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, 5pm 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.

If you would like to join us physically in the church building on Sunday morning you will need to book a place EACH SUNDAY you wish to attend (priority will be given to those who have not been able to attend the Zoom services due to computer issues). Details of how to book your place are here.

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

Notices

Notices - 13 June

MESSAGE FROM THE MINISTER

What an exciting series of Sundays beckons! This Sunday finds us worshipping as a church family in the Kyleakin Village Hall. Next Sunday, when we shall be enjoying the new windows in Kilmore again, The Rev'd George al-Kopti will be preaching from Amman in Jordan on the occasion of Eastern Pentecost. Fast forward to the first two Sundays in July and Clarke Muir will be appearing in the pulpit while the minister is abroad - on the mainland and across the Minch.

Rory

 

THIS SUNDAY 13th JUNE:

11am: Morning Service (All-age from Kyleakin village hall) – ‘What about the Church?’ (1Peter 2:4-12)

3pm: Elgol church service

3pm: Fig Sunday Gathering

6pm: Kyleakin fellowship

MID-WEEK MEETINGS:

Tuesday 15th June 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 16th June 7.30pm: A DAY OF PRAYER FOR BLYTHSWOOD CARE

Wednesday 16th June 7.30pm: ALPHA 8

NEXT SUNDAY 20th JUNE:

11am: Morning Service (from Kilmore) with George al-Kopti – (John 15:26 – 16:15)

5pm: Gaelic service (N.B. new time of 5pm)

6pm: Kyleakin fellowship

 

OPENING CHURCH

And after the latest government announcement WE CAN NOW SING IN CHURCH (with masks)!

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

June 13th: all-age service from Kyleakin Village Hall (N.B. this is a different link to book seats as it's a one-off service) https://www.eventbrite.com/e/kyleakin-village-hall-live-worship-service-tickets-156320690393

 

CREATION CARE:

Eco-tip: Plant some seeds. Mixed salad leaves or herbs can be grown in a small space, even a pot, which can be protected from predators. Fresher and tastier than the packaged shop-bought varieties. Just avoid peat-containing compost. Undisturbed peat locks up carbon in the ground and shouldn't be extracted commercially.

Eco-verse: In these last days he has spoken to us by a Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, through whom he also created the worlds. (Hebrews 1:2)

Creation Care study: Monday 21st June, 7.30 - 9pm. Tear Fund Christianity and Climate Change film series. Video 3 followed by discussion on "How to persuade others to care about climate change."

And a reminder... to take all your old or broken household electrical items to be recycled. The van will be at the Ashaig camp site for the last time on Wednesday 30th June from 11am to 1pm.

And also: Anne recommends a documentary film that she watched over the weekend, 'The Story of Plastic'. It's a fairly powerful story and yet again, shows how the poor come out worst - whether pandemic, climate change or pollution. From that perspective - as well as caring for creation - I think it is relevant for a church community. Anne has the Vimeo link to the film for this month for Skye Climate Action, so it can be watched whenever suits in your own time - until July 1st. As part of my agreement, viewers need to register (just email Anne aomacl@tighgorm.scot and she will send you the link).

 

PRAYERS FOR COVID:  

This week let's pray for all those who are working in our emergency services. Many have had to manage huge extra work loads and faced difficult and unimagined situations during the pandemic. And some now have their own health issues which resulted from their experiences over the last year.

NEXT WEEK'S CHURCH EMAIL:

If you have anything you would like to be included in the weekly church email, please send it (‘cut-and-paste’ ready if possible please) to Lesley lesleyinskye@yahoo.co.uk  by LUNCH TIME ON THURSDAY.

SANCTUARY SUNDAY:

Sanctuary Sunday is on 20th June and as we prepare to celebrate Refugee Week 14-20 June. For more information please look at the facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/ScottishFaithsActionforRefugees

or on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCb-SAGfEEgCe5C99SvVEzBQ

Notices - 6 June

MESSAGE FROM THE MINISTER

What a thrill to know that we can sing again - even if it is through masks! The turn-out in Kilmore has been so encouraging. Let's see what happens next week, when we move to the Kyleakin Village Hall. Now that I have been double-jagged I am less of a risk to those who may have been shielding, so please let me know of anyone who may appreciate a pastoral visit. At the same time I should acknowledge the heroic work done by elders and members, who have been keeping an eye on their neighbours. Thank you! We may have lost much over the past year but we are learning much too. As we continue to emerge, God has gifted us with a Parish Development Assistant, in the person of Jackie MacLennan, and a student on summer placement, called Clarke Muir. God will work significantly through both, so please welcome them warmly and keep them in your prayers...

Rory

 

THIS SUNDAY 6th JUNE

11am: Morning Service (from Kilmore) - 'What is the antidote to the problem of evil?' (Luke 4:1-13)

5pm: Gaelic service (new time of 5pm)

6pm: Kyleakin fellowship 

N.B. The Fig Sunday gathering will be next Sunday instead

MID-WEEK MEETINGS:

Tuesday 8th June 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

Tuesday 8th June 7.30pm: 7.30pm: HOPE AND FAITH A.G.M.  All welcome to join by Zoom. Please contact Jean or Norman Gillies for further details on 01471 844281

Wednesday 9thJune 7.30pm: ALPHA

NEXT SUNDAY 13th JUNE

11am: Morning Service (All-age from Kyleakin village hall) – ‘What about the Church?’ (1Peter 2:4-12)

3pm: Elgol church service

3pm: Fig Sunday Gathering

6pm: Kyleakin fellowship

N.B. We are changing the time for the Gaelic service, which will now be at 5pm on 1st, 3rd, 5th Sundays - beginning on Sunday 30 May which, being a 5th Sunday, will include Communion (even though we decided to suspend the Elgol Communion in the morning).

OPENING CHURCH

And after the latest government announcement WE CAN NOW SING IN CHURCH (with masks)!

6th June in Kilmore church. If you would like to book a seat, please see this document for instructions.

June 13th: all-age service from Kyleakin Village Hall (N.B. this is a different link to book seats as it's a one-off service) https://www.eventbrite.com/e/kyleakin-village-hall-live-worship-service-tickets-156320690393

 

ALPHA ONLINE

Wednesdays, 7.30-8.45pm.

Here's the link if you would still like to join us: 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf5D0a0ckVP6vltimwfqUhcqMaGymDyFS9lHQ7_W7HIefyMhA/viewform    Remember, 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. (Scroll down to the end of the email for the link to join the sessions)

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!)

Also, Saturday 5th June 9.30am-11.30am: "ALPHA MORNING".

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)

 

CREATION CARE:

Eco-tip: If you don't already, try baking some biscuits or cake instead of buying commercial brands. Saves on packaging and transport, you can avoid palm oil (and other strange ingredients) and control the sugar content. Home-made is usually fresher, tastier and cheaper too.

Eco-verse: Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten in God's sight. Luke 12:6

Creation Care study: Monday 21st June, 7.30 - 9pm. Tear Fund Christianity and Climate Change film series. Video 3 followed by discussion on "How to persuade others to care about climate change."

  And a reminder... to take all your old or broken household electrical items to be recycled. The van will be at the Ashaig camp site for the last time on Wednesday 30th June from 11am to 1pm

 

PRAYERS FOR COVID:  

This week let's pray for the safety of those not yet vaccinated as areas move out of lockdown. And also for all the young people who have been effected in so many ways by this pandemic.

BLYTHSWOOD:

Wednesday 16th June is a Day of Prayer for Blythswood Care.

SANCTUARY SUNDAY:

Sanctuary Sunday is on 20th June and as we prepare to celebrate Refugee Week 14-20 June. For more information please look at the facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/ScottishFaithsActionforRefugees

or on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCb-SAGfEEgCe5C99SvVEzBQ

Notices - 30 May

MESSAGE FROM THE MINISTER

Sorry if you were expecting to celebrate Communion in Elgol this morning (as per the Church calendar). However the rules are such that the Kirk Session decided that we should wait for a more opportune time and enjoy the new windows in Kilmore instead! You can still partake of the Lord's Supper at the Gaelic service, which has moved to the later time of 5pm - still online. The other highlight is the arrival of Clarke Muir, Jade's successor who will be on placement with us through the summer...

Rory

 

THIS SUNDAY 30th MAY

11am: Morning Service -  "How does God guide a person?" (Psalm 23)

5pm: Gaelic service (N.B. new time of 5pm)

6pm: Kyleakin fellowship

N.B. We are changing the time for the Gaelic service, which will now be at 5pm on 1st, 3rd, 5th Sundays - beginning on Sunday 30 May which, being a 5th Sunday, will include Communion (even though we decided to suspend the Elgol Communion in the morning).

MID-WEEK MEETINGS:

Tuesday 1st June 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 2nd June 7.30pm: ALPHA 7

Thursday 3rd June 7.30: Kirk session meeting

NEXT SUNDAY 6th JUNE

11am: Morning Service (from Kilmore) - 'What is the antidote to the problem of evil?' (Luke 4:1-13)

3pm: Elgol church service

3pm: Fig Sunday Gathering   

6pm: Kyleakin fellowship   

OPENING CHURCH

30th May and 6th June in Kilmore church. If you would like to book a seat, please see this document for instructions.

June 13th: all-age service from Kyleakin Village Hall (N.B. this is a different link to book seats as it's a one-off service) https://www.eventbrite.com/e/kyleakin-village-hall-live-worship-service-tickets-156320690393

 

ALPHA ONLINE

Wednesdays, 7.30-8.45pm.

Here's the link if you would still like to join us: 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf5D0a0ckVP6vltimwfqUhcqMaGymDyFS9lHQ7_W7HIefyMhA/viewform    Remember, 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. (Scroll down to the end of the email for the link to join the sessions)

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!)

Also, Saturday 5th June 9.30am-11.30am: "ALPHA MORNING".

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)

NICKY GUMBLE SPEAKING:

Nicky Gumble was at Martins Memorial Church last Sunday. Here's the link if you would like to hear him:

https://www.facebook.com/martinsmemorialchurch/videos/2829148800672137 

NEWSLETTER - JUNE 2021:

The next Newsletter will be out in June. If you have anything you would like included, please send it to Lesley (lesleyinskye@yahoo.co.uk) by extended deadline of Monday 31st May.

 

CHRISTIAN AID:

Thank you to all those who walked, ran or cycled across the Skye Bridge (and back!) Or still planning to between now and the end of May. Don't forget to send Mary your photos!

If you would like to donate something, here's the link to Mary's Christian Aid 'justgiving' page  https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/mary-m-strachan?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=fundraising&utm_content=mary-m-strachan&utm_campaign=pfp-share&utm_term=130c90922e99426a81a082dc9da63d02

Or contact Mary (01471 822262 or maryashaig@gmail.com)

 

CREATION CARE:

Eco-tip: If like me, you keep wearing out the right (or dominant) hand gardening glove, try wearing a left glove on the right hand. Gardening gloves last twice as long!

Eco-verse: God created the great sea monsters and every living creature that moves, of every kind, with which the waters swarm, and every winged bird of every kind. And God saw that it was good. (Gen 1:21)

And a reminder... to take all your old or broken household electrical items to be recycled. The van will be at the Ashaig camp site for the last time on Wednesday 30th June from 11am to 1pm

ACORN:

TUESDAY 1st JUNE at 7.30pm.

Discover how ACORN is helping churches like yours grow during the Covid-19 lockdowns.

Church leaders and congregational members from the Church of Scotland will share their stories of how a simple spiritual discipline is bringing spiritual growth and impacting those beyond their church.

Come and be inspired to try this within your own context. For more information and to book your place, please follow this link -

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/gods-call-during-the-time-of-covid-19-tickets-153275203259

Robbie Morrison  (Mission Development Worker)

HOPE AND FAITH SCHOOL AGM:

TUESDAY 8TH JUNE at 7.30pm: Hope and Faith A.G.M.

All welcome. The zoom link is in your weekly notices email. Please contact Jean or Norman Gillies for further details on 01471 844281

 

PRAYERS FOR COVID:  

This week let's pray for all those (and ourselves) who have felt cut off from friends and families for over a year now. And that we should begin to mix safely with them as we come out of lockdown.

BLYTHSWOOD:

There are two ways coming up to raise funds for Blythswood. You can register for these, and find out about all our other upcoming events on their Eventbrite page here.

Also, Wednesday 6th June is a Day of Prayer for Blythswood Care.

SANCTUARY SUNDAY:

Sanctuary Sunday is on 20th June and as we prepare to celebrate Refugee Week 14-20 June. For more information please look at the facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/ScottishFaithsActionforRefugees

or on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCb-SAGfEEgCe5C99SvVEzBQ

Notices - 23 May

MESSAGE FROM THE MINISTER

So much is going on at the moment - nationally, internationally and locally. Please remember our school and university communities, as they go through the exam/ assessment process. Please pray for the Church of Scotland General Assembly, which runs until Thursday and will be taking significant decisions affecting us all. And please look forward to welcoming Jade's successor, Clarke Muir, who will be on placement with us over the next couple of months, starting next Sunday (30 May) as he trains for ministry. May the Lord anoint and bless our gatherings and all who gather...

Rory

THIS SUNDAY 23rd MAY

11am: Morning Service - 'How does one get to grips with the Bible?' (2 Timothy 3:10-17)

3pm: Elgol church service

3pm: Fig Sunday Gathering

6pm: Kyleakin fellowship

MID-WEEK MEETINGS:

Tuesday 25th May 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 26th May 7.30pm: ALPHA 6

NEXT SUNDAY 30th MAY

11am: Morning Service -  "How does God guide a person?" (Psalm 23)

5pm: Gaelic service (N.B. new time of 5pm)

6pm: Kyleakin fellowship

N.B. We are changing the time for the Gaelic service, which will now be at 5pm on 1st, 3rd, 5th Sundays - beginning on Sunday 30 May which, being a 5th Sunday, will include Communion (even though we decided to suspend the Elgol Communion in the morning).

OPENING CHURCH

23rd May in Broadford church. AND... 30th May and 5th June in Kilmore church.

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

 

ALPHA ONLINE

Wednesdays, 7.30-8.45pm.

Here's the link if you would still like to join us: 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf5D0a0ckVP6vltimwfqUhcqMaGymDyFS9lHQ7_W7HIefyMhA/viewform    Remember, 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. (Scroll down to the end of the email for the link to join the sessions)

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!)

Also, Saturday 5th June 9.30am-11.30am: "ALPHA MORNING".

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)

NICKY GUMBLE SPEAKING:

Nicky Gumble WAS at Martins Memorial Church last Sunday. Here's the link if you would like to hear him:

https://www.facebook.com/martinsmemorialchurch/videos/2829148800672137 

NEWSLETTER - JUNE 2021:

The next Newsletter will be out in June. If you have anything you would like included, please send it to Lesley (lesleyinskye@yahoo.co.uk) by Friday 28th May.

 

CHRISTIAN AID:

Thank you to all those who walked, ran or cycled across the Skye Bridge (and back!) Or still planning to between now and the end of May. Don't forget to send Mary your photos!

If you would like to donate something, here's the link to Mary's Christian Aid 'justgiving' page  https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/mary-m-strachan?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=fundraising&utm_content=mary-m-strachan&utm_campaign=pfp-share&utm_term=130c90922e99426a81a082dc9da63d02

Or contact Mary (01471 822262 or maryashaig@gmail.com)

 

CREATION CARE:

This week just a reminder...

WEDNESDAY 26TH MAY: Remember to take all your old or broken household electrical items to be recycled. The van will be at the Ashaig camp site from 11am to 1pm (and will visit again on Wednesday 30th June).

ACORN:

TUESDAY 1st JUNE at 7.30pm.

Discover how ACORN is helping churches like yours grow during the Covid-19 lockdowns.

Church leaders and congregational members from the Church of Scotland will share their stories of how a simple spiritual discipline is bringing spiritual growth and impacting those beyond their church.

Come and be inspired to try this within your own context. For more information and to book your place, please follow this link -

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/gods-call-during-the-time-of-covid-19-tickets-153275203259

Robbie Morrison  (Mission Development Worker)

HOPE AND FAITH SCHOOL AGM:

TUESDAY 8TH JUNE at 7.30pm: Hope and Faith A.G.M.

All welcome. A zoom link will be provided nearer the time. Please contact Jean or Norman Gillies for further details on 01471 844281

 

PRAYERS FOR COVID:  

This week let's pray for those with 'long Covid'. And ask God to help doctors to find treatments and cures for all those affected.

BLYTHSWOOD FUNDRAISERS:

There are two ways coming up to raise funds for Blythswood. You can register for these, and find out about all our other upcoming events on their Eventbrite page here.

Notices - 16 May

MESSAGE FROM THE MINISTER

I am excited to be writing this on Ascension Day (Latha na Deasghabhalach) because it marks the crescendo of Jesus' mission to earth, when he ascended to heaven as the conqueror of death and king of the New Creation. You could say it amounts to his coronation and reminds us of how worthy he is of our praise and gratitude.

THIS SUNDAY 16th MAY

11am: Morning Service - "How Does Prayer Work?" (Matthew 6:5-1)

3pm: Gaelic service

6pm: Kyleakin fellowship

MID-WEEK MEETINGS:

Tuesday 11th May 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 19th May 7.30pm: ALPHA 5

Monday 17th May, 7.30 - 9pm: CREATION CARE MEETING

We'll continue with the Tear Fund video + study series on Climate and Christianity. This month: "Climate change is a poverty issue".

Wednesday 19th May, 7.30pm: - COOL PRAYER FOR YOUTH EVENING

NEXT SUNDAY 23rd MAY

11am: Morning Service - 'How does one get to grips with the Bible?' (2 Timothy 3:10-17)

3pm: Elgol church service

3pm: Fig Sunday Gathering

6pm: Kyleakin fellowship

OPENING CHURCH

If you would like to join us physically in the Broadford church building on Sunday morning you will need to book a place EACH SUNDAY you wish to attend (priority will be given to those who have not been able to attend the zoom services due to computer issues). Details of how to book your place are here, 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...

- 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.

 

ALPHA ONLINE

This started on Wednesday 21st April. And about a third of our congregation have joined in already!! And it's still not too late to join in! Please register for the course using this link:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf5D0a0ckVP6vltimwfqUhcqMaGymDyFS9lHQ7_W7HIefyMhA/viewform

Remember, 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 is running on 11 consecutive Wednesday evenings, 7.30 - 8.45pm, (from 21st 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

(Scroll down to the end of the email for the link to join the sessions)

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!)

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)

 

CHRISTIAN AID WEEK 16th - 23rd MAY: 

2021 is the 75th anniversary of Christian Aid, and we at Strath and Sleat are keen to raise as much as we can, to help the poorest people of the world battle the worst of a climate crisis they did not create.

It is hoped that if you are able, you might like to walk, run or cycle across the Skye Bridge (and back!) between now and the end of May. Of course if you are not able - your donation and support are extra welcome! Donations can be made via Justgiving or to your local elder or Christian Aid rep - Mairead MacDonald or Mary Strachan.

Why not post a picture of yourself on social media, and encourage your friends to donate, and even share your picture to Strath and Sleat's FB site? Christian Aid buckets and tabards are available from Mary (01471 822262/maryashaig@gmail.com) should you want to approach passers-by for contributions. A bar of Fairtrade chocolate may be awarded to the person who records the most crossings of the bridge – but most of all just donate, and help to make this a more just world.

NATIONAL SPOTLIGHT ON IJM'S WORK IN GHANA:

We are very excited to be taking part in a Radio 4 Appeal this year, focussing on our work in Ghana. Over the course of a week, we have several Radio 4 slots which will include Guvna B narrating a short piece for us, and we’ll be sharing the story of Godwin, a survivor of slavery in Lake Volta’s fishing industry.

Please pray specifically for our work in Ghana and share about the appeal. The Radio 4 appeal will take place from 23-30th May 2021 and, if possible, it would be great to profile the campaign on 23rd May – or if that isn’t possible, 30th May or 6th June!

We will provide all the resources you need to share about & pray for our work in Ghana effectively, and these are now available to download here.

 

NEWSLETTER - JUNE 2021:

The next Newsletter will be out in June. If you have anything you would like included, please send it to Lesley (lesleyinskye@yahoo.co.uk) by Friday 28th May.

CREATION CARE:

Eco-tip: Try using a plant-based, loofah washing-up pad instead of the plastic-based dish washing pads or brushes. Long-lasting, flexible and can be composted or buried in the garden when worn out instead of adding to landfill. Often available in eco-shops (and online).

Eco-verse: The earth is full of the steadfast love of the Lord. Psalm 33: 5b.

PRAYERS FOR COVID:  

This week let's pray for all those who have lost loved ones during the pandemic.

~ Remember those who have died from Covid (those close to us, and also those we don’t know, from all over the world who are grieving).

~ And remember all those who have lost a loved one from other causes during the pandemic too, whose grief was added to because of living under the restrictions of Covid.

BLYTHSWOOD FUNDRAISERS:

There are two ways coming up to raise funds for Blythswood. You can register for these, and find out about all our other upcoming events on their Eventbrite page here.

Notices - 9 May

MESSAGE FROM THE MINISTER

The re-opening of Elgol Church today marks a significant step forward, while the horrors of India remind us not to be complacent. Changes to the rules governing pastoral care are explained below. Pray that God would give us a spirit of boldness which is considerate of our own and others' safety. This will enable us to honour God by setting an encouraging example for our communities. God is sovereign and in him we trust!

Rory

THIS SUNDAY 9th MAY

11am: Morning Service -  'How does one become a believer?' (John 3:1-8)

3pm: Elgol church service

3pm: Fig Sunday Gathering

6pm: Kyleakin fellowship

NEXT SUNDAY 16th MAY

11am: Morning Service - "How Does Prayer Work?" (Matthew 6:5-1)

3pm: Gaelic service

6pm: Kyleakin fellowship

MID-WEEK MEETINGS:

Tuesday 4th May 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 12th May 7.30pm: ALPHA 4

OPENING CHURCH

If you would like to join us physically in the Broadford church building on Sunday morning you will need to book a place EACH SUNDAY you wish to attend (priority will be given to those who have not been able to attend the zoom services due to computer issues). Details of how to book your place are here, 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...

- 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.

 

ALPHA ONLINE

This started on Wednesday 21st April. And about a third of our congregation have joined in already!! And it's still not too late to join in! Please register for the course using this link:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf5D0a0ckVP6vltimwfqUhcqMaGymDyFS9lHQ7_W7HIefyMhA/viewform

Remember, 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 is running on 11 consecutive Wednesday evenings, 7.30 - 8.45pm, (from 21st 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

(Scroll down to the end of the email for the link to join the sessions)

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!)

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)

 

CHRISTIAN AID WEEK 16th - 23rd MAY: 

2021 is the 75th anniversary of Christian Aid, and we at Strath and Sleat are keen to raise as much as we can, to help the poorest people of the world battle the worst of a climate crisis they did not create.

It is hoped that if you are able, you might like to walk, run or cycle across the Skye Bridge (and back!) between now and the end of May. Of course if you are not able - your donation and support are extra welcome! Donations can be made via Justgiving or to your local elder or Christian Aid rep - Mairead MacDonald or Mary Strachan.

Why not post a picture of yourself on social media, and encourage your friends to donate, and even share your picture to Strath and Sleat's FB site? Christian Aid buckets and tabards are available from Mary (01471 822262/maryashaig@gmail.com) should you want to approach passers-by for contributions. A bar of Fairtrade chocolate may be awarded to the person who records the most crossings of the bridge – but most of all just donate, and help to make this a more just world.

LIVING HOPE:

Living Hope is a charity Stevie Boyle has been pioneering over the last few years with the aim of reaching people affected by alcohol and substance misuse issues. They have recently taken over the lease for the Lighthouse Centre in Kyle. Next Wednesday 'Lighthouse Coffee' run by Stuart MacKinnon will open up and in the following weeks Stevie hopes to get recovery groups/drop-ins up and running. The building will also be used for various local charities throughout the week and the prayer room will be open daily.

Please join us in praying that the light of the Lord shine from this place and it is used for His glory and the souls of men and women. (It's for 24/7 prayer starting this Sunday 9th May)

Below is a link to a virtual prayer room for the Lighthouse- you can add your name to and tick to save it .

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1arzz5XxV2z5_kzHRurkNvZVBwkCGRcMwq35GEOynwn0/edit?usp=drivesdk

If you don't want to add your name to a slot yourself but would like me to do it for you please get in touch at prayercoordinator1995@gmail.com

Mary Fennell, Prayer Co-ordinator

CREATION CARE:

Monday 17th May, 7.30 - 9pm: Creation Care Meeting

We'll continue with the Tear Fund video + study series on Climate and Christianity. This month: "Climate change is a poverty issue".

Eco-tip: Reduce external lighting at night, saving energy and money. Only use outside lights when necessary, ensure that they are shielded, and close curtains to keep in household lighting. Light pollution harms nocturnal wildlife and doesn't necessarily improve security, in fact unshielded lights may facilitate crime and interfere with clear vision. Lots more information at  https://www.darksky.org/light-pollution/

Eco-verse: The earth lies polluted under its inhabitants; for they have transgressed laws, violated the statutes, broken the everlasting covenant. Isaiah 24:5

PRAY FOR COVID:

Let's pray this week for the Lord to soften the hearts of those in power so that...

- Richer countries would pay for supplies of vaccines to be given to poorer countries.

- The roll-out of the vaccine would be throughout the world.

- Those suffering in India would receive all the aid they need.

BLYTHSWOOD FUNDRAISERS:

There are two ways coming up to raise funds for Blythswood. You can register for these, and find out about all our other upcoming events on their Eventbrite page here.

Notices - 2 May

MESSAGE FROM THE MINISTER

As well as being the 5th Sunday of Easter today is the first without Jade. We are grateful to her and to God for lending her and we pray his blessing on her progression towards ordination. At the end of this month we look forward to welcoming her successor, Clarke Muir. You may remember Andy from a couple of years ago. They are not related but they share the same surname and come from the same town in Ayrshire. Clarke will be joined at intervals by his wife, Aileen, and their grown-up children, Lewis (21) and Cara (19).

Rory

THIS SUNDAY 2nd MAY

11am: Morning Service - 'Why is death so central to the life of Jesus?' (Isaiah 53)

3pm: Gaelic service

6pm: Kyleakin fellowship

NEXT SUNDAY 9th MAY

11am: Morning Service -  'How does one become a believer?' (John 3:1-8)

3pm: Elgol church service

3pm: Fig Sunday Gathering

6pm: Kyleakin fellowship

MID-WEEK MEETINGS:

Tuesday 4th May 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 5th May 7.30pm: ALPHA 3

Thursday 6th May 7.30pm: Kirk session meeting

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

This started on Wednesday 21st April. And about a third of our congregation have joined in already!! And it's still not too late to join in! Please register for the course using this link:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf5D0a0ckVP6vltimwfqUhcqMaGymDyFS9lHQ7_W7HIefyMhA/viewform

Remember, 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 is running on 11 consecutive Wednesday evenings, 7.30 - 8.45pm, (from 21st 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

(Scroll down to the end of the email for the link to join the sessions)

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!)

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)

 

CHRISTIAN AID WEEK 16th - 23rd MAY: 

2021 is the 75th anniversary of Christian Aid, and we at Strath and Sleat are keen to raise as much as we can, to help the poorest people of the world battle the worst of a climate crisis they did not create.

It is hoped that if you are able, you might like to walk, run or cycle across the Skye Bridge (and back!) between now and the end of May. Of course if you are not able - your donation and support are extra welcome! Donations can be made via Justgiving or to your local elder or Christian Aid rep - Mairead MacDonald or Mary Strachan.

Why not post a picture of yourself on social media, and encourage your friends to donate, and even share your picture to Strath and Sleat's FB site? Christian Aid buckets and tabards are available from Mary (01471 822262/maryashaig@gmail.com) should you want to approach passers-by for contributions. A bar of Fairtrade chocolate may be awarded to the person who records the most crossings of the bridge – but most of all just donate, and help to make this a more just world.

CREATION CARE:

Monday 17th May, 7.30 - 9pm: Creation Care Meeting

We'll continue with the Tear Fund video + study series on Climate and Christianity. This month: "Climate change is a poverty issue".

Eco-tip: ‘Take 3 for the sea’ - every time you walk by the sea (or anywhere else) take home 3 pieces of plastic/litter. Do it individually or join a network of individuals. Between Christmas and mid-March this year, “Skye Lockdown Litterpick” collected over 300 bags of rubbish and 120 random large objects too big for bags mainly from road verges around the island, as well as clearing a flytip of industrial plastic.  Skye Community Litter Project | Skye Climate Action

Eco-verses: On either side of the river (of the water of life) is the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, producing its fruit each month; and the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. (Rev 22:2)

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.

Notices - 25 April

MESSAGE FROM THE MINISTER

Appreciation is due to everyone who got the Alpha Course off to an encouraging start on Wednesday. As you will see further on in these notices it is not too late to join because last week's opening night was more of an introductory session. The course itself begins in earnest this coming Wednesday at 7.30pm, lasting just an hour. From next month, sermons will be sync'd to the course topics but this Sunday is Jade MacLean's swan-song, while I shall be supervising the preaching of a sole nominee in Glenelg, Kintail & Lochalsh. We thank Jade for her ministry and praise God for sending her!

Rory

THIS SUNDAY 25th APRIL

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

3PM: Fig Sunday Gathering

6pm: Kyleakin fellowship

NEXT SUNDAY 2nd MAY

11am: Morning Service - 'Why did Jesus die?' in the light of 'Who is Jesus?'

3PM: Gaelic service

6pm: Kyleakin fellowship

MID-WEEK MEETINGS:

Tuesday 27th 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 28th 7.30pm: ALPHA 2

Friday 30th April 1pm: 'TEA & CHAT' with Jade (and sadly Jade's last one as she continues her training for ministry)

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

This started on Wednesday 21st April. And about a third of our congregation have joined in already!! And it's still not too late to join in! Please register for the course using this link:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf5D0a0ckVP6vltimwfqUhcqMaGymDyFS9lHQ7_W7HIefyMhA/viewform

Remember, 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 is running on 11 consecutive Wednesday evenings, 7.30 - 8.45pm, (from 21st 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

(Scroll down to the end of the email for the link to join the sessions)

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!)

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)

 

CHRISTIAN AID WEEK 16th - 23rd MAY: 

2021 is the 75th anniversary of Christian Aid, and we at Strath and Sleat are keen to raise as much as we can, to help the poorest people of the world battle the worst of a climate crisis they did not create.

It is hoped that if you are able, you might like to walk, run or cycle across the Skye Bridge (and back!) between now and the end of May. Of course if you are not able - your donation and support are extra welcome! Donations can be made via Justgiving or to your local elder or Christian Aid rep - Mairead MacDonald or Mary Strachan.

Why not post a picture of yourself on social media, and encourage your friends to donate, and even share your picture to Strath and Sleat's FB site? Christian Aid buckets and tabards are available from Mary (01471 822262/maryashaig@gmail.com) should you want to approach passers-by for contributions. A bar of Fairtrade chocolate may be awarded to the person who records the most crossings of the bridge – but most of all just donate, and help to make this a more just world.

CREATION CARE:

Eco-tip: Never buy bottled water. Take a re-usable bottle of tap water with you. If you don't like the taste of tap water buy a filter jug. Extraction of the water can cause ecosystem disruption, most plastic-bottled water contains micro-plastics, manufacture of the bottles uses energy and fossil fuels, production and disposal causes pollution. It is also a lot more expensive and no safer than UK tap water. For more info, watch this 8 minute film: http://www.storyofbottledwater.com  

Eco-verse: you make springs gush forth in the valleys; they flow

between the hills, giving drink to every wild animal; the wild asses

quench their thirst. (Ps 104: 10, 11)

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.

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