Services:                  Sunday 11th November

                              Sunday 18th November

9.30am

 

Morning Prayer Meeting

9.30am

 

Morning Prayer Meeting

10.45am

Rev Calum I Macleod

(War Memorial)

11.00am

Rev Calum I Macleod (Church – Bilingual Praise)

 

12 noon

 

 

Rev Calum I Macleod

(Remembrance Service)

 

No Sunday Schools

 

12.30pm

 

 

6.00pm

Sunday Schools

(Back & Tong)

 

 

Rev Calum I Macleod (Church)

 

6.00pm

Rev Hugh Ferrier

Pulpit Exchange (Church)

 

 

6.00pm

 

 

Mr Ronnie Murray

(Tong)

Tues (7.00pm)

Wed (7.30pm)

Thur (7.00pm)

Sat (7.00pm)

Prayer Meeting (Gress) – Elder led

Prayer Meeting (Hall) – Rev Calum I Macleod (English)

Prayer Meeting (Hall) – Mr Iain Mackinnon (Gaelic)

Open Prayer Time (Crèche / GP Room)

GIGA Big Breakfast

The GIGA committee will be hosting a ‘Big Breakfast’ fundraiser on Saturday 10th November from 10am to 2pm in the Church Hall. Please come along and show your support for the latest project at the Lighthill School in Kitgum, Uganda.

 

CrècheRota

Sunday 11th November:

Mina Maclean, Carol Macdonald, Lynne Maciver

Sunday 18th November:

Carmen Morrison, Marina Macleod, Esther MacLachlan, Mairi Maclean

 

Little Lambs Rota

Wednesday 14thth November:

Mary Ann Mackinnon, Nan Ferguson, Catriona McIntosh, Flora Collins

 

Little Lambs Toddler Group

Little Lambs will meet on Wednesday 14th November, 1pm - 2.45pm in the church hall. All babies, toddlers, parents and grandparents welcome.

 

Capital Projects Fund Collection

The monthly collection for the CPF will be taken on Sunday 11th November.

 

War Memorial – Retiring Collection

A retiring collection will be taken at the Sunday morning Remembrance Service to help support the maintenance / upkeep of the War Memorial.

 

Women for Mission

Our next WfM will be on Monday 12th November in the Church Hall at 7.30pm.  Our speaker will be Janice Brand who will talk about the role of the Eilean Siar Foodbank.  Instead of our usual Bring and Buy we would like to suggest each lady bring a small Christmas gift which we will wrap and send to residents at Heb Alpha. Ladies who didn't attend the June event will have an opportunity at our meeting to buy promotional items with the WfM logo:

*Note blocks for £8     *Pens for £1      *Free Church Cookery Books £7

 

Kirk Session: Baptism

The Kirk Session will meet on Tuesday 13th November at 8.15 pm in the church hall.  The Kirk Session would be pleased to meet with applicants for Baptism at 8.30 pm.  Applicants may wish to speak to their respective Elders in advance.  The Sacrament of Baptism will take place on Sunday 9 December during the 11 am service.

 

Annual Thanksgiving Service

Our annual Thanksgiving service will be held on Thursday 22 November at 7.30 pm in the church hall.

 

Stornoway Street Pastors

Stornoway Street Pastors hope to commission four new Street Pastors at a Service to be held at St Columba's Church Hall on Friday 23rd November at 7.30pm. All are welcome to attend the service. Refreshments will be served afterwards. 

 

Christian Witness to Israel (CWI) - 175th Anniversary Meeting

On Wednesday 21st November at 7.30pm in the Rev M A Macleod Memorial Hall, Kenneth Street, Stornoway, the Rev Joseph Steinberg, Chief Executive Officer of CWI, will present his vision for future Jewish Mission on the 175th anniversary of the organisation.  He will also share some stories of Jewish people who have recently come to faith in Christ.  Everyone is warmly encouraged to attend. Rev Steinberg will also address a meeting in North Harris on Tuesday 20th November and in Barvas on Wednesday 22nd November.

 

Platform 67 - Venezuela

This month Platform 67 focus on a country whose collapse over the past few years has decimated the wellbeing of its citizens. Public transport has ground to a halt. Supermarket shelves are empty. Hospitals no longer treat the sick but merely bed the dying. Cash has all but disappeared. With inflation likely to reach 1 million per cent this year, the paper used to make it is more valuable than the funds it represents. Pray for those afraid of a world apparently out of control. Pray for strong faith in the sufficiency of Christ.

 

Church Bulletin

To allow time for proof-reading and to get the bulletin to the printer on time, it would be appreciated if all notices could be emailed to the bulletin administrator by 12 noon on Wednesday. Thank you.

 

Recording of Salm Vol 3

On Tuesday the 20th November 2018 in the Stornoway Town Hall a warm welcome is extended to all Gaelic Psalm Singers from the island and beyond to be part of the recording of Salm Vol 3 in aid of The Bethesda Hospice in Stornoway which will commence at 7.30pm.

It is advisable to arrive early (doors open at 6.30pm), to ensure a place, with everyone seated by 7 pm. The hall capacity is 300, with 200 seated downstairs and 50 upstairs along with 50 standing.

We are delighted to have some great Precentors from different denominations available, as well as the original recording engineer of Salm Vol 1&2 to capture this special evening and hopefully 15 items will be recorded for a CD release in the New Year.

All the Psalm words along with the name of tune being sung will be displayed on a large backdrop behind the precentors.

 

 

Services

 

Morning Service

Our Sunday morning 11am service will continue on the basis of one English joint service with bilingual praise until further notice.  All Gaelic Psalms will be taken from our ‘Selection of Psalms for Worship’ praise booklet and is available at the door.  

 

Tong Monthly Evening Service

A monthly evening service will be held at Tong Mission House every third Sunday until further notice. 

 

Regular Midweek Prayer Meetings

Rev Calum I Macleod continues to lead the Wednesday evening prayer meeting.  The Thursday evening Gaelic prayer meeting is elder-led and coordinated by our Session Clerk, Mr Iain Mackinnon.  This arrangement will be reviewed shortly.

 

 

 

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Minister: Rev Calum I Macleod

Session Clerk: Mr Iain A Mackinnon / Church Officer: Mr Donald Stewart 

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