Notices - Sunday 5th June
Creche: 11.00am in upper hall for children up to age 2.
Volunteers today: Christine Anne, Maighread, Donna Mackinnon.
Volunteers 12th June: Fiona, Catherine, Ruby.
Tweenies: 11.00 in the main hall for children aged 3-4.
Volunteers today: Liz, Kay, Aileen, Kirsty.
Volunteers 12th June: Elizabeth, Anna, Lily, Christina.
Sunday School meets in main hall for children in P1-S2.
After Church Tea.
Everyone is welcome in the main hall after the morning service for tea and fellowship. Murdo and ChrissAnne will be serving today.
Congregational Fellowship Tonight
There will be a time of fellowship in the hall following the evening service.
Our elder Murdo A. Macleod ‘Murdie’ will share his testimony.
Monday 6th June 7.30pm – Monthly Prayer Meeting on Zoom.
Tuesday 7th June – 11.00am – Prayer Link with Muriel in Cambodia.
Wednesday 8th June 7.30pm – English Prayer Meeting in the Seminary and on Zoom led by Rev James Maciver.
Thursday 9th June 7.30pm - Gaelic Prayer Meeting in the Seminary led by Mr Joe Macphee.
Friday 10th June 1.00pm - Ladies Bible Study on Zoom.
For more information contact Sandra Kennedy 07825 178629.
Saturday 11th June 7.30pm – English Prayer Meeting in the Seminary.
Services next Lord’s Day - 12th June
11.00am English Service (Church): Rev James Maciver
11.00am Gaelic Service (Seminary): Mr Murdo Martin
6.30pm English Service (Church): Mr Scott Macleod
Sunday School Snippet
Last Sunday each of the younger families in our Sunday School, Tweenies and crèche received a beautiful new book titled, “Queen Elizabeth II, The Queen Who Chose to Serve. With endorsements from Alistair Begg, amongst others, this delightful biography with charming illustrations tells the story of our Queen from when she was a wee girl, right up to the present day. The book also contains many quotes from the Queen in which she speaks of her Christian faith. We hope our families will enjoy sharing and discussing this book as part of our national celebrations this weekend.
Also, if any of the children wish to write a wee review of the book, please email it to the church office and it will be included in the next Sunday School Snippet; there may even be a small prize….!
Friday 10th June 7.30pm - Annual LDOS/DayOne Rally
The Lewis Branch of the Lord’s Day Observance Society (DayOne) will hold its annual Rally in the Stornoway Town Hall. The speaker will be Rev Iain Smith, formerly the minister of Harris Free Church (Continuing).
This meeting will also be used to launch a new book produced by the Branch called Remember the Sabbath Day. All are encouraged to attend and to continue to support the work of promoting the Lord’s Day in our islands.
Friday 17th June, 7.00-9.00pm - Healthy Gospel Church Youth Work
We would like to invite all those who work with children and young people in the congregation as well as parents/carers of children to come along to an evening to share ideas about the future of children’s work and youth work in our congregation. Any young people who would like to come along and input their ideas would be most welcome too!
The last two years have changed many things in our lives, and this has impacted families, churches and community life. We recognise there is no going ‘back to normal’ because change is always propelling us forward. We would like to take this opportunity to invite those with an interest in the children’s work and youth work of the church to come and share ideas together. We will be asking the question, “What does youth and children’s work look like in a healthy gospel church?” Gordon Macleod, Presbytery youth worker will be with us and help guide our time together.
We will meet in the M.A. Upper hall. Please pray for God to guide our thoughts and discussion.
Thank you from Women for Mission
Stornoway WfM committee would like to express their thanks and gratitude to everyone who have supported our fundraising and attended the zoom meetings over the last year. We raised £3400 at our fundraisings and collections, which has been sent to the projects for 2021/2022:- Lakhnadon Christian Hospital in India, Damaris Community House in Greece and ‘Safe Families Scotland’. We give praise and thanks to the Lord primarily for this.
Summer Holiday Club
God willing we hope to run a Bible Holiday Club for primary school aged children this summer from Monday 1st to Friday 5th August, 10:30am to 12:30pm in the M.A. Hall.
We need volunteers - Many hands make light work!
If you are interested in helping in any way with the preparations or being part of the team during holiday club week there are plenty jobs to do both big and small. i.e. donations of baking, craft making or preparation, helping with hall decorating, games, registration, singing, administration and/or IT tasks....
Above all please pray for God's guidance and that ultimately in all, His Name will be glorified.
For more information contact Fiona Macleod: 07825 000250.
Presentation to Rev Calum M Smith and his family. As a congregation we are all looking forward to welcoming Rev Calum M Smith and his family. They intend moving into the Constable Road manse during week beginning 13th June and the induction will be held on Friday 1st July. Over the weeks between now and then, an opportunity is given to contribute towards a presentation which will be given to them on the evening of the induction.
Contributions should be placed in an envelope clearly marked ‘Presentation’ and left in the collection plates at the church or Seminary. If contributing by cheque, please make it payable to ‘Stornoway Free Church’.
Please continue to pray for the Smith family as they move from North Uist to Stornoway and as they adjust to their new environment. Pray also for the congregation of North Uist, Grimsay and Berneray that God will provide a new pastor for them to continue the work of ministry and outreach.
Christian Values in Education (Scotland) – Project Plan
The Presbytery and the wider Church community continues to be concerned about the inappropriateness of some of the resources provided by Education Scotland to support the deliverance of Relationships, Sexual Health, and Parenthood (RSHP), in the Health and Wellbeing section of Curriculum for Excellence used in our Schools.
The 2022 General Assembly approved a partnership with Christian Values in Education (Scotland) with a Project Plan to employ a worker on a full-time basis for a twelve-month period to look at the production of additional resources to support the deliverance of RSHP in our schools from the perspective of a Christian worldview. The Church’s Board of Trustees has made a significant financial commitment to support this worker and the production of additional resources. Further funding will be sought from other potential funding sources which are sympathetic with the work of CVE(S) in general.
Details of the post and the project plan are available on the CVE(S) website here: https://cve-scotland.org.uk/rshp-project-leader/
Please pray that the Lord will lay it in someone’s heart to take on this important post and role as we seek to support our parents in the education of their children and support our teachers in delivering education from a Christian perspective to equip them to live in our world today.