Services for Sunday 23rd April


Services for Sunday 30th April


Morning Prayer Meeting



Morning Prayer Meeting


Rev Kenneth M Ferguson (Hall)



Rev Calum I Macleod (Hall)


Rev Donald A Macdonald

(Church – Gaelic)



Rev Kenneth M Ferguson

(Church – Gaelic)


Back Sunday School

Tong Sunday School





Back Alive (Tong Community Centre)



Rev Calum I Macleod (Church)


Rev Kenneth M Ferguson (Church)





Mr Neil Murray (Tong – Gaelic)





Focus YF (Hall)







Midweek Services


Tue (7pm)

Prayer Meeting (Gress)


Wed (7.30pm)

Prayer Meeting (Hall) – Rev Calum I Macleod 

Thu (7pm)

Prayer Meeting (Hall) Gaelic – Mr Iain A Mackinnon


Sat (7pm)

Open Prayer Time

(Crèche / GP Room)



Islands Study Conference 2017

Calum Iain and Dina are hosting the Islands Study Conference in Harris and will be speaking at the Mission Focus at 3.30 pm today about GIGA and their recent trip to Uganda.


Crèche Rota

Today (23rd April):Ann Marie Macleod, Cath France, Natalie Murray

Next Sunday (30th April): Dana Murray, Lisa Maclean, Mairianne Maciver



Focus will meet in the hall tonight at around 7.15. If you haven’t been for a while, or have never been, come along and give it a try. There will be a mix of activities and some time for discussion. Supper will be provided. All are welcome!


Deacons’ Court

The Deacons’ Court will meet on Monday 24th April at 7.30pm in the Crèche/GP Room.  The purpose of this meeting is to consider and approve the annual accounts for 2016.  ALL Office-bearers (Trustees) are expected to be present at this important meeting.


Kirk Session

The Kirk Session will meet on Tuesday 25th April at 8.15 pm in the Crèche/GP Room.


Kirk Session – Applicants for Baptism

The Kirk Session will meet at 7.30 pm on Thursday 4th May in the church hall and will be pleased to meet with anyone belonging to our congregation seeking baptism.  All applicants are requested to come along at 7.45 pm and are encouraged to contact their local Elder in advance and confirm their attendance. 


Bible Buddies

Bible Buddies meets this week:

Monday 24th April, 6.30-7.30pm for all children aged P1 to P3.

Tuesday 25th April, 6.30-8pm for all children aged P4 to P7.


Walking Group

The Walking Group will resume on Tuesday 25th April 2017. 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). Please join us, everyone is welcome.


Little Lambs

Little Lambs will meet this week. Wednesday 26th April, 1pm - 2.45pm.  

All babies, toddlers, parents and grandparents welcome.  


Edinburgh Wedding

Our minister will be conducting the wedding of Angela Campbell (Upper Coll) to Donald R Maciver in Edinburgh on Friday 28th April.  Calum Iain and Dina hope to leave on Thursday and return on Saturday morning.  We warmly congratulate Angela and Donald and wish them both the Lord’s richest blessing.


WFM Evening Event for Women

Our Annual Event will take place on Friday 2nd June at the Cabarfeidh Hotel and we are delighted that Marsali Campbell from Dwelling Places in Uganda has agreed to speak to us on the subject of "A Missionary's Testimony".  The cost of the evening, which includes a 3-course meal, is £30.  Booking forms can be obtained by contacting either Sheila Macdonald (Tel 820490) or Chrissie Mackenzie (Tel 820525).  All Booking Forms must be returned by Saturday 6th May and no refunds will be given after Saturday 13th May.


WFM Soup & Pudding Lunch and Videolink

Join us for a fundraising lunch at the M A Macleod Memorial Hall on Saturday 13th May from 12 - 1:30pm.  All funds raised will go towards the WFM Project for 2017-18 which will be announced at the videolink to the WFM Annual General Meeting following the lunch.  The videolink begins at 1:45pm upstairs in the M A Macleod Memorial Hall and Fiona Dolan, Rachel Rae and Mairi Murchison are due to speak. Any donations of baking or items for the table top sale at the lunch would be gratefully appreciated and can be handed in to the hall on the day.


Slavic Gospel Association

The Slavic Gospel Association will be visiting our congregation on Wednesday 3rd May at 7.30 pm in the church hall.  Derek Maxwell will speak about the ongoing ministry of SGA with updates on SGA developments since last year’s visit to Back.  Everyone is encouraged to come along to this special joint meeting.  There will be a bookstall.  Tea will be served.  Please note that there will be no Prayer Meeting on Thursday 4th May.  


Smartboard Support

There is a pressing need for additional support for operating and co-ordinating the Smartboard in the church hall.  Volunteers are sought to operate the Smartboard on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings on a rota basis.  Running the Smartboard is relatively straightforward.  Training and support will be given.  Please contact Isabelle Macdonald our Smartboard Co-ordinator on 820 594 /


Back Free Church Shorter Catechism Initiative


Q63.        What is the fifth commandment?

A.             The fifth commandment is: Honour your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.


Q64.        What does the fifth commandment require?

A.             The fifth commandment requires us to respect and treat others, whether above, below, or equal to us, as their position or our relationship to them demands.


Q65.        What does the fifth commandment forbid?

A.             The fifth commandment forbids being disrespectful to or not treating others as their position or relationship to us demands.


Q66.        What is the reason for the fifth commandment?

A.             The reason for the fifth commandment is the promise of long life and prosperity, if these glorify God and are for the good of those who obey this commandment.


The first authority we have over us is our parents’ authority. As we grow, we find other kinds of authority we must honour as well. All human beings are required first of all to fear God. He is the Creator and the King of all things and we owe Him complete respect and obedience. In all areas of life, God has established authorities we must honour. God gives certain people the task of providing for and protecting others. Parents provide for and protect their children. Husbands provide for and protect their wives. Kings or other rulers provide for and protect their citizens, and pastors and elders provide for protect their churches.

These people cannot do the tasks God has given them to do if they must constantly argue with those who are under their care about what is best. So God has given them authority. The people under them are to respect them and obey them. People in authority are not always right. But, unless they command us to disobey God, we must respect and obey them. When we fail to show respect for authority, we show disrespect for God, who put certain people in positions of authority. Read Romans 13:1-2.

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.



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