denomination’s training college in Edinburgh – meeting on Monday.
  • The Skye & Wester Ross Presbytery meeting on Tuesday.
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Bulletin: 15th September

Fellowship

Diary

Services today:

10:30am @ Sleat – Morning Prayer Meeting

11:00am @ Sleat – Morning worship – D.J. Stewart (Elder, Plockton & Kyle)

5:00pm @ Broadford – Evening Worship – Acts 2:42-47 – Our Vision – Teaching & Fellowship

Mid-week meetings & events:

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

Wednesday, 7:00pm @ Sleat – Weekly Bible Study

Next Lord’s Day

10:30am @ Sleat – Morning Prayer Meeting

11:00am @ Sleat – Morning worship – John 6:1-15 – Leftovers

3:30pm @ Kyleakin &

5:00pm @ Broadford – Evening Worship – Genesis 12:1-4 – Our Vision – Evangelism

Rotas:

  Door Duty After-church coffee
Sunday, 22nd September Gordon & Dolina Shonnie & Rosie
Sunday, 29th September John Norman & Kate Elena & Dolina
Sunday, 6th October TBC TBC

Notices

Visiting Preacher

This morning’s service is led by D.J. Stewart, from Kyle Free Church, while Gordon is away preaching in Raasay this morning.   We welcome D.J. to our pulpit, and hope we will experience God’s blessing as opens the word to us.

3rd Sunday Kyleakin Service

Today was due to be the third Sunday service in Kyleakin.   As Gordon is away, this has been postponed to next Lord’s Day at 3:30pm.

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.

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

Please inspect the new rotas in the lobby – if you are unable to carry out duties any of these Sundays, please inform Gordon ASAP.

Denominational News

Rev David Robertson urges Holyrood MSPs not to redefine marriage

Rev David Robertson has urged politicians to take a long-term view of the damage caused by redefining marriage, rather than focusing on short-term media soundbites. The St Peter’s Free Church minister made the comments as he appeared before the Scottish Parliament’s Equal Opportunities Committee – which is scrutinising the Marriage and Civil Partnership Bill.

Induction of Rev Lachie MacDonald to South Uist and Benbecula

The induction of Rev Lachie Macdonald to South Uist and Benbecula Free Church takes place on 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. The special service begins at 7pm in Southend Community Hall, Daliburgh, South Uist, with Rev Ewen Matheson to preach.

Govan church planter to address WEC centenary celebration

Rev Norman Mackay from the Govan G51 church plant in Glasgow will give a keynote address at a special centenary event for WEC International at Smithton-Culloden Free Church in Inverness on Saturday 21 September, 12.30pm. Missionary organisation WEC was founded in Britain 1913, and has been sharing the Gospel all over the world through preaching and discipleship ever since. Both Mr Mackay and his wife Alison served as WEC missionaries in the east for many years before joining the Free Church.

Rev Dr John Nicholls starts at Smithton-Culloden Free Church

Widely-respected preacher and international conference speaker Rev Dr John Nicholls will soon begin as associate minister at Smithton-Culloden Free Church. Dr Nicholls will take special responsibility for training the office-bearers and the congregation in leadership and evangelism as well as ministering to the wider church and community. His first Sunday preaching is 22 September, having retired from London City Mission earlier this year.

Plockton congregation hopes to buy church building

The Plockton Free Church congregation is hoping to buy its own premises, after the building it currently worships in was put up for sale. The group has met in the Church of Scotland building in Plockton for the last 30 years, and the A-listed church has now been put on the market for offers over £90,000. If sold to a private developer, it would mean that Plockton becomes a community without a church building. Anyone wishing to support the congregation’s bid can contact Plockton and Kyle minister Rev Roddie Rankin by emailing badicaul@tiscali.co.uk or calling 01599 534 990.

Simple (and fun) Doctrine: The Trinity

Spotted this a few weeks back, but I’ve been enjoying it again.

It’s a helpful video in that it demonstrates one of the biggest problems with explaining the Trinity – analogies don’t work.   This shouldn’t really surprise us – one of God’s characteristics is his holiness.   The root meaning of the Hebrew wordset we translate as “holy” is other, or separate.   And that’s one of the greatest truths about God – he is other, totally different to anything in his creation.   But before we get carried away with this, and end up thinking of God as remote, we need to remember that God the Son took on flesh, and dwelt among us.   Our God may be “other” but that doesn’t mean remote.

Bulletin – 8th September

Diary

Services today:

11:00am @ Sleat – Morning worship – John 5:30-47 – Receiving a witness

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

Mid-week meetings & events:

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

Thursday, 7:30pm @ Carbost – Missionary Meeting

Next Lord’s Day

10:30am @ Sleat – Morning Prayer Meeting

11:00am @ Sleat – Morning worship – D.J. Stewart (Elder, Plockton & Kyle)

5:00pm @ Broadford – Evening Worship – Acts 2:42-47 – Our Vision – Teaching & Fellowship

Rotas:

  Door Duty After-church coffee
Sunday, 15th September Alasdair & Mairi L Dolina & Helen
Sunday, 22nd September Gordon & Dolina Shonnie & Rosie
Sunday, 29th September John Norman & Kate Elena & Dolina

Notices

Mustard Seed Cafe

The Mustard Seed Cafe resumed last week.   Thanks to everyone who contributes to making it a success.

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.

Evening Service

This evening’s service in Broadford has been moved to Kyleakin, as the Hall will not be completely cleaned after a wedding reception on Saturday.

Midweek Bible Study

Because of the meeting in Carbost on Thursday evening, we’ve decided to cancel our own meeting on Wednesday evening this week.

Kyleakin Service

Because Gordon is preaching on Raasay next Sunday morning – and will not be back until the 4:30pm ferry, the afternoon service in Kyleakin has been postponed until the following week (22nd September).

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

Presbytery delegation meets with Transport Secretary for A9 talks

On Thursday (5 September) a delegation from the Presbytery of Inverness, Lochaber and Ross met with Transport Minister Keith Brown about the dualling of the A9. Presbytery Moderator Rev Colin Macleod said he appreciated the Scottish Government’s invitation for the meeting, but unfortunately the talks did not show any real progress for dualling Scotland’s most dangerous road, which will not be completed until 2025 at the earliest.

Rev David Robertson to question MSPs on gay marriage

Rev David Robertson will speak at the Scottish Parliament next week as MSPs scrutinise gay marriage legislation. David will be the Free Church’s representative giving oral evidence to the Equal Opportunities Committee on Thursday 12 September at 8.30am. The meeting will be broadcast live via the Scottish Parliament website. Please do pray for David and the issue of marriage ahead of this important opportunity.

Best-selling Christian author launches Story-a-month club

The editor of the Free Church’s children’s magazine has launched a web-based club to share stories of real-life Christian heroes and heroines. Irene Howat’s ‘Story-a-Month Club’ seeks to promote wholesome role models for children rather than be led by celebrity culture. More details are available on the club’s website: here.

Mummified “Disruption cat” found under church floorboards

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Church renovation can often turn up a few interesting discoveries, but the Dornoch has taken the biscuit after finding a “mummified” cat underneath its floorboards. The mystery moggy was uncovered a few feet in front of the old pulpit by Glasgow City’s Rev Dr Colin Dow, who was helping out with the renovation work during his holidays. Because the building was originally built in 1844, experts believe the cat could well date back to the Disruption. The Dornoch Free Church building is undergoing a £400,000 renovation project which will see it transformed into a multi-purpose facility for the community.