News & Updates

Notices - Sunday 5th February

Creche: 11.00am in the upper hall for children up to age 3.
Volunteers Today: Elaine, Christine Smith, Chris and Annmarie.
Volunteers 12th February: Christine Ann, Maighread, Donna and Emma.                                                      

Tweenies: 11.00am in the main hall for pre-school children aged 3-5.
Volunteers today: Elizabeth, Karen, Aileen and Kirsty.
Volunteers 12th February: Angela, Donna, Christina and Joni.


Sunday School and Bible Class arrive in church at 11.00 with family, then go into M.A. Hall after children’s address.


Everyone is welcome to a time of fellowship in the M. A. Hall following the morning service
Christine Smith and Anne will be serving today.


Big YF meets in the M.A. Hall tonight after the evening service.
Rev. Thomas Davis has recently had a book on Evangelism published titled – God is God & You are You - ‘Finding Confidence For Sharing Our Faith’. Rev. Davis has kindly agreed to come and speak tonight.

Monday 6th February 1.00pm-3.00pm - Toddler Group in MA. Hall.

Monday 6th February 7.30pm – Monthly Prayer Meeting on Zoom only.

Tuesday 7th February 11.00am – Prayer and update with Muriel on Zoom.

Tuesday 7th February 7.30pm-9.00pm – Hope Explored in M.A. Hall.

Wednesday 8th February 7.30pm – English Prayer Meeting in the Seminary and on Zoom led by Rev Calum M. Smith.                                                

Thursday 9th February - Explorers meet in M.A. Hall.
6.00pm - 7.00pm: P1- P3
7.00pm - 8.15pm: P4 - P7

Thursday 9th February 7.30pm – Gaelic Prayer Meeting
in the Seminary led by Rev James Maciver.

Saturday 11th February 7.30pm – English Prayer Meeting
in the Seminary.

Services next Sunday – 12th February
11.00am – English Service (Church) Rev James Maciver.
11.00am – Gaelic Service (Seminary) Rev James Macdonald.
6.30pm – English Service (Church) Rev Calum M. Smith.  

. We are sorry to record the following deaths in the congregation and we pray that God will comfort the sorrowing families.

Mrs Noreen Maciver, Harris House and formerly Ross Terrace.

We express our condolences to her sons Stephen, Philip and Andrew and to her grandchildren Georgina, Guy, Holly, Douglas, Dudley and Trudy.

Mrs Annie Campbell Hughson,
Blàr Buidhe Care Home and formerly Urquhart Gardens. We express our sincere to her daughter Marilyn; her son William and his wife Julie; her daughter Ann and her husband John.

Also to the grandchildren: Euan and his wife Katie; Ruairidh and his wife Madi; Eilidh and her husband Craig; Jamie and his wife Lindsey; and Laura and Matthew. We also remember her great granddaughter Evelyn.

Sunday School Snippet
We learned about how Aaron told the people to take the rings of gold from the ears of your wives, your sons and your daughters to bring them to him. Because they forgot about God. Molly P7

Hope Explored – 7th, 14th and 21st February
Do you ever wonder about all that is going on in the world around us, and where Christianity features in all this?  Or are you looking for a Hope that won’t disappoint you?

There are few emotions more powerful than hope. But these days, hope often feels hard to come by. Where can we find a hope that won't disappoint us?

Looking at the life, death and resurrection of Jesus in Luke's Gospel, this three-session series from Christianity Explored Ministries shows that Christianity is about real hope: a joyful expectation for the future, based on true events in the past, which changes everything about my present. It sounds good…………… but is it true?

Whatever people do or do not believe, Hope Explored offers them an opportunity to explore, to discuss the hope, peace and purpose Jesus offers.

Please come and join us to consider some of these matters over 3 evenings in the M.A. Hall, Kenneth St.  This 3 session programme will be run on 7th, 14th and 21st February.  Each session will start at 7:30pm and finish at 8:30pm.

The meetings will be held in an informal and relaxed environment and suitable for anyone with little, or no, Christian experience.

There is no need to book, just turn up and bring some friends if you can.

Ordination and Induction of Rev Donald M. Macleod

The ordination of Rev Donald M. Macleod and his induction to the North Tolsta congregation of the Free Church of Scotland will be held on Friday 10th February at 7.00pm.  Rev Paul Murray, Moderator of the Presbytery, will preach and preside. 

Following the service a reception will be held in the North Tolsta Community Hall to which everyone is cordially invited. 

Please pray for Rev Macleod as he settles into the community and that his ministry will be abundantly blessed by God to all who hear it.  

Communion Services. 

The sacrament of the Lord’s Supper will be dispensed in the congregation at the morning services on Sunday 19th February, DV.

The visiting ministers will be:

Rev Kenneth M. Ferguson (Gaelic) and Rev Iain Macritchie (English).

The services will follow the same pattern as at the communion in August 2022, which will be as follows:

Friday 17th -7.30pm: English (Church) and Gaelic (Seminary).

Saturday 18th 11.00am: Gaelic (Seminary).

Saturday 18th 7.00pm: English (Church).

Sunday 19th 11.00am: English (Church) and Gaelic (Seminary).

Sunday 19th 6.30pm: English (Church).

A prayer meeting will be held in the Session Room, Kenneth Street, at 8.00am on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

A congregational fellowship will be held in the M.A. Hall following the service on Sunday evening at which Marsali Campbell will speak about the new mission work she will be undertaking in Bolivia.

All those who would like to take communion for the first time are encouraged to meet with the elders at any of the Kirk Session’s meetings in the Kenneth Street Session Room, following the services on Friday and Saturday.

The Session will also be pleased to welcome any who have a certificate from another congregation. Details will be intimated on each occasion.

An elder will remain with those worshipping in the Session Room on Sunday morning to dispense Communion.

Our earnest prayer is that God will bless this time of communion services, strengthening, encouraging and renewing us by his power. Jesus said, “Do this, in remembrance of me.”

55+ Fellowship

The next meeting of the 55+Fellowship will be held in the MA Hall on Friday 17th February 2023 between 2.30-4pm.  We hope to have David Macleod of the North Harris Free Church congregation with us that day.  

If you would like transport to and from the meeting please let me know by calling 01851 860 418 or 07787 973802.  

I would like to thank the congregation for its support of the 55+ Fellowship over the last 5 months.  It has been great to see so many of you turn up to the meetings.  However, there is still room available.  Some of you still don’t seem willing to admit you are over 55.  Go on, you know you want to!!!!

Duncan Norman


Safeguarding / PVG (Protecting Vulnerable Groups) Scheme

It is essential that everyone involved in working with children or vulnerable adults complete an online Safeguarding course by 31st March. There are courses available on the following dates: Tuesday 21st February and Wednesday 22nd March and you can sign up on the Free Church of Scotland website at: Safeguarding – Free Church of Scotland

More information will be provided next week about dates and time for further open sessions for those who require to complete applications to join the PVG Scheme.  

Should you require more information, or have any questions, please contact Iain Maciver at: [email protected] or

Calum Smith at: [email protected]


‘Dove’s Corner’ Baby Bank

Many thanks to those who have already contributed to the Baby Bank. This will be an ongoing collection where baby items such as nappies, wipes, formula, and adult toiletries will always be gratefully received.

At present they are short of pyjamas for children aged 5-10 years (new or in good clean condition).

Donations can be placed inside the door of the M.A. Hall.