Services for Sunday 19th August                                   Services for Sunday 26th August

                       9.30am Morning Prayer Meeting                                                         9.30am Morning Prayer Meeting

                     11am Rev Calum I Macleod (Church)                                            11am Rev Kenneth M Ferguson (Church)

                      6pm Rev Calum I Macleod (Church)                                                6pm Rev Kenneth M Ferguson (Church)

 

Midweek Services

Tue (7pm) Prayer Meeting (Gress)

Tue (7.30pm) Prayer Meeting (Tong) – Rev Calum I Macleod

Thur (7.30pm) Prayer Meeting (Hall – Bilingual) Rev Calum I Macleod

Sat (7pm) Open Prayer Time (Crèche / GP Room)

 

Kirk Session

The Kirk Session will meet on Wednesday evening (22nd August) at 7.30pm in the church hall.

 

Crèche Rota

Sunday 19th August: Catherine Macinnes, Ishbel MacLachlan, Cheryl MacLachlan, Alexandra Maciver 

Sunday 26th August: Marabelle Macdonald, Anne Montgomery, Ishbal Macdonald, Erica Clark

 

Little Lambs Rota

Wednesday 22nd August:  Nan Ferguson, Maryann Mackinnon, Ishbel Mackenzie, Cheryl Maclachlan

 

Bible Buddies

Bible Buddies will start up again after the summer break on Monday 20th August at 6.30pm for P1-P3 and on Tuesday 21st August at 6.30pm for P4-P7. All children are invited to join us for games, arts and crafts and lots of fun. Bible Buddies meets fortnightly in the church hall.

 

Little Lambs Toddler Group

Little Lambs will meet up again following the Summer break on Wednesday 22nd August, 1pm - 2.45pm in the church hall. All babies, toddlers, parents and grandparents welcome.

 

Congregational Fellowship

Eilidh Macleod (OM) will speak at a congregational fellowship in the church hall immediately following this evening’s service. Eilidh will share a little about her Mission Discipleship Training experience with Operation Mobilisation in South Africa. Tea will be served. Everyone is welcome.

 

Communion Engagement

Rev Calum I Macleod will be conducting Communion Services at Urquhart & Resolis Free Church next weekend. He hopes to leave on Saturday and return on Monday.

 

Western Isles Free Church Mission Support Group

There will be a soup and pudding lunch on Saturday 1st September from 12- 2pm in the MA Macleod Memorial Hall. Donations will go to Muriel Macleod (Cambodia) & The Raes (Philippines). All very welcome

 

Joint Sunday Morning Services & Joint Prayer Meetings

Our Sunday morning 11am services 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.  Our midweek mainstream services will continue to meet as one joint bilingual prayer meeting - on Wednesday / Thursday (both at 7.30 pm) alternating from week to week until the end of August.  Thereafter our regular midweek prayer meeting arrangements will resume (Wednesday: English / Thursday: Gaelic).

 

SATURDAY COURSES - DIG DEEPER INTO THE WORD

Who are the courses for?

At ETS, we believe that theology should be accessible. Our part-time Saturday courses are designed specifically for the ordinary church member, male and female - anyone who has a longing to explore the Gospel further. No prior qualifications are necessary for taking these courses. With varied and interesting lecture topics being delivered every month, the Saturday Courses are an excellent way of gaining more than would normally be offered in church on Sunday whilst being less demanding than a full-time theological course.

When do the courses take place?

These courses take place one Saturday a month (10.00am to 3.15pm), from September through to April. The lecture dates for 2018/2019 are as follows: • • 2018: 15 September, 6 October, 10 November, 8 December • 2019: 12 January, 16 February, 23 March, 13 April

Where can I do these courses?

You can join us at one of these venues or complete the courses online. • Edinburgh Theological Seminary • Stornoway Free Church (by live video-conferencing) • Ayr Free Church

Course Fees

• Veterans (four or more years’ faithful attendance): £40  • Full-time Students: £35   • Auditors (no essays): £40   • 18 and under: free! • Standard: £240 a year

If you have any questions about the Saturday Course, get in touch with Ruth Smith in the ETS Office who would be more than happy to assist you with anything you need. Email: offices@ets.ac.uk or Tel: 0131 226 5286 

 

Iolaire Festival of Remembrance – Tickets

 

On Monday 31st December, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar will host a civic event from 9:30pm in the Lewis Sports Centre to mark the centenary of the Iolaire tragedy, featuring military and school band performances, poetry readings and songs, drama in addition to spiritual elements.

This commemoration is of major significance for our Islands. The events of that terrible night in January 1919 impacted on communities throughout the Western Isles and remain a poignant reminder of the sacrifices made by our young men in the service of their country. It is the worst tragedy to befall our Islands and its effect reverberates to this day.

The capacity for the event in the Lewis Sports Centre is 720 and therefore, although tickets will be free of charge, there will only a limited number available and we do anticipate a high demand for tickets. Tickets will be on a first come first served basis and will be available to reserve from 9am on Monday 10th September.

We would encourage the public to be mindful of older family members, neighbours or friends, who may wish to attend but may not have access to the internet and/or phone.

This will be an opportunity for our community to bring in the New Year together as we remember the men and families associated with HMY Iolaire.

Tickets will be free of charge but there will only be a limited number available on a first come, first serve basis from 9am on Monday 10th September 2018 online at: https://www.cne-siar.gov.uk/news/2018/july/tickets-for-a-community-remembers-event/. and over the phone by calling Customer Services on 01851 600 502.

The Iolaire Working Group also has a Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/AnIolaire/.

 

VACANCY

Youth Discipleship Support Worker

This new role offers a highly enthusiastic and passionate youth worker the opportunity to be actively engaged in youth discipleship. The successful applicant will work with the youth committee of the Western Isles Presbytery to develop youth discipleship in congregations.  They will work with existing youth leaders and Kirk Sessions to provide opportunities for young people to grow a resilient Christian faith.

The role requires the post holder to demonstrate a clear Christian commitment and be sympathetic to the ethos and vision of the Free Church of Scotland. It is therefore an occupational requirement for the post holder to be a Christian.

Any enquiries, or for informal discussion, please contact Rev. David Macleod on Tel: 07920844260 or Email: david.macleod@me.com

Contract:        3-year fixed term (initial 6 month probation period)

Full-Time:        37 hrs p/w

Salary:             £20,000 plus expenses

Closing date:   Saturday 29th September

Interview:       To be confirmed but provisionally w/c 1st October

 

An application pack can be requested from: stuking@hotmail.com

To apply send the completed application form with covering letter to stuking@hotmail.com

 

 

 “And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.” 1 Peter 5 v10 

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Minister: Rev Calum I Macleod / Assistant Minister: Rev David F Macdonald

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

Bulletin Administrator: Lisa Maclean (lisamaclean1@hotmail.com)