Bulletin: 14th September

Diary

Services today:

11:00am @ Sleat – Morning Worship – John 4:24 The Father is Seeking Lost Sheep

5:00pm @ Broadford – Evening Worship – 1 Peter 2:13-17 How should Christians vote in the Referendum?

Mid-week meetings & events:

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

Wednesday, 7:00pm @ Sleat – National Day of Prayer: Referendum

Next Lord’s Day

11:00am @ Sleat – Morning Worship – John 3:16 The Extra-ordinary Lengths God Goes To

3:30pm @ Kyleakin – Afternoon Worship

5:00pm @ Broadford – Evening Worship – Luke 12:4-7 Hell is Real

Rotas

If you are unable to carry out rota duty, please arrange cover yourself.

Date Door Tea Sunday School

Crèche

14th Sept. J.N. & Mairi L. Kate & Dolina Fiona & Elena

Lyn-Anne

21st Sept. Gordon & Kate Elena & Shonnie Dolina & Shonnie

Maggie

28th Sept. Alasdair & Carol Mairi M. & Isobel Dolina & Shonnie

Carol

5th Oct. J.N. & Kate Elena & Dolina Fiona & Elena

Lyn-Anne

Notices

Edinburgh Theological Seminary Saturday Course

The ETS Saturday Course starts Saturday, 27th September.   It would be great to get a group together for this, please talk to Gordon is interested.

Foodbank Training

On Thursday 25th September at the lighthouse Christian centre, a training evening is being held for all those who are willing to “man” the Foodbank. 7.30-9:00pm. More info from Lesley 544488.

Denominational News

Praying for the independence referendum

Rev Iver Martin, minister of Stornoway Free Church on the Isle of Lewis and Principal of the Edinburgh Theological Seminary, has written a helpful guide on what Christians can pray for in the run up to the independence referendum on Thursday 18 September. You can read the full article on the Free Church of Scotland website: http://www.freechurch.org

Over £35,000 raised for emergency Iraq and Syria appeal

Thanks to all congregations who have contributed so generously to the emergency Iraq and Syria appeal. So far over £35,000 has come in, and this will be split between Tearfund efforts in Syria, and the Federation for the Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East – which supports the work of Canon Andrew White, chaplain of St George’s Anglican Church in Baghdad. Please continue to pray for Christians and other minorities in these countries who are suffering in the Islamic State (ISIS) controlled regions.

Concern as Royal Mail opens 100 delivery offices on Sundays

A Free Church minister has criticised a decision by the Royal Mail to open 100 delivery offices on Sundays, adding that money being used to open these premises could be better spent reducing the price of stamps. Dundee minister Rev David Robertson described the development as a retrograde step, and also said it would create a two-tier system with huge swathes of rural areas across Scotland being excluded from the new service.

North-east Glasgow congregation begins four-month pilot

Please pray for Steven Hay, who is going to be leading services in Lennoxtown Free Church, near Glasgow, until the end of the year as part of a four-month pilot. Mr Hay recently completed theological training with Cornhill Scotland in Glasgow, and is originally from Airdrie. The Lennoxtown congregation hopes to run a Christianity Explored course in the near future.

Thanks from Highland Harmony Singers

Many thanks to all the folk, including children, who supported Highland Harmony’s last recital of psalms at Smithton on Saturday 6 September. It was a wonderful occasion and will leave many good memories! Alison Young from Ellon conducted, and Alistair Murray did the last item. Highland Theological College (HTC) Principal Hector Morrison gave a powerful message from Zephaniah on the God who sings, not only over his perfect creation, but also over ransomed sinners. Nearly £1,000 was contributed for the work of HTC, Dingwall. Many thanks again to everyone.

Bulletin: 22nd September

Diary

Services today:

10:30am @ Sleat – Morning Prayer Meeting

11:00am @ Sleat – Morning worship – John 6:1-15 – Leftovers

3:30pm @ Kyleakin  – Afternoon Service – Acts 2:42-47 (Part 2 – Fellowship)

5:00pm @ Broadford – Evening Worship – Genesis 12:1-4 – Our Vision – Evangelism

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 6:16-59 – The Bread of Life

6:00pm @ Kilmore CofS – Joint Service with Church of Scotland

Rotas:

  Door Duty After-church coffee
Sunday, 29th September John Norman & Kate Elena & Dolina
Sunday, 6th October TBC TBC
Sunday, 13th October TBC TBC

Notices

3rd Sunday Kyleakin Service

Please note the rescheduled “Third Sunday” service in Kyleakin is this afternoon at 3:30pm.

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.

Joint Service with Church of Scotland

The service next Lord’s Day evening will be the monthly joint service with the Church of Scotland.   This service will be held in Kilmore Church, and will be led by Roddy Macrae (D.V.)

Rotas

Please inspect the new rotas in the lobby – if you are unable to carry out duties any of these Sundays, please inform Gordon ASAP.

Denominational News

Rev Daniel Paterson induction as Free North assistant minister

The induction of Rev Daniel Paterson as assistant minister of the Free North congregation in Inverness takes place on Friday 27 September 2013. Please note the earlier start time of 7pm. It will be Mr Paterson’s first ministry, having just completed his studies at the Free Church College in Edinburgh. Dingwall minister Rev Angus MacRae will preach the sermon. All welcome.

Stirling church plant progress

The church plant in Stirling has progressed to the extent that the group are now holding weekly services. This Sunday (22 September) former UCCF man Kenny Robertson will take the service, and the following week the guest preacher will be Rev Jeremy Ross from Poolewe and Aultbea Free Church in Wester Ross. Weekly 6pm services are held in the Guide hall, Glebe Avenue.

Prayer request – Dumbarton Christianity Explored course

Congregations have been urged to pray for the upcoming Christianity Explored course run by Dumbarton Free Church at a local hotel. A special evangelistic radio advert has been recorded and will air on the local radio station in advance of the sessions – which begin on Thursday 26 September.

A profitable Sunday – new guide by Rev Dr Iain D Campbell

Day One has published a short booklet on what makes a profitable Sunday for Christians studying at school, college or university. Written by former Free Church Moderator Rev Dr Iain D Campbell, the 20-page A5-sized guide encourages students to put their books away on the Lord’s Day and get involved in the life and work of their local church. Copies are available from Day One (email: sales@dayone.co.uk or call: 01568 613740) and are aimed at churches ministering to students.

New Gaelic Psalter

A new edition of a Gaelic Psalter, which is orthographically compatible with the 1992 production of the Gaelic Bible, is available from the Stornoway Religious Bookshop. The price of the Psalm Book will initially be £7.99.

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

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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: http://www.story-a-month-club.org.uk/

Meetings: Prayer Point

Please prayerfully remember two meetings this week:

  • The College Board – who oversee the denomination’s training college in Edinburgh – meeting on Monday.
  • The Skye & Wester Ross Presbytery meeting on Tuesday.

Bulletin: 15th September

Fellowship

Diary

Services today:

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

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 6:1-15 – Leftovers

3:30pm @ Kyleakin &

5:00pm @ Broadford – Evening Worship – Genesis 12:1-4 – Our Vision – Evangelism

Rotas:

  Door Duty After-church coffee
Sunday, 22nd September Gordon & Dolina Shonnie & Rosie
Sunday, 29th September John Norman & Kate Elena & Dolina
Sunday, 6th October TBC TBC

Notices

Visiting Preacher

This morning’s service is led by D.J. Stewart, from Kyle Free Church, while Gordon is away preaching in Raasay this morning.   We welcome D.J. to our pulpit, and hope we will experience God’s blessing as opens the word to us.

3rd Sunday Kyleakin Service

Today was due to be the third Sunday service in Kyleakin.   As Gordon is away, this has been postponed to next Lord’s Day at 3:30pm.

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.

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

Please inspect the new rotas in the lobby – if you are unable to carry out duties any of these Sundays, please inform Gordon ASAP.

Denominational News

Rev David Robertson urges Holyrood MSPs not to redefine marriage

Rev David Robertson has urged politicians to take a long-term view of the damage caused by redefining marriage, rather than focusing on short-term media soundbites. The St Peter’s Free Church minister made the comments as he appeared before the Scottish Parliament’s Equal Opportunities Committee – which is scrutinising the Marriage and Civil Partnership Bill.

Induction of Rev Lachie MacDonald to South Uist and Benbecula

The induction of Rev Lachie Macdonald to South Uist and Benbecula Free Church takes place on 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. The special service begins at 7pm in Southend Community Hall, Daliburgh, South Uist, with Rev Ewen Matheson to preach.

Govan church planter to address WEC centenary celebration

Rev Norman Mackay from the Govan G51 church plant in Glasgow will give a keynote address at a special centenary event for WEC International at Smithton-Culloden Free Church in Inverness on Saturday 21 September, 12.30pm. Missionary organisation WEC was founded in Britain 1913, and has been sharing the Gospel all over the world through preaching and discipleship ever since. Both Mr Mackay and his wife Alison served as WEC missionaries in the east for many years before joining the Free Church.

Rev Dr John Nicholls starts at Smithton-Culloden Free Church

Widely-respected preacher and international conference speaker Rev Dr John Nicholls will soon begin as associate minister at Smithton-Culloden Free Church. Dr Nicholls will take special responsibility for training the office-bearers and the congregation in leadership and evangelism as well as ministering to the wider church and community. His first Sunday preaching is 22 September, having retired from London City Mission earlier this year.

Plockton congregation hopes to buy church building

The Plockton Free Church congregation is hoping to buy its own premises, after the building it currently worships in was put up for sale. The group has met in the Church of Scotland building in Plockton for the last 30 years, and the A-listed church has now been put on the market for offers over £90,000. If sold to a private developer, it would mean that Plockton becomes a community without a church building. Anyone wishing to support the congregation’s bid can contact Plockton and Kyle minister Rev Roddie Rankin by emailing badicaul@tiscali.co.uk or calling 01599 534 990.

Simple (and fun) Doctrine: The Trinity

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

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

Support for Raasay Crofters

Dear MSPs,

We write regarding the loss of the shooting rights on Raasay by the The Raasay Crofters’ Association.

It is our understanding that the lease has been granted to South Ayrshire Stalkers. It is also our understanding through media reports that the difference in the bid was £2,000.

We were disappointed to hear from a Scottish Government minister that at the end of the day the money was the issue.

We urge you to do all in your power to reverse this decision.

It is a deep concern that the responsibility of this has been laid at the door of civil servants.

You will all be aware that it is difficult to make money at the margins and The Raasay Crofters’ Association have made great progress in developing the sporting rights in Raasay to the benefit of the crofters and the community. The benefit certainly outstrips the mere £2,000 which is at stake.

The Free Church has historically supported crofters’ rights against oppressive landlords. We consider this recent development a gross injustice against the local crofters of Raasay.

Yours Sincerely,

Rev Donnie G MacDonald, Portree Free Church, Isle of Skye
Rev John MacLean, Trotternish Free Church, Isle of Skye
Rev Gordon Matheson, Strath and Sleat Free Church, Isle of Skye
Rev Daniel Sladek, Duirinish Free Church, Isle of Skye

Bulletin: 12th June

Wednesday

7:00pm @ Sleat – Weekly Bible Study

Next Sunday

11:00am @ Sleat – Morning Worship –

5:00pm @ Broadford – Ask.

News and Coming Events (D.V.)

Joint Prayer Meeting for the Area

There will be a joint prayer meeting for the area in Kyleakin Church of Scotland on Wednesday evening at 7:30pm.   This is being held in in place of our own Bible Study, and will probably go on past 10:00pm (feel free to leave earlier!), so please be encouraged to join with those praying there.

American Team

This week, the A-Team will be with us on Tuesday and Wednesday for door-to-door work in the Broadford area.   They will be focusing on inviting people to our Sunday evening meetings in Broadford Village Hall.   They will also be helping out with the Mustard Seed Cafe again on Wednesday, and working with our teens’ group.   Please pray for their efforts this week – that God will open for them a door for the Gospel.

John Blanchard – Is God past his sell-by date?

John Blanchard, author of Does God Believe in Atheists? will be speaking at an event in Kyleakin Village Hall on Friday 17th June, an 7:30pm. This event is geared towards responding to the challenges of unbelief in our society, and would be suitable to bring non-Christian family or friends along to.   John Blanchard is a challenging speaker, and will deal with questions from the public.

Mustard Seed Cafe Team Meeting

There will be a meeting of everyone involved in staffing the Mustard Seed Cafe a week on Thursday (23rd June) in Sleat Free Church.   Please come along, even in you just occasionally help out or make soup.   There are a number of decisions to be made about the future of the Cafe, and as much input as possible from the team would be appreciated.   Please pass news of this meeting to all others involved from the Church of Scotland as well.

Sunday School & Congregational BBQ

Because of the John Blanchard meeting, and trying to juggle the commitments of the American Team, we want to push the date of the barbeque back a week to the 25th June, and plan to hold the Sunday School prize giving at a special service the following day (26th June).

Sale of Work – Date for the Diary

The annual sale of work for the Fabric Fund will be held in Broadford village hall on 3rd September.