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.

 

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