Church News Sunday 4th August

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  If you need help don’t hesitate to contact either your district elder or the coordinator, Janette Steele (01349861591),and we will do our very best to assist. Remember to allow time for arrangements to be made.

HOLY COMMUNION On Sunday 8th September we will be celebrating the Sacrament of Holy Communion at our morning service at 11.00am and at our evening service at 6.30pm. The Kirk Session are asked to meet in the small hall at 10.45am prior to morning worship.

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 Please continue to donate non-perishable food items in the container in the church annex. Sadly, these contributions are so necessary and are welcomed by the recipients. 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 are available today for your donations which can be placed in the offering box next week.

SUNDAY TEAS Enjoying a chat over a cup of tea is an important part of our Church Fellowship. With people away at this time of year, the tea rota is rather slow to fill up. Could you help by taking a turn so that we can continue to have this important time together? All we ask is that you supply milk and biscuits. It is not necessary to bake for this. If you can help, please add your name to the list in the hall or speak with Janet Murray who will gladly explain the format to you. Your help would be greatly appreciated. Many thanks.

SEAFORTH HOUSE The next service at Seaforth House is planned for August 11th at 3 pm. Our team is a little bit short at the moment so if you feel that you could come and worship and help at any of the services there ,even for one or two times a year that would be a great support. The residents always like to see us coming from Ferintosh.

FLOWER FESTIVAL Kilmuir Easter Church are holding a Flower Festival on Saturday 10th August (10am – 4pm) and Sunday 11th August (2pm – 4pm).

PASTORAL DUTIES Rev’d Macdonald is on holiday until Saturday 24th August. Mrs Irene Munro can be contacted on 865752 if required for any Pastoral duties between 4th and 11th August.

Order of Service for this week