Message for December

From the Manse Dear Friends, MoneySuperMarket presents the following figures to illustrate how commercialised and consumerist Christmas has become to us. They state that spending is set to exceed £18 billion this year with Brits splashing out an average of £397 per person on the cost of Christmas. This level...

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First things First

From the Manse Dear friends, In my daily reading plan I’m making my way through Ezekiel amongst other passages in the Bible and the truth is there are sections which are difficult to understand containing language and concepts that are hard to make sense of. In chapter 1 Ezekiel sees...

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New Start Highland

New Start Highland – Appeal for Furniture and Household Donations New Start have written to us to draw attention to their current appeal for donations of furniture and household items to help those who are homeless or living in poverty in our area. New Start was originally established through local...

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UCCF: The Christian Unions

UCCF: The Christian Unions Below is an extract from Emma MacAulay’s latest e-mail, with news of the work she is involved in as a Relay Worker with UCCF: “I hope you are well! Thank you for your continued support and prayers – it’s been wonderful to see the Lord answering...

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Blythswood Inverness Support Group

Blythswood Inverness Support Group Harvest Supper – Thank you to all who supported this event on Friday, 18 September in the Kingsview Christian Centre. Nearly 90 people from churches throughout the city enjoyed the buffet meal and an excellent presentation by Rev Sandy Sutherland of Fortrose Free Church. The sum...

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The Leprosy Mission Scotland

The Leprosy Mission Scotland Thank you to all who supported last Saturday’s coffee morning in aid of Purulia Hospital in West Bengal. A total of £1,288.04 was raised from the sale of tickets, donations and the bring-and-buy stall. The sale of Christmas cards, etc brought in a further £228.93. This...

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Message for October

Dear friends, As we continue our overview of the principles and practices involved in following Jesus as members of His church, we come to the area of Bible reading. The Bible is God’s food for us (Heb 5. 12-14) which is sweet to the taste (Ps 119. 103), it refreshes...

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Prayer

Dear friends, When a baby is born, one of the obvious evidences that there is new life is the sound of a cry. It’s what a mother and attendant medical staff look for, or rather listen for. A cry is a baby’s way of saying ‘I’m here, I’m alive, I...

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Ministry Apprentice

Robin Gray is to commence a one year Ministry Apprenticeship in the congregation this week. This will engage him in preaching, pastoral and practical duties as well as theological studies through HTC. Please do pray for him in this role.

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Relay Mission

Student Mission – Emma MacAulay UCCF: The Christian Unions is a fellowship of students, staff and supporters that exists to give every student in Great Britain an opportunity to hear and respond to the gospel of Jesus Christ. Christian Unions (CUs) are led by students, involving people from different church...

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Madras Street Update

Madras Street News It’s been another busy few weeks here at Madras Street. The month of June was a very musical month at the Road to Recovery. We enjoyed a night of country music with Jonny Bremner at the Road to Recovery – there were lots of feet tapping! The...

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Reflections from Innes

Reflections on My Placement If there is one word I could use to describe my short time in the Free North, it would be ‘blessing’. It was a blessing to spend my 6 weeks with you here. It was a blessing to meet such a warm congregation. It was a...

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Message for Summer

From the Manse Dear friends, This month we’re going to look at Praise as we consider what it means to be a follower of Jesus and a member in his church. There are several words in the Bible to describe praise; One word is yadah, meaning ‘praise, give thanks, or...

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Blythswood Inverness Support Group

Blythswood Inverness Support Group There was an excellent turnout for the annual Ploughman’s Lunch held on Saturday, 16th May in Daviot Hall, where good food and fellowship were enjoyed. The amount raised from donations and the auction was £2,000 and we thank all those who gave so generously and pray...

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Discovery Groups

Discovery Groups On Saturday 16th May our Discovery Group, the group that usually meets in the manse, had a pot luck supper at 26 MacKay Road. There were 17 of us with only a few of the group not managing to come. There was a good range of ages from...

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Summer Visitors

Summer Visitors It is the time of year again when we expect see visitors at our services. Let’s make sure that we give them a good welcome and take them through to the hall if they wish to stay. It might be helpful to remember are all on “duty” when...

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Sunday School Outing

Sunday School On Saturday 6th June the Sunday School families gathered at Whin Park for an afternoon of fun .The children had a great time on the equipment and then we all went for a train ride. The experience was captured by Colin and posted on Facebook . It was...

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CWI

Congregational Fellowship In May, Mike Moore gave a talk on the ongoing work of CWI. Mike has been involved in this ministry for 30 years and, though recently succeeded as General Secretary by Joseph Steinberg, continues to deputise around the country. We enjoyed a time of food and fellowship together...

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Message for May

From the Manse Dear friends, I’m continuing to look at what it means to be a member in the church. We were pleased to receive into membership at our recent communions Debbie Hargreaves, Robin Gray and Neil Holmes all by profession of faith. As we pray that the Lord will...

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Message for April

From the Manse Dear friends, Two months ago we began looking at why we should join the church if we trust our lives to the Lord Jesus Christ. Being a member involves both privileges and responsibilities, and so over the next few months I want to look at particular areas...

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Adam’s Ministry

Congregations are being given the opportunity to support Adam in his work. There will be a collection for him at the beginning of April which we hope to pass on to him when he visits the area. He will speak in Fortrose on Tuesday 21st April and in Greyfriars on...

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Induction and ordination

 Rev Joe Barnard was ordained to the Ministry and inducted to the charge of Kiltarlity and Kirkhill on Friday 13th March. Dan preached on the evening and Colin was moderator of Presbytery and officiated in the matter. It was a very well attended meeting and with a great reception...

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Church Transport

We currently run two buses in the morning one on either side of the river to take people to church. If you think this would be helpful for you please speak to either Mike Casey or Sandy Finlay. At night we provide a taxi on either side of the river....

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Women’s Prayer Meeting

Women’s Prayer Meeting The women’s prayer meeting is needing to be reviewed. The attendance has dropped significantly with only a very few able to attend. Would a change of day/time/venue make a difference? Please speak to Jessie if you have suggestions regarding the future of the meeting. At present the...

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30’s/40’s Group

30’s/40’s Group This group meets every month in the Manse and is aimed at men in this age group who wish to learn more about being a disciple of Jesus. We use the ‘Multiply’ material which is a series of 24 lessons on what the Bible says about being a...

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20’s/30’s Group

20’s/30’s Group The group meets every Sunday in the manse and follows a programme of discipleship training, praise meetings, testimonies and bible teaching on doctrine. We’ve looked at the doctrine of Total Depravity and how that impacts our lives and are planning to addressing the other points of what is...

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Baptism

Colin baptised Eilidh Macarthur Smith, daughter of Calum and Lorna Smith on Sunday 8th March in front of a big congregation. We pray that the Lord will bless the parents as they bring up Eilidh to follow Jesus herself and that we as a congregation would support this family in...

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Condolences

We were saddened to hear of the death of Margaret Maciver on Sunday 15th March. She was 92 years old. Margaret had lived for many years in Argyle Court before moving to the Isobel Fraser home around Christmas time. After her brother Kenneth died last year, her health seemed to...

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Volunteers

Everything Baby (social enterprise charity on Church Street) are looking for volunteers to fill a variety of roles. For further information see the notice at the lane door or www.everything-baby.org.uk/volunteer.

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Message for March

Dear friends, Time to Say Good Bye Sadly, it seems the time has come for me (Dan) to write my last letter in the monthly bulletin. It was 18 months ago that Penny and I moved to Inverness and started our ministry in the Free North and Madras Street. Since...

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Message for February

Dear friends, Why Join the Church? Over the coming months Colin and I hope to run a series of monthly messages on the theme of church membership. Therefore this month I (Dan) wish to share with you the necessity of membership. It will be no surprise that membership rates of...

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Message for January

Dear friends, Well, 2015 is here at long last! Its arrival is something that’s been spoken about, referred to, anticipated, dreaded by some, longed for by others, but no matter how we’ve approached it, the fact of the matter is it’s here now! The question I’ve been asking myself is,...

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