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/

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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.

Bulletin: 16th June

16th June 2013

Diary

Services Today

10:30am @ Sleat – Morning Prayer Meeting

11:00am @ Sleat – Morning Worship – John 4:1-15 – Living Water

3:30pm @ Kyleakin – Afternoon Worship

5:00pm @ Broadford – Evening Worship – 1 Timothy 3:14-16 – The Mystery of Godliness

Mid-week Meetings & Events

Wednesday, 7:00pm @ Sleat – Mid-week Bible Study

Next Sunday

11:00am @ Sabhal mor Ostaig – Sunday School End of Term Service

6:00pm @ Kyleakin Village Hall – Joint District Communion

Notices

Sunday School Outing

The Sunday School outing will be taking place next Saturday (22nd June).   We are going to the Clan Donald Gardens this year, so please meet at the Clan car park, at 11:00am, on Saturday morning.

Morning Prayer Meeting

Please note, the morning PM is cancelled next Sunday, due to the joint service at SMO.

Joint District Communion

The next joint district service for churches across South Skye and Lochalsh will be on the 23rd June (next Sunday), at 6:00pm in Kyleakin Village Hall.   The Preacher will be Donnie Macleod (retired, Snizort Church of Scotland).

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.

Denominational News

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 throughout the year, as well as a short update featuring special projects like the Free Church Youth Camps and the Govan church plant.

University chaplain explores science and Christianity conflict on Skye

A senior Scottish university chaplain is to challenge the myth that science and Christianity are completely incompatible at a special talk in the Isle of Skye next week. On Saturday 22 June Rev Dr Alistair Donald from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh will speak at Dunvegan village hall on the topic of ‘has science buried God?’. The event has been organised by Duirinish Free Church and begins at 7.30pm. All welcome.

Former Moderator gets on his bike for charity

Former Free Church Moderator Rev Dr Iain D Campbell is getting on his bike for charity next week as he raises funds for MacMillan Cancer Research. The Point Free Church minister is repeating his sponsored Western Isles cycle from Monday 17 to Wednesday 19 June. Dr Campbell will be accompanied by his son Iain as he peddles from the Butt of Lewis to Barra. Those wishing to sponsor Iain D can get in touch by emailing revdridc@gmail.com

Good Neighbours café and High Five holiday club in Dumfries

As part of Guid Nychburris (Good Neighbours) week in Dumfries the Free Church congregation is opening its doors and running a free café from 12-3pm on Saturday (15 June). The congregation are also preparing for a holiday club from Tuesday 9 to Friday 12 July to build on previous contacts.

Bulletin: 2nd June

Diary

Services Today

10:30am @ Sleat – Morning Prayer Meeting

11:00am @ Sleat – Communion – John 3:22-30 – What we receive from Heaven

5:00pm @ Broadford – Evening Worship – 1 Timothy 3:8-13 – Qualifications for Deacons

Mid-week Meetings & Events

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

Next Sunday

10:30am @ Sleat – Morning Prayer Meeting

11:00am @ Sleat – Morning Worship

5:00pm @ Broadford – Evening Worship

Notices

Communion & Church Lunch

This morning we will be sharing communion during our worship.   If you are visitor, and in good standing with a congregation elsewhere, you are welcome to join us at the Lord’s Table.   Please come forward at the appropriate time.

After the service today, we have a congregational lunch – everyone is welcome to remain behind to continue our fellowship together.   Please lend a hand to clear away the chairs, and reorganise the church for lunch.

Evening Service

This evening at Broadford we will be looking at the office of “Deacon” in the church.   Two weeks ago we were thinking about the office of Elder.   These two themes are vital to the welfare of our congregation in the long term – as we urgently need men to be ready to take up these offices in the congregation.   Please make an extra effort to come along this evening, to the Broadford Village Hall.

Next Sunday

Gordon will be away next weekend, preaching at communion services in Plockton and Kyle.    The services in our congregation will be taken by Innes MacSween, from Ness, Isle of Lewis.   Innes is a candidate for the Free Church ministry, and has just finished his university degree.   He plans to take a year out to work with UCCF (the Universities and Colleges Christian Fellowship) as a relay worker doing campus ministry with students in Cambridge.

Morning Prayer Meeting

Please remember the Sunday morning prayer meeting at 10:30am in Sleat.   The elders have committed to meeting at this time, but others are always welcome to join us.

Joint District Communion

The next joint district service for churches across South Skye and Lochalsh will be on the 23rd June, at 6:00pm in Kyleakin Village Hall.

Denominational News

Free Church College students on summer placements

Please do remember the ministry students (and families) from the Free Church College as they go out on placement over the summer months. Sean Ankers will minister in Kiltearn, Evanton, Murdo Campbell is in Barvas on the Isle of Lewis, Thomas Davis is with Arran Free Church and Tom Muir is in Helmsdale. Andrew Longwe, who is in the process of applying to become a candidate for the Free Church ministry, is assisting Rev Derek Lamont at St Columba’s Free Church in Edinburgh.

Psalms for a Summer Evening in Greenock

The annual Psalms for a Summer Evening event takes place in Greenock Free Church on Friday 14 June. Beginning at 7.30pm it will feature some congregational and choir singing from the Glasgow Psalm Singers, with Professor John Angus Macleod from the Free Church College giving the address. Refreshments will be served afterwards in the neighbouring St John’s church hall. All welcome.

The late Rev David Paterson’s sermons available on fundraising CD

Some of the most memorable sermons from the late Rev David Paterson are available to buy on a special fundraising CD. Five of the renowned preacher’s sermons have been put onto CD and are available to buy, with all proceeds going to the work of the Gospel in East Kilbride Free Church – Mr Paterson’s first charge. Please make a minimum donation of £10.00, and cheques should be made out to ‘East Kilbride Free Church’. Please place your order along with your cheque with Peter Morrison, 5 Kilmardinny Drive, Bearsden G61 3PD. Rev David Paterson went home to glory last December.

Vacancy: assistant drug and alcohol support worker, Inverness

The Free North congregation in Inverness wishes to appoint a drug and alcohol support worker at its Road to Recovery offices at Madras Street, Inverness. This service provides assistance to those suffering from addictions. A job description is available to view on both the Free Church (www.freechurch.org) and Free North (www.freenorthchurch.org) websites. For more details contact Free North minister Rev Colin Macleod by email: colin.macleod@sky.com the closing date is 14 June.

Bulletin – 25th May

Diary

Services Today

10:30am @ Sleat – Morning Prayer Meeting

11:00am @ Sleat – Morning Worship – John 3:16-21 – Not Condemned

6:00pm @ Sleat – Monthly Joint Service – Iain A. Macdonald (SASRA)

Mid-week Meetings & Events

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

Thursday, 7:30pm @ Kyle Free Church Hall – CWI Tour

Next Sunday

10:30am @ Sleat – Morning Prayer Meeting

11:00am @ Sleat – Communion – John 3:22-30 – What we receive from Heaven

5:00pm @ Broadford – Evening Worship – 1 Timothy 3:8-13 – Qualifications for Deacons

Notices

Comments at Assembly

Sharing this for the encouragement of our own folks in Sleat & Strath – a very humbling report from Iver Martin, minister at our denomination’s largest congregation and principal of our training institution. If you go 51 minutes in, Iver was speaking in response to the Home Mission Board’s report. God is good.

Joint Service – This Evening

Next Sunday we will host the monthly joint service with the Church of Scotland.   The service will be addressed by Iain Alasdair Macdonald of SASRA (Soldiers’ & Airmen’s Scripture Readers Association).   Iain has spoken at our joint fellowships before, and it will be good to welcome him once again.   The collection on the night will go towards supporting the work of SASRA.

Evening Service – Next Sunday

Just as last week we were looking at the qualification for Elders (so that we would better understand the qualities we should be praying for among our men), next week we will be looking at the office of “Deacon” in the church in the same way.   These are really one-off events, and not themes I want to preach on too often, but are vital to the welfare of our congregation.   Please make an extra effort to come along on Sunday evening, to the Broadford Village Hall.

CWI Meeting

Christian Witness to Israel – a Jewish Evangelism organisation – are holding their annual Scottish tour later this month.   They will be speaking at Kyle Free Church on Thursday 30th May at 7:30pm, and in Tigh-na-Sgire in Portree on Friday 31st May at 7:30pm.   Please make every effort to go along to one of these events – Paul Morris, Nick Stead and Mike Moore are definitely worth hearing, particularly as there are incredible stories of God working to bring the Gospel home to the Jewish people.

Communion & Church Lunch

As Gordon will be away the second Sunday in June (at the Kyle Communion) we will move our own communion forward to the first Sunday in June (2nd).   Anyone wishing to profess faith for the first time, or join the congregation, should talk to Gordon soon, to arrange to meet with the Kirk Session.   We also hope to have a light lunch that Sunday, at the Sleat Church.   Please see the organisation sign-up sheet in the lobby.

Denominational News

Increase in attendance at Free Church services
The number of people attending Free Church services has increased over the past five years. Statistics showed that an average of 12,639 attended worship each week last year, up from 12,431 in 2007. The number of people under 30, when compared to 2007, had increased by almost 30 per cent.

Two-year moratorium agreed
Any committee-funded posts will require approval from the Board of Trustees after an immediate two-year moratorium was approved by the General Assembly. The move was taken in light of reductions in budgets to the Free Church’s biggest spending committees to ensure that expenditure did not exceed income. It will affect all vacancies and any new posts which are funded by committees. A special group will also explore strategic priorities for the denomination and report to next year’s Assembly.

New College principal appointed
Rev Iver Martin has been appointed as the new Principal of the Free Church College. The Stornoway Free Church minister has accepted the role on a two-year part-time appointment. He will spend his time between Stornoway and Edinburgh during the academic year.

Temporary arrangements for vacant Chair of Old Testament
Due to the temporary moratorium imposed on centrally supported posts, the Assembly decided it would be inappropriate, at this time, to make a full-time permanent appointment for the vacant Chair of Old Testament at the College. The College Board will make temporary arrangements and bring proposals to the October Commission of Assembly as a matter of urgency.

Name change for College approved in principle
The General Assembly has voted in principle to rename the Free Church College as the Edinburgh Theological Seminary. As part of its vision for the future, the College Board said this would attract interest from wider evangelical church circles and show Gospel-work co-operation. It also hopes to offer wider training for church planters, evangelists and apologetics for members. A report will be brought to next year’s Assembly.

Rahmat memorial fund set up by International Missions Board (IMB)
The IMB have announced the Rahmat Memorial Fund, in memory of the late missionary to northern India who recently passed away. The fund will help his young family as well as ongoing ministry in the area. More info coming soon.

Plea to Kirk evangelicals
Ecumenical Relations convener Rev Dr Iain D Campbell gave a gracious and loving plea to brothers and sisters in the Church of Scotland after the national church approved ministers in same-sex relationships. Dr Campbell encouraged commissioners to seek evangelical unity across Scotland.

Govan church plant approved
The church plant in Govan will begin later this summer with Rev Norman Mackay leaving Falkirk.

Group to look at 2014 referendum
The Free Church is set to explore the place of Christianity in an independent Scotland, ahead of the independence referendum in 2014. A special working group has been set up and will report to next year’s General Assembly.

Bulletin: 19th May

Sleat & Strath FreeChurch

Diary

Services Today

10:30am @ Sleat – Morning Prayer Meeting

11:00am @ Sleat – Morning Worship – John 3:16-21 – In darkness & In Light

3:30pm @ Kyleakin – Afternoon Worship

5:00pm @ Broadford – Evening Worship – 1 Timothy 3:1-7 – Qualifications for Elders

Mid-week Meetings & Events

Wednesday, 7:30pm – Joint Prayer Meeting for the General Assemblies (Kyle Free Church)

Next Sunday

10:30am @ Sleat – Morning Prayer Meeting

11:00am @ Sleat – Morning Worship – John 3:22-36 – “He must increase, but I must decrease”

6:00pm @ Sleat – Monthly Joint Service – Iain A. Macdonald, SASRA

Notices

Note of Thanks

Thanks to the ladies who were in all afternoon on Thursday cleaning the church.   It was a big job – and much appreciated.

Summer Duty

Please check the rota for welcome and coffee duties.   If you are unable to cover any of the dates indicated, please alert Gordon as soon as possible.

Tonight’s Evening Service

At next week’s evening service, we will reach 1 Timothy 3.   This chapter addresses the qualifications for elders and deacons.   As one of the more pressing concerns we face as a congregation is a lack of eligible men to serve as elders, I want to request that as many as possible make the effort to attend Sunday evening’s meeting in Broadford next Sunday.   The thrust of the sermon will be looking at what we need to earnestly ask God to provide for our church.   Please make an extra effort to attend.

Joint Service – Next Week

Next Sunday we will host the monthly joint service with the Church of Scotland.   The service will be addressed by Iain Alasdair Macdonald of SASRA (Soldiers’ & Airmen’s Scripture Readers Association).   Iain has spoken at our joint fellowships before, and it will be good to welcome him once again.   The collection on the night will go towards supporting the work of SASRA.

General Assembly – Prayer Meeting

Please note the meeting on Wednesday night at Kyle Free Church Hall.   Our own prayer meeting and midweek fellowship has been cancelled to allow for people to make the Kyle meeting a priority.   Please go over if you are able.

CWI Meeting

Christian witness to Israel – a Jewish Evangelism organisation – are holding their annual Scottish tour later this month.   They will be speaking at Kyle Free Church on Thursday 30th May at 7:30pm, and in Tigh-na-Sgire in Portree on Friday 31st May at 7:30pm.   Please make every effort to go along to one of these events – Paul Morris, Nick Stead and Mike Moore are definitely worth hearing, particularly as there are incredible stories of God working to bring the Gospel home to the Jewish people.

Open Door Cafe – Kyle

The Open Door Cafe in Kyle will cease operation on Friday, 31st May, partly due to staffing problems, but also due to a change in the venue’s management.   The cafe on the 31st is going to be a celebration of all the cafe has achieved over the years.

Communion & Church Lunch

As Gordon will be away the second Sunday in June (at the Kyle Communion) we will move our own communion forward to the first Sunday in June (2nd).   anyone wishing to profess faith for the first time, or join the congregation, should talk to Gordon soon, to arrange to meet with the Kirk Session.   We also hope to have a light lunch that Sunday, at the Sleat Church.   Please see the organisation sign-up sheet in the lobby.

Denominational News

Keep up with goings-on at the Assembly

You can follow sessions at the General Assembly live via the video feed on the St Columba’s Free Church website: http://stcolumbas.freechurch.org/ Text updates will be posted at each interval on the Free Church website http://www.freechurch.org/ where you can also download reports from.

Joint working group to establish strategic priorities

The Board of Trustees is seeking to establish a representative working group to consult with the major spending committees across the denomination with a view to bringing a plan to the 2014 General Assembly that will align the Church’s vision with available finance.  It says a strategic vision must be in place prior to agreeing financial priorities. As an interim measure with immediate effect, the Board of Trustees is proposing that no vacancies, funded by church committees, be filled without its prior approval. This would affect the vacant positions at the Free Church College, which the Board recommends should be filled on a temporary basis – pending the working group’s plan. It hopes that the Free Church can find smarter ways of working, applying innovation and ingenuity to both its expenditure and future mission. The underlying shortfall for 2012 was around £300,000.

Free Church College to consider name change

The report of the College Board suggests that the Free Church College be renamed the Edinburgh Theological Seminary, to broaden its appeal to wider evangelical circles. The Board is considering the provision of additional courses of a less academic and more practical nature, which could utilise part-time lecturers and modern technology to reduce costs. A supplementary report, not yet released, will contain details of nominations for College Principal and Old Testament Chair.

Other items of interest from the General Assembly reports

The Home Missions Board has exciting news of a church plant in Govan, which would begin over the summer. The Free North congregation in Inverness has submitted an application for permission to call an assistant minister, to work with Rev Colin Macleod. The International Missions Board has updates from missionaries around the world. The Ecumenical Relations Committee expresses its desire for greater co-operation amongst evangelical churches, and notes of talks with the APC and also with some in the Church of Scotland. The Communications Committee also has papers on the redefinition of marriage and the impact of Scottish independence.