Sleat & Strath Free Church

Bulletin: 15th December



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:

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: Suggestions can also be emailed to: