Archive: January, 2021

Church Officer Vacancy

Our Church Officer, Donald Macleod, has given notice of his intention to retire from the post at the end of March. By then Donald will have completed seven years as our Church Officer during which he has carried out all his duties with exemplary diligence.

This means that we now have a vacancy for a new Church Officer and we would encourage anyone who is interested to contact Murdo I Macleod, Clerk of the Deacons’ Court, on or by telephone on 01851 705028 or any of our office-bearers for an informal discussion about the post.

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Deacons' Court Update

When we entered our first lockdown period in March of last year, none of us expected the virus to remain as virulent or as deadly as it continues to be in the early weeks of 2021. There are, however, good reasons to be optimistic that the roll out of the vaccination will lead to a significant reduction of the spread of the virus, a decrease in the grim mortality rate and an easing of the restrictions we have all been under for so long.

While the restrictions are unwelcome for all of us, we still have many reasons for thankfulness. The Gospel continues to be preached and many outreach initiatives are able to continue thanks to the generosity of those who regularly contribute to the funds of the church. Our own congregation was able to remit to the central funds of the church the same amount in 2020 as it did in 2019 and our most sincere thanks is due to everyone who contributed either by freewill offering envelopes, Standing Order, BACS transfer or by cheque.

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Induction of Rev Iain Thomson

The induction of Rev. Iain Thomson to the pastoral charge of Garrabost Free Church of Scotland will be held this coming Friday, 22nd January at 7.30pm, at the School Road church in Bayble. Rev. David Macleod, Moderator of Presbytery, will preach and preside. Due to the current Covid related restrictions, the number able to attend in person is restricted to 50 and the rest will join the service by Zoom video-conferencing facilities.

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Kick Start Short Course: Money Worries and How to Overcome Them

Your local CAP advisors would like to offer online support to anyone who would like some help in overcoming financial worries.

We are offering 3 x 60 minute weekly sessions over Zoom, starting on Thursday 11th February at 7:30pm.

We will look at topics such as:
- Building a sustainable budget
- Making your money go further
- Advice on effective ways to deal with money worries.

If you would be interested in attending, or have any questions about the course then please get in touch. Attendees must be 18 or over.

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Service Details - Sunday 17 January

11:00am Service: Facebook, Sermons Page

Rev James Maciver preaches on 'God's Alternative to Vanity' from Ecclesiastes 12:13–14, in Sunday morning's Livestream worship service.


6:30pm Service: Facebook, YouTube, Sermons Page

Rev Kenneth I Macleod preaches on 'Time to Go Home' from Ruth 1:6 in this worship service recorded at home.

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Midweek Meeting

Wednesday 13th January
7.30pm on Zoom and in Seminary, Francis St

Join us for worship tonight when Rev Kenneth I Macleod will preach on 'Pressing on to Know the Lord' from Hosea 6:3.

Everyone is most welcome. If you require the Zoom link please get in touch. If you would like to book to attend in person then please do so by 12noon today. For details of how to book, click here

Service Details

Psalm 71:14-17 (Scottish Psalter)
Scripture Reading: Hosea 6
Sermon: Hosea 6:3, 'Pressing on to Know the Lord'

Praise: Psalm 139:1-10 (Scottish Psalter)

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Service Details - Sunday 10th January

11:00am Service: Facebook, Youtube, Sermons page

Rev Kenneth I Macleod preaches on 'Called and Saved by Grace' from 2 Timothy 1:8-10 in this worship service recorded at home.

6.30pm Service: Facebook, Sermons Page

Rev James Maciver preaches on 'Preacher and Teacher' from Ecclesiastes 12:9-12 in this worship service streamed live from home.

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Service Details - Sunday 3rd of January

11:00am Service: Facebook, Sermons Page

Rev James Maciver preaches on 'Rejoice and Remember' from Ecclesiastes 11 v 7 – 12 v 8 in Sunday morning's Live Stream.


6:30pm Service: Facebook, Youtube, Sermons Page

Rev Kenneth I Macleod preaches on 'Remember God's Word and Work' from Psalm 111 in this worship service recorded for 'Church at Home'.

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