Services for Sunday 25th June

 

Services for Sunday 2nd July

9.30am

Morning Prayer Meeting

 

9.30am

Morning Prayer Meeting

11am

Rev Calum I Macleod (C4 Tong Centre)

 

11am

Rev Calum I Macleod (Church – Baptism)

11am

Mr Iain A Mackinnon (Church – Gaelic)

 

6pm

Rev Calum I Macleod (Church)

12.30pm

No Sunday Schools

 

 

 

6pm

Rev Calum I Macleod (Church)

 

 

 

6pm

Mr Iain A Mackinnon (Tong – Gaelic)

 

 

 

7.15pm

Challenger YF (C4 Bus / Hall)

 

 

 

 

Midweek Services

Tue (7pm)

Prayer Meeting (Gress)

Wed (7.30pm)

Prayer Meeting (Hall – English) Mr Alex John Macleod

Thu (7pm)

Prayer Meeting (Hall – Gaelic) Rev Calum I Macleod

Sat (7pm)

Open Prayer Time (Crèche / GP Room)

 

Crèche Rota

Today (25th June): Dana Murray, Lisa Maclean, Mairianne Maciver, Catherine France

Next Sunday (2nd July): Laura Graham, Melanie Mackay, Christine Mutch, Sarah Macleod

 

Assistantship

Rev David Macdonald was duly licensed to preach the Gospel by the Western Isles Presbytery on Tuesday 20th June.  At a Congregational Meeting held on Wednesday 21st June, the Kirk Session formally sought the congregation’s support of its proposal to appoint the Rev David Macdonald as an Assistant Minister to Rev Calum I Macleod.  Having secured the full support of the congregation the Kirk Session will formally request that the Presbytery meet with the congregation to moderate in a closed call to Rev David Macdonald seeking his appointment as assistant minister in the congregation. 

 

FOCUS

Focus will meet tonight in the hall after church (around 7.15- 7.30) when there will be a chance to meet and find out more about the Challenger team who will be with us next week. A special invite to all P7’s who will soon be heading to S1 to come along and see what Focus is all about. Supper will be served and the night will end at around 9pm.

 

Cearcall

We meet tomorrow, Monday 26th June at 2:00pm. We are looking forward to welcoming Anne Macaulay, Upper Coll. She is going to be giving us an update on Moldova and she will also be sharing lots of photos on the smart board.

 

Walking Group

The Walking Group meets again on Tuesday 27th June. The group meet in the church car park at 6.30pm and go for a 5k walk.  If you wish further information contact Dina (07557091593) or Isabelle (07786845916).  Everyone is welcome.

 

Kirk Session

The Kirk Session will meet on Tuesday 27th June at 8.15 pm in the Crèche / GP Room.

 

Little Lambs – Teddy Bear Picnic

We are holding a Teddy Bear Picnic on Wednesday 28th June. Bring your favourite Teddy and please bring a packed lunch. Meet at Back Church Hall at 12.45pm. The picnic will be held on the Manse lawn. If the weather is poor we will move into the Hall. This will be our final session before the holidays and we will therefore say a special farewell to all our Little Lambs who will be going to school in August.

 

Back Wedding

We congratulate Laura Graham (Coll) who is getting married to Andrew Burns on Friday 30th June at 2 pm at Back Free Church.  Rev Calum I will officiate.  We wish them both every good wish and the Lord’s richest blessing.

 

Baptism

The Sacrament of Baptism will be administered next Lord’s Day during our 11 am service in the church.     

 

Book Group

If anyone is interested in joining a Book Group please speak to Ronnie Murray or Eilidh Macleod. We are hoping to initially read through 'The Pursuit of Holiness' by Jerry Bridges over the summer months.

 

Challenger 4 – Tong Mission 2017

We look forward to welcoming the Challenger team to Broadbay.  The Tong Mission is scheduled to take place over three evenings from Monday 26th – Wednesday 28th June.  The Challenger 4 Exhibition bus will be visiting local schools and hosting evening events as in previous years. Evening Events are as follows:

Back To The Future: 6-7.45 pm (Primary children) – Monday to Wednesday

Challenger For Teens: 8-9.30 pm (S1+) – Monday to Wednesday

 

Lewis Christian Conference 2017: Dr Joel R. Beeke

The final conference meeting will be held on Monday 26th June at 7.30pm. Dr Beeke will also preach today at Stornoway Free Church (Continuing) at 11am and Knock Free Church, Garrabost at 6.00pm (followed by fellowship meeting at 8pm).

 

Midweek Offering Fund

The MWOF continues to be of great encouragement to the congregation.  The following donations were made recently:

·       The Nazareth Trust (via Stirling University): £150 (to help fund an exchange visit of Nazareth Trust Hospital nursing students to the Highlands & Islands)

·       Latin Link Costa Rica STEP Mission: £250 (to help fund the forthcoming STEP mission trip)

·       PWAMM – Challenger 4: £250 (Tong Mission 2017)

 

Free Church Camps

The Deacons’ Court recently made a donation of £300 (via the General Fund) to the annual Free Church Camps 2017 appeal.  This appeal remains open.  Should anyone wish to make a personal donation to the Free Church Camps appeal then please forward all donations to the Free Church Offices, The Mound, Edinburgh, EH1 2LS.  Contact: Laura MacAulay: laura@freechurcchofscotland.org.uk.

 

Elgin & Forres Free Church of Scotland

Elgin & Forres Free Church of Scotland is proposing to undertake a comprehensive church building maintenance/upgrade programme. They are in the process of raising funds for this work (which is expected to cost in the region of £20,000) and have appealed to members of other Free Church congregations for financial contributions towards this target.  Anyone wishing to contribute to this appeal should send donations to Rev Colin Morrison at the following address: Elgin and Forres Free Church of Scotland, 47 Bruceland Road, Elgin, Moray IV30 1SP.  (Please mark the envelope “Pointing to the Future”, to ensure that your contribution will be used specifically for the building upgrade project.

 

Back Free Church Shorter Catechism Initiative

 

Q91.       How do the sacraments become effective means of salvation?

A.            The sacraments become effective means of salvation, not because of any special power in them or in the people who administer them, but rather by the blessing of Christ and the working of His Spirit in those who receive them by faith.

 

Q92.       What is a sacrament?

A.            A sacrament is a holy regulation established by Christ, in which Christ and the benefits of the new covenant are represented, sealed, and applied to believers by physical signs.

 

Q93.       What are the sacraments of the New Testament?

A.            The sacraments of the New Testament are baptism and the Lord’s Supper.

 

There are two sacraments: baptism and the Lord’s Supper. This question and answer explain how God uses these sacraments in our salvation. It is not “because of any special power” in the sacraments themselves. Being baptised is not like waving a magic wand. Eating the Lord’s Supper does not magically make good things happen. Both baptism and the Lord’s Supper must be received with faith. One man in the New Testament was baptised because everyone else was being baptised. But we see in the story about him that he was interested only in what he could get. He did not have genuine faith in Christ. Even though he had been baptised, if he did not repent, he would perish. Read his story in Acts 8:9-13, 18-23.

 

If there is nothing magical in baptism or the Lord’s Supper and if the person administering these sacraments has no special power, what is it that makes these things effective for salvation? It is “because of the blessing of Christ.” It was Jesus Himself who gave us baptism. At His last meal with His disciples, he gave His disciples the Lord’s Supper. When the Lord’s people use what He has given them, He blesses them. It is the blessing of Christ that makes the sacraments effective for salvation. 

 

An excerpt taken from Training Hearts Teaching Minds, Family Devotions based on the Shorter Catechism by Starr Meade, ISBN 978-0-87552-392-7. Used with permission from P&R Publishing Co., Phillipsburg, N.J. www.prpbooks.com

 

 

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