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Bulletin for Sunday 7th February 2016

We warmly welcome you to our worship service today. We extend a special welcome to visitors. Please join us for tea after the morning service in the hall.

Psalm books and Bibles are available at the front door.  We sing unaccompanied psalms, led by a precentor. We stand to sing and sit to pray.

There is a crèche that meets in the hall next door to the church during the morning service: age 0-2yrs upstairs and age 3-5yrs (Tweenies) downstairs. You are welcome to take your children to crèche before the service begins or during the 2nd singing, after the children’s talk.

Sunday Schools as usual today. Children going to Central Sunday School go next door to the hall during the second singing. Laxdale Sunday School meets at 12.30pm.

Morning Service, 11am, English: Rev KI Macleod

Morning Service, 11am, Gaelic: Rev K Ferguson

Evening Service, 6.30pm, English: Rev KI Macleod

NOTICES

Tonight: Youth Fellowship will meet tonight in the upstairs hall after the evening service, and all young people are welcome.

Monday 8th Feb: Kirk Session will meet on Monday at 7pm in the Seminary.

Tuesday 9th Feb:

Youth Club will meet in the hall from 7.30-9.30pm for S2-S6.

Cabarfaith meets on Tuesday in the Cabarfeidh Hotel, 7:30–9pm.  All welcome.

Campaigners off for two weeks: There will be no Campaigners on Thursdays 11th and 18th Feb or Mondays 15th and 22nd Feb due to school holidays and our Communion weekend.

Friday 12th Feb: The Western Isles Free Church Mission Support Group Annual Supper Evening will be held on Friday 12th February at 7pm in the Rev MA Macleod Memorial Hall.  Come along and hear from Phil and Cathy Steed from Overseas Missionary Fellowship. Booking is essential – contact Duncan and Annabelle Maclean on 702618, 07733077972, d.maclean145@btinternet.com.  The Support Group are currently raising funds for Muriel Macleod in Cambodia and Neil and Rachel Rae in the Philippines.  All welcome.

Saturday 13th Feb There will be a Fundraising Soup and Pudding Lunch in the hall from 12-2pm in aid of Marsali Campbell, Dwelling Places, Uganda

Deacons’ Court:  Office-bearers should note that the next meeting of the Deacons’ Court will be on Monday 15th February in the Kenneth St Session Room at 7pm, DV.

Presbytery Meeting: Presbytery has agreed to meet with the Stornoway congregation for the signing of a 'Closed Call' to Rev James Maciver on 16th February at 7.30pm. Until the call to Rev Maciver is disposed of at the forthcoming presbytery, he has had to step down as interim moderator with Rev R Sinclair having been appointed meantime.

Mandate FormsVisiting teams will visit each home attached to the congregation, during week commencing 8th February, to ascertain whether 'Communicant Members' and 'Adherents' will be able to attend the congregational meeting with Presbytery on the 16th February for the signing of a 'Closed Call" to the Rev James Maciver, Knock Free Church. If any home has not received a visit by Friday 12th February, and needs to sign a Mandate, authorising someone else to sign for them, please contact your elder, Interim Moderator (Rev Sinclair, 705208) or Rev KI Macleod (703681).

Advance Notice: There will be no Sunday School (Central or Laxdale) on Sunday 14th February due to the school holidays or on Sunday 21st February due to the Communion weekend.  There will be provision in the hall for the younger children on these mornings:

Creche (0-2 yrs old) Upstairs; Tweenies (age 3 – Primary 2) Downstairs

Midweek meetings: all at 7.30pm in the Seminary

Wednesday – English, Thursday – Gaelic, Saturday – English

Children and youth groups

Parent & Toddler meets on Tuesday (1-3pm) and Thursday (9.45-11.45am)

Campaigner:      C Club (6-7pm) and Crosstrax (7-8.30pm) on Monday in the hall

                                Kidzone CANCELLED this week (School holiday)

ROTAS This Week (7th February)                    Next Week (14th February)

CRECHE                                                TEAS                                       CRECHE                  TEAS  

Annabelle Maclean      Kay Macleod                     Liz Macleod                     Grace Veals

Michelle Morrison    Anne-Marie Macphail       Christina Morrison        Alan Veals

Catriona Neally                                                         Alison Macdonald

Kathleen Walker                                                       Diane Macdonald


Tweenie’s: 7th Feb: Heather Mackay; 14th Feb: Mairianne Campbell


Services next week:

         11am, Church, Kenneth St, English Service: Phil Steed (OMF)


         11am, Seminary, Francis St, Gaelic Service: Rev J Macdonald

         6.30pm, Church, Kenneth St, English service: Rev KI Macleod


Youth Club

Youth Club meets next on Tuesday 9th February 2016 at the usual time of 7.30-9.30pm in the church hall.  All S2-S6 aged young people welcome.

Bulletin for Sunday 31st January 2016

We warmly welcome you to our worship service today. We extend a special welcome to visitors. Please join us for tea after the morning service in the hall.

Psalm books and Bibles are available at the front door.  We sing unaccompanied psalms, led by a precentor. We stand to sing and sit to pray.

There is a crèche that meets in the hall next door to the church during the morning service: age 0-2yrs upstairs and age 3-5yrs (Tweenies) downstairs. You are welcome to take your children to crèche before the service begins or during the 2nd singing, after the children’s talk.

Sunday Schools as usual today. Children going to Central Sunday School go next door to the hall during the second singing. Laxdale Sunday School meets at 12.30pm.

Morning Service, 11am, English: Mr Ian M Macleod

Morning Service, 11am, Gaelic: Rev DA Macdonald

Evening Service, 6.30pm, English: Rev Alasdair I Macleod

NOTICES

Bethesda retiring collection: A retiring collection for Bethesda Hospice will be taken at all services today.

Tuesday 2nd February: Caberfaith meets on Tuesday in the Caberfeidh Hotel between 7:30 and 9pm.  All welcome.

Tuesday 2nd February: Due to a funeral being held in the church, the Parent and Toddler Group is cancelled this Tuesday

Wednesday 3rd February: There will be a congregational meeting in the church at 7:30pm and all in the congregation are welcome to attend.

Vacancy Update: The Kirk Session met on Thursday evening 21st January to discuss the vacancy. The Session appointed a congregational meeting to take place on Wednesday 3rd February 2016 at 7.30pm in the Church, and resolved to present a single name to the congregation at that meeting for the filling of the vacancy. It is important that there be a good attendance of communicants and adherents so that the mind of the congregation can be clearly shown. Anyone who has questions about the meeting should address these to their district elder. Please continue to pray for the Lord’s guidance and blessing in regard to this very important matter.

Vacancy Update– additional information:  In connection with the decision to present a single name for filling the vacancy, the following is a brief explanation in support of the decision, and also to make the congregation aware that the election and calling of a minister belongs, in the first instance, to the communicant members of the congregation.

The purpose of the Vacancy Committee is to arrange for the pulpit to be supplied with ministers who are considered suitable to fill the vacancy in due course.   After invited ministers have been heard and all responses and suggestions carefully considered, it is recommended practice in the Free Church for Vacancy Committees to agree on a single name to be presented at a congregational meeting.  Unanimity in these matters is always desirable and at its meeting on 21st January, the Vacancy Committee unanimously resolved to present the name of Rev James Maciver, minister of Knock Free Church, as the minister best suited to fill the vacancy. 

The congregation is not bound to accept the recommendation of the Vacancy Committee and any office-bearer or member in the congregation is free to present the name of an eligible Free Church minister of their choice.  The congregation is then given an opportunity to vote.  After a vote is taken, those who voted for the minister receiving the least votes will be invited to cordially concur in a call to the minister who has secured a majority. 

We hope this clarifies the position but if questions still remain please raise these with your district elder.

Transport to the Congregational Meeting:  To give as many as possible the opportunity to attend the congregational meeting on Wednesday, 3rd February, minibuses will be available for the routes usually served on the Lord’s Day.  Those who wish to use the service should contact Roddy Martin on 705501, preferably no later than Tuesday evening. 

Supper Evening: The Western Isles Free Church Mission Support Group Annual Supper Evening will be held on Friday 12th February at 7pm in the Rev MA Macleod Memorial Hall.  Come along and hear from Phil and Cathy Steed from Overseas Missionary Fellowship. Booking is essential – contact Duncan and Annabelle Maclean on 702618, 07733077972, d.maclean145@btinternet.com.  The Support Group are currently raising funds for Muriel Macleod in Cambodia and Neil and Rachel Rae in the Philippines.  All welcome.

February meeting of the Deacons’ Court:  Office-bearers should note that the next meeting of the Deacons’ Court will be on Monday 15th February in the Kenneth Street Session Room at 7.00 pm, DV.

Visit to Uganda.

On Wednesday 4th February a group from Lewis will head to Glasgow for an early morning flight on Thursday to Uganda via Amsterdam. The main aim of the visit is to support the work of Kenny John and Ishbel Mackenzie at God is Good Nursery and School and to offer help with tasks that they have identified as needing to be done following their own recent visit.

With this in mind it is planned to spend the whole of the following week at the school where two of the team will undertake to do in -service training with the teaching staff, assisting them with their professional development which will help them to comply with Government requirements. Whilst that takes place the rest of the group will spend time doing craft activities, art and music with the children and anything else that is needed around the school. For the remainder of the time it is hoped that we will have the opportunity to visit the African Bible University and other local projects. Your prayers during this time would be much appreciated until our return on the 19th February.         ~ Torquil Macleod

Certificated Volunteers Needed

As a congregation we are in great need of more people with a Food Hygiene certificate who could help in the provision of the various events involving food.

This certificate is awarded on the completion of a one day course held in the Town Hall the details of which are shown below.

Food Hygiene - Elementary (One Day) Dates and Times:

Wed 10th Feb, 2016, 9am-5pm

Mon 25th Apr, 2016, 9am-5pm

The Deacons Court has in the past paid the fee involved.

If you are willing to undertake this course or wish more information email angus55@btinternet.com or phone Angus Smith on 01851 704873.

 

Midweek meetings: all at 7.30pm

Monday – Monthly Bilingual in the Seminary

Wednesday – Congregational Meeting in the Church

Thursday – Gaelic in the Seminary

Saturday – English in the Seminary

Children and youth groups

Parent & Toddler meets on Thursday (9.45-11.45am) ONLY this week

Campaigner:      C Club (6-7pm) and Crosstrax (7-8.30pm) on Monday in the hall

                                Kidzone (6.15-7.30pm) on Thursday in the hall

ROTAS This Week (31st January)                    Next Week (7th February)

CRECHE                                                TEAS                                       CRECHE                  TEAS  

Chrisell Macleod    Maighread Macphee        Annabelle Maclean      Kay Macleod

Elaine Macmillan  Heather Mackay                Michelle Morrison      Anne-Marie Macphail

Marina Macaulay                                                Catriona Neally

Elaine Poke                                                          Kathleen Walker


Tweenie’s: 31st Jan: Shona MacVicar, 7th Feb: Heather Mackay


Services next week:

         11am, Church, Kenneth St, English Service: Rev KI Macleod


         11am, Seminary, Francis St, Gaelic Service: Rev K Ferguson

         6.30pm, Church, Kenneth St, English service: Rev KI Macleod

Cabarfaith

Caberfaith resumes on Tuesday 19th January in the Caberfeidh Hotel between 7:30 and 9pm. If you are interested in finding out more about the Christian faith then please join us in a relaxed informal environment, where you can just listen, or participate in discussions relating to Christianity and the church. Prior Biblical knowledge is not required.  No question is considered stupid.  No commitment to weekly attendance is expected. Why not come along and join us. Perhaps as a Christian you could bring along an interested friend. If you want to find out more please get in touch with Roddy Cunningham (07900 807375) or Cala Mackenzie (07818 076163).  You will be most welcome.

 

 

 

Parent and Toddler


 

  Tuesdays     1:00 - 3:00pm;  Thursdays 9.45 - 11.45am