Bulletin: 1st December (Aargh! It’s December already?)

Diary

Services today:

11:00am @ Sleat – Communion Service

5:00pm @ Kyleakin – Evening Communion Service (Both conducted by Alasdair Macdonald (Dunblane Free Church))

Mid-week meetings & events:

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

Wednesday, 7:00pm @ Sleat – Congregational Meeting, followed by Monthly Prayer meeting.

Next Lord’s Day

10:30am @ Sleat – Morning Prayer Meeting

11:00am @ Sleat – Morning Service – J.N. Macdonald

5:00pm @ Broadford – Evening Service – 1 Samuel 20-22 – David: Fugitive

Rotas:

  Door Duty After-church coffee
8th December J.N. & Mairi M. Isobel & Carol
15th December Gordon Service at SMO
22nd December J.N. & Mairi L. Kate & Dolina

Notices

Communion Service

Today we welcome Alasdair Macdonald, minister at Dunblane Free Church, as our visiting preacher.   Alasdair was minister at Drumchapel Free Church, where Gordon worshipped as a student in Glasgow.

Service Next Lord’s Day Morning

Gordon expects to be away, taking the morning service in Raasay, next Lord’s Day.   J.N. Macdonald will take the service in Sleat.

Strath & Sleat Over-65s Lunch

The annual over-65’s Christmas lunch is been organised.   This will be on Friday 6th December (no venue on the mail I was given about this!).   Please contact Steve or Mary Fennel for more info or booking.

Congregational Meeting

The Finance Committee have requested a congregational meeting to present the 2011 accounts.   This will take place at the beginning of the meeting on Wednesday 4th December.   We expected this to take only a short time at the start of the meeting, which will be followed by our usual monthly prayer meeting.

Philippines Disaster

The Free Church has committed to send at least £10,000 to support OMF’s disaster fund, following Typhoon Haiyan, which struck the Philippines last week.   If you wish to give anything to this appeal, please put it in an envelope marked “Philippines Disaster” (with your envelope number or name if you are registered for Gift Aid.)

Christmas Joint Service

Our annual Christmas joint family service with the Sleat part of the Church of Scotland congregation will be in Sabhal Mor Ostaig, on Sunday 15th December, at 11:00am.   Donations of Christmas themed baking would be appreciated.

While we aren’t called anywhere in Scripture to celebrate the birth of Jesus, it is always a good evangelistic opportunity to share the message of the Gospel – that God the son became a man, dwelt among us, and offered his life as a sacrifice for many.   Please bring family and friends along to this service.

 

Denominational News

Morningside church plant gets its own building

The Morningside church plant group in Edinburgh led by Rev Neil MacMillan will hold their first service in their new church building this Sunday (1 December). The group were gifted The Old Schoolhouse on Morningside Road by a Brethren fellowship who were stopping their own services.

Four new deacons for flourishing Glasgow City Free Church

Following consultation with the congregation, Deacons Court and Kirk Session earlier in the year, four new deacons were ordained and inducted to the diaconate at Glasgow City Free Church last Sunday with Rev Dr Colin Dow officiating. This brings their total number of deacon to 14.

Encouragement from the north coast of Scotland

The Thurso and North Coast congregation have had a busy and encouraging November.  Three new members joined at the recent communion, a coffee morning in Thurso raised £600 for charity, and finally a men’s retreat took place in Helmsdale. Please do continue to remember the work of our congregations in the North Coast team ministry.

Response to independence white paper

A Free Church spokesman has responded to the Scottish Government’s white paper on independence. He said he was disappointed that the paper did not properly recognise the Church’s place in society. Read the full article on the Free Church website: http://www.freechurch.org

Thanks from our OMF missionaries

This week the Free Church of Scotland received a ‘thank you’ email from OMF missionaries Neil and Rachel Rae who are serving in Manila in the Philippines. The Free Church donated £10,000 from its Disaster and Relief Fund to help ongoing relief work following the recent typhoons. Donations to the fund have been coming in from all over Scotland, and a very generous £660 was raised from a special collection at the induction of Rev Robert Macleod to the Tarbert and Lochgilphead congregations last weekend.

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Bulletin – 17th November

Services today:

11:00am @ Sleat – Morning Worship – John 7:25-39 – Thirsty & Overflowing Hearts

3:30pm @ Kyleakin Free Church – Monthly Service – 2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1 –  You shall be my people

5:00pm @ Broadford Village Hall – Evening Worship – John Caldwell.

Mid-week meetings & events:

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

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

Next Lord’s Day

10:30am @ Sleat – Morning Prayer Meeting

11:00am @ Sleat – Morning Worship – John 7:40-52 – What to make of Jesus’ incredible claims?

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

Rotas:

  Door Duty After-church coffee
Sunday, 24th November J.N. & Shonnie Elena & Rosie
Sunday, 1st December Gordon & J.N. Communion
Sunday, 8th December Alasdair & Mairi M. Isobel & Carol

Notices

Services Today

This evening Gordon is on Presbytery duty taking the evening service in Glenelg.   The evening service in Broadford at 5:00pm will be takne by John Caldwell.   John worships in the Portree Free Church congregation, and is an RE teacher at Portree High School.

Congregational Meal

Thank you to everyone involved with the congregational meal on Friday evening.   It was a great night, and well worth all the effort.

Congregational Meeting

The Finance Committee have requested a congregational meeting to present the 2011 accounts.   These are nowhere near the latest set of congregational accounts, so there is no intention to take long presenting them, in fact the Kirk Session propose doing so at the beginning of the usual weekly Bible Study on Wednesday 27th November, taking no more than 15 minutes.   Copies are available on request (ideally by email, to save printing).

Communion

God willing, we will have communion on Sunday, 1st December.   We hope to have Alasdair MacDonald (Dunblane) with us for the Saturday and Sunday.   Preparatory services will be in Kyleakin Free Church, but as with the last “Strath” communion, we expect to have the Lord’s Supper at both services that Sunday.

Anyone wishing to profess their faith in Christ, and sit at the Lord’s Table for the first time should contact Gordon, or one of the elders.

Philippines Disaster

The Free Church has committed to send at least £10,000 to support OMF’s disaster fund, following Typhoon Haiyan, which struck the Philippines last week.   There will be a special collection for this next Lord’s Day.

Joint Service with Church of Scotland

The evening service next Lord’s Day will be a joint service with the church of Scotland congregation.   This will be a communion service in Kyleakin Church of Scotland at 6:00pm.

Denominational News

Induction of Rev Robert Macleod to Tarbert and Lochgilphead

The induction of former hospital chaplain Rev Robert Macleod to Tarbert and Lochgilphead is expected to take place on Saturday 23 November at 2pm. The service will be held in the Tarbert Free Church building.

Presbytery praise for revitalised Kiltarlity

A previously struggling congregation on the outskirts of Inverness has been praised by its Presbytery after being completely transformed over the past decade. At one point there had been a question mark hanging over the future of Kiltarlity Free Church, but God has blessed the work to the extent there are now up to 60 people coming to its morning services every week and new converts attending the midweek meetings. You can read about the encouraging findings on the Free Church website: http://www.freechurch.org .

Christianity in Scotland’s schools conference – Saturday 23 November

The first conference for over a decade looking at the role of Christianity in Scotland’s schools takes place in Dundee on Saturday 23 November. Organised by the Solas Centre for Public Christianity, the ‘Education, Education, Education’ conference begins at 9.15am in St Peter’s Free Church, tickets are priced £15 (concessions available). The speakers are Rev Dr Sinclair Ferguson, Luc Bussiere, Mike Reeves and Rev David Robertson, with subjects including ‘educating children in the home and church’.

Vacancy: College Secretary/Assistant Librarian

The Free Church College in Edinburgh is advertising for a College Secretary/Assistant Librarian. The successful applicant would be will be responsible for a wide range of duties including: administrative support to the College Principal and other staff, acting as Secretary to the College Board and the Senate, responding to enquiries from students and helping to maintain the College library. Details on how to apply are on the Free Church website. The closing date for applications is Thursday 28 November. Current incumbent Joan MacLennan will soon be retiring.

Plockton congregation successful in building bid

A Wester Ross congregation are rejoicing after acquiring their own premises in Plockton after effectively being homeless for 30 years. The Plockton Free Church congregation were successful in their bid to buy the former Church of Scotland building in the middle of the picturesque village and expect to gain entry in the New Year. They hope to fund the sale and development of the building by selling surplus land.

Bulletin: 3rd November (Its November already!!!)

Diary

Services today:

11:00am @ Sleat – Morning Worship – Matthew 20 The Parable of the Labourers

5:00pm @ Broadford Village Hall – Evening Worship – 1 Samuel 17 David & Goliath

Mid-week meetings & events:

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

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

Next Lord’s Day

10:30am @ Sleat – Morning Prayer Meeting

11:00am @ Sleat – Morning Worship – John 7 What does unbelief look like?

4:00pm @ Broadford Village Hall – Evening Worship – 1 Samuel 18-19 Popularity & Envy

Rotas:

  Door Duty After-church coffee
Sunday, 10th Nov. Gordon & Isobel Carol & Mairi M
Sunday, 17th Nov. Alasdair & Mairi L. Rosie & Helen
Sunday, 3rd November J.N. & Shonnie Elena & Rosie

Notices

Congratulations

Congratulations to Lyn-Anne and John MacKinnon, on the birth of John Donald last week.   May they all know God’s blessing and protection in these days of joy.

First Aid Training

Congratulations as well to Kate MacRae, Fiona MacKinnon, Carol MacPherson and Isobel Taylor, who have passed the Emergency First aid at Work certificate.

Sunday 10th November

At last week’s Presbytery meeting, Gordon was appointed Interim Moderator of the Durinish congregation.   This was done to take pressure off Marcos, whose father remains unwell in Spain.   On Sunday, 10th November, Gordon plans to take the evening meeting in Dunvegan.   The 5:00pm service in Broadford that day will be rescheduled for 4:00pm, to enable Gordon to travel up for 6pm.   Please pray for the congregation there, but also for the Presbytery as we begin to think about how we will meet the financial burden of a ministry there.

Congregational Meal

We plan to hold a congregational dinner on Friday, 15th November, at the church in Sleat.   After the Wednesday evening meeting, there will be time for a bit of planning for this.   Ideally a couple of people will prepare hot main courses, and others can bring desserts.

Kirk Session

The Kirk Session will meet on Thursday at 7:00pm in the Sleat Church.

Finance Committee

The Finance Committee will meet on Monday, 11th November, at 7:30pm, in the Sleat Church.

Communion

God willing, we will have communion on Sunday, 1st December.   We hope to have Alasdair MacDonald (Dunblane) with us for the Saturday and Sunday.   Preparatory services will be in Kyleakin Free Church, but as with the last “Strath” communion, we expect to have the Lord’s Supper at both services that Sunday.

Anyone wishing to profess their faith in Christ, and sit at the Lord’s Table for the first time should contact Gordon, or one of the elders.

Denominational News

New minister for Lochgilphead and Tarbert

Two rural congregations in Argyll are rejoicing after experienced hospital chaplain Rev Robert Macleod accepted an invitation to become their minister. Mr Macleod, who originally began his ministry in the Argyll area, is set to pastor the Lochgilphead and Tarbert congregations under a special local arrangement. It is hoped that an induction will take place before the end of the year, with details to be announced in due course.

Winter lectures at Falkirk Free Church – Friday 8 November

One of Scotland’s leading theologians will be giving a set of expositions on the book of Colossians over the winter months at Falkirk Free Church. Professor Donald Macleod, former Principal of the Free Church College in Edinburgh, will give the first talk on Friday 8 November beginning at 7.30pm.

Govan church plant goes Stateside

The minister of a church plant in one of the most deprived areas of Scotland is to speak at a special missionary conference in the USA later this month. Rev Norman Mackay, who heads up the G51 church plant in Govan, Glasgow, will travel to Pennsylvania to be part of the Global Outreach Week from 8-10 November. It is being organised by Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, whose minister Rev Dr Liam Goligher recently visited Scotland. Donations are still greatly welcomed towards the work in Govan.

Meet Suraj – the vision for Nepal

A Christian convert from Hinduism who is now studying for the ministry at the Free Church College has shared his burden for an evangelistic church in Nepal. Suraj Kasula, who came to the UK in 2009 to study tourism at Ayr College, attends St Columba’s Free Church in Edinburgh. The 26-year-old is in the final year of a theology degree, but hopes to begin a Masters which would complete his studies for the ministry. He has a remarkable testimony having grown up with Hinduism in Nepal, and falling into the street gang culture including running battles with the police. Suraj plans to return to his homeland after finishing his Masters to share the Gospel with his compatriots

Bulletin – 20th October

It’s been a few weeks since we last updated this – sorry, just had lots of higher priorities than updating the website!

Diary

Services today:

10:30am @ Sleat – Morning Prayer Meeting

11:00am @ Sleat – Morning Worship – Bill McClelland

5:00pm @ Broadford – Evening Worship – Bill McClelland

Mid-week meetings & events:

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

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

Next Lord’s Day

10:30am @ Sleat – Morning Prayer Meeting

11:00am @ Sleat – Morning Worship: John 7 – The Feast of Booths

6:00pm @ Sleat – Joint Service with the Church of Scotland

Rotas:

  Door Duty After-church coffee
Sunday, 27th October Gordon & Carol Mairi M & Isobel
Sunday, 3rd November J.N. & Mairi L Shonnie & Lyn-anne
Sunday, 10th Nov. Gordon & Isobel Carol & Mairi M

Notices

Services Today

Gordon is away this weekend, assisting at Communion services in Gravir Free Church on Lewis.   Bill McClelland will take the morning service, and the evening meeting will take the form of a testimony meeting, where Bill will speak about God’s work in his own life.   Please make every effort to bring friends along to this meeting – we expect there will be advertisements in the WHFP.

Unfortunately, Gordon has been unable to get supply cover for today’s 3:00pm service.  The service has been cancelled.

Rotas

A couple of folk have mentioned that the rota on this bulletin is different to the printed one.   Please check you aren’t relying on the earlier “draft” rota that was circulated – the printed version in the lobby is correct.

Mid-week Meeting

Gordon will be away on Wednesday night – at Daniel Sladek’s induction in Edinburgh.   Please keep Daniel in your prayers as he works through his first term in particular.   Writing a new course is a demanding workload.

Monthly Joint Service

Next Lord’s Day will be the monthly joint service with the Church of Scotland.   The service will be followed by the usual cup of tea and time for fellowship.

Denominational News

The Big Free Rally – Saturday 26 October

Billed as ‘THE young people’s event of the year’, over 300 are expected to gather at the Big Free Rally in Smithton-Culloden Free Church in Inverness on Saturday 26 October. If you need transport from Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee or Stornoway please email  laura@freechurchofscotland.org.uk before 18 October. Entry is £3 (transport £10), bring a packed lunch.

Induction of Rev Daniel Sladek as Old Testament Lecturer

The induction of Rev Daniel Sladek as Free Church College lecturer will take place in Buccleuch Free Church, Edinburgh, on Wednesday 23 October at 7pm. The recent Commission of Assembly approved Mr Sladek’s appointment at the College for a period of three years.

Concern at Church of Scotland plans to remove worship from schools

A Free Church minister has described religious observance proposals from the Church of Scotland, that would remove Christian worship from Scottish schools, as being “as useless as a wet paper bag on a rainy day”. Rev David Robertson spoke out after the national Church unveiled its plans for ‘Time for Reflection’ – which critics believe “capitulates to the secularist agenda”. The Kirk said in its submission to the Scottish Parliament that their plans would make for a “genuinely inclusive society”.

Rev Dr Sinclair Ferguson backs Govan church plant

One of the world’s most prominent Presbyterian preachers has got behind the pioneering attempt to plant a church in one of the neediest areas in Glasgow. Rev Norman Mackay, who is originally from Govan, is aiming to start a church group in the community he grew up in. And his bid has been backed by Rev Dr Sinclair Ferguson, who recently returned to Scotland after ministering in the States for a decade.

Scholarship launched for youth worker diploma

The Free Church has launched a new scholarship fund for youth worker training. The Free Church College recently rolled out a youth worker Diploma course, which can be completed by web-based part-time study. Students will cover a range of topics such as ‘communicating God’s word through social media’. Costs will be dramatically reduced under the new scheme, meaning that any applicants from a Free Church congregation would only have to pay £250 – around a quarter of the original course fee. It is hoped that this diploma course will help raise the standard of youth work to enable congregations to better engage with young people.

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.