Bulletin: 15th December

Child is born


Services today:

11:00am @ SMO – Joint Christmas Service & the College – “For unto us a child is born”

5:00pm @ Broadford – Evening Service – 1 Samuel 23-24 – David: “I will not kill the Lord’s Anointed”

Mid-week meetings & events:

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

Friday, 7:00pm @ The Manse – Mince Pies & Mulled Wine

Next Lord’s Day (22nd December)

11:00am @ Sleat – Morning Worship – J.N. Macdonald

5:00pm @ Kyleakin Free Church – Evening Worship – Cameron Tallach

Sunday 29th December

11:00am @ Sleat – Morning Worship – J.N. Macdonald

6:00pm @ Kyleakin Village Hall – Joint District Communion

New Year’s Day

12:00 Midday @ Sleat – New Year’s Day Service



Mince Pies & Mulled Wine

The annual mince pie eating competition at the manse will be help on Friday 20th, from 7:00pm.   Feel free to pop in any time that evening for some mince pies and mulled wine (other snacks and beverages will be available).

Annual Leave

Gordon expects to be away on annual leave from Saturday, 21st December, for about two weeks.   Please contact the elders in the event of any urgent pastoral concerns.

Meetings over Christmas / New Year (D.V.)

The services next Lord’s Day will be conducted by J.N. Macdonald and Cameron Tallach.   Please note, the evening service will be in Kyleakin Free Church, as there is a fund-raising event in the Broadford Village Hall on Saturday.

The mid-week meetings on Wednesdays 25th December and 1st January are cancelled, however there will be a noon service on New Year’s Day, at the church in Sleat.

The morning service on the 29th December will be lead by J.N. Macdonald.   The evening service will be a quarterly joint district communion service in Kyleakin Village Hall, where John Murdo Macdonald (Grace Community Church, Kyle) will preach.


Denominational News

Missions co-ordinator appointed to Ayrshire congregations

Ayr and Kilwinning have become the first Free Church congregation to appoint a missions co-ordinator with the specific aim of helping to communicate the Bible to an unbelieving world. Free Church missionary Clive Bailey, who was previously headmaster of one of the biggest Christian schools in Peru, has accepted the role. Clive’s duties include promoting and developing a missional mindset for the congregation, exploring possible avenues of training for individuals or groups in the field of mission, as well as examining good practice elsewhere in the Free Church and the possibilities of similar implementation in the Ayrshire area.

New elders and deacons for Livingston

Last week the Livingston Free Church congregation ordained a new elder and two new deacons, as well as inducting another elder. Iain MacIver and Professor John Angus Macleod are the new elders, and they are joined by Andy Murray and Kenny Sutherland. Do remember these men in their new duties as well as the work of the Livingston congregation.

Passing of Rev Hugh M Ferrier

We are sad to announce the passing of former Free Church Moderator Rev Hugh M Ferrier. His funeral will be held today (Wednesday 11 December) at 12.30pm in the Free North in Inverness. Mr Ferrier was ordained and inducted to Golspie in 1952 and served subsequently at Knockbain, Partick and the Free North before retiring in 1990. We offer his family our deepest sympathy in their loss but we are comforted by the fact that a valiant soldier has gone home to the Lord.

Rev David Robertson in live TV debate with Peter Tatchell

Rev David Robertson is going head to head with veteran British gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell in a televised debate about the future of marriage tonight (Wednesday 11 December). At 9pm the minister of St Peter’s Free Church in Dundee will square off with Mr Tatchell on Christian broadcaster Revelation TV. Tune in on Freesat channel 692, Sky channel 581 or online: http://www.revelationtv.com/webdev/

New website consultation

The Free Church is moving towards redeveloping its denominational website and would like to hear from its visitors. A survey has been set up for website users to complete online: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FNJ6SXM Suggestions can also be emailed to: Gordon@freechurchofscotland.org.uk


Bulletin: 1st December (Aargh! It’s December already?)


Services today:

11:00am @ Sleat – Communion Service

5:00pm @ Kyleakin – Evening Communion Service (Both conducted by Alasdair Macdonald (Dunblane Free Church))

Mid-week meetings & events:

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

Wednesday, 7:00pm @ Sleat – Congregational Meeting, followed by Monthly Prayer meeting.

Next Lord’s Day

10:30am @ Sleat – Morning Prayer Meeting

11:00am @ Sleat – Morning Service – J.N. Macdonald

5:00pm @ Broadford – Evening Service – 1 Samuel 20-22 – David: Fugitive


  Door Duty After-church coffee
8th December J.N. & Mairi M. Isobel & Carol
15th December Gordon Service at SMO
22nd December J.N. & Mairi L. Kate & Dolina


Communion Service

Today we welcome Alasdair Macdonald, minister at Dunblane Free Church, as our visiting preacher.   Alasdair was minister at Drumchapel Free Church, where Gordon worshipped as a student in Glasgow.

Service Next Lord’s Day Morning

Gordon expects to be away, taking the morning service in Raasay, next Lord’s Day.   J.N. Macdonald will take the service in Sleat.

Strath & Sleat Over-65s Lunch

The annual over-65’s Christmas lunch is been organised.   This will be on Friday 6th December (no venue on the mail I was given about this!).   Please contact Steve or Mary Fennel for more info or booking.

Congregational Meeting

The Finance Committee have requested a congregational meeting to present the 2011 accounts.   This will take place at the beginning of the meeting on Wednesday 4th December.   We expected this to take only a short time at the start of the meeting, which will be followed by our usual monthly prayer meeting.

Philippines Disaster

The Free Church has committed to send at least £10,000 to support OMF’s disaster fund, following Typhoon Haiyan, which struck the Philippines last week.   If you wish to give anything to this appeal, please put it in an envelope marked “Philippines Disaster” (with your envelope number or name if you are registered for Gift Aid.)

Christmas Joint Service

Our annual Christmas joint family service with the Sleat part of the Church of Scotland congregation will be in Sabhal Mor Ostaig, on Sunday 15th December, at 11:00am.   Donations of Christmas themed baking would be appreciated.

While we aren’t called anywhere in Scripture to celebrate the birth of Jesus, it is always a good evangelistic opportunity to share the message of the Gospel – that God the son became a man, dwelt among us, and offered his life as a sacrifice for many.   Please bring family and friends along to this service.


Denominational News

Morningside church plant gets its own building

The Morningside church plant group in Edinburgh led by Rev Neil MacMillan will hold their first service in their new church building this Sunday (1 December). The group were gifted The Old Schoolhouse on Morningside Road by a Brethren fellowship who were stopping their own services.

Four new deacons for flourishing Glasgow City Free Church

Following consultation with the congregation, Deacons Court and Kirk Session earlier in the year, four new deacons were ordained and inducted to the diaconate at Glasgow City Free Church last Sunday with Rev Dr Colin Dow officiating. This brings their total number of deacon to 14.

Encouragement from the north coast of Scotland

The Thurso and North Coast congregation have had a busy and encouraging November.  Three new members joined at the recent communion, a coffee morning in Thurso raised £600 for charity, and finally a men’s retreat took place in Helmsdale. Please do continue to remember the work of our congregations in the North Coast team ministry.

Response to independence white paper

A Free Church spokesman has responded to the Scottish Government’s white paper on independence. He said he was disappointed that the paper did not properly recognise the Church’s place in society. Read the full article on the Free Church website: http://www.freechurch.org

Thanks from our OMF missionaries

This week the Free Church of Scotland received a ‘thank you’ email from OMF missionaries Neil and Rachel Rae who are serving in Manila in the Philippines. The Free Church donated £10,000 from its Disaster and Relief Fund to help ongoing relief work following the recent typhoons. Donations to the fund have been coming in from all over Scotland, and a very generous £660 was raised from a special collection at the induction of Rev Robert Macleod to the Tarbert and Lochgilphead congregations last weekend.