Bulletin – 12th January

Diary

Services today:

11:00am @ Sleat – Morning Worship – John 8:1-11 – A Woman’s Tale

5:00pm @ Broadford Village Hall – Evening Worship – 1 Samuel 25 – Another Woman’s Tale

Mid-week meetings & events:

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

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

Next Lord’s Day

11:00am @ Sleat – Morning Worship – John 8:12-30 – “I am the light of the world”

3:30pm @ Kyleakin Free Church – Monthly Service

5:00pm @ Broadford Village Hall – Evening worship – 1 Samuel 27-31 – National Calamity

Notices

Duty rotas

Please collect a copy of the Sunday morning duty rotas as you leave.

Mustard Seed Cafe

The Mustard Seed Cafe resumes this Tuesday lunchtime.   The Cafe tea are always on the lookout for people who might be willing to help, so please contact Carol (822 419) for a space on the roster.

Christianity Explored

It has been a while since we’ve had a CE group running, but there is now a concerted effort to begin a new group towards the end of January.   If you are interested in coming yourself, or know someone who is, please speak to Gordon.

Finance Committee

The Finance committee will meet a week on Wednesday (22nd January), at 8:00pm, after the midweek meeting.

Gift Aid & Envelopes

New envelopes are available from Donald John (833 207).   If you would like to Gift Aid your givings, please ask for a form to do so.   This enables us to claim about 20% more from your donations if you are a tax payer.

Discipleship Explored

DE is a follow up course to Christianity Explored, designed with people who want to go on in the faith after CE in mind.   It introduces many key Biblical teachings about the benefits Christians have because of their faith and connection with Christ.

This course would really benefit people who have recently been converted, whether in membership or not.   Please think about this – again, we hope to have this ready to run towards the end of January, or into February.

Denominational News

Rev David Randall accepts Falkirk call

On Tuesday night (7 January) Rev David Randall accepted a call to be the next minister of Falkirk Free Church. The 42-year-old arrives with his wife Linnea and four children from Newmilns in Ayrshire. Mr Randall had been a Church of Scotland minister, but left due to the denomination’s continued departure from the Bible on various issues. Falkirk has been without a minister since May, when Rev Norman Mackay left to establish a new church group in Govan, Glasgow. An induction date will be announced soon.

Tain manse family to feature on TV documentary

A former BBC producer is to feature in a fly-on-the-wall documentary looking at the role of the minister’s wife in Scottish churches. Mairi MacAulay, who is married to Tain and Fearn Free Church minister Rev Alasdair MacAulay, is one of three wives featuring on the special series on BBC Alba. For the past 18 months a camera crew have been following  the MacAulays from Alasdair’s completion of his studies for the ministry to the nitty gritty of parish life in Easter Ross. The first episode is on Friday (10 January) at 8.30pm, and will be available afterwards to watch on BBC iPlayer for seven days.

Prayer request for work of Home Missions Board

The chairman of the Home Missions Board (HMB) Rev Derek Lamont is taking a one-month sabbatical from the St Columba’s congregation in Edinburgh to focus on the work of the wider Free Church. The HMB’s remit encompasses ministry matters like redevelopment and church extension charges, finance and youth work. Please pray for wisdom as the HMB works with Presbyteries to produce plans for the way ahead given the spiritual needs of the nation and the financial limitations the Free Church faces as it matches expenditure to income.

Royalty expected at Free Church General Assembly

Prince Edward will be Her Majesty The Queen’s representative at the 2014 General Assembly, it has been announced. Although the Earl of Wessex will primarily be involved with the Church of Scotland’s Assembly across the road at New College, it is expected that he will make a short address to the Free Church General Assembly which meets in St Columba’s Free Church at the top of the Royal Mile on Johnston Terrace. It is the first time that Prince Edward has been the Lord High Commissioner – last year it was Baron Selkirk of Douglas. The General Assembly runs from 19-23 May.

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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 – 24th March

Diary

Services Today

10:30am @ Sleat – Morning Prayer Meeting

11:00am @ Sleat – Morning Worship – John 1:1-18 (3) – John the Baptist

6:30pm @ Broadford Village Hall – Faith Mission Gospel Meeting

Mid-week Meetings & Events

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

Tuesday, 7:00pm @ The Manse – Christianity Explored

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

Saturday, 10:30am @ Kyle Free Church – Praise Workshop

Next Sunday

10:30am @ Sleat – Morning Prayer Meeting

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

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

Notices

Christianity Explored

Please remember, this is the last week of the current CE group.

Faith Mission Convention

This weekend is the Faith Mission convention has been taking place at Broadford and Kyleakin.   The main speaker is Rev. George Macaskill, retired from Stornoway APC.   George is a fantastic preacher, and his messages will be worth making an effort hear.   Our own evening service in Broadford tonight will be cancelled to avoid over-burdening us with meetings.   The Faith Mission meeting tonight will be at 6:30pm in the Broadford Village Hall.

Broadford Manse “Deep Clean”

We expect to have the Broadford Manse on the market within the next few weeks.   Last week, all the old furniture and rubbish was cleared.   We now need to make sure the manse is clean and fit for photographing for the sale brochure.   A date for this is provisionally set for Thursday 28th at 10am.   As many volunteers as possible will make the job a lot quicker.   Please bring brushes, cloths, cleaning materials, window wipes etc.   Most rooms have wooden floor boards, but some have old lino coverings, so a mop or two might be useful as well.

Joint District Communion

The next joint district communion service will be Sunday, 31st March – Easter Sunday – at 6:00pm in the Kyleakin Village Hall.

Minister Away

Gordon will be on leave for about 10 days, from Saturday.   The morning service next Lord’s Day will be conducted by John Norman Macdonald, with our evening service cancelled for the joint district communion in Kyleakin.   The following Sunday morning is TBA, but the evening service in Broadford will be conducted by Stuart MacKinnon (Elgol).   In the event of any pastoral emergencies, please contact the elders in the first instance.

Denominational News

Board of Trustees workshop

Representatives from the main boards and committees of the Free Church and every Presbytery met at Greyfriars Free Church in Inverness to discuss issues facing the denomination over the next five years. Delegates were reminded of the purpose of the Church and discussed a vision of what the denomination will look like if that calling is fulfilled. The chairmen of the Home Missions, International Missions and College Boards all reflected on what this would mean for their respective areas. The final aspect of the discussion looked at how limited resources may be allocated in the current financial climate realising this vision and building God’s kingdom.

Marriage bill “completely nonsensical”

The Jedi Knights could soon be officiating at weddings in Scotland under plans to redefine marriage by the Scottish Government, according to the Free Church of Scotland. The Free Church described the Government’s plans to create a third category of marriage as “completely nonsensical”. The comments came as the denomination responded to the second consultation on the redefinition of marriage in Scotland, which it continues to vehemently oppose. The story attracted worldwide media interest.

New minister for Leith Free Church

Inverness Greyfriars Free Church assistant Rev Gavino Fioretti is set to create history by becoming the first-ever Italian minister in Edinburgh after accepting a call to Leith Free Church. An induction for the 38-year-old father-of-four, who is originally from Sardinia, is expected to take place on Saturday 20 April at 2pm.

Induction of Rev Andrew Coghill to Scalpay

The induction of Rev Andrew Coghill to Scalpay Free Church is expected to take place on Wednesday 27 March at 7pm. A special service welcoming Mr Coghill will be hosted in the Tarbert Church of Scotland building – as the usual place of worship in Scalpay is too small for the occasion.

Churchman criticises £1.6m Government grant to gay rights group

Rev David Robertson has criticised the Scottish Government’s decision to award a leading gay rights group £1.6 million of taxpayers’ money for its own schools programme. David, minister of St Peter’s Free Church in Dundee and director of the Solas Centre for Public Christianity, condemned all homophobic bullying in Scottish schools but argued the decision to give the Equality Network £1.6 million is unwise and unhelpful.

Bulletin: 20th January

20th January 2013

Services Today
11:00am @ Sleat – Morning Worship – 1 Kings 21 – A Word of Judgement
3:30pm @ Kyleakin – Afternoon Service
5:00pm @ Broadford – Evening Worship – 2 Peter 3:14-18 – Grow in Grace

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

Next Sunday
11:00am @ Sleat – Morning Worship – 2 Kings 1 – A Final Task
6:00pm @ Kyleakin Village Hall – District Joint Communion

News and Coming Events (D.V.)

Teens Group
Teens Group meets tonight in the manse, from 7:00-8:30pm.   Teen’s group is for anyone in P7 or secondary school.

Christianity Explored
We are planning a new CE course to begin on Tuesday (22nd January).   The course runs for about 8 weeks, so we expect to be finished in time for Easter.

The Tuesday morning group seemed ideal for people with young families, and we hope to run another group like this in the near future – probably starting in February.   If you are interested in attending either group, please talk to Gordon.

District Joint Communion
Next Lord’s Day evening there will be a joint service of most congregations in the area.   Gordon hopes to be leading the service, and Stuart Mackinnon will preach, God willing.

These quarterly meetings are a great witness to the community, with Christians from different backgrounds coming together to remember Christ’s death.   It is very encouraging to see so many in our wider area – from Lochcarron, to Aird, and from Glenelg to Elgol – gather together, so if you are able to make it along, please do.   Communion at these meetings is open to anyone in good standing with a local church fellowship.

CEplus
After running CE quite intensively for a couple of years there are now a fair number of people who have expressed an interest in going on with something like CE: informal, bible based, geared for people seeking the truth.   Gordon is preparing what will initially be a monthly meeting, called CEplus.

We want to make this group as assessable as possible, but want to avoid clashing with our usual Tuesday evening CE slot.   The options seem to be the first Monday, Friday or Sunday evening each month.   If you are interested in this group, please talk to Gordon and indicate which evening might best suit you.

Communion & Membership Class
We hope to Prof. John Angus Macleod from the denomination’s training college with us for our next communion weekend.   Our “communion plan” was to celebrate the Lord’s Supper the second Sunday in February.   However, to fit in more easily with college terms dates, we have postponed this to the last Sunday in February (24th).   This communion will be in Sleat.

For a while now we have been planning an optional membership class for people thinking about identifying themselves as members of the congregation.   We want to stress that it is optional – attendance is not a requirement for membership!   Nor will attendance “sway” the Kirk Session – membership and taking communion are based on a profession faith in Jesus, not attendance at any meetings.   The class is really to help people think through what church membership involves.

We will organise this over two weeks on Monday nights prior to the communion weekend (i.e. 11th & 18th February).   These short sessions are designed to go over some of the privileges and responsibilities of membership, as well as looking at the biblical basis for “church membership” (an idea some people struggle with).   This class might be ideal for people who have recently become members with us, as well as people thinking about becoming members of a church for the first time.   We expect to run this class twice a year in future.

The Briefing: Mid-week Meetings
Last week we looked at the format of our mid-week meetings.   This week, we’ll look at who these meetings are for.   There’s a perception that mid-week meetings are in some way closed, or private meetings just for members.   Very often, men are particularly put-off coming, out of a fear that they will be pressured to lead in prayer.   It’s worth remembering what happens at our mid-week meetings – teaching and prayer:

Firstly, they are for people who are serious about growing in their faith and knowledge of the Lord.   In Romans Paul wrote, “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.”   One service on a Sunday – about 30 minutes teaching a week – is barely enough to build a serious Christian worldview.   Taped sermons or the internet can be a good supplement to this, but faith is really built up through teaching closely linked to your own life.   So if you are interested in getting deeper into God’s word, to strengthen your faith, mid-week meetings are for you.

Secondly, they are for anyone who cares about the work and witness of our Church.   The Church isn’t like other organisations, growing solely through the efforts of its people.   The Church depends on God to work.   Despite every event we organise, we cannot change a single heart; transform a single life; or comfort a single grieving person, without the Spirit of God working in and through us.   Our corporate congregational prayer meeting – the first Wednesday each month – is vital to the health and wellbeing of our Church.   You might not verbally say much, or anything, while you are there, but you are still part of the fellowship of people praying for God’s blessing in our community.

Of course, for many legitimate reasons (e.g. work, family, distance), people who want a deepening faith and knowledge, or who care deeply about our work and witness, aren’t always able to come.   But the real issue is ensuring that nobody feels they need to have special status or experience before they are willing to come.

Bulletin: 13th January

13th January 2013

Services Today

11:00am @ Sleat – Morning Worship – 1 Kings 19 – Listening for the Voice of God

5:00pm @ Broadford – Evening Worship – 2 Peter 3:1-13 – The Day of the Lord

Mid-week Meetings

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

Next Sunday

11:00am @ Sleat – Morning Worship – 1 Kings 21 – A Word of Judgement

3:30pm @ Kyleakin – Afternoon Service

5:00pm @ Broadford – Evening Worship – 2 Peter 3:14-18 – Grow in Grace

News and Coming Events (D.V.)

Minister Away

Gordon will be away Monday to Thursday this week, at “in service training” in Edinburgh.   If there are any pastoral emergencies, please contact one of the elders in the first instance.

Teens Group

Teens Group meets next Sunday in the manse, from 7:00-8:30pm.   Teen’s group is for anyone in P7 or secondary school.

Christianity Explored

We are planning a new CE course to begin a week on Tuesday (22nd January).   The course runs for about 8 weeks, so we expect to be finished in time for Easter.

The Tuesday morning group seemed ideal for people with young families, and we hope to run another group like this in the near future – probably starting in February.   If you are interested in attending either group, please talk to Gordon.

CEplus

After running CE quite intensively for a couple of years there are now a fair number of people who have expressed an interest in going on with something like CE: informal, bible based, geared for people seeking the truth.   Gordon is preparing what will initially be a monthly meeting, called CEplus.

We want to make this group as assessable as possible, but want to avoid clashing with our usual Tuesday evening CE slot.   The options seem to be the first Monday, Friday or Sunday evening each month.   If you are interested in this group, please talk to Gordon and indicate which evening might best suit you.

Communion & Membership Class

We hope to Prof. John Angus Macleod from the denomination’s training college with us for our next communion weekend.   Our “communion plan” was to celebrate the Lord’s Supper the second Sunday in February.   However, to fit in more easily with college terms dates, we have postponed this to the last Sunday in February (24th).   This communion will be in Sleat.

For a while now we have been planning an optional membership class for people thinking about identifying themselves as members of the congregation.   We want to stress that it is optional – attendance is not a requirement for membership!   Nor will attendance “sway” the Kirk Session – membership and taking communion are based on a profession faith in Jesus, not attendance at any meetings.   The class is really to help people think through what church membership involves.

We will organise this over two weeks on Monday nights prior to the communion weekend (i.e. 11th & 18th February).   These short sessions are designed to go over some of the privileges and responsibilities of membership, as well as looking at the biblical basis for “church membership” (an idea some people struggle with).   This class might be ideal for people who have recently become members with us, as well as people thinking about becoming members of a church for the first time.   We expect to run this class twice a year in future.

The Briefing: Mid-week Meetings

Over the next few weeks I want to encourage us in how we use our mid-week meetings.   There are probably some misunderstandings about what mid-week meetings are for, and who can, or should, attend.     This week, we’ll look at the format of our Wednesday night meetings.

Most weeks the meeting is a bible study.   The aim of these studies is to increase people’s working understanding of what the Bible teaches.   At the moment we’re working through a study on the person and work of Jesus.   Other times we will work through a particular book of the Bible, or focus on practical themes, e.g. prayer.   It is helpful if people have read the study notes before coming along, as the discussion closely follows the material we are studying, and the main purpose of this type of meeting is in-depth bible teaching.   These weeks, an elder will pray at the beginning of the meeting.

It’s helpful to think of prayer as the “engine room” of the church, so once a month (the first Wednesday) we devote the whole meeting to pray for the work and witness of our congregation.   A full set of prayer-notes are provided, ideally the Sunday before.   We read through these first and clarify points, if anyone has questions about them.   We then break into small groups and spend time in open prayer going through the items listed, and anything else people feel led to pray for.   If you can commit to only one Wednesday a month, this meeting would be the one I’d urge you to make time for.

Next week, we’ll think about who should be attending these meetings.

Bulletin – 2nd January 2011

2nd January 2011

Today

11:00am @ Sleat – Morning Worship – Mark 14:43-52 – Betrayed!

5:00pm @ Kyleakin – Evening Worship – Reviving the Nation: The Life of Samuel

Wednesday

7:00pm @ Sleat – Monthly prayer Meeting

Next Sunday

11:00am @ Sleat – Morning Worship – D.J. Steward

5:00pm @ Kyleakin – Evening Worship – Stuart MacKinnon

News and Coming Events (D.V.)

Minister away

Gordon will be away next Lord’s Day on preaching supply in Rassay.   The morning service will be taken by D.J. Stewart and the evening service in Kyleakin will be taken by Stuart Mackinnon.   There will be no service in Sleat that evening.

Kirk Session

The Kirk Session will meet on Wednesday evening after the Prayer Meeting.

Mustard Seed Café – New Year Program

The Mustard Seed Café will resume on 12th January.   As the team of cooks and helpers has expanded sufficiently, we are planning on running the Café weekly until Easter.   A staffing rota is available.   We also hope to be in a position to offer another Food Hygiene course early in the New Year.

Quinquennial Assessment

Every 5 or so years the Presbytery will carry out an assessment of the congregation.   This involves a detailed look at our records, and meetings with the minister, the Kirk Session, the Finance Committee, and also the congregation.   We are to receive such a visit, led by Roddie Rankin, on Tuesday 18th January.   The Finance Committee will meet the visiting team at 7:00pm, and the whole congregation will meet them at 7:30pm.   This will be at Sleat Free Church.

Christianity Explored – Broadford Area

Although no time or venue has been set, we are planning to run a Christianity Explored group in the Broadford area early in 2011.   It would help with planning a venue if we could have a rough estimate of likely numbers.   If you would like to attend, plan to bring others, or know of others who would like to attend, please let Gordon know ASAP.

The most likely time for the group to meet would be Tuesday evenings, at about 7:30pm – but if this is unsuitable for most people, we can plan for a different night.   The course would run for 8 or 10 weeks, meaning we’d have to start in early February to be finished before Easter.