Covid update

Update on services

The first Sunday in every month will be a whole parish joint service, rotating round churches. Other Sundays will be in all the churches.

 

We will also continue to broadcast services by Zoom from Kilmore for those who would rather not return to actual buildings yet. The links to join the meeting are sent out weekly via email. If you are not receiving these, and would like to be added to the church email list, please email Lesley at lesleyinskye@yahoo.co.uk.

While social distancing will no longer be strictly necessary according to government guidelines, we ask people to still respect a comfortable distance between households by spreading themselves out through the whole seating area as much as possible. Masks will still need to be worn inside. And hand gel at the door. There is no need to book a seat

For details on additional meetings, please see information in the weekly notices.

PASTORAL VISITING:

This is now allowed again. But understandably some people may still feel unsure about receiving visits. So please feel comfortable about saying if you would rather not receive visitors indoors.

Resources

SERMONS, TALKS AND REFLECTIONS:

If you miss the zoom services on a Sunday, remember that you'll find most of the recordings of the Sunday morning's sermon and children's talk, as well as other messages or reflection from some of the other services on the church Facebook page.

DAILY HOPE: A free phone line of hymns, reflections and prayers - 0800 804 8044 

The line – which is available 24 hours a day has been set up particularly with those unable to join online church services during the period of restrictions in mind.

 

ONLINE GAELIC SERVICE: This channel is an initiative of two Gaelic churches - St Columba Gaelic Church in Glasgow and Greyfriars Kirk in Edinburgh.  Here you will find services, hymns, Psalms and prayers in Gaelic. Here's the link...   https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5IfnFkXnGdVHnQ67l_boWg

 

2 CHRONICLES 7:14 - Unite714 is a new prayer initiative that has quickly become a Global Prayer Movement as a result of the pandemic. What we are asked to do is join with millions around the Globe and pause to pray  at 714am and 714pm. For further information please check out the website...   https://www.unite714.com/

 

ONLINE DAILY DEVOTIONAL: Join our brothers and sisters from Gairloch on a virtual daily devotion based on the SU WordLive reading notes, posted at 8am Monday-Saturdays on facebook.  

Mon, Wed, Fri- Rev Stuart Smith, Gairloch CoS, leads: https://www.facebook.com/pg/GandDCofS/videos/?ref=page_internal

Tues, Thurs, Sat- Rev Colin MacLeod, Gairloch Free church leads: https://www.facebook.com/pg/GairlKinlTorrFreeChurchofScotland/videos/?ref=page_internal

Interview with IJM

 

Sunday 19th September 2021 was Freedom Sunday, an annual occurrence where the advocacy organisation, International Justice Mission (IJM) urges Christians around the world to notice the millions of people living and working in conditions of slavery. Yes even in this day and age. Indeed, especially in this day and age when, due to scourges like bonded labour, people trafficking and the sex trade, more people than ever are being abused in this way. Rory interviewed IJM's Scottish officer, Andy Bevan, to find out more.

Notices

Notices - 26 September

MESSAGE FROM THE MINISTER

Money is something we enjoy having but are reluctant to talk about. However we need to get over that today because is National Giving Day. You can read more about it below but, in our conviction that everything belongs to God - including our money - it is an issue which deserves our attention and our appropriate response!

Rory

 

THIS SUNDAY 26th SEPTEMBER - NATIONAL GIVING DAY:

11am: Morning Service in Broadford Church

11am: Morning Service in Kilmore Church (Sunday school and YV)

11am: Morning Service in Kyleakin Church (Sunday school for all those up to P7)

3pm: Afternoon Service in Elgol church

6pm: Kyleakin Fellowship (zoom)

HARVEST:

Donations of food for THE SKYE AND LOCHALSH FOOD BANK can be left in any of the churches for the next 3 weeks.

MID-WEEK MEETINGS:

Please remember that face masks must be worn.

MONDAY 27TH SEPT. 11am: PRAYER FOR REVIVAL on ZOOM (details below)

TUESDAY 28th SEPT.  7.30pm: KYLEAKIN PRAYER MEETING in the church hall. All welcome.

WEDNESDAY 29TH SEPT 7.30pm: BROADFORD BIBLE STUDY resumes in the church foyer. All welcome.

THURSDAY 30th SEPT. 1.30-3pm: LADIES STRUPAG n CHAT and every Thursday, in Kyleakin church hall.

FRIDAY 1st OCTOBER 2 – 5pm (and every Friday) in BROADFORD CHURCH FOYER: Can you spare a couple of hours on a Friday? Would you like to see the church open and active in our community? Come and join in with some exciting plans to revamp the grounds around Broadford Church.  We have plans and ideas but would welcome your input and if you can spare an hour or so to do some easy gardening work. The Church will be open for refreshments and we will have cake!

NEXT SUNDAY 3RD OCTOBER HARVEST FESTIVAL:

11am: Whole Parish Service in Kyleakin Church and on zoom (Sunday school for all those up to P7)

PLEASE BRING DONATIONS OF FOOD FOR THE SKYE AND LOCHALSH FOOD BANK

3pm Gaelic Service in Broadford Church and on zoom

6pm: Kyleakin Fellowship in Kyleakin church hall and on zoom.

N.B. The next Fig Sunday Gathering will be on the 17th October

OPENING CHURCH:

The first Sunday in every month will be a whole parish joint service, rotating round churches. Other Sundays will be in all the churches.

While social distancing will no longer be strictly necessary according to government guidelines, we ask people to still respect a comfortable distance between households by spreading themselves out through the whole seating area as much as possible. Masks will still need to be worn inside. And hand gel at the door. There is no need to book a seat.

N.B. While the churches will be re-opening from September, we will continue to be broadcasting services by Zoom from Kilmore for those who would rather not return to actual buildings yet.

PRAYER MEETING FOR REVIVAL - MONDAY MORNINGS AT 11AM:

If you have a longing for a demonstration of the Holy Spirit's power in Revival - many unbelievers coming to faith (and, hopefully, to church), a new sense of God's holy presence among us and a deeper sense of God's love poured out in our hearts (Rom. 5:5) - then please consider joining our prayer for revival on Monday mornings at 11am. Continuing for the present on Zoom. The link will be sent out by Mary Fennell   prayercoordinator1995@gmail.com   every Sunday if you give her your email address.

NATIONAL GIVING DAY:

Our Kirk Session has nominated Sunday 26th September 2021 as National Giving Day for Strath & Sleat Church of Scotland.  This is a church-wide initiative encouraged by the General Assembly during the season of Harvest which will provide people of all ages with an opportunity to reflect on God's presence with us through these challenging times and to offer gifts of thanksgiving back to God.  Money received by our Parish will probably be used to offset deficits in our General Fund taking into account our challenging financial circumstances over the last year and will not be assessable for Ministries and Mission purposes so future M&M Allocations will not rise because of your generosity on this occasion.

To ensure that our Treasurer can identify these specific donations and demonstrate this clearly in the accounts we would appreciate if your gifts are presented in one of the following ways

1.    in the Church Plate on 26th September only - please use an envelope marked National Giving Day - if you are a Gift Aider please add your individual name

2.    by bank transfer before 26th September - please identify by National Giving Day or NGD - if you are a Gift Aider please add your individual name - our bank details are Bank of Scotland account 00930508 Sort Code 800583

3.    by post directly to our Treasurer to arrive before 26th September - please use an internal envelope marked National Giving Day - if you are a Gift Aider please add your individual name - Treasurer's details are Margaret F Macrae Rowan Cottage South Obbe Kyleakin Isle of Skye IV41 8PN

If you have any concerns or questions please contact our Treasurer by email mfmacrae@aol.com or telephone 01599534695

NEW!  LADIES STRUPAG ‘n CRAIC:

Every Thursday 1.30 – 3pm in Kyleakin church hall. 

Come and join us for a cuppa and chat. Bring a friend or come on your own -

 

CREATION CARE:

Eco-tip: Save energy, save planet-draining resources, save money. Share your tips, but to get started: you may be able to turn the heating down a bit by wearing more clothes (go along to Blythswood to see what they have) and moving regularly - either going outside for walks or even just stretching and shaking arms and legs every hour inside. Make sure that draughts are blocked eg by curtains or rolled up towels used as draught excluders on the floor. Wash (and tumble-dry) clothes less often.

Eco-verse: If you follow my statutes and keep my commandments and observe them faithfully, I will give you your rains in their season, and the land shall yield its produce, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit. Leviticus 26:3-4

 

JOSHUA STONES WRITING GROUP:

Joshua 4:21-22 ‘What do these stones mean to you?’ This was the question the setting up of the stones at Gilgal was meant to spark… and this in turn has led to a thought that it might be fun to have a group to record some of our memories - would you like to join us?

How do we remember things? Sights, sounds, smells, tastes - all of these things can cause us to remember times and events in our lives, but do we write them down for our children or grandchildren to ask questions about, or even just for our own enjoyment.  We may think we don’t have anything interesting to tell, but all of us have a story and it can be fun to explore ways of recording this and other memories we may have.

We intend to run a group via Zoom for 6 weeks starting on Thursday November 4th from 7.30 - 8.30pm to explore and share together our ways of recording our stories. We have absolutely no experience in doing this(!) so we will all be in the same boat and can learn and encourage each other as we go - come and join us for what we hope will be an enriching and fun experience!

Contact Jackie on strathandsleatpda@gmail.com or Jane on janemcd.aird@gmail.com for more info or to sign up!

SHOEBOX APPEAL:

Leaflets are in all the churches. The full boxes will need to be handed in by the end of October, so start collecting your contents now!  Details:  https://blythswood.org/shoeboxappeal/

 

PRAYERS FOR COVID:  

This week can we pray for all the young people going to Allt na Criche this weekend. Let’s pray that they will feel God’s presence and that they meet with Jesus. And also please pray for the leaders, for stamina and that the arrangements under covid restrictions run smoothly.

Notices - 19 September

MESSAGE FROM THE MINISTER

Today is Freedom Sunday, when the advocacy organisation, International Justice Mission (IJM) is urging Christians around the world to notice the millions of people living and working in conditions of slavery. Yes even in this day and age. Indeed, especially in this day and age when, due to scourges like bonded labour, people trafficking and the sex trade, more people than ever are being abused in this way. Worshippers in Kilmore can look forward to my interviewing of IJM's Scottish officer, Andy Bevan which, I hope, will find its way onto the church website, so everyone can view it. Remember: "It is for freedom that Christ has set us free" (Galatians 5.1). And be blessed!

Rory

 

THIS SUNDAY 19th SEPTEMBER:

11am: Morning Service in Broadford Church

11am: Morning Service in Kilmore Church (Sunday school and YV)

11am: Morning Service in Kyleakin Church (Sunday school for all those up to P7)

3pm: Fig Sunday Gathering

6pm Gaelic Service in Kilmore Church

6pm: Kyleakin Fellowship (on Zoom) 

MID-WEEK MEETINGS:

Please remember that face masks must be worn.

MONDAY 20TH SEPT: 11am: PRAYER FOR REVIVAL on ZOOM (details below)

MONDAY 20TH SEPT: 7.30-9pm: CREATION CARE STUDY We'll continue with the Tear Fund series on Christianity and Climate. Video 5 introduces the topic, 'Speaking to other Christians about Climate Change'. Zoom link is in the list attached to your email notices.

TUESDAY 21st SEPT: 7.30pm: KYLEAKIN PRAYER MEETING in the church hall. All welcome.

THURSDAY 23rd SEPT: 1.30-3pm: LADIES STRUPAG n CHAT and every Thursday, in Kyleakin church hall.

FRIDAY 24TH SEPT: 2 – 3 pm (and every Friday) in BROADFORD CHURCH FOYER: Can you spare a couple of hours on a Friday? Would you like to see the church open and active in our community? Come and join in with some exciting plans to revamp the grounds around Broadford Church.  We have plans and ideas but would welcome your input and if you can spare an hour or so to do some easy gardening work. The Church will be open for refreshments and we will have cake!

NEXT SUNDAY 26th SEPTEMBER - NATIONAL GIVING DAY:

11am: Morning Service in Broadford Church

11am: Morning Service in Kilmore Church (Sunday school and YV)

11am: Morning Service in Kyleakin Church (Sunday school for all those up to P7)

3pm: Afternoon Service in Elgol church

6pm: Kyleakin Fellowship (zoom)

OPENING CHURCH

WE ARE BACK TO CHURCH IN OUR BUILDINGS!

The first Sunday in every month will be a whole parish joint service, rotating round churches. Other Sundays will be in all the churches.

While social distancing will no longer be strictly necessary according to government guidelines, we ask people to still respect a comfortable distance between households by spreading themselves out through the whole seating area as much as possible. Masks will still need to be worn inside. And hand gel at the door. There is no need to book a seat.

N.B. While the churches will be re-opening from September, we will continue to be broadcasting services by Zoom from Kilmore for those who would rather not return to actual buildings yet.

PRAYER MEETING FOR REVIVAL - MONDAY MORNINGS AT 11AM: If you have a longing for a demonstration of the Holy Spirit's power in Revival - many unbelievers coming to faith (and, hopefully, to church), a new sense of God's holy presence among us and a deeper sense of God's love poured out in our hearts (Rom. 5:5) - then please consider joining our prayer for revival on Monday mornings at 11am. Continuing for the present on Zoom. The link will be sent out by Mary Fennell   prayercoordinator1995@gmail.com   every Sunday if you give her your email address.

NATIONAL GIVING DAY:

Our Kirk Session has nominated Sunday 26th September 2021 as National Giving Day for Strath & Sleat Church of Scotland.  This is a church-wide initiative encouraged by the General Assembly during the season of Harvest which will provide people of all ages with an opportunity to reflect on God's presence with us through these challenging times and to offer gifts of thanksgiving back to God.  Money received by our Parish will probably be used to offset deficits in our General Fund taking into account our challenging financial circumstances over the last year and will not be assessable for Ministries and Mission purposes so future M&M Allocations will not rise because of your generosity on this occasion.

To ensure that our Treasurer can identify these specific donations and demonstrate this clearly in the accounts we would appreciate if your gifts are presented in one of the following ways

1.    in the Church Plate on 26th September only - please use an envelope marked National Giving Day - if you are a Gift Aider please add your individual name

2.    by bank transfer before 26th September - please identify by National Giving Day or NGD - if you are a Gift Aider please add your individual name - our bank details are Bank of Scotland account 00930508 Sort Code 800583

3.    by post directly to our Treasurer to arrive before 26th September - please use an internal envelope marked National Giving Day - if you are a Gift Aider please add your individual name - Treasurer's details are Margaret F Macrae Rowan Cottage South Obbe Kyleakin Isle of Skye IV41 8PN

If you have any concerns or questions please contact our Treasurer by email mfmacrae@aol.com or telephone 01599534695

NEW!  LADIES STRUPAG ‘n CHAT:

Every Thursday 1.30 – 3pm in Kyleakin church hall. 

Come and join us for a cuppa and chat. Bring a friend or come on your own - Starts this Thursday 23rd (details attached.)

 

CREATION CARE:

Eco-tip: go along to 9 Torrin during Tuesday 21 - Thursday 23rd 11-3pm to join 'Waste not and Repair Hobbitin'. take along items that you no longer want and/or forage to see what you could make use of that someone else no longer needs. Also an opportunity to have clothes, tools, electrical items etc assessed for repair - or you might be able to help with repairs. Donations for recycled, certified electrical goods, everything else free.

Eco-verse: The voice of the Lord is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the Lord, over mighty waters. The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is full of majesty. Ps 29: 3,4.

 

SHOEBOX APPEAL:

Leaflets are in all the churches. The full boxes will need to be handed in by the end of October, so start collecting your contents now!  Details:  https://blythswood.org/shoeboxappeal/

 

PRAYERS FOR COVID:  

This week can we pray for the Lord’s blessing on all the students as they return to (or are starting at) colleges and universities, as they have to cope with a very different life there with some covid restrictions still in place.

Notices - 12 September

MESSAGE FROM THE MINISTER

Today marks the first full day of services re-opening in all our buildings - Hallelujah! Not everyone will feel comfortable about returning and we understand that. Zoom will continue for the time-being and perhaps for the foreseeable future, so that we do not lose anyone who is not in a position to join us in person. Please pray for protection and for patience, along with courage and boldness. Above all, may we be led by the Holy Spirit so that everything we do is faithful and effective...

Rory       

 

THIS SUNDAY 12th SEPTEMBER:

11am: Morning Service in Broadford Church

11am: Morning Service in Kilmore Church

11am: Morning Service in Kyleakin Church (Sunday school for all those up to P7)

3pm: Afternoon Service in Elgol church

6pm: Kyleakin Fellowship (Zoom)

MID-WEEK MEETINGS:

TUESDAY 14th SEPTEMBER at 7.30pm: KYLEAKIN PRAYER MEETING in the church hall. All welcome (please wear a face mask).

NEXT SUNDAY 19th SEPTEMBER:

11am: Morning Service in Broadford Church

11am: Morning Service in Kilmore Church (Sunday school for all those up to P7)

11am: Morning Service in Kyleakin Church (Sunday school and YV)

3pm: Fig Sunday Gathering

6pm Gaelic Service in Kilmore Church

6pm: Kyleakin Fellowship

OPENING CHURCH

WE ARE BACK TO CHURCH IN OUR BUILDINGS!

The first Sunday in every month will be a whole parish joint service, rotating round churches. Other Sundays will be in all the churches.

While social distancing will no longer be strictly necessary according to government guidelines, we ask people to still respect a comfortable distance between households by spreading themselves out through the whole seating area as much as possible. Masks will still need to be worn inside. And hand gel at the door. There is no need to book a seat.

N.B. While the churches will be re-opening from September, we will continue to be broadcasting services by Zoom from Kilmore for those who would rather not return to actual buildings yet.

BROADFORD CHURCH:

Every Friday afternoon 2 – 5pm

Can you spare a couple of hours on a Friday? Would you like to see the church open and active in our community?

Come and join in with some exciting plans to revamp the grounds around Broadford Church.  We have plans and ideas but would welcome your input and if you can spare an hour or so to do some easy gardening work.

The Church will be open for refreshments and we will have cake!

NATIONAL GIVING DAY:

Our Kirk Session has nominated Sunday 26th September 2021 as National Giving Day for Strath & Sleat Church of Scotland.  This is a church-wide initiative encouraged by the General Assembly during the season of Harvest which will provide people of all ages with an opportunity to reflect on God's presence with us through these challenging times and to offer gifts of thanksgiving back to God.  Money received by our Parish will probably be used to offset deficits in our General Fund taking into account our challenging financial circumstances over the last year and will not be assessable for Ministries and Mission purposes so future M&M Allocations will not rise because of your generosity on this occasion.

To ensure that our Treasurer can identify these specific donations and demonstrate this clearly in the accounts we would appreciate if your gifts are presented in one of the following ways

1.    in the Church Plate on 26th September only - please use an envelope marked National Giving Day - if you are a Gift Aider please add your individual name

2.    by bank transfer before 26th September - please identify by National Giving Day or NGD - if you are a Gift Aider please add your individual name - our bank details are Bank of Scotland account 00930508 Sort Code 800583

3.    by post directly to our Treasurer to arrive before 26th September - please use an internal envelope marked National Giving Day - if you are a Gift Aider please add your individual name - Treasurer's details are Margaret F Macrae Rowan Cottage South Obbe Kyleakin Isle of Skye IV41 8PN

If you have any concerns or questions please contact our Treasurer by email mfmacrae@aol.com or telephone 01599534695

PRAYERS FOR COVID:

This week let's pray for all our NHS staff as rising admissions and staff shortages make life so difficult for them all.

CREATION CARE:

Creation Care study: Monday September 20th, 7.30-9pm. We'll continue with the Tear Fund series on Christianity and Climate. Video 5 introduces the topic, 'Speaking to other Christians about Climate Change'. Zoom link is in the list attached to your emailed notices.

Notices - 5 September

MESSAGE FROM THE MINISTER

A new month, a new season, a new routine. Re-opening our churches represents an exciting step forward, for which some have been itching and others will still find a step too far. We shall need to be considerate. How fitting that our friend Martin Haworth happens to be visiting to promote his new book and has agreed to preach at our 11am Communion service. Please keep praying for Alpha, our congregational mission effort, and for 'Make it count', an exciting new venture between ourselves and our neighbours in the Free Church.

"How good and pleasant it is, when brothers dwell together in unity..." Psalm 133

Rory

 

THIS SUNDAY 5th SEPTEMBER:

11am: Whole Parish Communion Service (Kilmore Church and Zoom). The elements for communion will be provided in separate portions as you enter the church, or you may bring your own if you prefer.

6pm Gaelic Communion Service in Kilmore Church

6pm: Kyleakin Fellowship (still just on Zoom)

MID-WEEK MEETINGS:

TUESDAY 7th SEPTEMBER at 7.30pm: KYLEAKIN PRAYER MEETING in the church hall. All welcome (please wear a face mask).

NEXT SUNDAY 12th SEPTEMBER:

11am: Morning Service in Broadford Church

11am: Morning Service in Kilmore Church

11am: Morning Service in Kyleakin Church

3pm: Afternoon Service at Elgol Church

6pm Gaelic Service in Kilmore Church

6pm: Kyleakin Fellowship

OPENING CHURCH

WE ARE BACK TO CHURCH IN OUR BUILDINGS!

The first Sunday in every month will be a whole parish joint service, rotating round churches. Other Sundays will be in all the churches.

While social distancing will no longer be strictly necessary according to government guidelines, we ask people to still respect a comfortable distance between households by spreading themselves out through the whole seating area as much as possible. Masks will still need to be worn inside. And hand gel at the door. There is no need to book a seat.

N.B. While the churches will be re-opening from September, we will continue to be broadcasting services by Zoom from Kilmore for those who would rather not return to actual buildings yet. 

BROADFORD - FRIDAY 3RD SEPTEMBER AT 2PM:

We are looking for volunteers who might help in opening up Broadford church foyer for young people to drop in on a Friday afternoon? Alongside this we hope to work in the grounds and make the outside of our church an eco-friendly environment where people might like to come and spend time. So perhaps you might like to help with weeding, planting and general outside tidying.

Do you have a couple of spare hours to come and spend some time with any who might drop in?

Interested in getting involved and being part of an exciting new outreach in Broadford? Come along to an informal meeting on Friday 3rd September at 2 pm in the foyer of Broadford church for more information and to see how we can begin to emerge out of covid and serve our community once again.

MAKE IT COUNT:

For details of the exciting new parent group starting up in Sleat, see this document.

PRAYERS FOR COVID:

This week let's give thanks to God as we can once again meet in our churches.

CREATION CARE:

Creation Care study: Monday September 20th, 7.30-9pm. We'll continue with the Tear Fund series on Christianity and Climate. Video 5 introduces the topic, 'Speaking to other Christians about Climate Change'. Zoom link is in the list attached to these notices.

Eco tip: Don't throw out the tough outer leaves, stalks or wilted, past-date vegetables. They can be used to make stock for soup or other dishes. If you don't need it at the time, freeze it for later use.

Eco-verse: By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, and all their host by the breath of his mouth. Psalm 33: 6

Notices - 29 August

MESSAGE FROM THE MINISTER

Over the summer those who have been involved in the Alpha project will have been thinking about whom they might bring/ send on the outreach course which begins on Wednesday (1 September). It will run for 11 weeks (with a break for the October Holiday) 7.30-8.30pm on Zoom, including an in-person meal option the hour before (location tbc).

Please invite guests to register at www.alpha-skye.co.uk by this Sunday (29 August). It would be so encouraging and significant if anyone can commit to praying for those involved. Please let me know if that's you!

Rory

 

THIS SUNDAY 29th AUGUST:

11am: Morning Service (Kilmore Church and zoom)

5pm Gaelic Service (Communion moved to next Sunday, 5th September.)

6pm: Kyleakin Fellowship (zoom) 

MID-WEEK MEETINGS:

TUESDAY 31st AUGUST: 7.30pm: KYLEAKIN PRAYER MEETING in the church hall. All welcome (please wear a face mask).

NEXT SUNDAY 5th SEPTEMBER:

11am: Whole Parish Communion Service (Kilmore Church and zoom). The elements for communion will be provided in separate portions as you enter the church, or you may bring your own if you prefer.

6pm: Gaelic Communion Service at Kilmore

6pm: Kyleakin Fellowship (Zoom)

OPENING CHURCH

SEPTEMBER: BACK TO CHURCH IN OUR BUILDINGS!

The 1st Sunday in every month will be a whole parish joint service, rotating round churches. Other Sundays will be in all the churches. While social distancing will no longer be strictly necessary according to government guidelines, we ask people to still respect a comfortable distance between households by spreading themselves out through the whole seating area as much as possible. Masks will still need to be worn in the meantime.

N.B. While the churches will be re-opening from September, we will continue to be broadcasting services by Zoom from Kilmore for those who would rather not return to actual buildings yet.

 

KYLEAKIN CHURCH CLEAN UP!

Saturday 28th AUGUST 10.30am.

The church hasn't been cleaned for nearly 18 months! So please come along to give the church and church-hall a good clean! Please bring your own dusters, vacuum cleaners etc. too! – Whatever time you can manage (even just 30 minutes!) your help would be really appreciated! With many hands we should have it looking great in next to no time.

BROADFORD - FRIDAY 3RD SEPTEMBER AT 2PM:

We are looking for volunteers who might help in opening up Broadford church foyer for young people to drop in on a Friday afternoon? Alongside this we hope to work in the grounds and make the outside of our church an eco-friendly environment where people might like to come and spend time. So perhaps you might like to help with weeding, planting and general outside tidying.

Do you have a couple of spare hours to come and spend some time with any who might drop in?

Interested in getting involved and being part of an exciting new outreach in Broadford? Come along to an informal meeting on Friday 3rd September at 2 pm in the foyer of Broadford church for more information and to see how we can begin to emerge out of covid and serve our community once again.

MAKE IT COUNT:

For details of the exciting new parent group starting up in Sleat, see this document.

PRAYERS FOR COVID:

This week let's pray for all refugees, who are having to cope with the pandemic as well as everything else in their lives.

CREATION CARE:

Eco-tip: Use your money. Example 2. If you belong to a pension scheme or are able to invest money as an organisation or an individual, it's worth checking out what those funds are financing. The Highland Council's Pension Fund for instance, has several million pounds supporting fossil fuels and armaments. Often this is done with the best of intentions for financial returns, without realising the harms perpetuated. If you have control of investments, consider switching your support from harmful outcomes to positive ones - for people, planet and the Kingdom. If you don't have any control, but don't like what you discover, you could send a polite letter or email pointing that out.

Eco-verse: The earth is the Lord's and all that is in it, the world and those who live in it. Psalm 24:1

Notices - 22 August

MESSAGE FROM THE MINISTER

Between Easter and the summer holidays we ran an Alpha Course to prepare the church for a big missional effort to share the good news of Jesus with the people of Strath & Sleat. About a third of you responded, with a view to helping on the next course and/ or inviting a non-believing neighbour/ friend/ relation. I am delighted to announce that this opportunity begins on Wednesday 1 September and will run for 11 weeks, with a break for the October Holiday. We shall continue to offer the Zoom option - an hour of video and discussion, 7.30 - 8.30pm - as the core of the next course, which people can join from home. But we are also extending hospitality to anyone who would like to gather an hour earlier - at 6.30pm - for a meal at a location which we shall confirm when we know who is coming. The deadline for registration is Sunday 29 August, so don't delay! Please send contact details to the minister at rorymofg@gmail.com or phone the manse on 01471 822416.

Rory

 

THIS SUNDAY 22nd AUGUST:

11am: Morning Service “Back to School with God” (Kyleakin village hall and on Zoom).

We will also be commissioning Jackie’s work as Parish Development Assistant. To book a place follow the link below.

3pm: Elgol church service

3pm: Fig Gathering

6pm: Kyleakin Fellowship

MID-WEEK MEETINGS:

TUESDAY 24th AUGUST: 7.30pm: KYLEAKIN PRAYER MEETING in the church hall. Please contact Lesley if you would like to attend as spaces are limited - lesleyinskye@yahoo.co.uk or tel: 01471 822023

NEXT SUNDAY 29th AUGUST:

11am: Morning Service (Kilmore Church and zoom)

5pm Gaelic Service (Communion moved to next Sunday, 5th September.)

6pm: Kyleakin Fellowship (zoom) 

OPENING CHURCH

AUGUST: continuing with Zoom

29th in KILMORE CHURCH - if you would like to book a seat for any of the Kilmore services, please see this document for instructions.

22nd in KYLEAKIN VILLAGE HALL - here’s the link to book a place:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/kyleakin-village-hall-live-worship-service-tickets-156320690393

PLEASE REMEMBER that whichever church is being used to broadcast from, the whole parish is eligible to attend in person.

SEPTEMBER: BACK TO CHURCH IN OUR BUILDINGS!

The 1st Sunday in every month will be a whole parish joint service, rotating round churches. Other Sundays will be in all the churches. While social distancing will no longer be strictly necessary according to government guidelines, we ask people to still respect a comfortable distance between households by spreading themselves out through the whole seating area as much as possible. Masks will still need to be worn in the meantime.

N.B. While the churches will be re-opening from September, we will continue to be broadcasting services by Zoom from Kilmore for those who would rather not return to actual buildings yet.

SUNDAY SERMONS

A reminder that they are put onto the church’s facebook page. Here’s the link

https://www.facebook.com/search/top?q=strath%20and%20sleat%20church%20of%20scotland

 

KYLEAKIN CHURCH CLEAN UP!

Saturday 28th AUGUST 10.30am.

The church hasn't been cleaned for 17 months! So please come along to give the church and church hall a good clean! With many hands we should have it looking great in next to no time. A good idea to bring your own dusters, vacuum cleaners etc. too! N.B. The water has not yet been checked so please bring your own drinking water etc.

AUGUST NEWSLETTER:

DEADLINE FOR ITEMS… MONDAY 23RD AUGUST  We would love to hear from any groups that have been meeting (in person or on line) during the pandemic. Don’t forget the new ‘letters page’ and photos of any events since the last newsletter are always welcome too! I only have one piece at the moment! Please send items for the August Newsletter to Lesley lesleyinskye@yahoo.co.uk  by TOMORROW… MONDAY 23RD AUGUST!

PRAYER FOR HIGHLAND COUNCIL is a non-denominational network of people that pray for Highland Council, and give prayer support to Councillors in the region. Recently we have started using an App to disseminate prayer updates.  We need a logo to use on several social media and online platforms (The PrayerMate App, Facebook and Twitter), the logo will also appear on a monthly (emailed) prayer diary circulated to supporters. If anyone has giftings in this area and would be willing to help design one can you please email Anne Sikorski (anne@annesikorski.com)

or Gordon Matheson(gordonmatheson101@gmail.com)

DO YOU ENJOY WEEDING?

If anyone would enjoy a spot of weeding BROADFORD CHURCH is in great need of you! Please weed whatever your time allows over the next couple of weeks. Many thanks!

MINISTER’S FUNDRAISING LINK FOR ALZHEIMERS:

Some people have been asking for the link to the minister's fundraising page in favour of   Alzheimers Scotland. Here it is:

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/peaksandpipes?utm_source=Sharethis&utm_medium=fundraising&utm_content=peaksandpipes&utm_campaign=pfp-email&utm_term=fcf12f10eb8c44878bccd075662ed59d&fbclid=IwAR0-MjDs95-EaHCoWRp0pE3MLGQPV18PzOpB5MbhAaYNhDakl_zd9iyJ7Nw

CREATION CARE:

Eco-tip: Use your money to send a message to creation-exploiters. Example 1 - try to avoid anything containing palm oil unless specifically labelled sustainable. Clearing land for palm oil plantations causes air pollution and carbon emissions from burning, while destroying ecosystems and habitat for animals, birds and plants with adverse health impacts on local people. It is really difficult to avoid all palm oil as it's in many soaps, Tunnocks tea cakes, Co-op bread, Harry Gow bakery and many more food items. Read the small print and ponder whether you can use something else instead (or make/bake your own).

Eco-verse: Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary, his understanding is unsearchable. Isaiah 40: 28

BLYTHSWOOD CARE AUCTION on 11th September: Please see this flyer for details.

 

PRAYERS FOR COVID:  

This week let's give thanks again for the vaccine. Truly an answer to prayer! As we move towards meeting weekly in churches, let’s ask God to remind us to continue to be careful and to remember that we can still carry the virus without symptoms.

Notices - 15 August

MESSAGE FROM THE MINISTER

The minister is away from Monday 9th August until Monday 16th August.

Steve Fennell  sjf13648@gmail.com  (01471 820168) has offered to cover pastoral emergencies.

 

THIS SUNDAY 15th AUGUST:

11am: Morning Service (Kilmore Church)

5pm Gaelic Service

6pm: Kyleakin Fellowship

MID-WEEK MEETINGS:

TUESDAY 17th AUGUST: 7.30pm: KYLEAKIN PRAYER MEETING in the church hall. Please contact Lesley if you would like to attend as spaces are limited - lesleyinskye@yahoo.co.uk or tel: 01471 822023

MONDAY 16TH AUGUST 7.30-9PM: CREATION CARE ZOOM - DISCUSSION of the award-winning documentary, 'Thank you for the rain'. We have free access to this film through Christian Aid. Watch the trailer here: https://thankyoufortherain.com/trailer and contact Anne at aomacl@tighgorm.scot for the link to the full film which you can watch in your own time. You might find it helpful to have paper and pen by you to jot down your impressions to bring to the discussion. If you can't come to the Monday evening discussion, I'd still love to hear your comments on the film and we can have an additional date to talk about it if there are sufficient people interested.

NEXT SUNDAY 22nd AUGUST:

11am: Morning Service “Back to School with God” (Kyleakin village hall and on zoom).

We will also be commissioning Jackie’s work as Parish Development Assistant. To book a place follow the link below.

3pm: Elgol church service

3pm: Fig Gathering

6pm: Kyleakin Fellowship

OPENING CHURCH

AUGUST: continuing with Zoom

15th & 29th in KILMORE CHURCH

22nd in KYLEAKIN VILLAGE HALL - here’s the link to book a place:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/kyleakin-village-hall-live-worship-service-tickets-156320690393

If you would like to book a seat for any of the Kilmore services, please see this document for instructions.

PLEASE REMEMBER that whichever church is being used to broadcast from, the whole parish is eligible to attend in person.

SEPTEMBER: BACK TO CHURCH IN OUR BUILDINGS!

The 1st Sunday in every month will be a whole parish joint service, rotating round churches. Other Sundays will be in all the churches. While social distancing will no longer be strictly necessary according to government guidelines, we ask people to still respect a comfortable distance between households by spreading themselves out through the whole seating area as much as possible. Masks will still need to be worn in the meantime.

N.B. While the churches will be re-opening from September, we will continue to be broadcasting services by Zoom from Kilmore for those who would rather not return to actual buildings yet.

SUNDAY SERMONS

A reminder that they are put onto the church’s facebook page. Here’s the link

https://www.facebook.com/search/top?q=strath%20and%20sleat%20church%20of%20scotland

 

AUGUST NEWSLETTER:

Please send items for the August Newsletter to Lesley by 23RD AUGUST lesleyinskye@yahoo.co.uk  We would love to hear from any groups that have been meeting (in person or on line) during the pandemic. And any photos are always welcome too!

PRAYER FOR HIGHLAND COUNCIL is a non-denominational network of people that pray for Highland Council, and give prayer support to Councillors in the region. Recently we have started using an App to disseminate prayer updates.  We need a logo to use on several social media and online platforms (The PrayerMate App, Facebook and Twitter), the logo will also appear on a monthly (emailed) prayer diary circulated to supporters. If anyone has giftings in this area and would be willing to help design one can you please email Anne Sikorski (anne@annesikorski.com)

or Gordon Matheson(gordonmatheson101@gmail.com)

DO YOU ENJOY WEEDING?

If anyone would enjoy a spot of weeding BROADFORD CHURCH is in great need of you! Please weed whatever your time allows over the next couple of weeks. Many thanks!

MINISTER’S FUNDRAISING LINK FOR ALZHEIMERS:

Some people have been asking for the link to the minister's fundraising page in favour of   Alzheimers Scotland. Here it is:

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/peaksandpipes?utm_source=Sharethis&utm_medium=fundraising&utm_content=peaksandpipes&utm_campaign=pfp-email&utm_term=fcf12f10eb8c44878bccd075662ed59d&fbclid=IwAR0-MjDs95-EaHCoWRp0pE3MLGQPV18PzOpB5MbhAaYNhDakl_zd9iyJ7Nw

CREATION CARE:

Eco-tip: Go to the 'Waste not Wednesdays' events at 9 Torrin (Holidays) on 18th and 25th August, 10-4pm. Take no-longer-wanted stuff (clothes, toys, electrical, kitchen ware, tools - anything) to be offered to others rather than landing in landfill . AND/OR have a rummage for things that you would find useful. Most items free. Donations invited for new or repaired and tested electrical goods. More info at  www.climatefeis.org/events/

Eco-verse: He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside

still waters; he restores my soul. Psalm 23: 2

BLYTHSWOOD CARE AUCTION on 11th September: Please see this flyer for details.

 

PRAYERS FOR COVID:  

This week let's pray for all our NHS staff, who are continuing to be working under such pressure.

Notices - 8 August

MESSAGE FROM THE MINISTER

Did anyone notice the launch of the Skye Climate Fèis last Sunday? You can catch up with all the events preparing us for COP 26 on the dedicated website. Another significant beginning is that of our new Parish Development Assistant, Jackie MacLennan. Please keep her in your prayers as she helps us all towards becoming a more faithful and effective community of believers.

Rory

 

THIS SUNDAY 8th AUGUST:

11am: Morning Service (Kilmore Church)

3pm: Elgol church service

3pm: Fig Gathering

6pm: Kyleakin Fellowship

MID-WEEK MEETINGS:

TUESDAY 10th AUGUST: 7.30pm: KYLEAKIN PRAYER MEETING in the church hall. Please contact Lesley if you would like to attend as spaces are limited - lesleyinskye@yahoo.co.uk or tel: 01471 822023

NEXT SUNDAY 15th AUGUST:

11am: Morning Service (Kilmore Church)

5pm Gaelic Service

6pm: Kyleakin Fellowship

OPENING CHURCH

8th and 15th August at Kilmore. 22nd August in Kyleakin Village Hall.

If you would like to book a seat for any of the services, please see this document for instructions.

As from the 19th July, we were only required to have social distancing set at 1 metre apart. But we have decided to be cautious while there are still rising covid numbers in Skye. We will therefore be waiting until numbers drop before reducing the distance.

PLEASE REMEMBER that whichever church is being used to broadcast from, the whole parish is eligible to attend in person (please remember to book early as places are filled up quickly!) The services will continue to take place in Kilmore for the summer as all the equipment for it to be on zoom is in place there. A monthly service in Kyleakin Village Hall is planned from August onwards.

CREATION CARE ZOOM:

AUGUST 16TH 7.30-9PM. DISCUSSION of the award-winning documentary, 'Thank you for the rain'. We have free access to this film through Christian Aid. Watch the trailer here: https://thankyoufortherain.com/trailer and contact Anne at aomacl@tighgorm.scot for the link to the full film which you can watch in your own time. You might find it helpful to have paper and pen by you to jot down your impressions to bring to the discussion. If you can't come to the Monday evening discussion, I'd still love to hear your comments on the film and we can have an additional date to talk about it if there are sufficient people interested.

 

AUGUST NEWSLETTER:

Please send items for the August Newsletter to Lesley by 23RD AUGUST lesleyinskye@yahoo.co.uk  We would love to hear from any groups that have been meeting (in person or on line) during the pandemic. And any photos are always welcome too!

PRAYER FOR HIGHLAND COUNCIL is a non-denominational network of people that pray for Highland Council, and give prayer support to Councillors in the region. Recently we have started using an App to disseminate prayer updates.  We need a logo to use on several social media and online platforms (The PrayerMate App, Facebook and Twitter), the logo will also appear on a monthly (emailed) prayer diary circulated to supporters. If anyone has giftings in this area and would be willing to help design one can you please email Anne Sikorski (anne@annesikorski.com)

or Gordon Matheson(gordonmatheson101@gmail.com)

DO YOU ENJOY WEEDING?

If anyone would enjoy a spot of weeding BROADFORD CHURCH is in great need of you! Please weed whatever your time allows over the next couple of weeks. Many thanks!

A LETTER FROM JACKIE (Parish Development Assistant)

Hi everyone.

Just wanted to keep you all updated in regard to your Parish Development. I have now been in post for three weeks and am presently just working one day a week. This will change at the beginning of September when I will have left my previous employment. 

As we are at the beginning of this exciting work, I am open to any suggestions you may have to enhance the plans I have already managed to put together.   I am keen to have our churches open and being effective in each of the communities where they are based, so if you have an idea, don’t keep it to yourself, share it with me and let's see how we can accommodate it.

I spent my first days at the Holiday Club, making good connections with some of the families in the parish. Please pray for these seeds sown over these days.

For starters, I am trying to connect with community groups within the parish and see how we can support some of the already excellent work going on. Last week I saw in the WHFP the walking initiative for young mothers headed up by Shirley Taylor, who works for the Highland Council Early Years. An excellent idea which if anyone can give an hour a week, to go for a walk with some of these parents, then please let me know and I shall direct you to the correct place. I hope to link up with the group which runs in Broadford in September and perhaps be able to offer a place to retreat if the weather is inclement and just have a cup of tea. Again, if you could help with this, let me know.

I am also looking at providing a space for high school aged children to drop in after school. This would just be a quiet space, to perhaps do homework, or chill out away from the normal routines of school. My desire is to have a few church members who would just come and get to know them, support them, perhaps in a certain subject of homework but also provide an opening to encourage them along to other activities our church may be running eg Youth Alpha / Messy Church.

I also have some plans for our church community for Christmas but I shall keep you all waiting for them! Suffice to say I will be looking for volunteers, and if you don’t come forward, I will be coming looking for you!

I think that’s enough for now, but I hope you can see I've been busy. Please also remember that I will need help to do a lot of the things planned, so now is the time for us all to become actively involved in the work of our parish.

Just to finish a couple of prayer points:

·         Please pray for the conversations within the community, that they would be positive and receptive

·         Pray for our parish, especially the parts which perhaps we haven't reached so far.

·         Pray for clarity in where to begin and not to become overwhelmed by too many things

Blessings to you all

Jackie MacLennan     strathandsleatpda@gmail.com 

VACCINAID - SKYE & LOCHALSH GIVING THE WORLD A SHOT!

If you would like to support this, here’s the link to the crowdfunding page:   https://www.vaccinaid.org/skye-and-lochalsh

'What better way to show our gratitude for the protection we have received through ready access to vaccines.'  So far £1244 has been raised.  

PRAYERS FOR COVID:  

This week let's pray for all the children whose lives have been so affected by the pandemic throughout the world.

 

CREATION CARE:

Eco-tip: Rabbit deterrent: 5 garlic cloves, 1 teaspoon chilli flakes, 4.5 litres water, 1 tablespoon dishwash soap. Mix garlic and chilli in 1L of the water and leave in sunlight for 2 days, shaking every now and then. Strain, add soap and the rest of the water then put in old spray bottles and use to protect rabbit-vulnerable plants. You can store the strained liquid in old (labelled) milk or wine bottles and fill up the spray as needed.

Watch 'Thank you for the rain'

Eco-verse: Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding. When the morning stars sang together and all the heavenly beings shouted for joy? (Job 38: 4, 7)