Sleat & Strath Free Church

Bulletin: 18th May



Services today:

11:00am @ Sleat – Morning Worship – John 13:18-30 – Judas – The Great Betrayal

3:30pm @ Kyleakin – Monthly Afternoon Service

5:00pm @ Broadford Village Hall – Evening Service – 2 Samuel 13-14 – Family Fortunes

Mid-week meetings & events:

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

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

Next Lord’s Day

11:00am @ Sleat – Morning Worship – John 13:31-38 – A New Commandment & Some Supreme Over-Confidence

6:00pm @ Venue TBC – Monthly Join Service with Church of Scotland (Church of Scotland hosting)


Date Door Tea
25th May Gordon & Isobel Carol & Mairi
1st June Alasdair & Mairi L Rosie & Helen
8th June J.N. & Shonnie Elena & Rosie



Holiday Club Fund Raiser

Thank you for all the help at the Holiday Club fund raiser on Saturday.


A soup and pudding lunch in aid of Skye YMCA will be held on Saturday 31st May from 12 noon to 2pm at the Old Library, Bayfield Road, Portree.

CWI Annual Tour

We hope to have Ru Maclean, recently appointed as CWI’s Scotland rep., on Sunday, 1st June, at the morning service.   The previous Friday evening, he, along with Mike Moore and David Zadock, will be speaking at Tigh-na-Sgire in Portree.

South Skye and Lochalsh Foodbank

Lynne Kearns writes, “We are especially looking for volunteers to man the Foodbank for 2 hours on a Friday every four / five weeks but also people to help with stock and driving.   We are having an open meeting on Tuesday 10 June 7.30 pm in the Lighthouse Centre and we invite anyone who wants to find out more to attend.  Or call in at the Lighthouse Centre on Fridays, leave their details and I will contact them.”

Denominational News

General Assembly Week

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Alternative ministry arrangements to be discussed

The Home Missions Board (HMB) is presenting plans for alternative ministry arrangements, which would allow congregations to appoint a minister on a flexible basis with a potential reduction in stipend. The agreement would need to be made locally and at no cost to the HMB. Any applications would be passed to the Presbytery along with a ministry development plan.

Proposals to make church committees more efficient

Proposals from the Board of Trustees will slim down the number of Assembly committees from 12 to six with fewer committee members. The Board said this would make committee work more streamlined and effective, with the added benefit of reducing expenditure. The Home and International Missions Boards would merge from 2015, with Presbyteries reclaiming the primary responsibility for ministry and mission within their own bounds.

Rev Dr Sinclair Ferguson to speak at Seminary launch

Rev Dr Sinclair Ferguson will help launch the Edinburgh Theological Seminary at the Assembly, by giving an address on Wednesday 21 May at 7.30pm. The Seminary officially replaces the Free Church College. In encouraging news, several private students will begin their studies at the Seminary in September alongside a healthy intake of Free Church ministry candidates. The College Board also acknowledges the selfless gesture of the Professors, who have all taken a cut in stipend in order to help attain financial savings.

Free Church releases papers on independence referendum

Four papers discussing the place of Christianity in a post-referendum Scotland have been released online ( Skye minister Rev Gordon Matheson and solicitor and elder Neil DM MacLeod, write from a pro-independence perspective, with Prof Donald Macleod and former Moderator Rev Dr John Ross writing in defence of the union. All four papers call for positive practical engagement in national political discourse, and commit to working with politicians from all parties regardless of the vote.

Committee proposes three-day Assembly for 2015

The 2015 Free Church General Assembly should only last three days, according to the report of the Assembly Arrangements Committee. It is hoped that the evenings would involve shorter business sessions and include worship items. The Committee has also recommended that invitations to other denominations and organisations be issued only every third year, so representatives do not all attend in the same year.

2013 remittances increase

We are pleased to report that congregational remittances for 2013 increased by £120,000 on the previous year. The Board of Trustees is thankful to God for this encouragement, and thanks all who give so generously to the work of the Church given the challenging economic climate.

Royal visit to Assembly

On Thursday 22 May, Prince Edward will visit the Free Church General Assembly. The Earl of Wessex, who is this year’s Lord High Commissioner, is expected to address the Assembly at 12 noon.

WfM annual meeting

The annual meeting of Women for Mission takes place on Thursday 22 May at 2pm in Presbytery Hall.

Assistant minister petitions

Greyfriars in Inverness, Kilmallie near Fort William and St Columba’s in Edinburgh have applications to call assistant ministers. Smithton in Inverness ask for permission to renew their assistant arrangement at Nairn.