Covid update

Update

​Most of our services are currently live online services. 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.

We are meeting virtually each Sunday at 11am Morning Worship, 3pm Gaelic service, (1st, 3rd and 5th Sundays,) 3pm Fig Gathering (2nd and 4th Sundays) and the Evening Fellowship at 6pm. We continue to share the message each week on Facebook, but we encourage you to join the live services, where we worship together in a time of praise, share news of the fellowship and read the Bible together.

PASTORAL VISITING:

Pastoral Care in homes should only take place for the most serious of situations (and still by your invitation) The usual pastoral care can still take place in an outside space with social distancing. Please get in touch with the minister or any of your elders.

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

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Notices

Notices - 18 April

MESSAGE FROM THE MINISTER

Friends, I make no apology for making this "final call" for the Alpha Course which begins this Wednesday at 7.30pm via Zoom. Although the architects of the course would want me to say that there is nothing special about Alpha itself, it represents what the 17th century Puritans did in catechising from house to house, or indeed what the apostle Andrew did in inviting his brother, Simon Peter, to "come and meet Jesus". If everyone in Strath & Sleat took the course, it would transform our church and then the community. So please give your most serious consideration to signing up and joining in...

Rory

THIS SUNDAY 18th APRIL

11am: Morning Service – (Mark 5:25-34)

3PM: Gaelic service

6pm: Kyleakin fellowship

NEXT SUNDAY 25th APRIL

11am: Morning Service – 'Our past does not define us' (Joshua 2)

3PM: Fig Sunday Gathering

6pm: Kyleakin fellowship

MID-WEEK MEETINGS:

Monday 19th April 7.30pm: CREATION CARE STUDY - We'll start using a series of videos produced by Tearfund on Christianity and Climate Change.

Just join in or contact Anne, aomacl@tighgorm.scot 01471 822 501

Tuesday 20th April: 7.30pm: KYLEAKIN PRAYER MEETING  in the church hall. Please contact Lesley if you would like to attend as spaces are very limited - lesleyinskye@yahoo.co.uk or tel. 01471 822023

Wednesday 21st 7.30pm: ALPHA 1

Friday 23rd April 1pm: 'TEA & CHAT' with Jade

OPENING CHURCH

We are now running our zoom services from Broadford Church with LIVE attendance for a limited number of the congregation. While services are continuing on zoom, we have limited spaces for members of the congregation from the whole parish, to join us physically in the church building each Sunday morning.

You will need to book a place EACH SUNDAY you wish to attend and priority will be given to those who have not been able to attend the zoom services due to computer issues.

Please remember that there is still no singing and no gathering for fellowship at the end of the service for the time being. On arrival please...

- Be wearing a face covering unless exempt for medical reasons.

- Sign in.

- Keep to social distancing of 2m.

- Hand sanitise.

- And only sit in the designated areas.

You can see full details of how to book your place here, or please ring Nicola on 01471 833255, and she will be happy to book a place for you.

ALPHA ONLINE

ALPHA ON-LINE STARTS THIS WEEK ON WEDNESDAY 21ST APRIL!! This first course is specifically for our own congregation, to help us all to gain confidence in our faith and familiarity with the Alpha Course so that, between August and Christmas, we can invite a non-believing friend or family member to a second course, which will be pitched at those who are not (yet) Christians. Alpha is all about asking questions (ANY questions!). So whether you've done an Alpha course before or have never heard of Alpha, whether you've been going to church all your life or just for a few months, this is for YOU! Please do sign up through the link below (or by letting either Rory or one of the elders know you'd like to join). The course will run on 11 consecutive Wednesday evenings, 7.30 - 9pm, from 21 April - with an extra session on the morning of Saturday 5 June.

If you'd like to know more about how Alpha on-line is working so well, here's the link: https://alpha.org.uk/scotland

Here is the link for the google form to register for the alpha course:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf5D0a0ckVP6vltimwfqUhcqMaGymDyFS9lHQ7_W7HIefyMhA/viewform If you're thinking about joining, but are unsure if this is for you, please talk to the minister or one of the elders. But please give some thought to signing up and giving it a try (no pressure to continue if you find out it's not for you!)

N.B. To allow as many of the congregation as possible to join, the other mid-week evening on-line meetings won't be running.

PRAY FOR ALPHA

Would you be willing to pray for the Alpha course? A big part of ALPHA is that its foundation is prayer. We are looking for people who would be willing to pray during the Alpha sessions. If you feel you could do this, please contact the minister rorymofg@gmail.com (tel: 01471 822416)

DINGWALL FREE CHURCH ARE HOSTING PARLIAMENT ELECTION HUSTING:

TUESDAY 20th APRIL at 7.30:

With the upcoming Scottish Parliament elections coming up in May there is a great opportunity for Christians to engage in the political process and model respectful debate. To that end, Dingwall Free Church will be hosting an online hustings event for the Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch Constituency seat in the upcoming Scottish Parliament Election. This will take place on Tuesday 20th April 2021 at 7.30pm.

The event can be watched live via Youtube (https://youtu.be/_IqYNsnaqz8) and questions can be submitted on the night via Pigeonhole (https://pigeonhole.at/78AV65/q/1769828).

Donald Forsyth (an elder at Dingwall Free Church and the Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Free Church of Scotland) will moderate the event. 
All candidates have been invited to take part: John Erskine (Labour), Kate Forbes (Scottish National Party), Jamie Halcro Johnston (Conservative) & Denis Rixson (Liberal Democrat).

CREATION CARE:

Eco-tip: The average family of four can save £60 monthly by reducing the amount of food thrown away. 1/3 - 1/4 of Skye green bin contents is food waste. It is transported up to Portree, then all the way to the landfill in Caithness (using lots of diesel) where it emits methane, a greenhouse gas, during decomposition. Did you know that you can generally eat biscuits and cereals 6 months after the 'best by' date, and pasta sauce for a year after? For tips on reducing waste, see www.lovefoodhatewaste.com Most unavoidable food waste can be composted.

Eco-verse: When they had all had enough [feeding the five thousand], Jesus said to his disciples, “gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.” John 6: 12

Job opportunity - Parish Development Assistant

The Parish of Strath and Sleat is currently recruiting to the post of Parish Development Assistant.

The full Job Description and Person Specification can be accessed here.

The Application Form can be accessed here and should be completed in full and sent by email to jeangillies@btinternet.com, to be received by 12 noon on 22nd April 2021.

Interviews will take place during the month of May; the start date is negotiable.

Further information about the Parish can be found here on the website and on our Facebook page.

Notices - 11 April

THE MINISTER is AWAY from 5th - 12th APRIL:

Steve Fennel has kindly offered cover while he's away. tel: 01471 820168 or email: sjf13648@gmail.com

THIS SUNDAY 11th APRIL

11am: Morning Service -

3pm: Fig Sunday Gathering

6pm: Kyleakin fellowship

NEXT SUNDAY 18th APRIL

11am: Morning Service – 'What people say about us doesn't matter' (Matthew 28:1-10)

3PM: Gaelic service

6pm: Kyleakin fellowship

MID-WEEK MEETINGS:

Tuesday 13th April 7.30pm: 'Covid Chat & Prayer'

Friday 16th April 1pm: 'Tea & Chat' with Jade

KYLEAKIN PRAYER MEETINGS

Tuesday prayer meetings in Kyleakin church hall will also be restarting the from Tuesday 20th April. Details of how to book a place will be in next week's notices.

OPENING CHURCH

From this Sunday onwards we will be running our zoom services from Broadford Church with LIVE attendance for a limited number of the congregation.

While services are continuing on zoom, we have limited spaces for members of the congregation from the whole parish, to join us physically in the church building each Sunday morning.

You will need to book a place EACH SUNDAY you wish to attend and priority will be given to those who have not been able to attend the zoom services due to computor issues. Details of how to book are attached, or please ring Nicola on 01471 833255, and she will be happy to book a place for you.

 

Please remember that there is still no singing and no gathering for fellowship at the end of the service for the time being. On arrival please...

  1. Be wearing a face covering unless exempt for medical reasons.

  2. Sign in.

  3. Keep to social distancing of 2m.

  4. Hand sanitise.

  5. And only sit in the designated areas

You can see full details of how to book your place here.

DINGWALL FREE CHURCH ARE HOSTING PARLIAMENT ELECTION HUSTING:

TUESDAY 20th APRIL at 7.30:

With the upcoming Scottish Parliament elections coming up in May there is a great opportunity for Christians to engage in the political process and model respectful debate. To that end, Dingwall Free Church will be hosting an online hustings event for the Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch Constituency seat in the upcoming Scottish Parliament Election. This will take place on Tuesday 20th April 2021 at 7.30pm.

The event can be watched live via Youtube (https://youtu.be/_IqYNsnaqz8) and questions can be submitted on the night via Pigeonhole (https://pigeonhole.at/78AV65/q/1769828).

Donald Forsyth (an elder at Dingwall Free Church and the Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Free Church of Scotland) will moderate the event. 
All candidates have been invited to take part: John Erskine (Labour), Kate Forbes (Scottish National Party), Jamie Halcro Johnston (Conservative) & Denis Rixson (Liberal Democrat).

ALPHA ONLINE: 

We are planning to run an Alpha online course (via Zoom) after Easter. This first course is specifically for our own congregation, to help us all to gain confidence in our faith and familiarity with the Alpha Course so that, between August and Christmas, we can invite a non-believing friend or family member to a second course, which will be pitched at those who are not (yet) Christians. Alpha is all about asking questions (ANY questions!). So whether you've done an Alpha course before or have never heard of Alpha, whether you've been a going to church all your life or just for a few months, this is for YOU! Please do sign up by letting either Rory or one of the elders know you'd like to join. The course will run on 11 consecutive Wednesday evenings, 7.30 - 9pm, from 21 April - with an extra session on the morning of Saturday 5 June. 

If you'd like to know more about how Alpha online is working so well, here's the link: https://alpha.org.uk/scotland

CREATION CARE:

Creation Care study, Monday 19th April 7.30pm. We'll start using a series of videos produced by Tearfund on Christianity and Climate Change.

Just join in or contact Anne, aomacl@tighgorm.scot 01471 822 501

Eco-tip: Cut down on the use of paper kitchen towels. Old dish /tea

towels can be used, and re-used, for many purposes. Cut up and hem

elderly towels to use as dish cloths. Cloth napkins can be used when

eating. If you don't have any, cut up an old bed sheet or find something

in Blythswood to re-purpose. Paper towels can't be recycled, but can be

composted (if not used for toxic cleaning agents).

Eco-verse: Through Christ (the Word) all things were made; without him

nothing was made that has been made. (John 1:3)

Notices - 4 April

MESSAGE FROM THE MINISTER:

Happy Easter, everyone! Although if you are reading these notices on Friday the mood is sombre, as we remember that first Good Friday. Exactly what we shall be doing at 3pm (on Friday), so please join us... You will see (below) that the log-in arrangements for Sunday are different (though the time is still 11am). That is because we shall be celebrating with GKL and Jade and I shall both be joining you from Glenelg.

I am grateful to Steve Fennell who is covering while I take a week off and then, soon after, we are into our Alpha season starting Wednesday 21 April at 7.30pm on Zoom and running for the ensuing 10 weeks. Please sign up and join us. If everyone does it will change our church for good and for the better!

Rory

THE MINISTER is AWAY from 5th - 12th APRIL:

Steve Fennel has kindly offered cover while he's away. tel:01471 820168 or email: sjf13648@gmail.com

THIS SUNDAY 4th APRIL: EASTER DAY

11am: Morning Service - We will be joining Glenelg for a joint Easter celebration: 'Celebrating the resurrection' (Mark 16:1-8) SO PLEASE NOTE! A DIFFERENT LINK TO USUAL (see your notices email).

3pm: Gaelic Service

6pm: Kyleakin fellowship

 

MID-WEEK MEETINGS:

Tuesday 6th April 7.30pm: 'Covid Chat & Prayer'

Wednesday 7th April 7.15pm: Sleat midweek Bible study

Thursday 8th April 7.30pm: Discussion group

Friday 9th April 1pm: 'Tea & Chat' with Jade

NEXT SUNDAY 11th April:

11am: Morning Service – 'What people say about us doesn't matter' (Matthew 28:1-10)

3PM: Fig Sunday gathering

6pm: Kyleakin fellowship  

 

EASTER BUSHCRAFT BIBLE CLUB:

The Easter Bushcraft Bible Club is open to anyone in P4 – P7 and will be a fun filled day which will include shelter building, making a campfire and cooking on it, games, craft, and exploring the Easter story together throughout the day. There are two days open for booking so please book quick as spaces are limited. Both days will run the same programme so you should only book Thursday 8th April or Friday 9th April.​
The day will begin with drop-off at 10am and you will be required to collect again at 4pm. The event will take place at Balmacara with the exact location being detailed on booking. Remember this is strictly booking only, and will comply with all relevant Covid restrictions at the date of the event.

More details at https://coolscotland.org.uk/easter-bushcraft/

DINGWALL FREE CHURCH ARE HOSTING PARLIAMENT ELECTION HUSTING:

TUESDAY 20th APRIL at 7.30:

With the upcoming Scottish Parliament elections coming up in May there is a great opportunity for Christians to engage in the political process and model respectful debate. To that end, Dingwall Free Church will be hosting an online hustings event for the Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch Constituency seat in the upcoming Scottish Parliament Election. This will take place on Tuesday 20th April 2021 at 7.30pm.

The event can be watched live via Youtube (https://youtu.be/_IqYNsnaqz8) and questions can be submitted on the night via Pigeonhole (https://pigeonhole.at/78AV65/q/1769828).

Donald Forsyth (an elder at Dingwall Free Church and the Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Free Church of Scotland) will moderate the event. 
All candidates have been invited to take part: John Erskine (Labour), Kate Forbes (Scottish National Party), Jamie Halcro Johnston (Conservative) & Denis Rixson (Liberal Democrat).

ALPHA ONLINE: 

We are planning to run an Alpha online course (via Zoom) after Easter. This first course is specifically for our own congregation, to help us all to gain confidence in our faith and familiarity with the Alpha Course so that, between August and Christmas, we can invite a non-believing friend or family member to a second course, which will be pitched at those who are not (yet) Christians. Alpha is all about asking questions (ANY questions!). So whether you've done an Alpha course before or have never heard of Alpha, whether you've been a going to church all your life or just for a few months, this is for YOU! Please do sign up by letting either Rory or one of the elders know you'd like to join. The course will run on 11 consecutive Wednesday evenings, 7.30 - 9pm, from 21 April - with an extra session on the morning of Saturday 5 June. 

If you'd like to know more about how Alpha online is working so well, here's the link: https://alpha.org.uk/scotland

CREATION CARE:

Creation Care study, Monday 19th April 7.30pm. We'll start using a series of videos produced by Tearfund on Christianity and Climate Change.

Just join in or contact Anne, aomacl@tighgorm.scot 01471 822 501

Eco-tip: Recycle broken or unwanted domestic electrical and electronic

equipment - from phones to freezers. ILM is a social enterprise in
Alness which refurbishes or recycles waste electrical / electronics.
They will be collecting from Ashaig Campsite from 11-1pm monthly,
starting on April 28th, then May 26th, June 30th. Look at their website:
www.ilmhighland.co.uk
Eco-verse: In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of
all mankind. (Job 12:10)

Notices - 28 March

MESSAGE FROM THE MINISTER:

“What are you looking forward to in the coming weeks and months? If there is one lesson we are learning it is not to make assumptions nor to take anything for granted. But we can depend on God to get us through this crisis and to nurture within us the resources to flourish despite everything. So can I invite you to stop for a moment and consider signing up for the church Alpha Course which is starting after Easter and running for the ensuing 11 Wednesday evenings at 7.30pm? It is our opportunity to explore the faith we share, as a church, so we can be confident in our faith and in sharing it with others appropriately.

In the meantime, because practicing what we preach is so important and because climate change is an even greater threat and an even greater emergency than Covid 19, please keep an eye on the tips which Anne MacLennan offers us every week to help us develop more environmentally sensitive habits. They are simple, accessible and effective - just like the Alpha Course! "

Rory

THIS SUNDAY 28th MARCH: PALM SUNDAY (LENT - week 6)

N.B. CLOCKS GO FORWARD THIS MORNING

11am: Morning Service – 'Welcoming the Messiah' (Mark11:1-11)

3PM: Fig Sunday gathering

6pm: Kyleakin fellowship

 

CHURCH RE-OPENING SURVEY:

From 26th March churches are allowed to re-open with limited numbers. Up to 50 are allowed, however none of our churches will accommodate that many with the 2 metre social distancing required.

So we are asking you how you would like to move forward. You should all have received the church survey. Please return these by this Monday (29th March)

MID-WEEK MEETINGS:

Wednesday 31st March 7.15pm: SLEAT MIDWEEK BIBLE STUDY

Thursday 1st April 7.30pm: Kirk Session zoom meeting

Good Friday 2nd April 1pm: 'Tea & Chat' with Jade

Good Friday 2nd April 3pm: A Brief Reflection (on Zoom)

 

NEXT SUNDAY 4th APRIL: EASTER DAY

11am: Morning Service - We will be joining Glenelg for a joint Easter celebration: 'Celebrating the resurrection' (Mark 16:1-8)

3pm: Gaelic Service

6pm: Kyleakin fellowship

EASTER NEWSLETTER: 

Please send in items for the Easter newsletter AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. 

And a Question for you? "How have you been encouraged in your Christian life? Perhaps there was  someone special who encouraged you in the early days, and how did they help?" Please let us know. It can be just a few lines or a few paragraphs, please share your experiences with us all (let me know if you'd prefer it to be anonymous)

Absolute FINAL DEAD-LINE Monday 29th March!

Please send items to Lesley lesleyinskye@yahoo.co.uk   

 

26th -27th MARCH ~ AWAKENING YOUTH

Conference (for 13-18 year olds).  This is being organised by Martin's Memorial in Stornoway.  Tickets cost £10 each and the church will pay - if you would like a ticket purchased for your son/daughter, email Nicola on strathandsleat@gmail.com confirming which email to use for the ticket link.  Details can be found here.

We would also like to extend this to other young people in the 'COOL' area and thought people might like to sponsor a young person with a donation of their ticket. If you would like to offer a donation, please get in touch with Margaret (mfmacrae@aol.com  or tel: 01599 534695) with the reference 'Awakening'.

 

EASTER BUSHCRAFT BIBLE CLUB:

The Easter Bushcraft Bible Club is open to anyone in P4 – P7 and will be a fun filled day which will include shelter building, making a campfire and cooking on it, games, craft, and exploring the Easter story together throughout the day. There are two days open for booking so please book quick as spaces are limited. Both days will run the same programme so you should only book Thursday 8th April or Friday 9th April.​
The day will begin with drop-off at 10am and you will be required to collect again at 4pm. The event will take place at Balmacara with the exact location being detailed on booking. Remember this is strictly booking only, and will comply with all relevant Covid restrictions at the date of the event.

More details at https://coolscotland.org.uk/easter-bushcraft/

ALPHA ONLINE: 

We are planning to run an Alpha online course (via Zoom) after Easter. This first course is specifically for our own congregation, to help us all to gain confidence in our faith and familiarity with the Alpha Course so that, between August and Christmas, we can invite a non-believing friend or family member to a second course, which will be pitched at those who are not (yet) Christians. Alpha is all about asking questions (ANY questions!). So whether you've done an Alpha course before or have never heard of Alpha, whether you've been a going to church all your life or just for a few months, this is for YOU! Please do sign up by letting either Rory or one of the elders know you'd like to join. The course will run on 11 consecutive Wednesday evenings, 7.30 - 9pm, from 21 April - with an extra session on the morning of Saturday 5 June. 

If you'd like to know more about how Alpha online is working so well, here's the link: https://alpha.org.uk/scotland

CREATION CARE:

Creation Care study, Monday 19th April 7.30pm. We'll start using a series of videos produced by Tearfund on Christianity and Climate Change.

Just join in or contact Anne, aomacl@tighgorm.scot 01471 822 501

Eco-tip: make your own toothpaste. The simplest is to make a paste with baking soda (bicarbonate of soda) and water, then optionally add few drops of essential oil such as peppermint. Or use equal volumes of baking soda and organic coconut oil for more antibacterial action, say 3 tablespoons each, with the essential oil. Keep in a small clean jar and ideally apply on a bamboo toothbrush (available from the Co-op or Selkie Collective in Broadford). No plastic!

Eco-verse: You are the Lord, you alone; you have made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them. To all of them you give life, and the host of heaven worships you. Nehemiah 9:6.

Notices - 21 March

MESSAGE FROM THE MINISTER:

Thanks to those who sacrificed their evening on Tuesday to attend the Annual Meeting. We covered a lot of ground but nothing that you cannot follow up through your elders or me, so please keep the conversations flowing... Next Tuesday there is another reason to gather: It's the anniversary of the first lockdown, so Jade is organising a reflection, which will help us come to terms with our losses and gains. Please come - virtually of course!

Rory

THIS SUNDAY 21st MARCH: (LENT - week 5)

11am: Morning Service - 'Forgiving  ourselves' (John21:15-19)

3pm: Gaelic Service

6pm: Kyleakin fellowship

 

TUESDAY 23rd MARCH 7.30pm - LOCKDOWN REFLECTION:

It's been a year since the first lockdown began. Please join Jade for a time of reflection. Zoom link on request.

MID-WEEK MEETINGS:

Wednesday 24th March 7.15pm: SLEAT MIDWEEK BIBLE STUDY

Thursday 25th March 7.30pm: DISCUSSION GROUP

Friday 26th March 1pm: 'TEA AND CHAT' with Jade

NEXT SUNDAY 28th MARCH: PALM SUNDAY (LENT - week 6)

11am: Morning Service – 'Welcoming the Messiah' (Mark11:1-11)

3PM: Fig Sunday gathering

6pm: Kyleakin fellowship

EASTER NEWSLETTER: 

Please send in items for the Easter newsletter AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. 

And a Question for you? "How have you been encouraged in your Christian life? Perhaps there was  someone special who encouraged you in the early days, and how did they help?" Please let us know. It can be just a few lines or a few paragraphs, please share your experiences with us all (let me know if you'd prefer it to be anonymous)

Absolute FINAL DEAD-LINE Monday 29th March!

Please send items to Lesley lesleyinskye@yahoo.co.uk   

 

26th -27th MARCH ~ AWAKENING YOUTH

Conference (for 13-18 year olds).  This is being organised by Martin's Memorial in Stornoway.  Tickets cost £10 each and the church will pay - if you would like a ticket purchased for your son/daughter, email Nicola on strathandsleat@gmail.com confirming which email to use for the ticket link.  Details can be found here.

We would also like to extend this to other young people in the 'COOL' area and thought people might like to sponsor a young person with a donation of their ticket. If you would like to offer a donation, please get in touch with Margaret (mfmacrae@aol.com  or tel: 01599 534695) with the reference 'Awakening'.

 

ALPHA ONLINE: 

We are planning to run an Alpha online course (via Zoom) after Easter. This first course is specifically for our own congregation, to help us all to gain confidence in our faith and familiarity with the Alpha Course so that, between August and Christmas, we can invite a non-believing friend or family member to a second course, which will be pitched at those who are not (yet) Christians. Alpha is all about asking questions (ANY questions!). So whether you've done an Alpha course before or have never heard of Alpha, whether you've been a going to church all your life or just for a few months, this is for YOU! Please do sign up by letting either Rory or one of the elders know you'd like to join. The course will run on 11 consecutive Wednesday evenings, 7.30 - 9pm, from 21 April - with an extra session on the morning of Saturday 5 June. 

If you'd like to know more about how Alpha online is working so well, here's the link: https://alpha.org.uk/scotland

CREATION CARE:

Eco-tip: Recycle your unavoidable single-use (soft) plastics by putting in the red bin tucked into a corner by the window of the Broadford Co-op - household goods end. Obviously better to avoid the plastic altogether, but this is an option for returning plastic film packaging, bread bags etc. Plastic trays go in the usual Council recycling.

Eco-verse: We know that the whole creation has been groaning in labour pains until now. Romans 8:22

 

PRAYERS FOR COVID:

Please pray for:

The UK and Scottish Governments, as they lead the country through this pandemic.

Schools in Scotland – P4 to P7 returned to school on Monday 15th March, all schools to be in full time after Easter holidays.

Our young people as they begin to socialise with their friends.

Those suffering from metal illness who maybe a bit anxious about the easing of restrictions.

The business sector as the restrictions begin to lift.

And give thanks for:

Zoom church and the many opportunities and initiatives that have come about.

NHS

(Prayer co-ordinator ~ Mary Fennel)

FUNDRAISING IRAQI & SYRIAN REFUGEE CAMPS:

As you know, Rory and Al Sutton are fund-raising in support of the refugee respite camps for Iraqi & Syrian Christians. At the time of writing these notices the amount raised is a fantastic £3,152!!!

If you would still like to support this fundraiser, here's the link to the 'just giving' page...

https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/roderick-macleod-1?utm_term=YD68Ddb4q

Notices - 14 March

MESSAGE FROM THE MINISTER:

We were sorry to hear that Jade's dad, John MacLean, died earlier in the week and we send our loving condolences to her, her mother and the whole family - indeed to the whole of Glenelg because it is a close-knit community and so everyone will be feeling the loss. As a result, Jade will not be hosting her Covid Chat on Friday at 1pm, nor will she be preaching on Sunday. However she plans to be back in harness next week, so watch this space... 

Rory

THIS SUNDAY 14th MARCH: (LENT - week 4)

11am: Morning Service – 'Encouraging others' (Acts 11:19-26)

3pm: Fig Sunday gathering

6pm: Kyleakin fellowship

THIS SUNDAY! - TONY'S LOCKDOWN PHOTO RECORD

Tony will be taking a screen shot of all our happy little faces as we join the zoom services today, to mark the anniversary of one year of church on zoom. He said he'd warn us when, so we can all turn on our video pictures (not compulsory! but it would be lovely to get as many as possible) So prepare your family to at least appear this once (point out that they'll only be the size on a postage stamp!) and remember to smile!

NEXT SUNDAY 21st MARCH: (LENT - week 5)

11am: Morning Service - 'Forgiving  ourselves' (John21:15-19)

3pm: Gaelic Service

6pm: Kyleakin fellowship

MID-WEEK MEETINGS:

Tuesday 16th March 7.30pm: CONGREGATIONAL GATHERING

Wednesday 17th March 7.15pm: SLEAT MIDWEEK BIBLE STUDY
 

MONDAY 15TH MARCH 7.30-9pm ~ CREATION CARE MEETING:

Talk on health impacts of climate change. Contact Anne for more details.

aomacl@tighgorm.scot  01471 822 501.

Eco-tip:

Watch your grass grow. We have a biodiversity crisis which includes an alarming loss of insects. One of the contributors is manicured lawns, aggravated by weedkiller use, destroying habitat and poisoning insects and soil creatures. Leaving the grass - or a bit of it - longer, provides shelter and forage for a host of tiny wildlife and pollinators. Allowing wildflowers to grow (even dandelions) adds to the benefits.

Eco-verse:

Out of the ground the Lord God made to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. Genesis 2: 9a

MONDAY 15TH MARCH 5PM ~ VIGIL FOR SYRIA:

A note from Sabine: "We want to take the time to stand in solidarity with the Syrian people in Scotland and further afield, as we commemorate the 10th anniversary of the start of the conflict. We will hear from a Syrian pastor and bear witness to the long years of the conflict, taking time to hold silence by the lighting of ten candles and to pray, reflect and respond in the shared space together. More information is provided on the Eventbrite page: vigilforsyria.eventbrite.co.uk. We would love to see you there and please do share and invite others as you wish.

Whether people are able to make it on the day or not, everyone can participate by lighting a candle and posting a picture on social media with the hashtag #ScotlandWithSyria."

 

TUESDAY 16TH MARCH - CONGREGATIONAL GATHERING:

This a social occasion, and knowing we have lots of talented people within the congregation, we are planning some in-house entertainment! So, please do offer your services (or you might be asked!)

Also a chance to discuss the new post! And the annual accounts will also be presented at the meeting. Zoom links are in this week's email notices.

 

26th -27th MARCH ~ AWAKENING YOUTH

Conference (for 13-18 year olds).  This is being organised by Martin's Memorial in Stornoway.  Tickets cost £10 each and the church will pay - if you would like a ticket purchased for your son/daughter, email Nicola on strathandsleat@gmail.com confirming which email to use for the ticket link.  Details can be found here.

We would also like to extend this to other young people in the 'COOL' area and thought people might like to sponsor a young person with a donation of their ticket. If you would like to offer a donation, please get in touch with Margaret (mfmacrae@aol.com  or tel: 01599 534695) with the reference 'Awakening'.

 

ALPHA ONLINE: 

We are planning to run an Alpha online course (via Zoom) after Easter. This first course is specifically for our own congregation, to help us all to gain confidence in our faith and familiarity with the Alpha Course so that, between August and Christmas, we can invite a non-believing friend or family member to a second course, which will be pitched at those who are not (yet) Christians. Alpha is all about asking questions (ANY questions!). So whether you've done an Alpha course before or have never heard of Alpha, whether you've been a going to church all your life or just for a few months, this is for YOU! Please do sign up by letting either Rory or one of the elders know you'd like to join. The course will run on 11 consecutive Wednesday evenings, 7.30 - 9pm, from 21 April - with an extra session on the morning of Saturday 5 June. 

If you'd like to know more about how Alpha online is working so well, here's the link: https://alpha.org.uk/scotland

FUNDRAISING IRAQI & SYRIAN REFUGEE CAMPS:

As you know, Rory and Al Sutton are fund-raising in support of the refugee respite camps for Iraqi & Syrian Christians. (You will have noticed that Rory has shaved his head!)  Here is the link to see Rory's 'hair/no-hair!' event... https://www.facebook.com/645274585502378/videos/744929989791461

If you would still like to support this fundraiser, (and reward Rory for his commitment to shave his head) here's the link for more details and to the 'just giving' page...

https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/roderick-macleod-1?utm_term=YD68Ddb4q

Extra news!

TUESDAY 16th MARCH at 7.30pm: CONGREGATIONAL GATHERING

This a social occasion, and knowing we have lots of talented people within the congregation, we are planning some in-house entertainment! So, please do offer your services (or you might be asked!)

The annual accounts will also be presented at the meeting.

 

ALSO… EXCITING NEWS!

The Session wants to let the Congregation know of a new, exciting development which we hope will enable us as a church family to better fulfil our obligation to be effective witnesses for Christ and to demonstrate his love to our fellow human beings.

Using a recent legacy to finance it, we plan to create a part-time post of Parish Development Assistant (2-3 days a week), initially for a period of two years. We felt that this would be the most effective way of using this monetary gift as it has the potential to have far reaching and long term effects that would be for the benefit of the church and the wider community, which we are called to serve.

The main purpose of the post would be:

to work with the Minister, Session and Congregation to assess the needs of the Church Family and the wider community with the aim of developing creative ways to meet those needs. This work would include the development of more effective and more relevant ways of engaging those who are currently outwith the Church as well as those who do take part in Church activities, to explore issues of faith and/or strengthen their faith.

This is a massive opportunity and we are keen to involve all parts of the congregation in shaping the post. For this reason we are planning to use the Annual Congregational Meeting on 16th March to give everyone the chance to ask questions and to make suggestions regarding possible ways of using the post.

 

ACCOUNTS FOR 2020

In lieu of our usual paperwork you will find three documents attached (full Report & Accounts 2020, Summary Accounts 2020 and Budget 2021).

These are for your perusal before the Congregational Meeting currently being planned by our Kirk Session on 16th March 2021 via Zoom.  Margaret will be happy to answer any queries during the meeting or if you would prefer to email her in advance, feel free to do that. (Margaret is also happy to put paper copies in the post to you following request by email if you feel that's necessary.)

Margaret F Macrae

Treasurer

Strath & Sleat Church of Scotland

mfmacrae@aol.com

 

MESSAGE FROM THE MODERATOR:

"Dear friends,                                                                                                      

It was only 1°C when I stepped out of the house this morning but there have been milder days of late and we can almost say that Spring is in the air.  And with Spring comes Easter.

Though the First Minister has indicated that there is the possibility of limited church openings for Easter, we can be sure that serious restrictions will remain in place.  Though it's inevitable, and perhaps for the best, some of us will be disappointed that Easter this year will not be markedly different to how it was last year.  I for one can hardly think about Easter without the singing of Thine be the Glory in a packed church.

But our devotional patterns can certainly continue and to that end I am going to offer a series of daily reflections running from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday.  These will be available through the Church of Scotland social media channels and will be released each morning at 8am.  They will also be available to download and place on your own digital platforms.  Further, text versions will be available for local printing if desired and non-digital folk will be able to access them via phone:  0333 340 9200.

Each episode will include readings, prayers, reflections and music; with ministers, deacons, elders and others from across the Church taking part.

Whilst I'm sure that many congregations will be producing their own material (which is great!) I hope that these can be complementary to local content and helpful to those without the wherewithal to do things locally.  My further hope is that these daily reflections will remind us of our essential unity and that we belong to a body of believers that stretches beyond our parish boundaries.

Might I also take this opportunity to remind you of the Photography Competition that is currently running under the Moderator's banner.  ‘The Cross - Hidden in Plain Sight' is an invitation to find images of the cross as they appear all around us, both in nature and in the built environment.  There are categories for Primary and Secondary ages and for over 18s.  All the details are online:

https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/connect/moderators-photo-competition

Lots of entries are already coming in but it would be great to see more from children and young people before the closing date of Wednesday 17 March.

Finally, as we continue through Lent, may you have a growing sense of the nearness of the Lord and know that with Him, we'll find ourselves soon enough at Calvary and in turn at the empty tomb.

With every blessing,

Rt Revd Dr W Martin Fair"

 

Moderator               

General Assembly of the Church of Scotland

Notices - 7 March

MESSAGE FROM THE MINISTER:

The official beginning of spring not only promises a new season but the lengthening of days and the re-blossoming of the environment. This year we are also anticipating the re-opening of schools, businesses, cafes - and churches! Help us to do that well by joining the annual Church Gathering on Tuesday 16 March at 7.30pm and helping to shape the ideas which the Kirk Session has been working on to take us forward into the "new normal". We will still be meeting via Zoom but that won't stop us enjoying some entertainment to leaven the business!       Rory

NEXT SUNDAY 7th MARCH: (LENT - week 3)

11am: Morning Service - 'Sharing the gospel' (Acts 17:22-31)

3pm: Gaelic Service

6pm: Kyleakin fellowship

MID-WEEK MEETINGS:

Tuesday 9th March 7.30pm: 'COVID 19 CHAT & PRAYER'

Wednesday 10th March 7.15pm: SLEAT MIDWEEK BIBLE STUDY

Thursday 11th March 7.30pm: DISCUSSION GROUP

Friday 12th  March 1pm: 'TEA AND CHAT' with Jade

 

NEXT SUNDAY 14th MARCH: (LENT - week 4)

11am: Morning Service – 'Encouraging others' (Acts 11:19-26)

3PM: Fig Sunday gathering

6pm: Kyleakin fellowship

 

MONDAY 15TH MARCH 7.30-9pm ~ CREATION CARE MEETING:

Talk on health impacts of climate change. Contact Anne for more details.

aomacl@tighgorm.scot  01471 822 501.

Eco-tip:

Consider washing your clothes less often. Our washing obsession causes many tonnes of plastic microfibres from polyester and other synthetic materials to end up polluting the oceans and damaging marine life. It also saves power if you use the washing machine less often.If something just needs a freshen-up, hang it outside in the fresh air. Jeans usually only need to be washed once a month.

Eco-verse: 

God saw everything that he had made, and indeed, it was very good.

Genesis 1: 31

MONDAY 15TH MARCH 5PM ~ VIGIL FOR SYRIA:

A note from Sabine: "We want to take the time to stand in solidarity with the Syrian people in Scotland and further afield, as we commemorate the 10th anniversary of the start of the conflict. We will hear from a Syrian pastor and bear witness to the long years of the conflict, taking time to hold silence by the lighting of ten candles and to pray, reflect and respond in the shared space together. More information is provided on the Eventbrite page: vigilforsyria.eventbrite.co.uk. We would love to see you there and please do share and invite others as you wish.

Whether people are able to make it on the day or not, everyone can participate by lighting a candle and posting a picture on social media with the hashtag #ScotlandWithSyria."

 

TUESDAY 16TH MARCH - CONGREGATIONAL GATHERING:

This a social occasion, and knowing we have lots of talented people within the congregation, we are planning some in-house entertainment! So, please do offer your services (or you might be asked!)

Also a chance to discuss the new post! And the annual accounts will also be presented at the meeting. (Zoom links will be in next week's email notices)

 

26th -27th MARCH ~ AWAKENING YOUTH

Conference (for 13-18 year olds).  This is being organised by Martin's Memorial in Stornoway.  Tickets cost £10 each and the church will pay - if you would like a ticket purchased for your son/daughter, email Nicola on strathandsleat@gmail.com confirming which email to use for the ticket link.  Details can be found here.

 

PRAYERS FOR COVID:

Pray for:

  • The UK and Scottish Governments, as they lead the country through this pandemic.

  • Schools  in Scotland – P1 – P3 returned to school on Monday 22nd Feb, now the aim is to have P4 – P7 and some secondary school pupils back in school by 15th  March.

  • The virus is still causing heart break around the country. Many people have lost loved ones because of the pandemic, some are now financially unstable after losing their job and many companies have gone out of business.

  • It is hoped that communal worship can resume before Easter.

  • Travel restrictions are still in place especially international travel.

 Give thanks:

  • They have now started giving 2nd vaccinations to care home residents and staff, with this in mind it is hoped that in March visitors will then be allowed back into care homes.

  • Some hotels have been able to remain open as they are able to house NHS staff and other frontline workers.

(Mary Fennel - Prayer coordinator)

 

SKYE & LOCHALSH FOOD BANK:

At the moment the food bank are particularly short of the following:

Strong bags, Rice, Long-life milk, tinned meat, coffee and small bags of sugar.

There are donation points at the Broadford and Kyle Co-ops and at An Crubh in Sleat.

FUNDRAISING IRAQI & SYRIAN REFUGEE CAMPS:

As you know, Rory and Al Sutton are fund-raising in support of the refugee respite camps for Iraqi & Syrian Christians. (You will have noticed that Rory has shaved his head!)  Here is the link to see Rory's 'hair/no-hair!' event... https://www.facebook.com/645274585502378/videos/744929989791461

If you would still like to support this fundraiser, (and reward Rory for his commitment to shave his head) here's the link for more details and to the 'just giving' page...

https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/roderick-macleod-1?utm_term=YD68Ddb4q

MULTI-MEDIA RESOURCE TO SUPPORT GAELIC LEARNING:

For news of an exciting new multi-media resource to support Gaelic learning at all levels. For more information please contact Nicola Pearson, Speak Gaelic Project manager  SpeakGaelic@mgalba.com

Notices - 28 February

ZOOM LINKS

Please note that our Zoom links have all changed. You'll find the new links in your notices email this week.

THIS SUNDAY 28th FEBRUARY: (LENT  week 2)

11am: Morning Service – 'Loving your neighbour' (Luke 10:25-37)

3PM: Fig Sunday gathering

6pm: Kyleakin fellowship

 

NEXT SUNDAY 7th MARCH: (LENT week 3)

11am: Morning Service - 'Sharing the gospel' (Acts 17:22-31)

3pm: Gaelic Service

6pm: Kyleakin fellowship

MID-WEEK MEETINGS:

(Please see your weekly notices email for details of Zoom links etc.)

Tuesday 7.30pm: 'COVID 19 CHAT & PRAYER'

Wednesday 7.15pm: SLEAT MIDWEEK BIBLE STUDY

Friday 1pm: 'TEA AND CHAT' with Jade

TUESDAY 16TH MARCH - CONGREGATIONAL GATHERING:

Details to follow very soon. Watch this space!

 

CREATION CARE:

Creation Care meeting Monday 15th March, 7.30-9pm

Talk on health impacts of climate change

Just join in, or contact Anne for more details.

aomacl@tighgorm.scot  01471 822 501

Eco-tip: buy Fair Trade items as part of routine shopping. Lots of

choice eg bananas, tomatoes, chocolate, wine, tea, and much more.

Eco-verse: The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above

proclaims his handiwork. Psalm 19: 1

 

PRAYERS FOR COVID:

Pray for:

  • The UK and Scottish Governments, as they lead the country through this pandemic.

  • Schools  in Scotland – P1 – P3 returned to school on Monday 22nd Feb, now the aim is to have P4 – P7 and some secondary school pupils back in school by 15th  March.

  • The virus is still causing heart break around the country. Many people have lost loved ones because of the pandemic, some are now financially unstable after losing their job and many companies have gone out of business.

  • It is hoped that communal worship can resume before Easter.

  • Travel restrictions are still in place especially international travel.

 Give thanks:

  • They have now started giving 2nd vaccinations to care home residents and staff, with this in mind it is hoped that in March visitors will then be allowed back into care homes.

  • Some hotels have been able to remain open as they are able to house NHS staff and other frontline workers.

(Mary Fennel - Prayer coordinator)

 

FEBRUARY NEWSLETTER:  

Hopefully you all have your February 2021 newsletter!

 

SKYE & LOCHALSH FOOD BANK:

At the moment the food bank are particularly short of the following:

Strong bags, Rice, Long-life milk, tinned meat, coffee and small bags of sugar.

There are donation points at the Broadford and Kyle Co-ops and at An Crubh in Sleat.

FUNDRAISING IRAQI & SYRIAN REFUGEE CAMPS:

As you know, Rory and Al Sutton are fund-raising in support of the refugee respite camps for Iraqi & Syrian Christians. (You will have noticed that Rory has shaved his head!)  Here is the link to see Rory's 'hair/no-hair!' event... https://www.facebook.com/645274585502378/videos/744929989791461

If you would still like to support this fundraiser, (and reward Rory for his commitment to shave his head) here's the link for more details and to the 'just giving' page...

https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/roderick-macleod-1?utm_term=YD68Ddb4q

MULTI-MEDIA RESOURCE TO SUPPORT GAELIC LEARNING:

For news of an exciting new multi-media resource to support Gaelic learning at all levels. For more information please contact Nicola Pearson, Speak Gaelic Project manager  SpeakGaelic@mgalba.com

Church at breakfast!

Are you the kind of person who will try anything once? What about church at breakfast-time (8am) on Friday? Yes, this Friday (26 February) on Zoom via the usual church link. It is the festival of Purim, celebrating the deliverance of the Jews recorded in the Old Testament book of Esther. Ziggy Rogoff of 'Jews for Jesus' has offered to deliver a talk explaining the significance of this event for Christians, especially for us! Please come, with your bagels and coffee...

Please email rorymofg@gmail.com for the Zoom link.

Notices - 21 February

MESSAGE FROM THE MINISTER

Greetings on the first Sunday in Lent. Thanks to all who have ensured that my own journey through this penitential season is a chilly one! The response to our fundraising appeal for refugees was more than sufficient to oblige me to come good on my promise to give up hair until Easter. Jade will be preaching about 'Resisting Temptation', which is an important theme for this season and indeed for all seasons. Don't forget her regular and informal Friday lunchtime Zoom meetings and the opportunity to exchange news and pray on Tuesday evenings at 7.30pm also via Zoom. I apologise for confusing everyone last Sunday by announcing that the Tuesday meeting was open to all. In fact it is specifically for our church community, so that we can pray into the Covid crisis. Whatever you decide to do for Lent, may it bring you closer to Jesus and deepen your concern for one another, for creation and for our fellow creatures.

 

ZOOM LINKS

Please note that our Zoom links have all changed. You'll find the new links in your notices email this week.

THIS SUNDAY 21st FEBRUARY:

11am: Morning Service - 'Rejecting temptation' (Matthew 4:1-11) Lent week 1

3pm: Gaelic Service

6pm: Kyleakin fellowship

 

NEXT SUNDAY 28th FEBRUARY:

11am: Morning Service – 'Loving your neighbour' (Luke 10:25-37)

3PM: Fig Sunday gathering

6pm: Kyleakin fellowship

MID-WEEK MEETINGS:

(Please see your weekly notices email for details of Zoom links etc.)

Tuesday 23rd February 7.30pm: 'COVID 19 CHAT & PRAYER'

Wednesday 24th February 7.15pm: SLEAT MIDWEEK BIBLE STUDY

Thursday 25th February 7.30pm: DISCUSSION GROUP

Friday 26th February 1pm: 'TEA AND CHAT' with Jade

CREATION CARE:

Eco-tip: use loose tea leaves to ensure to avoid drinking plastic or putting it in your garden compost. Some brands such as M+S contain fossil fuel-derived plastic. Some, like Co-op, have plant-based plastic, but it still needs industrial composting to break down. Others, eg Clipper, are entirely plastic-free.

Eco-verses: You make springs gush forth in the valleys; they flow between the hills, giving drink to every wild animal. (Psalm 104: 10,11).

SKYE & LOCHALSH FOOD BANK:

At the moment the food bank are particularly short of the following:

Strong bags, Rice, Long-life milk, tinned meat, coffee and small bags of sugar.

There are donation points at the Broadford and Kyle Co-ops and at An Crubh in Sleat.

FUNDRAISING IRAQI REFUGEE CAMPS:

Rory and Al Sutton are planning the next wave of fund-raising in support of the Iraqi refugee respite camps, as soon as restrictions allow. Their challenges are: a 7 hour Kayak, an 8 hour cycle and the Blaven/Clach Glas ridge! And Rory says "If I reach my target (£1,000) by Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Day and day before Ash Wednesday), then I shall shave my head and give up hair for Lent!"

If you would like to support this fundraiser, (or just want to see Rory bald!) here's the link for more details and to the 'just giving' page...

https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/roderick-macleod-1?utm_term=YD68Ddb4q

MULTI-MEDIA RESOURCE TO SUPPORT GAELIC LEARNING:

For news of an exciting new multi-media resource to support Gaelic learning at all levels. For more information please contact Nicola Pearson, Speak Gaelic Project manager  SpeakGaelic@mgalba.com 

 

BLYTHSWOOD CARE FUNDRAISER:

An audience with Balazs and Agnes Csiszer of Blythswood Romania. Hear about the Daniel Centre and BASIS Project. Live online - 23 February at 7pm. Suggested donation £5. Email fundraising@blythswood.org to join.

Notices - 14 February

MESSAGE FROM THE MINISTER

Lent begins on Wednesday, which some Christian traditions observe as Ash Wednesday by burning last year's palm crosses and making a sign of the cross on their foreheads using the ash. During the season of Lent some people give up a lot and some give up a little and some don't give or take up anything at all. And that is fine because The Church of Scotland does not impose such obligations. But if you are considering some sacrifice, remember that the purpose of a spiritual fast is to bring the believer closer to God, by making space in their life through temporarily abandoning something else like food or social media. Whatever you decide, it may be encouraging to remember that Easter beckons, with all its associations of resurrection and hope...

Rory

 

ZOOM LINKS

Please note that our Zoom links have all changed. You'll find the new links in your notices email this week.

THIS SUNDAY 14th FEBRUARY:

11am: Morning Service - ‘Praying’ (Jesus) –Matthew 6:5-15

6pm: Kyleakin fellowship

No Fig Fellowship this week

THIS SUNDAY 21st FEBRUARY:

11am: Morning Service - 'Rejecting temptation' (Matthew 4:1-11) Lent week 1

3pm: Gaelic Service

6pm: Kyleakin fellowship

THIS SUNDAY 7th Feb at 3pm: COOL YOUTUBE PREMIERE

At this time of year we would normally have our COOL Annual Celebration to give thanks to God for His goodness and to thank all of our supporters and volunteers.  Owing to the fact that we are unable to do that this year, we have put together a little video containing an update of the work and a wee thought from God’s word.  This will premiere on YouTube on Sunday, 7th February at 3pm and it will last just over 20 mins, so it would be great if folks can join us to watch it together.  It will be available thereafter to watch by anyone. Here are the links to the Facebook page and to YouTube youtu.be/joGOO-TaayE

COVID-19 CHAT AND PRAYER

Every Tuesday at 7.30pm. A time to come together to exchange news and pray about the issues around the pandemic. For Zoom link, please see weekly notices email.

TEA AND CHAT WITH JADE

Every Friday at 1pm. We're all missing seeing each other, so this is a time to come together for a bit of a catch up and a cuppa. For Zoom link, please see weekly notices email.

SLEAT MIDWEEK BIBLE STUDY:

WEDNESDAYS at 7.15pm. A group of folk from Sleat, who meet up to spend time in fellowship, worship and Bible reading, usually working through a book of the Bible.

For further information, please contact Jean at jeangillies@btinternet.com

CREATION CARE:

Eco-verse: Job 19: 25 For I know that my Redeemer lives; and that at the last He will stand upon the earth.

Eco-tip:

Mend that hole in your sock / T-shirt / jumper rather than throwing it away. Saves money and resources, while providing a nice sense of satisfaction.

FEBRUARY NEWSLETTER:  

Please send items for the February Newsletter by MONDAY 15TH FEBRUARY (but as soon as possible if you can is better!) It can be anything at all! We are a church family and love sharing all news, photos, anything at all, whether small or huge! Please email Lesley with your contributions to  lesleyinskye@yahoo.co.uk

FUNDRAISING IRAQI REFUGEE CAMPS:

Rory and Al Sutton are planning the next wave of fund-raising in support of the Iraqi refugee respite camps, as soon as restrictions allow. Their challenges are: a 7 hour Kayak, an 8 hour cycle and the Blaven/Clach Glas ridge! And Rory says "If I reach my target (£1,000) by Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Day and day before Ash Wednesday), then I shall shave my head and give up hair for Lent!"

If you would like to support this fundraiser, (or just want to see Rory bald!) here's the link for more details and to the 'just giving' page...

https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/roderick-macleod-1?utm_term=YD68Ddb4q

PRAYERS FOR THE PANDEMIC

PRAYER FOR THE NATION: 24-7 Prayer is joining with the Archbishops of Canterbury and York to invite you to pray daily for Great Britain.  Also NPN (Neighbourhood Prayer Network) have joined to pray for the nation.

As we mourn the loss of more than 100,000 people to the COVID-19 pandemic, join with Christians across the country in prayer.

'100,000 ISN’T JUST AN ABSTRACT FIGURE. EACH NUMBER IS A PERSON: SOMEONE WE LOVED AND SOMEONE WHO LOVED US. WE ALSO BELIEVE THAT EACH OF THESE PEOPLE WAS KNOWN TO GOD AND CHERISHED BY GOD...

WE THEREFORE ENCOURAGE EVERYONE WHO IS FEELING SCARED, OR LOST OR ISOLATED TO CAST THEIR FEARS ON GOD.'     (The archbishops of Canterbury & York)

GET INVOLVED: 

Pause and pray every day - Set an alarm at 6pm each day, stop and pray for those impacted by the pandemic. 

Cry out to God for families and friends, pupils and educators, the isolated and vulnerable, business and the economy, the NHS and keyworkers, as well as those in local and national Government.

‘PRAYER CHANGES THINGS. IT CHANGES THINGS BY INVITING GOD INTO THE ROOM. AT THIS CHALLENGING TIME WHEN ALL OF US ARE FEARFUL AND ANXIOUS, AND WHEN SO MANY ARE SUFFERING, IT IS THE ONE THING WE CAN ALL DO. WE CAN PRAY AND INVITE GOD TO CHANGE US, GIVING US THE SOLACE, STRENGTH AND COMFORT WE NEED FOR THE DIFFICULT WINTER THAT IS AHEAD OF US. LET’S PRAY TOGETHER AT THIS DIFFICULT TIME.'  (The archbishop of York, Stephen Cottrell) 

Mary Fennel – Prayer co-ordinator

MULTI-MEDIA RESOURCE TO SUPPORT GAELIC LEARNING:

For news of an exciting new multi-media resource to support Gaelic learning at all levels. For more information please contact Nicola Pearson, Speak Gaelic Project manager  SpeakGaelic@mgalba.com 

 

BLYTHSWOOD CARE FUNDRAISER:

An audience with Balazs and Agnes Csiszer of Blythswood Romania. Hear about the Daniel Centre and BASIS Project. Live online - 23 February at 7pm. Suggested donation £5. Email fundraising@blythswood.org to join.

PASTORAL VISITING:

Pastoral Care in homes should only take place for the most serious of situations (and still by your invitation) The usual pastoral care can still take place in an outside space with social distancing. Please get in touch with the minister or any of your elders.

A REMINDER: 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.

Rory is fundraising!

With Al Sutton, Rory is planning the next wave of fundraising in support of the Iraqi refugee respite camps, as soon as restrictions allow. Please see this flyer for details.

 

Rory has created a Justgiving page so you can donate here!

 

If he reaches the target (£1,000) by Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Day and day before Ash Wednesday), then he'll shave his head and give up hair for Lent! 

Notices - 7 February

MESSAGE FROM THE MINISTER

Change keeps us on our toes and I have already been challenged by the change to our Zoom arrangements. Yet change is necessary in order to move forward and so we welcome it, despite its disruptions and frustrations. What could be more disruptive than the call of Jesus to leave everything and follow him? Yet what could be more worthwhile?

 

ZOOM LINKS

Please note that our Zoom links have all changed. You'll find the new links in your notices email this week.

THIS SUNDAY 7th FEBRUARY:

11am: Morning service - 'Persevering in faith' (Job 19:23-27)

3pm: Gaelic Service

6pm: Kyleakin fellowship

THIS SUNDAY 14th FEBRUARY:

Please have some bread and wine/juice to join in the celebration of communion.

11am: Morning Service - ‘Praying’ (Jesus) –Matthew 6:5-15

3pm: Fig Fellowship

6pm: Kyleakin fellowship

THIS SUNDAY 7th Feb at 3pm: COOL YOUTUBE PREMIERE

At this time of year we would normally have our COOL Annual Celebration to give thanks to God for His goodness and to thank all of our supporters and volunteers.  Owing to the fact that we are unable to do that this year, we have put together a little video containing an update of the work and a wee thought from God’s word.  This will premiere on YouTube on Sunday, 7th February at 3pm and it will last just over 20 mins, so it would be great if folks can join us to watch it together.  It will be available thereafter to watch by anyone. Here are the links to the Facebook page and to YouTube youtu.be/joGOO-TaayE

COVID-19 CHAT AND PRAYER

Every Tuesday at 7.30pm. A time to come together to exchange news and pray about the issues around the pandemic. For Zoom link, please see weekly notices email.

TEA AND CHAT WITH JADE

Every Friday at 1pm. We're all missing seeing each other, so this is a time to come together for a bit of a catch up and a cuppa. For Zoom link, please see weekly notices email.

SLEAT MIDWEEK BIBLE STUDY:

WEDNESDAYS at 7.15pm. A group of folk from Sleat, who meet up to spend time in fellowship, worship and Bible reading, usually working through a book of the Bible.

For further information, please contact Jean at jeangillies@btinternet.com

DISCUSSION GROUP:

2nd and 4th THURSDAYS at 7.30pm. An informal discussion time and chat over coffee, reflecting on Christian issues and Bible reading.

If you'd like to join us, please email Lesley at lesleyinskye@yahoo.co.uk (tel: 01471 822023) for zoom links or further information.  

MONDAY 15th FEB 7.30-9pm: CREATION CARE STUDY         

All welcome. Contact Anne MacLennan, 01471 822 501 aomacl@tighgorm.scot

"Ever since  the creation of the world his eternal power and divine nature, invisible though they are, have been understood and seen through the things he has made". (Rom 1: 20)

Eco-tip: Fill a recycled spray bottle with 2 parts water, 1 part white vinegar and a couple of drops of washing up liquid to clean windows, mirrors, stainless steel and plastic laminate surfaces.

FEBRUARY NEWSLETTER:  

Please send items for the February Newsletter by MONDAY 15TH FEBRUARY (but as soon as possible if you can is better!) It can be anything at all! We are a church family and love sharing all news, photos, anything at all, whether small or huge! Please email Lesley with your contributions to  lesleyinskye@yahoo.co.uk

WPC WORKSHOPS:

Are you interested in applying your faith to helping the emergency services? Or would you appreciate training in expressing your faith in the workplace more generally? Please take a look at this flyer and, if you would like to find out more, either follow the links in the flyer or get in touch with the minister...

 

FUNDRAISING IRAQI REFUGEE CAMPS:

Rory and Al Sutton are planning the next wave of fund-raising in support of the Iraqi refugee respite camps, as soon as restrictions allow. Their challenges are: a 7 hour Kayak, an 8 hour cycle and the Blaven/Clach Glas ridge! And Rory says "If I reach my target (£1,000) by Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Day and day before Ash Wednesday), then I shall shave my head and give up hair for Lent!"

If you would like to support this fundraiser, (or just want to see Rory bald!) here's the link for more details and to the 'just giving' page...

https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/roderick-macleod-1?utm_term=YD68Ddb4q

PRAYERS FOR THE PANDEMIC

Be Joyful always; pray without ceasing; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. (1 Thessalonians 5:16 – 18)

With the situation we are in as a country, and although there looks as if there is an end in sight, I have jotted down a few things to pray about and also to give thanks for. (Mary Fennell - Prayer Coordinator)

o    The UK and the Scottish governments, with decisions being made that affect us all.

o    Those suffering bereavement especially with Covid restrictions being in place and also we think of the families who have been unable to visit a loved one while they were in hospital, this is to include those who have the virus.

o    Barra and Vatersay are now in tier 4. 10% of Barra are having to self -isolate.

o    This is a difficult time for families, with the announcement that restrictions are to remain in place until mid-February.

o    There are many in our community suffering from underlying health conditions and having to shield, as well as those suffering from cancer.

o    Pray for our own families some we haven’t seen physically for a long time, that the Lord would keep them safe.

 

Give thanks for:

o    Zoom. As a church we can still meet together even although not physically.

o    We can also join prayer meetings in different parts of the UK.

o    The NHS. They do an amazing job.

o    The community we live in, helping one-another.

o    We now have the vaccine, it will take time to cover everyone.  May the Lord grant us patience. Don’t be so eager to start socialising. The message is still to stay safe at home.

o    Most of all may we thank the Lord for this time of rest from the busyness of life.

God Bless

PASTORAL VISITING:

Pastoral Care in homes should only take place for the most serious of situations (and still by your invitation) The usual pastoral care can still take place in an outside space with social distancing. Please get in touch with the minister or any of your elders.

A REMINDER: 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.

Notices - 31 January

MESSAGE FROM THE MINISTER

"I cannot think of a more appropriate theme for this Sunday than the one already in place: 'Listening to God'. There are so many voices competing for our attention as we navigate our way through the coronavirus pandemic, aware that the even greater crisis of climate change also presses upon us. That we are also celebrating Communion reminds us that God has already provided for our deepest needs. Yet we need to be attentive to his commands and obedient in our response. Sometimes God addresses us directly, through the Holy Spirit whispering in our hearts or through the megaphone of Scripture. Sometimes he speaks through other people, which adds an extra measure of timeliness and relevance to the two new meetings we have established during the week (read on for details...)."

THIS SUNDAY 31st JANUARY:

Please have some bread and wine/juice to join in the celebration of communion.

11am: Morning Service - Parish Communion - 'Listening to God' (1 Kings 19:9b-16)

3pm: Gaelic Service - Parish Communion

6pm: Kyleakin fellowship

 

NEXT SUNDAY 7th FEBRUARY:

11am: Morning service - 'Persevering in faith' (Job 19:23-27)

3pm: Gaelic Service

6pm: Kyleakin Fellowship

COVID-19 CHAT AND PRAYER

Every Tuesday at 7.30pm. A time to come together to exchange news and pray about the issues around the pandemic. For Zoom link, please see weekly notices email.

 

TEA AND CHAT WITH JADE

Every Friday at 1pm. We're all missing seeing each other, so this is a time to come together for a bit of a catch up and a cuppa. For Zoom link, please see weekly notices email.

WPC WORKSHOPS:

Are you interested in applying your faith to helping the emergency services? Or would you appreciate training in expressing your faith in the workplace more generally? Please take a look at this flyer and, if you would like to find out more, either follow the links in the flyer or get in touch with the minister...

 

FUNDRAISING IRAQI REFUGEE CAMPS:

Rory and Al Sutton are planning the next wave of fund-raising in support of the Iraqi refugee respite camps, as soon as restrictions allow. Their challenges are: a 7 hour Kayak, an 8 hour cycle and the Blaven/Clach Glas ridge! And Rory says "If I reach my target (£1,000) by Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Day and day before Ash Wednesday), then I shall shave my head and give up hair for Lent!"

If you would like to support this fundraiser, (or just want to see Rory bald!) here's the link for more details and to the 'just giving' page...

https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/roderick-macleod-1?utm_term=YD68Ddb4q

PRAYERS FOR THE PANDEMIC

Be Joyful always; pray without ceasing; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. (1 Thessalonians 5:16 – 18)

With the situation we are in as a country, and although there looks as if there is an end in sight, I have jotted down a few things to pray about and also to give thanks for. (Mary Fennell - Prayer Coordinator)

o    The UK and the Scottish governments, with decisions being made that affect us all.

o    Those suffering bereavement especially with Covid restrictions being in place and also we think of the families who have been unable to visit a loved one while they were in hospital, this is to include those who have the virus.

o    Barra and Vatersay are now in tier 4. 10% of Barra are having to self -isolate.

o    This is a difficult time for families, with the announcement that restrictions are to remain in place until mid-February.

o    There are many in our community suffering from underlying health conditions and having to shield, as well as those suffering from cancer.

o    Pray for our own families some we haven’t seen physically for a long time, that the Lord would keep them safe.

 

Give thanks for:

o    Zoom. As a church we can still meet together even although not physically.

o    We can also join prayer meetings in different parts of the UK.

o    The NHS. They do an amazing job.

o    The community we live in, helping one-another.

o    We now have the vaccine, it will take time to cover everyone.  May the Lord grant us patience. Don’t be so eager to start socialising. The message is still to stay safe at home.

o    Most of all may we thank the Lord for this time of rest from the busyness of life.

God Bless

PASTORAL VISITING:

Pastoral Care in homes should only take place for the most serious of situations (and still by your invitation) The usual pastoral care can still take place in an outside space with social distancing. Please get in touch with the minister or any of your elders.

A REMINDER: 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.

Notices - 24 January

MESSAGE FROM THE MINISTER

"Let's remember our neighbours in America, Uganda and Romania - all of whom have had elections recently. A change in administration is often tense, which is why we are fortunate in having such a long-standing Head of State in the person of Queen Elizabeth II. As Christians we are doubly blessed because we also recognise that the whole of creation is under the ultimate authority of Jesus Christ, whom we are privileged to know as Saviour and Lord and, perhaps most amazingly, as friend and brother. May that realisation ignite our worship and invigorate our witness..."

THIS SUNDAY - 24 January:

11am: Morning service - Waiting on God (Mark 1:14-20)

3pm: Fig Sunday Gathering

6pm: Kyleakin Fellowship

 

NEXT SUNDAY 31 JANUARY:

11am: Morning Service - Listening to God (Mark1:21-28)

3pm: Gaelic Service

6pm: Kyleakin fellowship

COVID-19 CHAT AND PRAYER

26th January a 7.30pm. A time to come together to exchange news and pray about the issues around the pandemic. For Zoom link, please see weekly notices.

 

TEA AND CHAT WITH JADE

Every Friday at 1pm, starting 22nd January. For Zoom link, please see weekly notices.

PRAYERS FOR THE PANDEMIC

Be Joyful always; pray without ceasing; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. (1 Thessalonians 5:16 – 18)

With the situation we are in as a country, and although there looks as if there is an end in sight, I have jotted down a few things to pray about and also to give thanks for. (Mary Fennell - Prayer Coordinator)

o    The UK and the Scottish governments, with decisions being made that affect us all.

o    Those suffering bereavement especially with Covid restrictions being in place and also we think of the families who have been unable to visit a loved one while they were in hospital, this is to include those who have the virus.

o    Barra and Vatersay are now in tier 4. 10% of Barra are having to self -isolate.

o    This is a difficult time for families, with the announcement that restrictions are to remain in place until mid-February.

o    There are many in our community suffering from underlying health conditions and having to shield, as well as those suffering from cancer.

o    Pray for our own families some we haven’t seen physically for a long time, that the Lord would keep them safe.

 

Give thanks for:

o    Zoom. As a church we can still meet together even although not physically.

o    We can also join prayer meetings in different parts of the UK.

o    The NHS. They do an amazing job.

o    The community we live in, helping one-another.

o    We now have the vaccine, it will take time to cover everyone.  May the Lord grant us patience. Don’t be so eager to start socialising. The message is still to stay safe at home.

o    Most of all may we thank the Lord for this time of rest from the busyness of life.

God Bless

PASTORAL VISITING:

Pastoral Care in homes should only take place for the most serious of situations (and still by your invitation) The usual pastoral care can still take place in an outside space with social distancing. Please get in touch with the minister or any of your elders.

A REMINDER: 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.

Notices - 17 January

MESSAGE FROM THE MINISTER

As we get going again in 2021 and adjust to further restrictions, it is more important than ever that we invest our trust as well as our hope in God. We are grateful for the prospect of a vaccination and appreciative of the scientists who have made this possible, as we are of the medics and essential workers who are sustaining us in the meantime. Yet we know that God alone is equal to the predicament we find ourselves in and he alone offers the necessary foundation for life and keys for the future. So, in the words of Hebrews (10.25), "Let us not give up meeting together..."

LATEST COVID RELATED GUIDELINES:

All church buildings will be closed for the foreseeable future. So services will be by zoom, from people's homes.

THIS SUNDAY - 17 January:

11am: Morning service - Learning from others (John 1:43-51)

3pm: Gaelic service

6pm: Kyleakin Fellowship

NEXT SUNDAY - 24 January:

11am: Morning service - Waiting on God (Mark 1:14-20)

3pm: Fig Sunday Gathering

6pm: Kyleakin Fellowship

CREATION CARE:

Monday January 18th 7.30 - 9pm: Creation Care Meeting Brainstorming session to consider how we can move forward as an Eco-congregation.  All ideas, questions welcome, all ages. Zoom in, even just for part of the time, or get in touch for more information, to share your ideas or have a chat beforehand. Anne MacLennan, aomacl@tighgorm.scot 01471 822 501

PASTORAL VISITING:

Pastoral Care in homes should only take place for the most serious of situations (and still by your invitation) The usual pastoral care can still take place in an outside space with social distancing. Please get in touch with the minister or any of your elders.

PRAYER SERVICES

Tuesday evening Prayer Services at Kyleakin are suspended until further notice due to the current Covid restrictions.

A REMINDER: 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.

Notices - 10 January

MESSAGE FROM THE MINISTER

The Minister is on holiday until 12th  January. If you require pastoral support, please contact Steve Fennell sif13648@gmail.com or 01471 820168.

LATEST COVID RELATED GUIDELINES:

All church buildings will be closed for the foreseeable future. So services will be by zoom, from people's homes.

THIS SUNDAY - 10 January:

11am: Morning service

3pm: Fig Sunday Gathering

6pm: Kyleakin Fellowship

NEXT SUNDAY - 17 January:

11am: Morning service 

3pm: Gaelic service

6pm: Kyleakin Fellowship

CREATION CARE:

Monday January 18th 7.30 - 9pm: Creation Care Meeting Brainstorming session to consider how we can move forward as an Eco-congregation.  All ideas, questions welcome, all ages. Zoom in, even just for part of the time, or get in touch for more information, to share your ideas or have a chat beforehand. Anne MacLennan, aomacl@tighgorm.scot 01471 822 501

PASTORAL VISITING - changes from December 27th:

Pastoral Care in homes should only take place for the most serious of situations (and still by your invitation) The usual pastoral care can still take place in an outside space with social distancing. Please get in touch with the minister or any of your elders.

PRAYER SERVICES

Tuesday evening Prayer Services at Kyleakin are suspended until further notice due to the current Covid restrictions.

CREATION CARE:

Monday January 18th, 7.30 - 9pm: Brainstorming session to consider how we can move forward as an Eco-congregation.  All ideas, questions welcome, all ages. Zoom in, even just for part of the time, or get in touch for more information, to share your ideas or have a chat beforehand. Anne MacLennan, aomacl@tighgorm.scot 01471 822 501

A REMINDER: 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.

​ace for the most serious of situations (and still by your invitation). The usual pastoral care can still take place in an outside space with social distancing. Please get in touch with the minister or any of your elders.

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