Church News Sunday 28th April

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

BREAKFAST CLUB Breakfast Club for nursery and primary children is today at 10.20am.

PRAYER GROUP Prayer meetings continue on Wednesday mornings at 10am in the Church hall. Prayer is the essential powerhouse of the Church and your participation would be greatly valued.

 Informal prayer time before the morning service From 1015-1045 each Sunday the posh room is available for prayer spoken and unspoken, for our church, for the world and for current needs. You can come and go within that time so no need to stay for the half an hour. Feel free to drop in.

PASTORAL CARE TEAM Please call either your elder or the coordinator, Janette Steele (01349 861591), if you need help from the Team. We will do our very best to assist.

LADIES BIBLE STUDY We embark on a series of studies looking at Faith and Creation, Connexions. On Wednesday 1st May at 1.30pm in the Church Hall, we will begin with “The Circle”. These studies have a Celtic theme. Please think about joining us at this time of fellowship, worship and study. We’d be delighted to have you come along.

BUNDLES OF FUN For all parents/carers, babies + toddlers, every Thursday in the hall from 1pm-2:30pm. Come along and relax over a cup of tea/coffee whilst you watch the children play.

KIRK SESSION The Kirk Session will meet at 7.00pm on 1st May in the Church Hall. Minutes and the Agenda have now been circulated by email and post. Any elder who has not received their Agenda and Minutes should contact the Session Clerk as soon as possible

SERVICE THEME From today the morning services will follow a new theme ‘Believing is Seeing’. This will continue until Sunday 19th May, giving us four weeks on this new theme. We have looked at the I AM sayings of Christ in the Gospel of John, also the signs/miracles of Jesus in the Gospel of John and now continue in the Gospel of John with the believing is seeing theme.​

Sunday 5th May – John 12: 17 – 22          Sunday 12th May – John 20: 19 – 23

Sunday 19th May – John 20: 24 – 29

RIVER CAFÉ The next River Cafe takes place in the Church Hall on Wednesday 8th May from 2pm-3.30pm. This is proving to be a popular time for meeting up for a chat while enjoying some tea/coffee and home bakes. Why not join us? We look forward to welcoming you there. If you would be willing to provide some home baking for this event, can you please add your name to the list at the back of the hall so that we have an idea of what amount and variety of baking will be available? Many thanks.

HIGHLAND FOODBANK As you no doubt have been reading in the press about the massive increase in the use of foodbanks throughout the country, you can see how much our contributions matter. It is the difference between eating and not for many people who have fallen on tough times. Please add something extra for the foodbank to your shopping list. The container is in the annex of the church for you to place these. Thank you for your continuing generosity.

WORLD MISSION COUNCIL NEWSLETTER The latest edition of this newsletter is available entitled “Walking Alongside” and including articles on the Church of Scotland’s contacts around the world. Those who receive “Life and Work” will receive a copy with their May magazine. There are also copies on the table at the back of the Church. Please take one, read it and pass it on to someone else you think may be interested.

FELLOWSHIP OF THE LEAST COIN This year’s contribution from this congregation was £120 which is a truly magnificent sum. This will make a huge difference in the lives of women and children throughout the world with the use of micro-loans to help feed families, send children to be educated and thus taking some out of poverty. Thank you and keep praying and saving your “least coin” for the next year. If you haven’t heard of this charity, which is allied to the World Day of Prayer organisation, and want to know more, please speak to Janette Steele.

SOS FROM MALAWI News has just come from Bob and Jan Baxter that Livingstonia Hospital in Malawi is in desperate need of bedsheets, preferably single, but double can also be used. There is an opportunity to send these this coming week, so if anyone has any that are surplus to requirements, could you please get them to Janet Winchester (Craigdarroch, Burnside Lane, Conon Bridge – tel:01349 865308) by Thursday 2nd May at the latest. There have been many requests for money and goods recently, and Christian Aid Week is coming, so no-one is expected to spend money buying new bedsheets, but any that are available would  be most welcome.

WYVIS HOUSE A service will take place today, Sunday 28th at 4 o’clock in Wyvis House and any are welcome to join us in the worship there.

CHRISTIAN AID WEEK 2019 Christian Aid Week (12th – 18th May) will soon be upon us. We plan to have a simple soup lunch after the morning service on 12th May, and would welcome help with this – soups, bread/oatcakes, servers and help in the kitchen. Please put your name on the list on the table at the back of the Church if you are able to help. We will also be collecting money around the parish during the following week. We could do with some more help with this. Please add your name to the list if you are able to collect in a given area of the parish (this can be the area where you live, if you prefer), or post envelopes through doors (to be returned by the householder to a central collecting point) or simply give out envelopes to family, friends and neighbours.

PASTORAL DUTIES Rev’d Stephen Macdonald can be contacted on 864273 if required for any Pastoral duties.

Order of Service for this week