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Notices - Sunday 25th February

South Harris Free Church Renovation Appeal.  
The South Harris Free Church congregation (formerly Leverburgh) intend carrying out essential repairs to the roof of their church and to make some internal renovations to the sanctuary area.  The cost of the work is estimated to be around £65,000.

South Harris is one of our smaller congregations and they commend the appeal to the prayerful and practical support of congregations within the Presbytery.

Anyone who wishes to contribute to the work should place their contribution in an envelope clearly marked South Harris Free Church’ and place it in the collection plates at either the church or the Seminary.  If paying by cheque, please make it payable to Stornoway Free Church

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Service Details - Sunday 25th February

11.00am English Service (Church) conducted by Rev James Maciver and live on YouTube (Channel name - Stornoway Free Church)

Sermon Text: James 1: 22-25
Sermon Title: The Bible Lived Out

 

11.00am Gaelic Service (Seminary) conducted by Mr Murdo Martin and live on YouTube (Channel name - Free Church Seminary Stornoway)

Searmon: 1 Peadar 5: 4
Tiotal: Àrd-Bhuachaille agus Crùn Glòire

 

6.30pm English Service (Church) conducted by Rev Calum M. Smith and live on YouTube (Channel name - Stornoway Free Church)

Sermon Text: Nehemiah 9: 31-33
Sermon Title: Them, Us and You, O Lord

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Notices - Sunday 18th February

Friday 23rd February from 12.00pm to 3.00pm – Fridays at The Free
The M.A. Hall will be open for soups, teas and coffees to give people an opportunity to meet with friends.
There will be a kids play area available as well as items from ‘Dove’s Corner’ Baby Bank free of charge.
Anyone needing transport please call Calum on 07717 495424.

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Service Details - Sunday 18th February

11.00am English Service (Church) conducted by Rev Angus Macrae and live on YouTube (Channel name - Stornoway Free Church)

Reading; John 19: 28-37
Sermon Text: John 19: 28-37 - Title: Behold the One They Have Pierced!



11.
00am Gaelic Service (Seminary) conducted by Rev Calum Macdonald and live on YouTube (Channel name - Free Church Seminary Stornoway)

*Service Details to Follow*

 

6.30pm English Service (Church) conducted by Rev Angus Macrae and live on YouTube (Channel name - Stornoway Free Church)

Reading: John 19: 38-42 and John 20: 1,11-15
Sermon Title: Behold the Gardener and his Tomb!

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Communion – February 2024 - Orders of Service

Friday 16th
Reading: John 19:1-16a
Sermon: Behold the Man, behold the King!

Saturday 17th
Reading: John 19:16b-27
Sermon: Behold the Son, Behold the Shame!

Sunday 18th – Morning - Communion Order of Service
Reading: John 19:28-37
Sermon: Behold the One They Have Pierced!
Directions as to who should take communion
Pre-communion address
Communion
Post-communion address

Sunday 18th – Evening
Reading: John 19:38-42, John 20:1,11-15.
Sermon: Behold the Gardener and his Tomb!

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Notices - Sunday 11th February

Keswick Convention 2024 - A Travel to Keswick Opportunity  
A bus from Ullapool all the way to Keswick peppered with some lunch and comfort breaks en route. The plan is to leave Ullapool on the morning of the 13th July after having travelled over on the first ferry. Attend first week of the conference where Rev David Gibson of Trinity Church Aberdeen is the main speaker that week, and then return on the morning of the 20th, reverse of outward trip, coming home on the evening Ferry. 

We last did the coach trip back in 2017, and it was a blessed experience.

It's open to every church.  The bus still has room and it’s unlikely to be filled. Whether you've been before or always wanted to go to Keswick this is a fantastic opportunity - no driving, relax, enjoy the scenery, read, chat, or just chill out.

The journey just disappears, and if all goes to plan, we should be in Keswick in time for the week's opening evening event.

For more information contact David Morrison at [email protected].

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Service Details - Sunday 11th February

11.00am English Service (Church) conducted by Rev Calum M. Smith and live on YouTube (Channel name - Stornoway Free Church)

Sermon Text: 1 Thessalonians 4: 1-8
Sermon Title: What Is Your Chief End?

 

11.00am Gaelic Service (Seminary) conducted by Rev James Maciver and live on YouTube (Channel name - Free Church Seminary Stornoway)

Searmon:  1 Peadar 1: 17-21
Tiotal: Luach-saoraidh ar Teàrnadh

 

6.30pm English Service (Church) conducted by Rev Calum M. Smith and live on YouTube (Channel name - Stornoway Free Church)

Sermon Text: Colossians 4: 12-18
Sermon Title:
Past, Present and Future

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Respond to the Scottish Govt’s ‘conversion practices’ consultation

Respond to the Scottish Govt’s ‘conversion practices’ consultation

Guide on how to respond

As you know, on 9 January the Scottish Government published its extreme proposals for a new law to ban so-called conversion practices. Groups like Stonewall and the Humanist Society are encouraging their supporters to respond to the public consultation on the proposals. They want a ‘conversion practices’ law that would force Christians to endorse LGBT ideology. So it’s absolutely crucial that the Scottish Government hears from Christians.

Please respond to the consultation today. To help you respond, The Christian Institute has produced an overview of the proposals and a guide for using the online response form. The guide identifies the key consultation questions and gives ideas for how to respond.

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Notices - Sunday 4th February

Communion
The Lord’s Supper is due to be observed at the morning services on Sunday 18th February 2024. The visiting ministers expected are Rev Calum Macdonald, Callanish, for the Gaelic services, and Rev Angus Macrae, Inverness Free North, for the English services.

The Kirk Session will be opened on Wednesday 14th in the Seminary after the service that evening. Thereafter the Session will meet in the Kenneth Street Session Room after each of the services on Friday and Saturday, apart from Saturday morning when it will meet in the Seminary Session room. As always, any who wish to take communion for the first time are invited to meet with the Session at any of the occasions above. The ministers and elders are also most willing to speak at any point over the next couple of weeks with anyone who has thoughts of taking communion for the first time.

Communion tokens will not be used.

The 8.00 morning prayer meetings will be led by elders.

Please pray that God’s blessing will be evident throughout these services and that as a congregation we will be encouraged and uplifted. Pray also for the ministers expected.

 

Friday 16th February

8.00am

Kenneth St Session room

Prayer Meeting

7.30pm - English

Kenneth Street Church

Rev Angus Macrae

7.30pm - Gaelic

Francis Street Seminary

Rev Calum Macdonald

 

Saturday 17th February

8.00am

Kenneth St Session room

Prayer Meeting

11.00am - Gaelic

Francis Street Seminary

Rev Calum Macdonald

7.00pm - English

Kenneth Street Church

Rev Angus Macrae

 

Lord’s Day 18th February

8.00am

Kenneth St Session room

Prayer Meeting

11.00am - Gaelic

Francis Street Seminary

Rev Calum Macdonald

11.00am - English

Kenneth Street Church

Rev Angus Macrae

6.30pm - English

Kenneth Street Church

Rev Angus Macrae


The services will be livestreamed, God willing, as follows:-

English Services - YouTube (Channel name - Stornoway Free Church)

Gaelic Services - YouTube (Channel name - Free Church Seminary Stornoway).

There will be a fellowship in the M.A. Hall following the Lord’s Day evening service, at which the two visiting ministers will be interviewed.

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Service Details - Sunday 4th February

11.00am English Service (Church) conducted by Rev James Maciver and live on YouTube (Channel name - Stornoway Free Church)

Sermon Text: Psalm 44: 23-26
Sermon Title: An Appeal To God (who is seemingly asleep)

 

11.00am Gaelic Service (Seminary) conducted by Mr Murdo Martin and live on YouTube (Channel name - Free Church Seminary Stornoway)

Searmon:  Leabhar nan Salm 27: 1
Tiotal: Dia Dhaibhidh

 

6.30pm English Service (Church) conducted by Rev Calum M. Smith and live on YouTube (Channel name - Stornoway Free Church)

Sermon Text: Nehemiah 8: 9-12
Sermon Title: The Joy of the Lord Gives Strength

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