Elizabeth McGowan

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RE-STARTING SUNDAY SCHOOL

Sunday school will be starting again online on Sunday 27th September.

This will initially be for two weeks until the October holidays and then continuing weekly after that. The structure will be a bit different this time, but we hope it will be as enjoyable as the online lessons during lock-down.

First of all, we intend to start using the ‘Go-Teach’ materials again which is the scheme that the teachers follow during “normal” times.

Your child’s individual workbooks can be collected from the MA MacLeod Memorial Hall, on either Saturday 19th September from 11:00am to 12:00 noon or on Monday 21st September from 4pm to 5pm. 

 

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Gaelic Service - Friday 11th September

Rev James Maciver will preach in Gaelic tonight on Psalm 139.

The service will be available at 7.30pm on our sermons page, on Facebook Live and YouTube

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Update on Church Offering Envelopes

Facility for depositing freewill offering envelopes

When the Covid-19 pandemic forced us to close our buildings for public worship in March of this year, few of us imagined that the period of lockdown would continue for as long as it has.  For a congregation the size of ours, it may still be some weeks before we can gather to worship God together.

Although our buildings remain closed the work and wider mission of our church continues, albeit in a very different way.  Services of worship are broadcast every Lord’s Day; we come together for prayer every week through audio/visual technology and we’ve maintained online facilities for the youngsters in our congregation.  We also continue to support the wider work and witness of our church in its support for many missionary endeavours and as it reaches out with the gospel in our cities, our towns and in many rural communities. 

We are extremely thankful for the generosity of all those who have contributed to the funds of the congregation by Standing Order, cheque donations or BACS transfer.  We are also keenly aware that the protracted period of lockdown has denied those who prefer to contribute by weekly freewill offering envelopes an opportunity to do so.  For those who wish to contribute in this way, a facility for doing so will be made available as per the following:

  1.  On Wednesday 26th August and on Saturday 29th August the church hall on Kenneth Street will be open between 2.00 and 4.00pm to receive freewill offering envelopes.
  2.  If you who 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.
  3. You can also contact your district elder or deacon and arrange a time for one of them to collect the envelopes from your home. 
  4. On arrival at the hall, a one way system will be in operation and you will enter by the main door and leave using the exit door at the far end of the hall.
  5. Wearing of face coverings is now mandatory and should be worn while you are inside the hall. 
  6. Office bearers will be on hand to guide you towards the area for depositing the envelopes. 
  7.  Hand sanitisers will be available 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.  

You will be enriched in every way for all your generosity, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God.  2 Corinthians 9:11

 

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CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) - Measures Agreed By Stornoway Free Church Kirk Session

At its meeting on Wednesday, 11th March, the Kirk Session considered the coronavirus outbreak in light of the current guidance issued by NHS Scotland and the Scottish Government.   The Kirk Session reluctantly concluded that it would be prudent to introduce the following measures for an indefinite period:

 

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Bible Study - Joseph (10)

BIBLE STUDY

Wednesday 4th March

Joseph – A Life of Integrity and Wisdom

This Bible study is based on Genesis chapters 37-50 and is intended for group discussion after an initial talk by the minister. An outline of the talk is given in each handout for each study. The questions set out in each session of the study are intended to stimulate discussion and need not be kept to rigidly but all the questions arise from the content of these chapters.

Session 10

Nothing But the Best for God’s People

Passage for Study: Genesis 47:1-28

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Communion Service Schedule - February 2020

Day

Time

Language

Preacher

Venue

Thurs 13th

11.00am

Gaelic

Rev Kenneth Ferguson

Seminary

Thurs 13th

7.30pm

English

Rev Kenneth Ferguson

Seminary

Friday 14th

11.00am

Bilingual (Ceist)

Rev Roderick J. Campbell

Seminary

Friday 14th

7.30pm

English

Rev Andrew Macleod

Church

Friday 14th

7.30pm

Gaelic

Rev Roderick J. Campbell

Seminary

Sat 15th

11.00am

Gaelic

Rev Roderick J. Campbell

Seminary

Sat 15th

7.00pm

English

Rev Duncan Macleod

Church

Sunday 16th

11.00am

English

Rev Andrew Macleod

Church

Sunday 16th

11.00am

Gaelic

Rev Duncan Macleod

Seminary

Sunday 16th

6.30pm

English

Rev Andrew Macleod

Church

Sunday 16th

6.30pm

Gaelic

Rev Duncan Macleod

Seminary

Mon 17th

11.00am

Gaelic

Rev Duncan Macleod

Seminary

Mon 17th

7.30pm

English

Rev Andrew Macleod

Seminary

 

The Kirk Session will be opened on Wednesday evening (12th) after the meeting. Anyone wishing to take communion for the first time are invited to meet with the Session at any point after this. The Session will remain open till Monday evening (17th) so that any parents who wish to have baptism for their children can meet with the Session after the service that evening.

Morning Prayer Meetings- These will be held on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday of the communion week, all at 8.00am in the Session Room, Kenneth Street and conducted by the elders.

 

 

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Bible Study - Joseph (9)

Wednesday 5th February

Joseph – A Life of Integrity and Wisdom

Session 9

Reassurance for an Old Saint

Passage for Study: Genesis 45:25 – 46:7

This Bible study is based on Genesis chapters 37-50 and is intended for group discussion after an initial talk by the minister. An outline of the talk is given in each handout for each study. The questions set out in each session of the study are intended to stimulate discussion and need not be kept to rigidly but all the questions arise from the content of these chapters.

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Notices - 26th January

Tonight- YF meets after the evening service until 9.30pm. Tonight’s topic is Right Relationships, which is the first of a new series for this term called ‘Salt and Light’. All secondary aged young people and their friends welcome.

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Service Details - 26th January

11am English Service (Church)
Rev James Maciver
Psalms:
Psalm 138:1-5 (Scottish Psalter) p431
Psalm 25:16-22 (Sing Psalms) p30
Psalm 139:1-10 (Scottish Psalter) p432
Psalm 139(a):15-18 (Sing Psalms) p181
Reading: Psalm 49 p567
Sermon Text: Ecclesiastes 3:16-22 p669
Sermon Title: Study 7, Ecclesiastes –
Humans and Beasts, Any Difference?

11am Gaelic Service (Seminary)
Mr Murdo Martin

6.30pm English Service (Church)

Rev James Maciver

Psalm 106:1-10 (Sing Psalms) p140

Psalm 30:1-5 (Scottish Psalter) p239

Psalm 63:1-8 (Scottish Psalter) p295

Psalm 133(whole) (Sing Psalms) -175

Reading:1 John 4:7-21 p1229

Sermon Text:1 John 4:7-12 p1229

Sermon Title: First John(15) - God's Love Made Clear

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Poem On Love By Dr Kenneth Moynagh (1913-1972) Quoted By Rev James Maciver in Evening Service

Dr Kenneth Moynagh 

Medical missionary – served 1947-1964 in Rwanda/Burundi. Obituary in BMJ stated, “Throughout his medical career the mainspring of his life was his Christian faith.” Taking the elements of “the fruit of the Spirit” in Galatians 5, he wrote the following poem, showing each element in relation to love.

 

Joy is Love exulting, and Peace is love at rest;

Patience, Love enduring in every trial and test;

Gentleness, Love yielding to all that is not sin;

Goodness, Love in actions, that flow from Christ within.

Faith is Love’s eyes opened the living Christ to see;

Meekness, Love not fighting, but bowed at Calvary;

Temperance, Love in harness and under Christ’s control.

For Christ is love, in person – and Love, Christ in the soul.

 

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