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.
Service, 11am, English: Mr
Ian M Macleod
Service, 11am, Gaelic: Rev
Evening Service, 6.30pm,
English: Rev Alasdair I Macleod
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
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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
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
Wed 10th Feb, 2016,
Mon 25th Apr, 2016,
The Deacons Court has
in the past paid the fee involved.
If you are willing
to undertake this course or wish more information email email@example.com or phone Angus
Smith on 01851 704873.
Midweek meetings: all at 7.30pm
– Monthly Bilingual in the
Wednesday – Congregational Meeting in the Church
Thursday – Gaelic in the Seminary
Saturday – English in the Seminary
Children and youth groups
& 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
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