Category: Notices

The Record

Record Subscriptions for July to December 2021. Those who regularly subscribe to the Record will know that due the lockdown restrictions only six issues were printed during 2020 – January to March and October to December. As subscribers had already paid for 12 copies, they received the January to June issues of 2021.

Subscriptions due. Subscriptions for the July to December 2021 issues are now due and those who wish to continue receiving the Record should put £12.00 along with your name and address in an envelope clearly marked ‘The Record’.

New Subscribers. At the most recent meeting of the Deacons’ Court, it was agreed that from now on copies of the Record will be ordered for regular subscribers only. If you would like to begin receiving regular copies, please put £12.00 along with your name and address in an envelope clearly marked ‘The Record - new Subscriber’.

If you are paying the subscription by cheque, please make it payable to ‘Stornoway Free Church’. You can also post your subscription to Murdo Macphail, Treasurer, to 12a Jamieson Drive, Stornoway HS1 2LF.

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For those who are still unable to attend services of worship an opportunity will be given to return their Freewill Offerings envelopes as per the following:

On Saturday 12th June the church hall on Kenneth Street will be open between 2.00 and 4.00pm to receive freewill offering envelopes.
If you wish to take advantage of this opportunity you should come along during these times or arrange for a family member or a friend to deliver the envelopes on your behalf.
You can also contact your district elder or deacon and arrange a time for one of them to collect the envelopes from your home.
On arrival at the hall, a one way system will be in place and you will enter by the main door and leave using the exit door at the far end of the hall.
Wearing of face coverings is mandatory and should be worn.
Hand sanitisers will be available for use at both doors and it’s important that you maintain the recommended 2 metre social distancing on your arrival and while you are inside the hall.

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Sunday 6th June - Service Details and Bulletin

Click here to read the bulletin and find out what's happening in and around the church this week.

 

SERVICE DETAILS

11.00am English Service in Kenneth Street Church and live-streamed to Stornoway Free Church YouTube

Rev Kenneth I Macleod will preach on 'God’s Response to Our Straying' from Isaiah 53:6.

 

11.00am Gaelic Service in the Seminary and live-streamed on Free Church Seminary Stornoway YouTube

Rev Kenneth Ferguson will preach on 'An Eaglais Anns An Fhàsach' from Song of Solomon 8:5-6.

 

6:30pm English Service in Kenneth Street Church and live-streamed to Stornoway Free Church YouTube

Rev Kenneth I Macleod will preach on ‘The Call of Christ to Every Weary, Hurting Soul' from Matthew 11:28-30.

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Bulletin for Sunday 16th May

Click here to read the bulletin for Sunday 16th May and keep up to date with what's happening in and around the church this week.

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Stornoway Free Church WFM committee are planning a ‘Bake Stall’ on Saturday 22nd May in the MA hall from 12 – 2pm.

We are looking for donations of baking items, puddings such as Sticky Toffee, Apple pies, Fruit Crumbles, Jams and Marmalades. No items with fresh cream please.

We request that all items donated be bagged or boxed ready for selling in order to minimise handling.

The hall will be open from 9am on the day.

All proceeds to go to the WFM projects for 2020/2021

Covid regulations will be adhered to.

Thank you,

Donna Maciver, WFM Committee

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The next scheduled date for the return of freewill offering envelopes is Saturday 8th May between 2.00pm and 4.00pm in the church hall on Kenneth Street. As restrictions on numbers attending church services are now being eased and as our services are now returning to a more regular pattern, it may not be necessary to continue with this monthly arrangement but this will be reviewed at the next meeting of our Deacons’ Court.

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Annual Business Meeting: Wednesday 5th May

The Annual Business Meeting for the congregation will be held on Wednesday 5th May at 7.30pm. The meeting will be held entirely on Zoom using the regular ID and passcode. If others want to join the meeting they should request the login details from Mairianne Campbell on stornowayfreechurch@outlook.com

The 2020 Trustees report and Financial Statement is available to download here

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Church Services Resume: Important Information

Since 26th April the restrictions on numbers attending places of worship is no longer capped at 50 but is still subject to 2metre physical distancing between households. Capacity is now determined by the size of a building and on how many people attend on their own or in larger household groups. Children under 5 are not counted in determining the number of people who can be accommodated.

Taking social distancing into account, the number that can currently be safely accommodated in the Kenneth Street church is 120; 60 on each floor. For the Seminary the number is 75. For both places, the number will be reviewed regularly and adjusted as attendance patterns become clearer.

The Kirk Session has decided that from Sunday 2nd May the services will be as follows:

Kenneth Street - English Services at 11.00am at 6.30pm.
Seminary (Francis Street) - Gaelic service at 11.00am.
(This will be a joint service with the High Free Church)

Bookings for Kenneth Street services - change to current arrangements: Bookings for the services on Sunday 2nd May only should be made with Alasdair Macleod (Elder) as per the email address and telephone number previously issued.

For the Kenneth Street services on Sunday 9th May and onwards, these will now be taken by Lorraine Shewan. The preferred method of contacting Lorraine is by email on stornowayfreechurchbookings@outlook.com. She can also be contacted by text or telephone on 07720321081. Bookings for each week should be made no later than 6.00pm the previous Friday. When booking by email please make clear the service or services you want to attend and the names and contact telephone number of everyone attending from your household. If you are making a booking for someone who is not a member of your household you should point this out at the time.

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Stornoway Free Church Women for Mission

The last year has been very difficult for everyone. But the work of the Lord still goes on and it is our duty to do what we can to support those less fortunate than ourselves. With this in mind the WFM committee have continued to meet regularly through the wonders of technology to try and do what we can to support the various missions that we agreed on earlier in the year.

The four missions are :

The Leprosy Mission in India
Scripture Union Scotland
Moldova Support Group
WFM Disaster & Relief Fund

For more information you can download the leaflet or go to our website at https://womenformission.org/embracing-the-world/

If anyone wishes to make a donation you can also donate online - details for this are also on that site. Donations can also be given in an envelop marked ‘WFM’ and put in the collection plate at any of the services.

AGM

This year we hope to host a ‘virtual’ meeting live on ‘you tube’ on Saturday 22nd May at 2pm.

The main speakers are:

  • A representative from Scripture Union
  • David Macpherson from Peru

The project for 21/22 will also be launched that day and there will be a singing by CJ Macdonald (nee Martin).

I hope and pray you will be able to support us in whatever way you can.

God bless you all,

Donna Maciver

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Additional Church Services from Sunday 2nd May

Announcement by the Kirk Session about additional services.
The Kirk Session has decided to begin using the church building on Kenneth Street for services on the Lord’s Day, beginning on Sunday 2nd May. The Session also decided to begin the Sunday morning Gaelic service on the same date. The Covid-19 restrictions and regulations currently in place will apply until we are advised otherwise. This means attendance is restricted meantime to a maximum of 50 at each service. The session room will also be available for those who wish to utilise it and they will form part of the 50 total.

Unfortunately there will be no creche, Tweenies or Sunday school provision initially. This will be reviewed as restrictions ease. Families are still most welcome to attend the services. 

There will be no minibus transport option. This will also be reviewed as restrictions ease.

As previously announced, the Gaelic service will be a joint service with the Gaelic section of the Stornoway High Free Church. Stornoway High Free will continue to hold their evening English service in the Seminary at 6.30pm.

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