Simple (and fun) Doctrine: The Trinity

Spotted this a few weeks back, but I’ve been enjoying it again.

It’s a helpful video in that it demonstrates one of the biggest problems with explaining the Trinity – analogies don’t work.   This shouldn’t really surprise us – one of God’s characteristics is his holiness.   The root meaning of the Hebrew wordset we translate as “holy” is other, or separate.   And that’s one of the greatest truths about God – he is other, totally different to anything in his creation.   But before we get carried away with this, and end up thinking of God as remote, we need to remember that God the Son took on flesh, and dwelt among us.   Our God may be “other” but that doesn’t mean remote.

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Bulletin – 8th September

Diary

Services today:

11:00am @ Sleat – Morning worship – John 5:30-47 – Receiving a witness

5:00pm @ Kyleakin – Evening Worship – Philippians 3:3 – Our Vision – A Worshipping Church

Mid-week meetings & events:

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

Thursday, 7:30pm @ Carbost – Missionary Meeting

Next Lord’s Day

10:30am @ Sleat – Morning Prayer Meeting

11:00am @ Sleat – Morning worship – D.J. Stewart (Elder, Plockton & Kyle)

5:00pm @ Broadford – Evening Worship – Acts 2:42-47 – Our Vision – Teaching & Fellowship

Rotas:

  Door Duty After-church coffee
Sunday, 15th September Alasdair & Mairi L Dolina & Helen
Sunday, 22nd September Gordon & Dolina Shonnie & Rosie
Sunday, 29th September John Norman & Kate Elena & Dolina

Notices

Mustard Seed Cafe

The Mustard Seed Cafe resumed last week.   Thanks to everyone who contributes to making it a success.

We are also looking for a few more volunteers – either staffing the cafe, or providing a soup, or baking.   Please speak to Carol, Isobel, Mairi L. or Mairi M. if you are able to offer some time to support this important work.

Evening Service

This evening’s service in Broadford has been moved to Kyleakin, as the Hall will not be completely cleaned after a wedding reception on Saturday.

Midweek Bible Study

Because of the meeting in Carbost on Thursday evening, we’ve decided to cancel our own meeting on Wednesday evening this week.

Kyleakin Service

Because Gordon is preaching on Raasay next Sunday morning – and will not be back until the 4:30pm ferry, the afternoon service in Kyleakin has been postponed until the following week (22nd September).

Sunday Evening Meetings

Sunday evening attendances are really flagging – not just at our Broadford evening service, but across the whole church.   Speaking at the General Assembly earlier this year, Iain D. Campbell said:

“Why should we encourage God’s people to make their holy day last the whole day? Why should we encourage them to be in church twice? Simply because faith, and all its attendant blessings, comes by hearing, and hearing the Word of God – and we cannot get enough of it.”

We want to encourage our congregation to have this sort of longing to hear God’s Word, because on God’s Word as we read it, and hear it preached, will transform our lives.   This passion for preaching is only one part of our vision for the congregation. Through September, Gordon plans to preach over four Sunday evenings on this vision.  Please come along for this refreshing series.

Training Courses

We have a small number of places for a Basic First Aid training course to be held Saturday 26th October, in Sleat.

There is also a Christians Against Poverty money course training day in Glasgow, on Saturday 30th November.   We hope to run this course in Sabhal Mor Ostaig, with new students this year, and are doing so with help from Grace Community Church (Kyle).   Having our own trained volunteers would make running future events a lot easier.

If you are interested in attending either of these courses, please speak to Gordon.

Kyle and South Skye Foodbank

We have a training evening for everyone who is able to be involved with the foodbank, on 11th September 7.15 at the Lighthouse Centre.  This is open to anyone and everyone who would like to be involved in the foodbank.  Laura from Blythswood will be taking the evening, and will cover all the details of running a foodbank, and will answer any questions you may have.

We aim to open the foodbank early in October.  For any further information please contact Lesley Edmonds 544488

Gaelic Services

The Kirk Session are considering starting a Gaelic service to run in conjuncture with the Church of Scotland’s services, to provide a Gaelic service every Lord’s Day, somewhere in South Skye.   We need to know what support/demand there would be for this, so are asking that those interested make their opinions know to Gordon over the next couple of weeks.

Rotas

The current door and coffee duty rotas expire at the end of September. If you are not already on a rota, but would like to help, or are already on, but want to come off a rota, please speak to Gordon.

Denominational News

Presbytery delegation meets with Transport Secretary for A9 talks

On Thursday (5 September) a delegation from the Presbytery of Inverness, Lochaber and Ross met with Transport Minister Keith Brown about the dualling of the A9. Presbytery Moderator Rev Colin Macleod said he appreciated the Scottish Government’s invitation for the meeting, but unfortunately the talks did not show any real progress for dualling Scotland’s most dangerous road, which will not be completed until 2025 at the earliest.

Rev David Robertson to question MSPs on gay marriage

Rev David Robertson will speak at the Scottish Parliament next week as MSPs scrutinise gay marriage legislation. David will be the Free Church’s representative giving oral evidence to the Equal Opportunities Committee on Thursday 12 September at 8.30am. The meeting will be broadcast live via the Scottish Parliament website. Please do pray for David and the issue of marriage ahead of this important opportunity.

Best-selling Christian author launches Story-a-month club

The editor of the Free Church’s children’s magazine has launched a web-based club to share stories of real-life Christian heroes and heroines. Irene Howat’s ‘Story-a-Month Club’ seeks to promote wholesome role models for children rather than be led by celebrity culture. More details are available on the club’s website: here.

Mummified “Disruption cat” found under church floorboards

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Church renovation can often turn up a few interesting discoveries, but the Dornoch has taken the biscuit after finding a “mummified” cat underneath its floorboards. The mystery moggy was uncovered a few feet in front of the old pulpit by Glasgow City’s Rev Dr Colin Dow, who was helping out with the renovation work during his holidays. Because the building was originally built in 1844, experts believe the cat could well date back to the Disruption. The Dornoch Free Church building is undergoing a £400,000 renovation project which will see it transformed into a multi-purpose facility for the community.

 

Bulletin: 1st September

communion

Services today:

11:00am @ Sleat – Communion Service – John 5:19-29- Honour the Son

5:00pm @ Broadford – Evening Worship – 1 Timothy 6:11-21 – Paul’s Closing Charge to Timothy

Mid-week meetings & events:

Wednesday, 7:00pm @ Sleat – Monthly Prayer Meeting

Next Lord’s Day

10:30am @ Sleat – Morning Prayer Meeting

11:00am @ Sleat – Morning worship – John 5:30-49 – Receiving a witness

5:00pm @ Broadford – Evening Worship – Philippians 3:3 – Our Vision – A Worshipping Church

Rotas:

  Door Duty After-church coffee
Sunday, 8th September John Norman & Isobel Mairi M & Carol
Sunday, 15th September Alasdair & Mairi L Dolina & Helen
Sunday, 22nd September Gordon & Dolina Shonnie & Rosie

Notices

Communion & Congregational Lunch

At this morning’s service we will share in the Lord’s Supper.   Anyone visiting the congregation, but in fellowship (and good standing) with a church elsewhere, is welcome to come forward and join us at the appropriate point.

After the service, there will be a congregational lunch at the manse – everyone is welcome to come along.

Mustard Seed Cafe

The Mustard Seed Cafe resumes this week, on Tuesday, 12:00-2:00pm.   The cafe is open to everyone to attend, and is an important part of our work in Broadford.  Most of our congregation probably know people in Broadford – if you would like to see our work in Broadford advance, why not bring people along for lunch on a Tuesday?

We are also looking for a few more volunteers – either staffing the cafe, or providing a soup, or baking.   Please speak to Carol, Isobel, Mairi L. or Mairi M. if you are able to offer some time to support this important work.

Monthly Prayer Meeting

The midweek meeting this Wednesday will return to our usual format – the first Wednesday each month meeting to pray for the work of the congregation.   Please make this meeting a priority.

Sunday Evening Meetings

Sunday evening attendances are really flagging – not just at our Broadford evening service, but across the whole church.   Speaking at the General Assembly earlier this year, Iain D. Campbell said:

“Why should we encourage God’s people to make their holy day last the whole day? Why should we encourage them to be in church twice? Simply because faith, and all its attendant blessings, comes by hearing, and hearing the Word of God – and we cannot get enough of it.”

We want to encourage our congregation to have this sort of longing to hear God’s Word, because on God’s Word as we read it, and hear it preached, will transform our lives.   This passion for preaching is only one part of our vision for the congregation. Through September, Gordon plans to preach over four Sunday evenings on this vision.  Please come along for this refreshing series.

Training Courses

We have a small number of places for a Basic First Aid training course to be held Saturday 26th October, in Sleat.

There is also a Christians Against Poverty money course training day in Glasgow, on Saturday 30th November.   We hope to run this course in Sabhal Mor Ostaig, with new students this year, and are doing so with help from Grace Community Church (Kyle).   Having our own trained volunteers would make running future events a lot easier.

If you are interested in attending either of these courses, please speak to Gordon.

Kyle and South Skye Foodbank

We have a training evening for everyone who is able to be involved with the foodbank, on 11th September 7.15 at the Lighthouse Centre.  This is open to anyone and everyone who would like to be involved in the foodbank.  Laura from Blythswood will be taking the evening, and will cover all the details of running a foodbank, and will answer any questions you may have.

We aim to open the foodbank early in October.  For any further information please contact Lesley Edmonds 544488

Gaelic Services

The Kirk Session are considering starting a Gaelic service to run in conjuncture with the Church of Scotland’s services, to provide a Gaelic service every Lord’s Day, somewhere in South Skye.   We need to know what support/demand there would be for this, so are asking that those interested make their opinions know to Gordon over the next couple of weeks.

Rotas

The current door and coffee duty rotas expire at the end of September. If you are not already on a rota, but would like to help, or are already on, but want to come off a rota, please speak to Gordon.

Denominational News

Free North calls Rev Daniel Paterson as assistant minister

The Free North congregation in Inverness has called Rev Daniel Paterson to be their assistant minister. Mr Paterson, who recently graduated from the Free Church College, will be ordained and inducted at the Free North on Friday 27 September 2013 at 7.30pm with Rev Angus MacRae to preach.

Delegation to meet with Transport Secretary for A9 talks

A Free Church delegation is set to meet with the Transport Secretary for talks about the dualling of the A9. Last week ministers from the Presbytery of Inverness, Lochaber and Ross wrote an open letter urging Keith Brown MSP to dual the A9 as a matter of urgency because they do not want to conduct any more funerals from accidents on the road. Mr Brown wrote directly to Presbytery Moderator Rev Colin Macleod inviting him for a meeting and an opportunity to discuss the Scottish Government’s plans to dual the Inverness to Perth stretch of the A9. The meeting takes place at the Scottish Parliament on Thursday 5 September.

2013 Ayr Bible Convention – 2 to 6 September

The annual Ayr Bible Convention takes place at the beginning of next month, with the usual excellent mix of speakers lined up. Beginning on Monday 2 September, the conference runs each weekday evening at Ayr Free Church, John Street, from 7.30pm. After each talk there will be refreshments as well as an opportunity to buy from the bookstall in the hall.

Wanted: Pioneering rural church worker

The search is on to find a trailblazing church worker who will support some of the most rural congregations in Scotland. The Mull and Coll congregations have sold off surplus property, and are using the proceeds to fund a worker for a minimum of three years to assist congregations in the Argyll region. The salary is expected to be in the region of £18,000 plus expenses and accommodation, which would be provided free of charge at a suitable location. More details are on the Free Church website www.freechurch.org

 

Bulletin: 25th August

baptismLord’s Day – 25th August 2013

Diary

Services today:

11:00am @ Sleat – Morning Worship – John 5:1-18 – The Authority of the Son of God

6:00pm @ Kyleakin – Joint District Service (John Urquhart preaching) – Addressed by Rosemary Mumbi, Faith & Hope School, Lusaka, Zambia

Mid-week meetings & events:

Wednesday, 7:30pm @ Kyle Free Church – Clive Bailey

Next Lord’s Day

10:30am @ Sleat – Morning Prayer Meeting

11:00am @ Sleat – Communion Service – John 5:1-18 – Honour the Son

5:00pm @ Broadford – Evening Worship – 1 Timothy 6:11-21 – Paul’s Closing Charge to Timothy

Rotas:

  Door Duty After-church coffee
Sunday, 1st September Elders (Communion) Congregational Lunch
Sunday, 8th September John Norman & Isobel Mairi M & Carol
Sunday, 15th September Alasdair & Mairi L Dolina & Helen

Notices

Communion & Congregational Lunch

Next Lord’s Day, at the morning service, we will share in the Lord’s Supper.   Anyone wishing to profess faith in Jesus Christ, and sit at the Lord’s Table for the first time, or join us from another congregation, should contact Gordon to arrange to meet with the Kirk Session.

After the service, there will be a congregational lunch at the manse – everyone is welcome to come along.

Baptism Plans – short overview

The Kirk Session met on Thursday evening and spent some time thinking through our process relating to baptism.   Firstly, we recognise that this is really something believing parents should seek for their children.   Baptism is a sign of inclusion among the people God has made promises to, and the children of one (or both) believing parents have special promises in Scripture.

Secondly, we want to encourage families in taking this step, and understanding what is involved.   Baptism is just as important as communion in the life of the church.   There’s more to it than just taking some vows you hope to keep.   There are promises from God that call for us to have faith in him.   To help families understand these promises (and their responsibilities) Gordon will meet with parents to talk about this, before there’s any talk about meeting with the church’s elders.

But just like we do with communion, we want our people to see clearly the pastoral concern our elders have for families.   So the first time a member wants to bring one of their children for baptism, we’ll invite you to meet with the elders, to pray with you, and encourage you in taking this step in faith.   We realise mums are busy people, so we’re flexible about when this happens.

Baptism is all about the Gospel – God’s message of hope to all people.   As believing parents, you’ll want your wider family to share not just the occasion, but your faith in Jesus too.   So when it comes to organising a date for a baptism service, we want to be accommodate families bringing in visitors from near and far – and we’d encourage you to do this.

Finally, baptism places responsibilities on our congregation too.   So when we have a baptism service, and parents promise to raise their kids in light of and in keeping with God’s promises, we will also ask the congregation to promise to pray for, and welcome these kids into our church family.

Missionary Meeting

The midweek meeting this Wednesday will meet across in Kyle.   Clive Bailey, recently returned from his role as Principal of Colegio San Andrés, Lima, Perú, will be the speaker.   Our own meeting in Sleat on Wednesday is cancelled to allow people to go across.

Christianity Explored

After the schools go back we are planning to begin new Christianity Explored courses.   As Gordon is currently moderator of Presbytery (and therefore really has to attend every meeting) it is expected that the evening meeting will fall on a Thursday.   We can also run groups during the day, over morning coffee if that suits people better.   Please use the invitation cards to invite people to this, or contact Gordon if you would like to attend.

Training Courses

We have a small number of places for a Basic First Aid training course to be held Saturday 26th October, in Sleat.

There is also a Christians Against Poverty money course training day in Glasgow, on Saturday 30th November.   We hope to run this course in Sabhal Mor Ostaig, with new students this year, and are doing so with help from Grace Community Church (Kyle).   Having our own trained volunteers would make running future events a lot easier.

If you are interested in attending either of these courses, please speak to Gordon.

Kyle and South Skye Foodbank

We have a training evening for everyone who is able to be involved with the foodbank, on 11th September 7.15 at the Lighthouse Centre.  This is open to anyone and everyone who would like to be involved in the foodbank.  Laura from Blythswood will be taking the evening, and will cover all the details of running a foodbank, and will answer any questions you may have.

We aim to open the foodbank early in October.  For any further information please contact Lesley Edmonds 544488

Gaelic Services

The Kirk Session are considering starting a Gaelic service to run in conjuncture with the Church of Scotland’s services, to provide a Gaelic service every Lord’s Day, somewhere in South Skye.   We need to know what support/demand there would be for this, so are asking that those interested make their opinions know to Gordon over the next couple of weeks.

 

Denominational News

Induction of Rev Lachie Macdonald – Friday 20 September 2013

The induction of Rev Lachie Macdonald to South Uist and Benbecula Free Church has been confirmed for Friday 20 September 2013. It will be the 33-year-old’s first congregation, having just completed his studies at the Free Church College in Edinburgh.

Wanted: Pioneering rural church worker

The search is on to find a trailblazing church worker who will support some of the most rural congregations in Scotland. The Mull and Coll congregations have sold off surplus property, and are using the proceeds to fund a worker for a minimum of three years to assist congregations in the Argyll region. The salary is expected to be in the region of £18,000 plus expenses and accommodation, which would be provided free of charge at a suitable location. More details are on the Free Church website.

Ministers tell Transport Secretary: No more A9 funerals please

The Presbytery of Inverness, Lochaber and Ross has written to Transport Secretary Keith Brown urging him to dual the A9 as a matter of urgency – because ministers don’t want to conduct any more funerals from accidents on the road. The open letter can be viewed on the Free Church website – it also featured on the front page of the Press and Journal on Wed 21 August.

Pulpit heavyweights in Free Church congregations

Two giants of the pulpit will preach in different Free Church congregations this Sunday (25 August). Former Tron minister Rev Dr Sinclair Ferguson is expected to lead the 11am service at St Peter’s Free Church in Dundee, having joined the congregation’s preaching team on a part-time basis. Rev Steven Lawson, from Mobile Alabama, will preach at the 5.30pm service for St Columba’s Free Church in Edinburgh. Both men are also leading a tour of American guests around Reformation sites in Scotland and England, organised by R.C. Sproule’s Ligonier ministries.

Bulletin: 18th August

TrustLord’s Day – 18th August 2013

Diary

Services today:

11:00am @ Sleat – Morning Worship – John 4:43-54 – Signs and Belief

3:30pm @ Kyleakin – Monthly Afternoon Service

5:00pm @ Broadford – Evening Worship – 1 Timothy 6:2-10 – Godly Contentment

Mid-week meetings & events:

Wednesday, 7:00pm @ Sleat – Monthly Prayer Meeting

Next Lord’s Day

10:30am @ Sleat – Morning Prayer Meeting

11:00am @ Sleat – Morning Worship – John 5:1-18 – The Authority of the Son of God

6:00pm @ Kyleakin – Joint District Service – John Urquhart preaching, also addressed by Rosemary Mumbi, Faith & Hope School, Lusaka, Zambia

Rotas:

  Door Duty After-church coffee
Sunday, 25th August Alasdair & Dolina Lyn-Anne & Isobel
Sunday, 1st September Elders (Communion) Congregational Lunch
Sunday, 8th September John Norman & Isobel Mairi M & Carol

Notices

Monthly Prayer Meeting

The mid-week meeting on Wednesday (21st August) will be our “monthly” prayer meeting.   The focus of the meeting will be the congregation’s work in Broadford.   The meeting will not be about looking horizontally (i.e. towards each other) to generate new ideas, critique what we currently do, or revise our plans.   Instead, we will spend much of the meeting in prayer vertically (i.e. towards God) for specific items to do with our Broadford work.   Please make this meeting a priority if you are able to.

Christianity Explored

After the schools go back we are planning to begin new Christianity Explored courses.   As Gordon is currently moderator of Presbytery (and therefore really has to attend every meeting) it is expected that the evening meeting will fall on a Thursday.   We can also run groups during the day, over morning coffee if that suits people better.   Please use the invitation cards to invite people to this, or contact Gordon if you would like to attend.

Sacrament of Baptism

The bible teaches that the children of believers are to be baptised.   It’s been a few years since we have had a baptism service in the congregation, but the Kirk Session will be meeting to arrange for this in the coming weeks.   Parents seeking baptism for their children should contact Gordon ASAP to arrange for this.   We will have a Kirk Session meeting for this purpose when Alasdair returns, after the 19th August.

Communion & Congregational Lunch

Unfortunately, Gordon’s cousin’s wedding falls the same weekend as our planned communion weekend in September (8th).   This makes it very difficult to have visiting preachers and preparatory services, so the communion will be rescheduled for 1st September.   As this is a fairly short notice change, our usual congregational lunch that weekend will be at the manse.

Anyone wishing to profess faith in Jesus Christ, and sit at the Lord’s Table for the first time, or join us from another congregation, should contact Gordon to arrange to meet with the Kirk Session.

We hope to have a visiting preacher, and preparatory services, at a communion “weekend” in November.

Training Courses

We have a small number of places for a Basic First Aid training course to be held Saturday 26th October, in Sleat.

There is also Christians Against Poverty money course training day in Glasgow, on Saturday 30th November.   We hope to run this course in Sabhal Mor Ostaig, with new students this year, and are doing so with help from Grace Community Church (Kyle).   Having our own trained volunteers would make running future events a lot easier.

If you are interested in attending either of these courses, please speak to Gordon.

Denominational News

Call for conscience clause in gay marriage bill

Conscience clauses similar to existing legislation for abortion should be introduced to the same-sex marriage bill in Scotland, the Free Church has said. In its response to the Scottish Parliament, the Free Church said the proposed legislation offered little protection for individuals who believe marriage is between one man and one woman. The denomination argued that the introduction of such a clause would “provide indisputable guidance” as well as avoiding the need to “establish precedents through the courts”. The deadline for responses to Holyrood is Friday 23 August.

New Porterbrook courses starting in October

The part-time mission-focussed Porterbrook course is now inviting applications. Aimed at Christians of all ages and stages who want to serve the Gospel well and can give a few hours a week to study, Porterbrook provides biblical, practical, contextual, affordable and flexible training. Led by church planter Rev Neil MacMillan, the Edinburgh group begins on 5 October, and it is hoped there will also be regional groups in Dundee and Inverness (led by Rev Calum MacMillan) starting around the same time.

2013 Ayr Bible Convention – 2 to 6 September

The annual Ayr Bible Convention takes place at the beginning of next month, with the usual excellent mix of speakers lined up. Beginning on Monday 2 September, the conference runs each weekday evening at Ayr Free Church, John Street, from 7.30pm. After each talk there will be refreshments as well as an opportunity to buy from the bookstall in the hall.

And Finally…

Hope & Faith School

This coming week, Rosemary Mumbi, of Hope & Faith Christian Community School will be visiting Skye.

Along with addressing next Sunday evening’s District Joint service, a number of other events are planned.     (The preacher at the service will be John Urquhart, but owning to Rosemary’s visit, we have opted to give time to hear of her work in Lusaka rather than holding a communion service this time.)

On Saturday, 24th, there will be a ceilidh/buffet in their honour at Sabhal Mor, old campus, starting at 6.30pm. Contributions toward the cold buffet will be welcome. Entry is free but there will be an opportunity to make a donation toward the work of the school.

Further info from Jean Gillies on 01471 844 281.   For more information about the school, or the local support network here in Skye, visit:

http://www.hopeandfaithschoolngombe.org/

http://www.friendsofhopeandfaith.org/

Bulletin – 30th June

Diary

Services Today

10:30am @ Sleat – Morning Prayer Meeting

11:00am @ Sleat – Morning Worship – John 4:16-26 – Worship

5:00pm @ Broadford – Evening Worship – (Venue TBC) 1 Timothy 4 – Christian Character

Mid-week Meetings & Events

Wednesday, 7:00pm @ Sleat – Monthly Prayer meeting

Next Sunday

10:30am @ Sleat – Morning Prayer Meeting

11:00am @ Sleat – Morning Worship – John Norman Macdonald

5:00pm @ Broadford – Evening Worship – Calum Macaskill

Notices
Minister’s Annual Leave
Gordon will be on annual leave for two weeks from Thursday 4th – 18th July.    In the event of pastoral emergencies, please contact the elders in the first instance, Roddie Rankin is available, should anything more serious arise.

Preaching supply will be:
7th July – Sleat (11:00am) John Norman MacDonald; Broadford (5:00pm) Calum MacAskill
14th July – Sleat (11:00am) & Broadford (5:00pm) D.J. Stewart

Holiday Club
The week-long Holiday Club planned for the end of the summer has been called off this year.   This is due to the number of extra-ordinary commitments Gordon has taken on.   It is expected that we will be able to run a one-day event towards the end of the School Holiday.

Denominational News
New minister for South Uist and Benbecula Free Church
Rev Lachie Macdonald is set to become the new minister of South Uist and Benbecula Free Church, ending a four-year vacancy. Mr Macdonald has accepted a Home Missions Board (HMB) appointment for five-years, after finishing his studies at the Free Church College in Edinburgh. HMB helps support the South Uist and Benbecula congregation. Along with his wife Catherine-Joan (CJ) and 15-month-old daughter Isabella, the popular 33-year-old spent last summer undertaking a ministry placement on Uist. A date for ordination and induction will be set at the next meeting of the Western Isles Presbytery, subject to ordination trials. South Uist became vacant in 2009 when previous minister Rev Iain MacAskill accepted a call to Rosskeen.

Rev Daniel Paterson licensed for Free Church ministry
Rev Daniel Paterson, who recently completed his studies at the Free Church College, has been licensed for the Free Church ministry by the Edinburgh and Perth Presbytery. The 27-year-old is now available for a call to vacant congregations.

Evangelism fund considering grants
A special group from the Home Missions Board that encourages outreach projects is now inviting applications for grants over the summer. The Evangelism Support Group (ESG) has an annual budget of £4,000 and last year helped many congregations across Scotland with mission-minded work. Since 2005, almost half of the Free Church of Scotland’s congregations have benefited from small grants from the ESG Fund.

Free Church youth camps start this weekend
Over 300 youngsters will attend the Free Church Youth Camps programme over the summer holidays. The first camps (Kincraig 1 and Whithaugh) begin on Saturday (29 June), with the final camps (Kincraig 2 and North Uist 2) finishing on 3 August. There are still a small number of last-minute spaces still available: email Laura for more details camps@freechurchofscotland.org.uk

From the Frontiers magazine now available
First-hand missionary experiences from some of the most dangerous and deprived areas around the world can be read in the latest edition of From the Frontiers. The annual magazine, published by the Free Church’s International Missions Board, is now available priced £2. Copies can be bought from congregations as well as the Edinburgh offices and bookshop.

Bulletin – 23rd June

Diary
Services Today
11:00am @ Sabhal mor Ostaig – Sunday School End of Term Service
6:00pm @ Kyleakin Village Hall – Joint District Communion

Mid-week Meetings & Events
Tuesday, 12:00-2:00pm @ Broadford Village Hall – Mustard Seed Cafe
Wednesday, 7:00pm @ Sleat – Mid-week Bible Study

Next Sunday
10:30am @ Sleat – Morning Prayer Meeting
11:00am @ Sleat – Morning Worship – John 4:16-26 – Worship
5:00pm @ Broadford – Evening Worship – (Venue TBC) 1 Timothy 4 – Christian Character

Notices
Sunday School Outing
Thanks to everyone who contributed to the Sunday School “Outing”. Due to the weather in the morning, we made it as far as the church in Sleat, but it was good fun.

Joint District Communion
The next joint district service for churches across South Skye and Lochalsh will be this evening, at 6:00pm in Kyleakin Village Hall. The Preacher will be Donnie Macleod (retired, Snizort Church of Scotland).

Mustard Seed Cafe
Please note, the cafe will be closed for the summer months, through July and August.

Opportunity to Serve
After many years administering the (Monthly) Record distribution in the congregation, Margaret MacKinnon has decided to step back from this role. We are very thankful for her work in this.
Distributing the Record is fairly straight forward – the magazine is delivered in bulk to one address in the congregation, and then the distributor makes sure everyone who wants a copy gets one. A quarterly bill should go out to with the magazines, asking people to pay for them through the collection plate. There is a list of people who receive the magazine, but no money is handled directly.
If you are interested in taking on this role, please speak to Gordon as soon as possible, so that we can arrange for the magazines to go to your address in time for the next edition.

Minister’s Annual Leave
Gordon will be on annual leave for two weeks from Thursday 4th – 18th July. In the event of pastoral emergencies, please contact the elders in the first instance, Roddie Rankin is available, should anything more serious arise.
Preaching supply will be:
7th July – Sleat (11:00am) John Norman MacDonald; Broadford (5:00pm) Calum MacAskill
14th July – Sleat (11:00am) & Broadford (5:00pm) D.J. Stewart

Denominational News
Rev Dr Sinclair Ferguson set to join St Peter’s preaching team
One of the Free Church’s fastest growing congregations has announced that Rev Dr Sinclair Ferguson is set to join their preaching team. From September Dr Ferguson will lead three Sunday evening services a month at St Peter’s Free Church in Dundee. He is soon to move back to his homeland after almost a decade in America. The Free Church has seen encouraging developments on Tayside with St Peter’s, St Andrews and Perth congregations now attracting a combined attendance of over 400 people to worship each week.

Free Church ministry students set to be licensed
Lachie Macdonald and Daniel Paterson are set to be licensed as Free Church ministers after successfully completing their studies at the Free Church College in Edinburgh (subject to Presbytery trials). Mr Macdonald will be licensed at a special service at Smithton-Culloden Free Church on Tuesday 25 June at 7.30pm. On the same evening Mr Paterson will be licensed at the meeting of Edinburgh and Perth Presbytery in the capital.

Home Missions Board (HMB) update
HMB met in Edinburgh today (Wednesday 19 June) and members heard an update for the Govan church plant in Glasgow. It is expected that Rev Norman Mackay will start before the end of July. HMB’s mission development officer Rev Neil MacMillan reported on a formal programme of church planting training he is running, and also on his South Edinburgh plant. It is hoped that a public launch could take place in the next year.

Cheerful Givings campaign launched
The Free Church of Scotland has launched an innovative campaign encouraging members and adherents to consider giving more of their money to the Lord’s work. Entitled ‘Cheerful Givings’, based on the text from 2 Corinthians 9:7, postcards and posters have been distributed to every congregation offering a fresh, positive and simple guide to giving financially to the Free Church. There will be up to four seasonal mailings each year.