Sleat & Strath Free Church

Bulletin – 12th January



Services today:

11:00am @ Sleat – Morning Worship – John 8:1-11 – A Woman’s Tale

5:00pm @ Broadford Village Hall – Evening Worship – 1 Samuel 25 – Another Woman’s Tale

Mid-week meetings & events:

Tuesday, 12:oo-1:30pm @ Broadford Village Hall – Mustard Seed Cafe

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

Next Lord’s Day

11:00am @ Sleat – Morning Worship – John 8:12-30 – “I am the light of the world”

3:30pm @ Kyleakin Free Church – Monthly Service

5:00pm @ Broadford Village Hall – Evening worship – 1 Samuel 27-31 – National Calamity


Duty rotas

Please collect a copy of the Sunday morning duty rotas as you leave.

Mustard Seed Cafe

The Mustard Seed Cafe resumes this Tuesday lunchtime.   The Cafe tea are always on the lookout for people who might be willing to help, so please contact Carol (822 419) for a space on the roster.

Christianity Explored

It has been a while since we’ve had a CE group running, but there is now a concerted effort to begin a new group towards the end of January.   If you are interested in coming yourself, or know someone who is, please speak to Gordon.

Finance Committee

The Finance committee will meet a week on Wednesday (22nd January), at 8:00pm, after the midweek meeting.

Gift Aid & Envelopes

New envelopes are available from Donald John (833 207).   If you would like to Gift Aid your givings, please ask for a form to do so.   This enables us to claim about 20% more from your donations if you are a tax payer.

Discipleship Explored

DE is a follow up course to Christianity Explored, designed with people who want to go on in the faith after CE in mind.   It introduces many key Biblical teachings about the benefits Christians have because of their faith and connection with Christ.

This course would really benefit people who have recently been converted, whether in membership or not.   Please think about this – again, we hope to have this ready to run towards the end of January, or into February.

Denominational News

Rev David Randall accepts Falkirk call

On Tuesday night (7 January) Rev David Randall accepted a call to be the next minister of Falkirk Free Church. The 42-year-old arrives with his wife Linnea and four children from Newmilns in Ayrshire. Mr Randall had been a Church of Scotland minister, but left due to the denomination’s continued departure from the Bible on various issues. Falkirk has been without a minister since May, when Rev Norman Mackay left to establish a new church group in Govan, Glasgow. An induction date will be announced soon.

Tain manse family to feature on TV documentary

A former BBC producer is to feature in a fly-on-the-wall documentary looking at the role of the minister’s wife in Scottish churches. Mairi MacAulay, who is married to Tain and Fearn Free Church minister Rev Alasdair MacAulay, is one of three wives featuring on the special series on BBC Alba. For the past 18 months a camera crew have been following  the MacAulays from Alasdair’s completion of his studies for the ministry to the nitty gritty of parish life in Easter Ross. The first episode is on Friday (10 January) at 8.30pm, and will be available afterwards to watch on BBC iPlayer for seven days.

Prayer request for work of Home Missions Board

The chairman of the Home Missions Board (HMB) Rev Derek Lamont is taking a one-month sabbatical from the St Columba’s congregation in Edinburgh to focus on the work of the wider Free Church. The HMB’s remit encompasses ministry matters like redevelopment and church extension charges, finance and youth work. Please pray for wisdom as the HMB works with Presbyteries to produce plans for the way ahead given the spiritual needs of the nation and the financial limitations the Free Church faces as it matches expenditure to income.

Royalty expected at Free Church General Assembly

Prince Edward will be Her Majesty The Queen’s representative at the 2014 General Assembly, it has been announced. Although the Earl of Wessex will primarily be involved with the Church of Scotland’s Assembly across the road at New College, it is expected that he will make a short address to the Free Church General Assembly which meets in St Columba’s Free Church at the top of the Royal Mile on Johnston Terrace. It is the first time that Prince Edward has been the Lord High Commissioner – last year it was Baron Selkirk of Douglas. The General Assembly runs from 19-23 May.