Bulletin: 29th May 2016

Diary

Services today: 29th May 2016

11:00am @ Sleat – Psalm 123 – Looking for Mercy

6:00pm @ Broadford – Monthly Joint Service with Church of Scotland

Mid-week meetings: Mid-week Bible Study – Discipleship Explored

Next Lord’s Day: 5th June 2016

11:00am @ Sleat – D.J. Stewart

5:00pm @ Kyleakin – Alasdair Macleod

Rotas

If you are unable to carry out rota duty, please arrange cover yourself.

Date Door Tea Sunday School

Crèche

29 May Cameron & Isabel Isabel/Carol/Mairi Fiona
05 June Alastair & Mairi L Mairi L & Rosie Fiona

Crèche At the moment, as Hannah is the only pre-school child, Dolina is organising crèche herself.   If you are a visitor, please speak to Dolina.

Notices

Joint Service with Church of Scotland

The service this will be the monthly joint service with the Church of Scotland, in Broadford, at 6:00pm

Congregational Meeting

The Annual Congregational Meeting scheduled to be held on Wednesday 1st June, has had to be postponed.   One of the staff at our accountants firm took ill, and though the accounts are prepared, they have not been formally audited yet.   Additionally, Callum MacDonald is unable to join us on Wednesday – please remember his sick mother-in-law in your prayers.   We will give notices of a rescheduled date

Holiday Club

We are looking at the feasibility of running a holiday club the week 4th-8th July.   To do this we would need accommodation for a team – probably two male, two female helpers.   This year we cannot accommodate any team members at the manse.   Please contact Gordon if you are able to help.

Maryburgh Communion

Gordon expects (D.V.) to be away next Sunday assisting at the Maryburgh Communion.   The morning service will be led by DJ Stewart (Elder, Kyle Free Church) and the evening service by Alasdair Macleod.

Denominational News

Free Church welcomes new Broughty Ferry and Inverness congregations

The Free Church formally welcomed two new congregations at the General Assembly. The arrival of Broughty Ferry Presbyterian Church and the West Church Inverness was heartily applauded by commissioners. Broughty Ferry minister Rev Alberto de Paula also had his application to join the ministry approved. West Church Inverness minister Rev Andrew McMillan had already joined the Free Church at the March 2015 Commission of Assembly.

Ministry news from the Mission Board report

Gairloch, Kinlochewe and Torridon will be able to call on a five-year renewable basis, with another three-year local arrangement for Sleat and Strath on the Isle of Skye. A union between Portree and Bracadale was also approved. East Kilbride will continue on local arrangements for a year, with proposals coming to next year’s General Assembly. The linkage between Glasgow City and Campbeltown was disjoined, with the latter now hoping to call a minister on a three-year arrangement. Assistant minister applications for Back, Glasgow City and Smithton were also all approved.

Shawbost minister appointed as Principal Clerk-designate

Shawbost minister Rev Callum Macleod is set to become Principal Clerk after being appointed to the role by commissioners. Current Principal Clerk Rev James Maciver had announced his intention to step down next year. Because Mr Macleod is Assistant Clerk, his successor will be appointed at next year’s Assembly with Presbyteries providing nominations in due course.

Board of Trustees chair calls for debate on Christian education

With the “struggle for the survival of Christianity itself in our society”, the chairman of the Board of Trustees called on the Free Church to have a debate on Christian education. James Fraser CBE drew on the vision of Scottish reformer John Knox who saw education “not just as a tool for economic and cultural transformation but also as a tool for Christianising the nation”. Mr Fraser said the denomination was not to “get bogged down” in an argument over Christian versus state schools, but to “consider other variants which may be alternatives or steps to a new educational system”.

Youth Committee seeking to better equip Christian parents

The Youth Committee aims to better train and equip Christian parents to lead their families in the Lord. Convener Rev Dr Colin Dow said parents must take primary responsibility for the Christian growth of their children. The committee is focusing on resources for family worship and covenant parenting.

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