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Bulletin 26th April 2015

Schools are as usual today.  Central Sunday School meets during the service. Laxdale and Marybank Sunday Schools meet as usual at 12.30pm.

Morning Service, 11am, English: Rev KI Macleod

Morning Service, 11am, Gaelic, Francis St: Rev I Martin

Evening Service, 6.30pm, English: Rev I Martin

NOTICES

The Youth Fellowship due to take place tonight is now cancelled

 

During the week

Campaigners: Monday - C Club (6-7pm) and Crosstrax (7-8.30pm)

No Kidzone this week

Parent & Toddler Group: Tuesday 1-3pm & Thursday 9.45-11.45am

Cabarfaith: Tuesday, 7.30-9.00pm in the Willow Suite, Cabarfeidh Hotel.

Church Officer: The Lost Property boxes from the church and seminary will be relocated to the hall for all of next week for anyone looking for missing items.

 

Churches Election Hustings

The Evangelical Alliance is holding an election hustings event for local churches in Stornoway Town Hall at 7.30pm on Tuesday 28th April.  This event will be an excellent opportunity for Christians to engage with our political candidates and ask questions on a range of policies and other issues of concern to the local Christian community.  For further details contact Kieran Turner on 07825 214 874 or the Evangelical Alliance Office on 0141 353 0150.

 

Ladies Group: Our first Ladies’ Group will be held on Friday 29th May at 7.30pm in the MA Hall.  Invitations will be given to all ladies who come to our church and will be handed out to you as you come into the Church or Seminary, during the month of May.  If you are not offered an envelope please ask the men at the door for the invitation to the ladies’ group.  Enclosed replies are to be placed in clearly marked boxes at every door.  Looking forward to seeing you on the 29th of May.


 

Lyle Orr: Matthew Hanlon from our congregation (Central Sunday School) has won the Lyle Orr prize for the second time! Matthew will turn 13 very soon and his favourite hobbies are swimming and playing games on the iPad.  He loves the Hobbit and the Hunger Games books and films. He will be presented with his award at the Assembly in May.  Congratulations Matthew!

Campaigners Camp: Please pray for our weekend camp which takes place Friday 1st to Monday 4th May in Kincraig, God willing.

Prayer meetings: all at 7.30pm in the Seminary

Wednesday – English; Thursday – Gaelic; Saturday – English

Services next week (Sunday 3rd May):

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

ROTAS

This Week (26th April)                                    Next Week (3rd May)

CRECHE                                          TEAS                                    CRECHE                        TEAS

Liz Macleod                 Alison Macdonald        Anne Marie Macphail         Rachel Macleod

Christina Morrison    Diane Morrison            Moira Morrison                   Dolly Mackay

Alison Macdonald                                               Maighread Macphee

Diane Macdonald                                                Diane Morrison

What if the Gospel is True?

 

"Either the gospel is the most ridiculous message in the world or else it's the truth." ~ Rev I Martin
Take up the challenge to think it out for yourself this Easter weekend, have a look at this five minute sermon video excerpt:

https://vimeo.com/124018033

'Surely he has borne our griefs
and carried our sorrows;
yet we esteemed him stricken,
smitten by God, and afflicted.
But he was pierced for our transgressions;
he was crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,
and with his wounds we are healed.
All we like sheep have gone astray;
we have turned—every one—to his own way;
and the LORD has laid on him
the iniquity of us all.'

(Isaiah 53:4-6 ESV)

 

 

Cabarfaith

Cabarfaith will be back on after the Easter holiday

Cabarfaith meets on Tuesdays in the Willow Suite of the Cabarfeidh Hotel to discuss questions regarding the Christian faith.  It is an informal discussion with tea and coffee served at the end. Everyone is warmly welcome

 

 

Parent and Toddler

Parent & Toddler Group meets on Thursday only during the Easter holidays

 

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

 

Youth Club

Youth Club meets next on Tuesday 14th April in the Rev MA Macleod Memorial Hall from 7.30-9.30pm.  All S2-S6 aged young people welcome.

Strategy Update

Strategy Committee – Update for the Congregation

The Committee recently completed prioritising all the suggestions they have received and discussed over several months, and the first set of proposals were presented to the Kirk Session on 23rd February. The Kirk Session agreed that the following items should be actioned:

Church Attendance / Visitation

1.    Review the district lists to ascertain if the current number of districts can be reduced and to try to achieve a fairer distribution of the number of homes within each district

2.    Lists will be kept as up to date as possible by creating one central electronic database.

3.    Visits carried out in each district will be reported regularly and recorded on the database.

4.    There will be increased use of the women’s visitation programme within the ‘new’ districts as an essential support to the main visitation schedule.

5.    District “visitation teams” with a minimum of four could be formed in some areas to include Elders, Deacons and male members.

A key aim is to ensure that all homes connected to the congregation are visited regularly.

A ‘district review group’ has now been formed to address all the issues (above) and their first meeting was held on 17th March. The team consists of: Murdo MacPhail, Mairianne Campbell, Donald Buchanan, Murdo MacLean, Norman MacLeod and Ian Murdo MacLeod.

Outreach / Evangelism

1.    An evangelistic weekend of events featuring a visiting speaker should be held periodically and would be structured as follows:

Friday evening – An organised event in the M.A. hall which would include a buffet and the evening would be led by the visiting speaker.

Saturday morning/afternoon – A congregational activity day.

Sunday evening – The guest speaker will preach in the church and this will be followed by the congregational fellowship in the M.A. hall.

2.    Regular Evangelistic campaigns are to be arranged in the town and surrounding districts. It is hoped that an Evangelism committee can be formed which will organise and manage the various outreach activities.

Please Turn Over

Discipleship

A discipleship course to be run periodically in the M.A. hall to encourage fellowship, and there will be an assessment of the interest and feedback from the congregation. A discipleship committee could be formed to arrange and oversee this and other discipleship activities.

Activity Groups

A ‘Women’s Activity Group’ is to be formed in the near future. It will be open to all women in the congregation, and the activities will include a social, practical and Christian mix. It is anticipated that the group will meet once a month on a Friday in the M.A. hall.

The views of those attending the first meeting will be gathered through a simple questionnaire, and that initial questionnaire will also seek to identify the range of talents the women have to offer the group.

~ Ian Murdo Macleod, Strategy Committee Convener