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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.

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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

Notices for Sunday 22nd March

Sunday Schools are as usual today.  Children going to Central Sunday School are invited to go next door to the hall during the second singing.

Evening Service at 6.30pm: Rev Iver Martin

Youth Fellowship meets tonight after the evening service in the Francis St Manse and all young people are welcome.  Mairi Martin will share her testimony.

NOTICES

The April edition of the Record is now available at the doors.

There is a new Audio Ministry List available at the doors. Please use this form to order sermon CDs and DVDs.

During the week

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

        ThursdayKidzone (6.15-7.30pm)

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

Cabarfaith: Tuesday, 7.30-9.00pm in the Willow Suite, Cabarfeidh Hotel. Rev TK Shadakshari will share his testimony.  Please come along if you have not been for a while or if you want to make this your first time. You will be very welcome on what promises to be a very interesting evening.

 

Fundraising Lunch: There will be a Soup and Pudding Lunch in the hall from 12-2pm on Saturday 28th March 2015 in aid of Dwelling Places, Uganda.

SY Connect: The men’s group has arranged a DVD night in the MA hall (upstairs) next Friday 27th March at 7.30pm. All men in the congregation are very welcome to attend. Please let Donnie Nicolson know if you intend coming along:                               Mobile: 07794207574; Email: donnienic@hotmail.com

Hebrides Alpha: Peats are available for donations at Hebrides Alpha Project Upper Coll.  Six bags maximum per household.  Please bring your own bags and choose your own peats!

Campaigners Leaders:  There will be a meeting of the Campaigners Leaders in the Francis St manse immediately after the prayer meeting on Wednesday 25th March.

Prayer meetings: all at 7.30pm in the Seminary, Francis St

Wednesday – English; Thursday – Gaelic; Saturday – English

Services next week:

11am, Church, Kenneth St, English service – Rev KI Macleod

11am, Seminary, Francis St, Gaelic service – Rev I Martin

6.30pm, Church, Kenneth St, English Evening Service – Rev I Martin

ROTAS

       This Week (22nd March)                          Next Week (29th March)

CRECHE                            TEAS                       CRECHE                           TEAS

Anne-Marie Macphail   Anne Macleod         Dolly Mackay                       Marion Mackenzie

Marina Macleod              Mairi Macleod      Mary Morrison    Chrisanne Mackenzie

Maighread Macphee                                        Mairi Martin

Diane Morrison                                                Karen Mackay

Parent and Toddler

Parent & Toddler Group  begins again on Tuesday 6th January 2015

 

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

 

Cabarfaith

Cabarfaith will be back on Tuesday 13th January 2015.

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

 

 

Saturday Theology Course Leaflet

The Part-time Theology Course run by Edinburgh Theological Seminary begins again on Saturday 27th September 2014.  You can access the lectures via the videolink to the MA Macleod Hall in Stornoway.  This information leaflet tells you all you need to know:

http://stornowayfreechurch.org/SFCWeb/newsletters/ETS_SaturdayCourseLeaflet_2014-2015_2.pdf