Notices

The Sunday School meets at 12.30pm Sunday in the church.

Campaigners will meet on Monday 16th September from 6.30pm till 7.45pm in the North Lochs Community Centre.

Youth Fellowship:The YF will meet next Sunday (22nd September) in the Manse after the evening service. We hope to have visiting minister Rev. Dr. Malcolm Maclean with us. All children aged P6 and above are welcome to come along, where there will be plenty of refreshments. We plan to finish at about 9.30pm and lifts home can be arranged.

Mid-week Prayer Meeting will be held on Wednesday at 7.30pm in the Church Hall. All welcome.

Bi-lingual Prayer Meeting will be held on Saturday at 7.00pm in the Session House.

The ninth episode of the Lochs Free Church podcast entitled On The Shore is available on the podcast page, to get to it from the menu click on "Community" and then "On The Shore Podcast".

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Applicants for Baptism: If there are any parents in the congregation wishing to receive Baptism for their children, please meet with the Kirk Session after the evening service on Monday 23rd September.

ETS Staurday Course:The ETS Saturday Course begins on Saturday 14th September and meets once a month through until March. The seminary describes the course as follows:'At ETS, we believe that theology should be accessible. Our popular part-time Saturday courses are designed specifically for the ordinary church member, male and female - anyone who has a longing to explore the Gospel further. No prior qualifications are necessary for taking these courses.' There are three modules each year and an essay is to be submitted for each. Those who do not want to complete the essays are able to simply sit in and audit the lectures, either from their homes via video link (live or recorded), or from a video link set up in Stornoway. The subjects this year are Scottish Revivals (Rev Andy Longwe), the Book of Revelation (Prof John Angus Macleod) and Worship and Theology in Practice (Rev Iver Martin). The cost of the course is £245 or £41 to audit. There are concessions for students (£36), veterans (£41), senior citizens (£72) and under 18s (free). Applications can be made at https://www.ets.ac.uk/saturday-course-application-form/view/form

Western Isles Free Church Mission Support Group:There will be a light lunch on Saturday 14th September from 12noon-2pm in the Rev M A Macleod Memorial Hall, Kenneth Street, to raise funds for Muriel Macleod, Cambodia, and Catriona Macdonald, Peru. All are very welcome to attend. Donations for the baking stall will be gratefully received.

Ladies Prayer Breakfast: A Ladies Prayer Breakfast (Non-denominational) will be held in Failte (Retirement) Centre on the last Saturday of every month. We would warmly welcome any ladies to come and join us for prayer and fellowship. The morning will begin at 8.30am and finish about 11:30am and booking is essential, to book a place please could you text or telephone Donna Parkes on 07735324254.

Appeal from the Minister: Dear friends, it is with considerable sadness and with a measure of frustration that I have asked this be included in the intimation bulletin. There have been a number if instances - despite a plea being made previously- where members and adherents within our congregation and others throughout our community, have fallen ill, had hospital admission or have suffered bereavement in immediate or extended family, and no one has told me about it, until after the event - sometimes by weeks. Whether it is assumed that such vital information is known by everyone else, or if when you learn of someone's/a family's time of need and don't feel it should be you who lets me know, please don't hesitate to 'phone, text, email or call in to the manse, or ask to see me after Church. If you don't tell me I won't know, and cannot help until sometimes too late...which can sadly be too little too late, causing additional hurt to those already in distress. To be more direct, if it is you or your family who are personally in a time of need and want me to come to see you, please don't wait for someone else to tell me for you, or expect that they automatically will. If you feel you can't, please ask someone to contact me for you. I need to hear from you. To any who feel they have been overlooked in their times of trial and need, and wish to have had more assistance and help from me personally or from others in the Church, allow me to in light of what is said above, wholeheartedly apologize. We looked on Wednesday night of last week at James 5, where those who are ill - apparently bedridden - are instructed to call for the Elders of the Church to come and pray with them. Please take these words to your heart and memory, and help us to help you in this way.

Lochs Communion Services:

Thursday 19th September
  • The service at 11am in the hall will be taken by Rev. Murdo Macleod (Rtd.), Gaelic
  • 7pm in the Hall will be taken by Rev. Mark Macleod, Leverburgh, English
Friday 20th September
  • 11am Question Day in the hall, Rev. Murdo Macleod (Rtd.)and Rev. C.I. Macleod (Lochs)
  • 7pm in the hall will be taken by Rev. D.A. Macdonald (Rtd) Gaelic
  • 7pm in the church will be taken by Rev. Malcolm Maclean, Inverness, English
Saturday 21st September
  • 10am Prayer meeting in the vestry
  • 11am in the church will be taken by Rev. Malcolm Maclean, Inverness,
  • 6pm in the hall will be a bi-lingual prayer meeting
Sunday 22nd September
  • 10am Prayer meeting in the vestry
  • 11am in the church will be taken by Rev. Malcolm Maclean, Inverness, English
  • 6.30pm in the church will be taken by Rev. Malcolm Maclean, Inverness, English
Monday 23rd September
  • 11am in the Hall will be taken by Rev. D.A. Macdonald (Rtd) Gaelic
  • 7pm in the Hall will be taken by Rev. Calum Iain Macleod English

The Kirk Session will be constituted on Thursday evening through till Saturday evening and is willing to meet with anyone in the congregation who wishes to profess their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, for the first time.

Retiring Collection: There will be a retiring collection on Sunday 22nd September at the close of the evening service to defray Communion expenses.