Bulletin: 27th April


Services today:

11:00am @ Sleat – Morning Worship – John 12:20-36 – The Hour Has Come

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

Mid-week meetings & events:

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

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

Next Lord’s Day

11:00am @ Sleat – Morning Worship – John 12:37-50 – Just what does it mean to believe?

5:00pm @ Broadford Village Hall – Evening Service – 2 Samuel 11 – David’s Slide into Sin


Date Door Tea
4th May J.N. & Kate Shonnie & Mairi L.
11th May Gordon & Alasdair Kate & Rosie
18th May J.N. & Mairir L. Shonnie & Lyn-Anne



Monthly Joint Service

This evening we will host the regular joint service with the Church of Scotland.   This will be in Sleat, and will be followed by the usual time for fellowship.

Dates for Holiday Club Fund Raiser

We hope to run a fund raising coffee morning / soup & sandwich lunch to raise funds for the summer Holiday Club.   The Ardvassar Hall is available a number of Saturdays after Easter.   Please speak to Shonnie Miller if there are any dates you would prefer.

Discipleship Explored

DE is an 8-week study course designed ideally for people who have come to faith recently, or anyone who is interested in learning more about personal Bible Study and walking with the God.   We are hoping to start a group going through this course a week on Thursday (8th May), meeting ideally in the evening at the manse.   If you are interested, please talk to Gordon after the service, or phone.   We can be more flexible with the day/time to suit people, but that really depends on who wants to take part.

Denominational News

Govan church plant sources office accommodation

A pioneering church plant in one of the most deprived parts of Glasgow has been able to source premises in the heart of the area. The G51 church group, led by Free Church minister Rev Norman Mackay in his hometown of Govan, will be based at the Pearce Institute. The office space that the group is renting will accommodate small groups for Bible study, but there are bigger halls within the building if required.

WFM annual meeting in Edinburgh – Thursday 22 May

The annual meeting of Women for Mission (WFM) takes place in Edinburgh on Thursday 22 May, beginning at 2pm. There will be the usual mission speakers, a final update on the Viva South America project and the launch of a new supported project. A crèche will also be provided. It is hoped to run a bus again from the north, please contact Mairi Macleod on 01463 792 045 or mairileod@aol.com by 1 May to confirm your place.

Special presentation – the naval policy of the Free Church of Scotland

The National Archives near London are next week hosting a special presentation on ‘the naval policy of the Free Church of Scotland’. The novel talk will be given by Alex Ritchie on Thursday 1 May at 2pm. Mr Ritchie will  look at the floating church of Loch Sunart, the floating manse described by Hugh Miller in his publication ‘The Cruise of the Betsey’, as well as the Free Church yacht ‘Breadalbane’ – which ferried ministers to remote locations. It is hoped a podcast will be available on the Free Church website afterwards.

Free Church Youth Camps training days

With the summer fast approaching, the Free Church Youth Camps team have organised a number of training days to help equip leaders. These are: Saturday 3 May at Stornoway Free Church led by Andy Cumming, on the same day at Glasgow City Free Church led by Rev Derek Lamont, and on Saturday 10 May at Greyfriars Free Church in Inverness led by Rev Colin Macleod. All sessions begin at 9.30am and should conclude by 3.30pm.

Encouraging response to Wester Ross holiday club

We are pleased to report that 40 children attended the recent Easter holiday club organised by the Gairloch and Kinlochewe congregations and Skye and Wester Ross youth worker Susan Maclean. Glasgow City’s Rev Dr Colin Dow spoke at a friends and family dinner on the Friday night, and the week culminated with the Free North’s Rev Colin Macleod leading the Sunday services. Neighbouring churches also attended the evening service.


Bulletin – 12th January


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


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.

Bulletin: 11th April

11:00am @ Sleat – Morning Worship – 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 – Boasting
5:00pm @ Kyleakin – Evening Worship – James 3:1-12 – Taming the Tongue

Midweek Meeting Cancelled for Communion

Next Sunday
11:00am @ Sleat – Communion Service
5:00pm @ Kyleakin – No Service
6:00pm @ Sleat – Evening Worship

News and Coming Events
The Lord’s Supper
On 18th April we will be taking communion in Sleat.   There will be no Kyleakin Services that day, and “preparatory services” will be held in Sleat at 7:00pm on Friday and Saturday evenings.   The preacher for the weekend will be Ru Maclean (Harris Free Church) and the Friday night service will be taken by Jeremy Ross (Poolewe & Aultbea).
The Kirk Session will be happy to meet with anyone seeking membership in the congregation, and will meet for that purpose after the Friday and Saturday services.   If you think it would help, feel free to contact Gordon for a chat beforehand.
As there will be no Kyleakin Service the next two weeks (the 25th will be in a joint service Broadford) Gordon will preach in Kyleakin tonight, and there will be no evening service in Sleat.

Sunday School
The Sunday School resumes next Lord’s Day.   Please note, as the communion service will last slightly longer than usual, arrangements will be in place for supervision of the kids for the longer time.

Teens Group
Teens Group will meet at the manse next Sunday evening after the service.

Elementary Food Hygiene Course
The Elementary Food Hygiene course will take place Tuesday evenings, 20th and 27th April.   The course lasts about 3 hours both nights, and attendance at both will be required to pass the course.   The class starts at 7:00pm sharp, so please aim to arrive about 6:45.
Please note: We have planned for about a dozen attendees, but have extended invitations to other local churches to send folk along.   Priority for places will be given to our own folk, as having certified helpers is crucial to our plans for work in Broadford.
Attendance is open to anyone in the congregation (not just “members”), in fact we would encourage as many as possible to attend.   Please “sign up” in the hall.

Discipleship Explored
As the food hygiene course clashes with DE for two weeks, we felt there’s little merit in restarting DE for 1 week, then stopping for 2 weeks again.   DE will resume the first Tuesday in May.

Bulletin 28th Feb. 2010

28th February 2010


11:00am @ Sleat – Morning Worship – Mark 8:22-9:1 – “Don’t tell anyone!”

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


7:00pm @ Kyleakin – Mid-week Bible Study

Next Sunday (Retiring Collection: International Missions)

11:00am @ Sleat – Family Service – Jonathan Tink

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

News and Coming Events

Joint Service

The service this evening will be a joint service with the Church of Scotland.   This will be Communion service in Broadford.

Discipleship Explored

Discipleship Explored is an eight-part Bible study course designed to foster growth through exploring what it means to be a follower of Jesus.   It is ideally suited to people who have recently come to faith, or are thinking about becoming members of the congregation.   We will be running this course starting Tuesday 2nd March, in Sleat, at 7:00pm. The course is 8 weeks long, but we do intend to take a break for the Easter School Holidays.

Please remember we plan to run this course annually, so if you can’t attend this time round, there will be a chance in the future.   Please contact Gordon if you are interested in attending.

Services Next Lord’s Day

Presbytery recently agreed each minister should take a turn preaching at Gairloch, so Gordon will be there next Lord’s Day.   The morning service, scheduled to be a family service, will be conducted by Jonathan Tink.   Jonathan is Faith Mission trained, and was lately pastoring a church in Gorgie, in Edinburgh.   He recently moved to Elgol, after sensing God’s call to serve him in this area.   The evening service at Kyleakin will be taken by Stuart MacKinnon, also from Elgol.