Bulletin – 20th October

It’s been a few weeks since we last updated this – sorry, just had lots of higher priorities than updating the website!

Diary

Services today:

10:30am @ Sleat – Morning Prayer Meeting

11:00am @ Sleat – Morning Worship – Bill McClelland

5:00pm @ Broadford – Evening Worship – Bill McClelland

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 7 – The Feast of Booths

6:00pm @ Sleat – Joint Service with the Church of Scotland

Rotas:

  Door Duty After-church coffee
Sunday, 27th October Gordon & Carol Mairi M & Isobel
Sunday, 3rd November J.N. & Mairi L Shonnie & Lyn-anne
Sunday, 10th Nov. Gordon & Isobel Carol & Mairi M

Notices

Services Today

Gordon is away this weekend, assisting at Communion services in Gravir Free Church on Lewis.   Bill McClelland will take the morning service, and the evening meeting will take the form of a testimony meeting, where Bill will speak about God’s work in his own life.   Please make every effort to bring friends along to this meeting – we expect there will be advertisements in the WHFP.

Unfortunately, Gordon has been unable to get supply cover for today’s 3:00pm service.  The service has been cancelled.

Rotas

A couple of folk have mentioned that the rota on this bulletin is different to the printed one.   Please check you aren’t relying on the earlier “draft” rota that was circulated – the printed version in the lobby is correct.

Mid-week Meeting

Gordon will be away on Wednesday night – at Daniel Sladek’s induction in Edinburgh.   Please keep Daniel in your prayers as he works through his first term in particular.   Writing a new course is a demanding workload.

Monthly Joint Service

Next Lord’s Day will be the monthly joint service with the Church of Scotland.   The service will be followed by the usual cup of tea and time for fellowship.

Denominational News

The Big Free Rally – Saturday 26 October

Billed as ‘THE young people’s event of the year’, over 300 are expected to gather at the Big Free Rally in Smithton-Culloden Free Church in Inverness on Saturday 26 October. If you need transport from Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee or Stornoway please email  laura@freechurchofscotland.org.uk before 18 October. Entry is £3 (transport £10), bring a packed lunch.

Induction of Rev Daniel Sladek as Old Testament Lecturer

The induction of Rev Daniel Sladek as Free Church College lecturer will take place in Buccleuch Free Church, Edinburgh, on Wednesday 23 October at 7pm. The recent Commission of Assembly approved Mr Sladek’s appointment at the College for a period of three years.

Concern at Church of Scotland plans to remove worship from schools

A Free Church minister has described religious observance proposals from the Church of Scotland, that would remove Christian worship from Scottish schools, as being “as useless as a wet paper bag on a rainy day”. Rev David Robertson spoke out after the national Church unveiled its plans for ‘Time for Reflection’ – which critics believe “capitulates to the secularist agenda”. The Kirk said in its submission to the Scottish Parliament that their plans would make for a “genuinely inclusive society”.

Rev Dr Sinclair Ferguson backs Govan church plant

One of the world’s most prominent Presbyterian preachers has got behind the pioneering attempt to plant a church in one of the neediest areas in Glasgow. Rev Norman Mackay, who is originally from Govan, is aiming to start a church group in the community he grew up in. And his bid has been backed by Rev Dr Sinclair Ferguson, who recently returned to Scotland after ministering in the States for a decade.

Scholarship launched for youth worker diploma

The Free Church has launched a new scholarship fund for youth worker training. The Free Church College recently rolled out a youth worker Diploma course, which can be completed by web-based part-time study. Students will cover a range of topics such as ‘communicating God’s word through social media’. Costs will be dramatically reduced under the new scheme, meaning that any applicants from a Free Church congregation would only have to pay £250 – around a quarter of the original course fee. It is hoped that this diploma course will help raise the standard of youth work to enable congregations to better engage with young people.