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Notices - Sunday 15th May

2022 Free Church General Assembly

The General Assembly of the Free Church of Scotland will commence on Monday 23rd May at 6.30pm at St Columba’s Free Church, Edinburgh. 

Principal Iver Martin, the former minister of our congregation, is the Moderator-Designate.  Please remember him in your prayers as he prepares to take up the role and as he serves the church in this capacity over the next year.

Public viewings of the General Assembly are due to be live-streamed on the Free Church website - freechurch.org. 

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Notices - Sunday 8th May

Baptism: God willing the sacrament of baptism will be administered in the congregation at the morning service on 22nd May 2022. There will be no Gaelic service that morning.

The Kirk Session will meet on Monday 16th May in the M. A. Hall at 7.00pm to meet with any parents wishing baptism for their children. Any parents not able to meet the Session on that date are asked to inform the minister so that an alternative arrangement can be made.

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Notices - Sunday 1st May

Sunday School Snippet

Last Sunday we joined onto a Zoom call with our friend Muriel in Cambodia.  The Tweenies sang two songs for her. Muriel showed us on a map where Cambodia is and how to get there.  She told us about the language.  She showed us pictures of her house and the girls she works with.  The church is similar and different to our one and our Sunday School in Stornoway.  One time there was 53 people that got baptised and it was different to how we do it.  There was a couple who got baptised and their child watched it.  We learnt that it is good to know how other countries worship Jesus in other ways.

All the classes got a chance to ask Muriel questions. Muriel said that the weather is really good, so everyone goes outside a lot.

Some of our Sunday School collection that we put in each week will be given to Muriel to buy better resources for 3 different Sunday Schools like books, pictures to colour and pens to use them with.  Muriel asked us to pray for the Sunday Schools and the children that go to them, also the villages and that the children will be keen to go to Sunday School and get their parents excited for church.  Muriel also said “God bless” in Cambodian which was really cool and interesting.

Lydia Macdonald S2

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Notices - Sunday 24th April

Licensing of Mr Donald M. Macleod for the Ministry. 

The Presbytery is due to meet in the Rev M A Macleod Memorial Hall on Tuesday 26th April at 10.30am.  At this meeting Mr Donald M. Macleod will undergo his "trials for licence".  On the successful completion of his examination, Mr Macleod will be licensed to preach the gospel at a public service to be held in Pairc Free Church on Wednesday 27th April at 7.30pm.  The service will be conducted by Rev. Malcolm Macdonald, and everyone is warmly invited to attend. 

The Presbytery is thankful to the Lord for all who are all involved in training our future ministers and encourages prayerful remembrance of Mr Macleod as he prepares for his trials for licensing and his future public ministry.  

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Notices - Sunday 17th April

Blythswood Care Appeal

The Blythswood Ukraine Crisis Appeal will remain open, and contributions can be made by calling 01349 830777 or at any time online at: 

www.blythswood.org/donate-to-ukraine-appeal

Alternatively, you can put your contribution in an envelope clearly marked ‘Ukraine Appeal’ and place it in the collection plates at the church or the Seminary.  If paying by cheque please make it payable to ‘Stornoway Free Church’.

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Notices - Sunday 10th April

WfM Ladies Annual Event – Friday 20th May in Cabarfeidh Hotel

Booking forms are available now from Lizzie (07900 586 930) or Donna (07810 386 774) or by email to [email protected]. This is a booking only event and bookings need to be in by 30th April. We have reduced the numbers to 150 maximum for safety and comfort. Donations of baking, jams, marmalades, crafts, rhubarb, and plants would be gratefully accepted to sell at the event. All money raised will go to this year’s projects.

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Notices - Sunday 3rd April

Call to Rev Calum Murdo Smith

Following the congregational meeting on Wednesday 23rd March, at which Rev Calum Murdo Smith, (minister at North Uist, Grimsay and Berneray Free Church) was elected as prospective Assistant Minister, a request was sent to the Presbytery to arrange a meeting to sign a Call to Mr Smith.

The Presbytery met on Tuesday 29th March and appointed Wednesday 20th April as the date for signing the Call. This meeting will be in the church, Kenneth Street, at 7.30pm.  It is important that as many people as possible attend in person to sign the Call so that the Presbytery can ascertain the level of support for calling Mr Smith.

If you are unable to be present, you can sign a form known as a “mandate” authorising one of the elders to add your name to the Call. Separate mandate forms are used for communicant members and for regular hearers who are not communicants.  For all who are housebound, or just not likely to attend the meeting, your district elder will contact you and encourage for you to sign the relevant Mandate Form.  Please contact your district elder if you have not been contacted by Saturday 9th April and wish to sign a mandate form or are unsure about any of these matters.

Please pray for Mr Smith and for the congregation in North Uist, as well as for ourselves, that God will make His will clear.

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Notices - Sunday 27th March

Blythswood Care Appeal in Stornoway

We thank your church and congregation for the support given to the Blythswood Appeal for their work at home and in Eastern Europe. It was an amazing day of community spirit in helping and supporting the Blythswood Appeal. God blessed it very, very much.

At present Blythswood are working with, and supporting their partners in Hungary, Romania and Moldova with the significant number of refugees coming into these areas. They are also helping other partners in Ukraine.

The Blythswood Ukraine Emergency Appeal has raised over £200,000 at present and can still be contributed to.

Donations to the Blythswood Ukraine Crisis Appeal can be made by calling 01349 830777 or at any time online at: 

www.blythswood.org/donate-to-ukraine-appeal

Alternatively, you can put your contribution in an envelope clearly marked ‘Ukraine Appeal’ and place it in the collection plates at the church or the Seminary.  If paying by cheque please make it payable to ‘Stornoway Free Church’.

May God bless you all and may we all pray for peace to come to Eastern Europe.

Organising Group – Blythswood Stornoway

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Notices - Sunday 20th March

Congregational Meeting – Wednesday 23rd March

The congregational meeting last Wednesday evening could not be completed because the number of people wanting to join the Zoom meeting exceeded the limit of 100. For an additional fee this limit has been increased to 500 over the next month. The rearranged congregational meeting will now take place in the Seminary on Wednesday 23rd March at 7.30pm, with a Zoom facility for those not able to attend. The Zoom login will be as for previous Wednesdays.

The purpose of the meeting will be to elect an Assistant Minister for the congregation to replace Rev K. I. Macleod who retired last year.

 

As a number of people were asking what will happen at the meeting, the following details should be helpful.

 

The minister will lead the meeting and after a short time of worship he will explain the procedure involved in electing a new assistant minister and at the end of the meeting he will explain what happens next. A member of the Kirk Session will propose the name of a minister deemed by the Session to be suitable for the post of assistant minister and another member of Session will second this proposal. An opportunity for other names to be submitted will be given.

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Notices - Sunday 13th March

Blythswood Care’s Ukraine Emergency Appeal
Congregations and individuals throughout the Free Church are encouraged to contribute towards the Ukraine Emergency Appeal through Blythswood Care.

Free Church Moderator, Neil MacMillan, said: “We want to do all we can to help the people in Ukraine and those who are refugees; hundreds of thousands of them across Europe.

“We are partnering with Blythswood Care who have a long track record of working in Eastern and Central Europe and with many trusted partners who are working with refugees in Romania, Moldova and Hungary. So please, give as much as you can, give generously, give now and do all we can to help the people of Ukraine.”

Donations to the Blythswood Ukraine Crisis Appeal can be made by calling 01349 830777 or at any time online at: 

www.blythswood.org/donate-to-ukraine-appeal

Alternatively, you can put your contribution in an envelope clearly marked ‘Ukraine Appeal’ and place it in the collection plates at the church or the Seminary.  If paying by cheque please make it payable to ‘Stornoway Free Church’.

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