Church News Sunday 26th February

SUNDAY CLUB AND FYF Sunday Club and FYF meet today at 10.50am. There is a Crèche for pre-school children each Sunday morning.

PRAYER GROUP The prayer meetings continue on Wednesday mornings at 10.00am in the small hall. The Prayer Group are happy to pray for any requests which any of the congregation have. Feel free to put any in the box in the vestibule.

PASTORAL CARE If you need some help, do contact the Team. You can do this either via your elder or the coordinator, Janet Winchester (01349 865308). We will try our very best to assist. Please allow time to make arrangements if you need to be taken to appointments.

LADIES BIBLE STUDY This group will meet again on Wednesday 1st March at 1.130pm in the small hall, for about an hour. We will be studying Hebrews chapter 12, in the hope of finishing the Hebrews studies the following week, and starting a new series for Lent only a little late on 15th March. We would welcome any lady who would like to join us to study God’s word. The group is friendly and informal, and there is NO requirement to speak unless you wish to.

HOLY COMMUNION Next Sunday 5th March, we celebrate the Sacrament of Holy Communion at our morning worship at 11.00am. The Kirk Session are asked to meet in the small hall at 10.45am prior to worship.

SOUP LUNCH The last soup lunch for this session takes place in the Church Hall on Friday 3rd March at 12 noon. Our speaker that day is to be Jane MacLaren, Principal Welfare Officer, who will speak on “Welfare Benefits and Entitlements”. This should be a most interesting and informative talk so good support would be appreciated. We look forward to welcoming you there.

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER The World Day of Prayer service for the Dingwall area will be held in this Church on Friday 3rd March at 7.30pm. The Order of Service, on the theme “Am I being unfair to you?” has been prepared by Christian women of the Philippines. Thanks to those who have already volunteered to welcome worshippers, read part of the service or serve tea and biscuits afterwards. It would be helpful to have one or two more volunteers for each of these tasks, so please sign up on the sheet at the back of the Church if you can help. In any case, please do come along on March 3rd if you can.

RIVER CAFÉ The next River Cafe takes place in the Church hall on Wednesday 8th March from 2pm-3.30pm. This event gives the opportunity to meet together for a chat, while enjoying some tea or coffee and home baking. Why not drop in and join us? We look forward to welcoming you there.

GUILD The next meeting of the Guild will take place on Monday 6th March at 2pm in the Church hall. Rev Rattenbury, who is chaplain to the Highland Hospice, will speak on the history of Black Isle Churches. Anyone interested in the Guild or in the topic is very welcome. Members of the Guilds of St Clements and Castle Street Churches have also been invited to what promises to be an interesting afternoon. Guild members are reminded of the invitation to Castle Street Guild’s Social Afternoon on Wednesday 8th March at 2.30pm. Offers of/requests for transport should be addressed to any member of the Leadership Team.

ELECTORAL REGISTER If any member of the Congregation wishes to inspect the Electoral Register that the Kirk Session has produced as a result of the Vacancy to check that their names and addresses are correctly included on it, this must be done immediately after this mornings service. If anyone has any questions regarding entries on the Register, these need to be brought to the attention of the Kirk Session before they meet today at 12.15pm after morning worship. Once the Electoral Register has been confirmed at the Kirk Session today it cannot be modified or amended for a period of six months.

KIRK SESSION There will be a short Kirk Session Meeting today at approximately 12.15pm in the small hall to be chaired by our Interim Moderator, Rev. Scott Polworth. The only item of business will be to finally confirm the names on the Electoral Register.

A full Kirk Session will meet at 7.00pm on Thursday 9th March 2017. Minutes and Agendas are available to uplift now. Elders who receive their Minutes and Agenda should have them by now. Members of the Congregation are welcome to attend Kirk Session Meetings as observers but are not allowed to contribute to any discussions that take place unless invited to do so by the Chairperson. Also, from time to time observers may be asked to leave a meeting if any items of Restricted Business are on the Agenda.

CRECHE We were very glad to welcome two new volunteers to the crèche team last week. Very many thanks to these two ladies. This means we will now be in a position to continue to offer a crèche each Sunday. If anyone else has been thinking about it, and now feels inspired to join the team, do please contact Janet Winchester (01349 865308). The more volunteers, the less often each person appears on the rota.

World Mission Council News Letter The most recent edition of this Newsletter is now available. Those who receive “Life and Work” should already have received a copy. There are a few extra copies on the table at the back of the Church, so do please take one. The theme this time is Fairtrade. Fairtrade Fortnight runs from 27th February until 12th March. Information is also available on the Fairtrade Foundation website.

Safeguarding Training for volunteers Training sessions for volunteers working with children and adults in their congregations have been arranged as follows;

  • Thursday 23rd March at 7.00 p.m. in Rosskeen Church Hall, Alness
  • Saturday 8th April at 10.00a.m. in St.Clements,Dingwall.

The training sessions will last for approximately 2 hours and are open to all volunteers whether new or those who may wish to refresh their training. Please contact Hugh Fraser on 01997 433384 if you wish to attend.

PASTORAL DUTIES Rev’d Russel Smith can be contacted on 861011 if required for any Pastoral duties.

Order of Service for this week