News & Updates

Notices - Sunday 6th October

A Special Collection will be taken for the work of Campaigners at the close of all Sunday services.

Sunday 6th October
Bayhead Youth Group will meet in the Bridge Centre, 8.30-9.30pm. The speaker this month is Daniel Stewart. All are welcome to attend.  

All young people are invited to the hall after the evening service for food and refreshment before heading down to the Bridge Centre together for 8.30pm.

Ordination and Induction
The ordination and induction of Rev. Thomas Penman to the South Uist and Benbecula congregation will be held on Tuesday 8th October at 6.00pm - Rev James Maciver will preach and preside.  

The service and the following reception will be held at the Balivanich Hall. Anyone wishing to attend the event should note that the closest ferry departure from Leverburgh on Tuesday is at 14.45.  

The earliest returning ferry from Berneray the following day leaves at 07.15. The next one leaves at 10.25 and at approximately three hourly intervals throughout the day.

We commend Rev. Penman, his wife Mhairi and his daughter Deborah (aged 2) to the prayers of our congregations as they settle into the area and look forward to beginning their ministry.

The Record
The October edition is now available.

Prayer Points from Board of Ministry
Pray for those serving as church apprentices in congregations, that it will be an enriching experience for them, both now and in their futures, as well as being a blessing for the congregations. Five new apprentices have started this year. Pray for the Board as it looks at how best to equip men for the ministry, both by means of ETS and through service in the local church. Issues for prayer concern extending the length of the ETS course and the standardisation of local church training. Pray for the new men in training as Candidates for the Free Church ministry: James Blackwell (Dingwall), Matty Guy (St Andrews) and Geoff Murray (Cornerstone, Edinburgh).

Read the New Testament in 2019
This week’s reading -2 Corinthians 6-10

Midweek Meetings: All at 7.30pm in the Seminary
Monday – Monthly Bilingual
Wednesday – English – Rev Kenneth Ferguson
Thursday – Gaelic – Rev James Maciver       
Saturday – English

Children and youth groups
Parent & Toddler meets on Tuesday (1.00–3.00pm) and Thursday (9.45-11.45am)

Campaigners: All groups meet on Monday in the hall as follows:-
C Club 5pm-6pm (age 4-P2);
Kidz Zone 6pm-7.15pm (age P3-P5);
Crosstrax (age P6-S1) 7.15pm-8.30pm


Saturday 12th October
A Soup and Pudding fundraiser for the Vine Trust will be held in the MA Hall between 12-2pm.

Friday 18th October
The next meeting of the 55+ Fellowship will take place on Friday 18th October at 2.30pm in the MA Hall.  The speaker will be Mr Robert France of the High Free Congregation and the singing will be led by Mr David Gray (Crossbost).  A warm invitation is extended to all those over 55 to come along for friendly fellowship and some refreshments.  

Anyone wishing transportation, please contact Duncan Norman on 01851 860 418 or 07787 973802. We look forward to seeing you.

Dumisani Theological Institute 40th Anniversary:
On Friday 18th October at 7.30pm, there will be special meeting in the Rev M A Macleod Memorial Hall, Kenneth Street, to mark the 40th anniversary of the Dumisani Theological Institute & Bible School in Southern Africa. The speaker will be Dr Jack C Whytock, Visiting Principal at the institute and his theme will be ‘The Vital Importance of the Bible School Movement in Missions’.   A book marking the anniversary Voices of Thanksgiving will be available on the evening.  
Dumisani is the official theological training institute of the Free Church in Southern Africa.   Although the church there became independent in 1982, its origins and  history is firmly rooted in the endeavors of Free Church of Scotland missionaries and it continues to have strong partnership links with the Free Church of Scotland.  The Free Church in the Western Isles has always maintained a supportive interest in the missionary movement in Southern Africa.  We trust that this interest will be reflected with a good attendance on the evening.  Tea and coffee will be served afterwards.