Church News Sunday 28th July

HOLIDAY CLUB Holiday club meets today at 10.50 and will run through the school holidays.

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 The team is still available during the holiday season to be of assistance. Please contact either your elder or the coordinator, Janette Steele (01349861591), and we will do our best to help. Do allow time for arrangements to be made.

FAVOURITE HYMNS On Sunday evening 4th August we are inviting folk to choose their favourite hymns. We can have 7 hymns on the night followed by tea/coffee afterwards (we’ll need it!). Please let the minister know your favourite hymn and if there is any particular story as to why the hymn is important to you. Hymn choices to be chosen by today.

GUILDLINK OUTING The meeting in Perth with our Guildlink partners from Port Glasgow has been re-arranged for Monday 12th August. If anyone who did not sign up for the original date would like to join us on that date, please contact Janet Winchester as soon as possible, so that bus tickets can be arranged. (01349 865308)

CYCLONE IDIA AND OTHER EMERGENCIES The Session decided that, as there had been several fundraising events over the year, we would not organise a collection of goods over the summer as we have done in previous years. We also noted that for the same reason we had not organised a retiring offering at the time when Cyclone Idai devasted parts of Mozambique and Malawi. Aid organisations continue to require funds to provide emergency relief and begin reconstruction in the affected areas, as well as in other parts of the world affected by climate emergencies and wars. If you are able, we ask you to consider supporting such work in the coming weeks on an individual basis. Many organisations are involved and you may have your own favourites. Two Christian organisations, which both work with survivors of Cyclone Idai (and other disasters) are;

Christian Aid: Sycamore House, 290 Bath Street, GLASGOW G2 4JR, tel. 0141 221 7475,

Tearfund: 100 Church Road, TEDDINGTON TW11 8QE, tel. 020 3906 3906,

HIGHLAND FOODBANK Thank you for your amazing generosity each week. It is much appreciated by our church, the Foodbank volunteers and, of course, the recipients. As you may have seen in the press, the numbers requiring this help seems to be ever growing. So please, during this school holiday period, be more than ever aware of the needs of the people in our community and put a little extra in your shopping trolley to donate. Thank you.

CROSSREACH CrossReach is 150 years old. The Kirk Session agreed to have a retiring collection to support this excellent social care arm of our church. This will be after both services on Sunday 11th August. The donations will be given to the Inverness Branch of CrossReach Counselling Service which helps people one-to-one (cost £60 per session) and it also reaches out to groups with a presence in the Secondary Schools to help with mental health issues and loneliness. It is hoped to extend the range in time. I hope you will agree that this is such a worthwhile cause and will give in your usual generous way. Gift Aid envelopes will be available for your donations next Sunday, 4th August.

WYVIS HOUSE There will be a short service at 4pm today in Wyvis House. All are welcome to come along.

PASTORAL DUTIES Rev’d Macdonald is on holiday from tomorrow until Saturday 24th August. Rev’d Russel Smith can be contacted on 861011 if required for any Pastoral duties.

Order of Service for this week