Sermons 9th August 2020:
Meetings of Deacons' Court and Kirk Session:The Deacons' Court will meet on Tuesday evening at 7.30pm. The Kirk Session will then meet immediately afterwards.
Kirk Session Announcement:The Kirk Session met on Tuesday 11th August to continue discussion on the resumption of physical public services. It was agreed that, as soon as practicable, there should be a phased approach to reopening. However, there was also a strong consensus that, taking the prevailing factors into account, arrangements should continue as they are for the time being and that the situation be reviewed in a month's time.
While this is not the announcement we would wish to make at this stage there is recognition that current restrictions severely limit the scope for reopening. The Deacons' Court and the Kirk Session are both scheduled to meet next Tuesday to continue deliberation on the situation and, following this, a detailed statement will be provided to all the congregation's members and adherents.The Kirk Session will be meeting soon to discuss a timescale for the resumption of public services in the church. However, before a decision can be taken, the Deacons' Court will have to take steps to achieve compliance with a significant number of requirements which are designed to ensure public safety. Such preparations will commence at the meeting of Court on Tuesday evening and a further update on the timescale for reopening the church will be issued as soon as possible.
Prayer Meeting: The virtual prayer meeting will take place on Wednesday at 7.30pm. To join in you can either join the Jitsi channel through a browser on the computer or download the Jitsi Meet app to use a smartphone or tablet. The channel is LochsFreeChurchPrayerMeeting. Please note: if you are going to connect using a desktop computer or a laptop then plugging in a set of headphones is highly recommended to avoid feedback going through the microphone.
Saturday Prayer Meeting: The Saturday prayer meeting will take place at 7pm through on the Jitsi channel.
Sunday Sermons:A YouTube channel has been set up with the aim to live stream services on a Sunday. God willing, the sermons will take place at the usual time of 11am and 6pm each Lord's day. These will be displayed at the top of the page or you can visit the YouTube channel can be found by clicking here
Sunday School and Campaigners: Rev Murdo Macleod has uploaded an end of year message for all of the children of the Sunday School and Campaingers, this has been uploaded to the Sunday School page or can be viewed directly on YouTube
Updated Phase 2 Road Map:The Free Church has released an updated road map for the planned re-opening and and detailing some of the potential changes that will be necessary to resume church services. This does not give exact dates and timings, however it speaks of what can be expected as the country goes through each phase of re-opening. Click here to view the document.
On Wednesday 18th March 2020, the Kirk Session made the difficult, but necessary, announcement that, with immediate effect, all church services and activities are cancelled until further notice. These include all regular services, including the prayer meetings and Sunday worship, as well as special services such as marriages and funerals. Please continue to check the website for updates over the coming weeks and months.
Funeral Services:Following a discussion at presbytery, which the church's Kirk Session agreed with, it was deemed that if it were not safe in the current climate for gatherings on a Sunday, then it is equally unsafe to hold gatherings mid-week for a funeral service. Any funerals that will take place during the shutdown period will be held at the graveside and be attended by direct family members only. Whilst the Kirk Session understands that this may initially appear insensitive, it is in the health interest of the public and also in keeping with the message of the sixth commandment "You shall not murder." We all have a duty of care for our fellow man and Jesus Himself stated in Mark 12:31 "You shall love your neighbour as yourself." These would not be done if we were to needlessly expose others or put people at unnecessary risk.
Wake Services:During the shutdown period, wake services will not be taking place.
Campaigners:With the Campaigners currently on shutdown, it is planned to release a series of lessons covering the Easter message. Jesus and Zacchaeus, the Triumphal Entry,The Last Supper, In the Garden and On the Cross are now available on the Campaigners page.
Lochs Free Church podcast:The twelfth episode of On The Shore, entitled Streaming Services, is available on the podcast page, to get to it from the menu click on "Community" and then "On The Shore Podcast". In this episode Kevin is joined by the minister, Rev Calum Iain Macleod, to discuss the recent changes that the coronavirus lockdown has had on the format of the services and prayer meetings.
Children's Church:In the absence of Sunday School, David Gray, one of our deacons, has started to produce a weekly Children's Church. These can be seen in the Sunday School section of the website. More will be posted as they are released.