• Highland Food Bank

    Highland Food Bank An information evening about the new Hilton Foodbank Centre to discuss how members and friends of local churches can be involved will be held on Thursday, 14th August at 7.30pm in Shop 1, 1 Hilton Village, Hilton, Inverness. If you would like to consider volunteering or just...

  • Thanks to WFM for Lifting Lives

    We have received a thank you letter for the donation raised at the WFM Supper for the Lifting Lives Project 2014/15. A copy can be seen on the lane door notice board.

  • Camps’ Support Fund

    Camps’ Support Fund At its last meeting the Deacons’ Court decided to give the congregation the opportunity to contribute to the Camps’ Support Fund which helps leaders and campers attend a summer camp. Over 300 campers and 100 leaders and cooks will be involved this year with a good number...

  • Office Bearers CE Bible Study

    Christianity Explored All office-bearers are invited to attend an evening training course on Thursday, 28th August at 7.30pm in the hall. This is in preparation for using CE in our home Bible study groups which are due to commence in September, all being well.

  • Open Doors

    Open Doors We hope to open the church to visitors during the five Saturdays in August (2-5pm). Help will be needed with setting things up, welcoming, serving in the cafe and providing baking. Please consider getting involved. Many visitors have appreciated an opportunity to come in, look around and chat...

  • Great Wilderness Challenge

    Great Wilderness Challenge The Christian Youth Centre (CYC/YMCA) has been offered 6 places on the Challenge taking place in the Poolewe area on Saturday, 16th August. More details about the walk can be found at www.greatwildernesschallenge.info. Please contact Elma Mackay at elmacmackay1966@aol.com if you are interested in taking part to...

  • Open Doors

    Open Doors We hope to open the church to visitors during the five Saturdays in August (2-5pm). Help will be needed with setting things up, welcoming, serving in the cafe and providing baking. Please consider getting involved. Many visitors have appreciated an opportunity to come in, look around and chat...

  • Summer Tea Rota

    Tea rota Please sign up on the sheets in the kitchen if you can help with after-church teas in July and August.

  • Everything Baby

    Everything Baby You may have noticed that a new shop – Everything Baby – has recently opened at 108 Church Street. This is a charity which takes donations of quality pre-loved baby, toddler and maternity goods, baby equipment, toys and goods, sells them through the shop at affordable prices and...

  • Fund raising BBQ

    BBQ Invitation A warm invitation is extended to the congregation to attend a fund raising BBQ at Anna MacRitchie’s on Saturday 30th August from 5pm to 8.30pm. All money raised will be going between Old MacDonald’s Farm (www.omfzambia.com) and Vine Trust Peru (www.vinetrust.org!)

  • Madras Street

    Madras Street This summer looks to be an exciting one! One which sees the return of some good friends. Ian Polworth starts back this month and is looking forward to getting back in the swing of the work down here at Madras Street after 7 months off. Ian is going...

  • Women for Mission Day Away

    Women for Mission Day Away The WfM Day Away in Perth on 20 September (details and booking form in the May issue of The Record, poster at the Lane Door) – if you wish to attend please book soon as places are limited to 200. If you are going and...

  • September Women’s Group Meeting

    September Women’s Group Meeting The first meeting of the new session will be on 2 September when our speaker will be Joan MacKenzie, who will tell us about the work she is involved in with the Africa Inland Mission in Chad. It would be good to see as many ladies...

  • Women’s group Questionnaire

    Questionnaire Many thanks to all of you who took the time to fill in the questionnaire making good suggestions regarding both the format of the meetings and ideas for the future. There was much lively discussion at the meeting at the Manse on the evening of Thursday 3rd July as...

  • Annual Buffet Supper

    Annual Buffet Supper The June meeting of the Women’s Group was our annual Buffet Supper open to all the congregation and friends. Over 70 people came along to enjoy fellowship and food – and judging by the volume of chatter and the empty plates it was a successful evening on...

  • Free Church Youth Camps

    Free Church Youth Camps The Deacons’ Court at its last meeting decided to give the congregation the opportunity to contribute to the Camps’ Support Fund, which helps leaders and campers attend a summer camp. Over 300 campers and 100 leaders and cooks will be involved this year with a good...

  • Youth Fellowship

    Youth Fellowship After the Summer break the Youth Fellowship will divide into two groups; one catering for secondary school age young folk and this group will be hosted by Dan and Penny in their home, which will be the YF, and the other group consisting of the rest of the...

  • Likely Dads

    Likely Dads This is a group which has been meeting in the hall on the last Saturday of the month for the past few months from 10.30am to 12pm. It is supervised and facilitated by the CALA Trust and aims at encouraging male carers with young children to come along...

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  • Births

    New Birth Congratulations to Ian and Eileen Macinnes on the birth of Katie Mairi Rowan on Sunday 8th June weighing 7lbs 1oz. Also congratulations to Alison Waite whose daughter Helen and husband Darryl had twin girls, born on 16th June. Their names are Sophie and Hayleigh. Sophie weighed 6 lb...

  • Please remember these people in prayer

    llnesses or Hospital Mr Archie MacArthur Mrs Anna Cameron Mr Ian Paterson Mrs Christina Morrison (RNI) Housebound Mrs Margaret MacLeod Mrs Christine MacRae Mrs Mary MacDonald Residential Homes Mr John Ferguson – Aden House Miss Catriona Urquhart – Ballifeary Miss Betty MacRae – Ballifeary Miss Morag MacDonald – Cameron House...

  • William Fraser

    Condolences We also express our sympathy to Innes Fraser whose brother, William Fraser, died at the age of 92 years in St Olaf Home, Nairn, on Sunday 6th July. The funeral was at W T Fraser’s on Friday 11th July.

  • Flora Macdonald

    Condolences We were deeply saddened at the sudden and unexpected passing away of Flora Macdonald on Monday 9th June. Flora had been a regular attender at the Free North for decades and was well known and well liked in the church family. Her funeral took place in the Free North...

  • Message for Summer

    Dear Friends, The weather has been so changeable over the last number of weeks. Sunshine and showers, hot and cold, windy and calm, and sometimes all of these in the space of just one day! Most of us love the sun. It not only brings warmth and light but literally...

  • Discovery Update

    Discovery Two months ago, after comprehensively assessing over several months the needs of the community who live near and around the church, we identified loneliness, isolation and, in relation to people living in multiple occupancy accommodation especially, nowhere to go and nothing to do as critical needs which people wished...

  • Camps’ Support Fund

    Camps’ Support Fund: The Deacons’ Court, at its last meeting, decided to give the congregation the opportunity to contribute to the Camps’ Support Fund which helps leaders and campers attend a summer camp. Over 300 campers and 100 leaders and cooks will be involved this year with a good number...

  • Tea Rota

    Tea rota: Please sign up on the sheets in the kitchen if you can help with after-church teas in July and August.

  • Transport Questionnaire

    A Transport Questionnaire is being circulated with the aim of helping to assess transport needs. Pick one up at the doors and return in the collection box

  • Discovery

    Discovery Two months ago, after comprehensively assessing over several months the needs of the community who live near or around the church, we identified loneliness, isolation and, in relation to people living in multiple occupancy accommodation especially, nowhere to go or nothing to do as critical needs which people wished...

  • Inverness and North Mission Support Group

    Inverness and North Mission Support Group The Coffee Morning on 24 May – our last fundraising event for this session – was very encouraging and raised a wonderful sum of money for Chaparral Mission School, India, as follows: Coffee morning and later donations = £834.40 Gift aid recovery = £180.00...

  • Highland Food bank Request

    Highland Food bank Request We are looking for volunteers to help at our next supermarket collection on Friday 4th and Saturday 5th July from 10am until 5pm at both Tesco Extra stores in Inverness. We require a minimum of 11 volunteers for each day at each store, and are looking...

  • Inverness Churches Helping the Homeless

    Inverness Churches Helping the Homeless Below is a summary of the Project’s newsletter for May 2014 The EVALUATION MEETING for this year’s DAA PROJECT is to take place on TUESDAY 17th JUNE at 7pm in the NESS BANK CHURCH HALLS. All welcome. A full Evaluation Report prepared by the Highland...

  • Meeting with Jo Barnard

    Meeting with Jo Barnard Last Sunday, the Sunday school teachers and parents had a short meeting with Jo Barnard, when he talked about some of the ideas he shared in the two articles in the Record. He shared with us the Bible’s teaching on the role of parents and the...

  • Family Service/Prize Giving

    Sunday School Family Service/Prize Giving The family service and Sunday School Prize Giving will be held on Sunday, 29 June

  • Elders Meeting Together

    Kirk Session News Elders Meeting Together A majority of the Free North elders met in Smithton Free Church on Saturday 17th May from 8am till 1pm. The purpose of this informal meeting was to allow us to spend time together discussing issues that have been addressed at Kirk Session meetings...

  • Remember these people in prayer

    llnesses or Hospital Mr Archie MacArthur Mrs Anna Cameron Mr Ian Paterson Mrs Christina Morrison (RNI) Home from Hospital Mr Ian Polwarth Housebound Mrs Margaret MacLeod Mrs Christine MacRae Mrs Mary MacDonald Residential Homes Mr John Ferguson – Aden House Miss Catriona Urquhart – Ballifeary Miss Betty MacRae – Ballifeary...

  • Isobel Taylor

    Condolences It was with deep sadness that we heard that on the 20th of May that Isabel Taylor had passed away at the Highland Hospice but rejoice that she has gone home to be with her Lord. Her funeral took place at Wm T Fraser’s on the 29th May with...

  • Message for June

    Dear Friends, The hardest part of suffering is time. A short stab of pain hurts us, but we recover and go on. Yet, when a prolonged period of suffering comes, we long for relief and cry out to God, “how long must this go on?” By that we often mean,...

  • Missing Spectacles?

    If you are the person who has lost prescription sunglasses, they can be picked up in the Lower Session Room.

  • Acclaim success

    Thanks to all those who attended and helped at the Acclaim concert. £3,000 was collected and sent to the Scottish Bible Society.

  • Jo Barnard

    Jo Barnard will begin a six week placement with the Free North Church on Sunday, 25th May when he will preach at the evening service. He will be involved in the Free North and Madras Street in both a preaching and pastoral role throughout his placement. Please do pray for...

  • Chhapara Mission School May 2014

    Inverness and North Mission Support Group Coffee morning – Saturday 24th may 2014 at 10.30 am Dingwall Free Church Hall Donations of baking, plants, bric-a-brac welcome So far this session we have sent £2450 to the Presbyterian Free Church in India for the extension and upgrading of the Christian School...

  • Blythswood Support Group

    Blythswood Support Group The annual Ploughman’s Lunch is to be held on Saturday, 17 May from 12 noon – 2 pm, in Daviot Hall, Daviot when Hot Soup, Filled Rolls, Tea/coffee and Home Baking will be served. There will also be a Bric-a-Brac sales table, Auction and Baking stall. All...

  • Acclaim Choir

    Acclaim Choir Event We are hosting this event on Saturday 24th May at 7.30pm. The choir will sing a selection of pieces, including, Amazing Grace (My Chains are Gone), Lamb of God, Crown Him (Majesty), The Perfect Wisdom of our God and Behold the Man. Elaine Duncan, Chief Executive of...

  • Madras Street

    Madras Street It’s been a very busy few weeks down here at Madras Street! Within the drop-in we are seeing an increasing number of folks just popping in for some company and a chat. We are very thankful to all our volunteers who keep the place running every day. Seven...

  • Women’s Meeting

    Women’s Meetings Our meeting on Tuesday, 6 May was a slightly different meeting to what we had planned, but nonetheless a happy gathering where we heard of the journey of a fellow Christian friend. We must share our experience with you all and let you know how the Lord provided...

  • Congregational Fellowship Speaker

    Congregational Fellowship. Our next meeting will be on Sunday 25th May when we expect Mike Moore, Chief Executive of Christian Witness to Israel to be our speaker. Mike has a real passion for reaching Jewish people with the gospel and is well worth hearing.

  • Sunday School Summer Outing

    Sunday School Summer Outing We hope to have our annual outing on either the first or second Saturday of June. We will be going over to Rosemarkie and we would be glad to see any of the congregation who are able to join us. When the date is fixed do...

  • Challenger 3 Bus

    The PWAMM (People with a Mission Ministries) Team were once again with us in Inverness with the Challenger 3 Bus for 2 weeks recently. For the first week from Tuesday 22nd April to Friday 2nd May they visited a large number of local schools teaching aspects of the Christian faith...

  • Kirk Session News

    Communion The congregation greatly benefited from the preaching of our visiting minister, Rev. Alasdair MacAulay of Tain at the April Communion weekend. The Kirk Session were delighted to welcome into membership, Elise Ayres, Annie Maclean and Annetta Crooks who professed their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ for the first...

  • Thanks

    I would like to thank the congregation for the many expressions of love shown to me following my recent knee surgery. Your prayers especially have been made very real to me as I sense the Lord’s healing power and presence in and around me. It is also good to know...

  • Baptisms

    On Sunday 4th May, Flora Maimie Maciver, daughter of Rob and Sarah Maciver also Grace Christine, daughter of Danny and Dorothy Mackenzie were baptised. Having received the sign of the Covenant and the parents having promised to raise the girls as believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, let us as...

  • May Prayer Topics

    Please remember in prayer, those in the congregation who are in hospital, recovering at home, housebound and in residential homes. The list remains as in the last newsletter, with the addition of Isobel Taylor, who is in the Highland Hospice. llnesses or Hospital Mr Archie MacArthur Mrs Anna Cameron Mr...

  • Message for May

    Dear Friends, What thrills my heart more than anything is when the Lord brings someone to faith in Jesus Christ. I love to witness that and to hear of that. At our recent communions we were blessed to hear Annie Maclean, Annetta Crookes and Elise Ayres doing just that. I...

  • Challenger Bus

    Challenger Bus Mission The PWAMM (People with a Mission Ministry) Challenger Team are returning to work alongside us for two weeks of schools work from Monday 21 April to Saturday 3 May, with a particular focus on evening outreach to the community of Merkinch from Monday 28th April to Saturday...

  • Ignite

    Madras Street – Youth Club As part of our outreach in Madras Street we have recently started a youth club called Ignite. This takes place for one hour on a Friday night and caters for children of primary school age. This has been very well received by the kids with...

  • Youth Fellowship

    Youth Fellowship The Youth Fellowship continues to run as a stable part of the younger people’s programme. We have up to 20 people on a Sunday night sharing in fellowship. The evenings vary from talks about Christian life to worship evenings and testimonies from people in the congregation. It continues...

  • Christians against Poverty

    Letter from Allan Dunbar, Christians Against Poverty Thank you for your encouragement and generous gift for the work of CAP in Inverness. We value your offer to pray for our ministry and would suggest a few items to share: Kind regards, Allan

  • Women’s Meetings

    Women’s Meetings It was a change of scene for our April meeting. This time, 46 of us headed for the Golf Club at Culcabock to have what has become our annual high tea. All suitably dressed with no denims or trainers in sight we were welcomed into the club by...

  • Building alteration plans

    New Toilet Block and Fellowship Area Our Architects are now well on with the plans for the creation of the new toilet block in the space currently occupied by the lower session room and the new fellowship area at the rear of the church below the gallery. We expect to...

  • News

    Artefact unearthed during survey An interesting historical artefact in the form of a very old glass bottle was found during a recent survey inspection of the area under the hall floor. The bottle would appear to have been discarded by one of the original workmen when the church was built...

  • Nico Evander Nordvik

    Baptism On Sunday, 6th April Nico Evander Nordvik, son of Annis and Vinnie, was baptised by Rev. Colin Macleod. With great joy we welcome young Nico to the church family and pray for the Lord’s blessing upon him and his parents.

  • Condolences

    It was with great sadness that we heard that Kenneth Maciver passed away peacefully on the 20th March in the Isobel Fraser Care Home. The funeral took place on Thursday 27th at John Fraser & Son. Ken will be greatly missed having been a part of the Free North Congregation...

  • April Prayer Topics

    Please remember the following people in your prayers llnesses or Hospital Mr Archie MacArthur Mrs Anna Cameron Mr Ian Paterson Home from Hospital Mrs Christina Morrison Mr Ian Polwarth Housebound Mrs Margaret MacLeod Mrs Christine MacRae Mrs Mary MacDonald Residential Homes Mr John Ferguson – Aden House Miss Catriona Urquhart...

  • April 2014

    Dear Friends, As I have been walking around Inverness for the last few weeks it has been apparent that the change in season has had an effect on the citizens of our city. The sunshine and warmth has brought a spring in the steps of those passing the church building....

  • March Prayer Topics

    Please remember these people in your prayers llnesses or Hospital Mr Archie MacArthur Mrs Anna Cameron Mrs Ishbel Graham (RNI) Mrs Margaret MacAulay (RNI) Mrs Margaret Grant (RNI)   Home from Hospital Mr Ian Paterson Mrs Christina Morrison Mr Ian Polwarth   Residential Homes Mr John Ferguson – Aden House...

  • Maintenance

    Deacons’ Court News You may have noticed that scaffolding has been erected along the side of the church. The scaffolding has been put up by Macleod Roofing, who have been employed to carry out repairs to the guttering on that side of the building. The work on the guttering is...

  • Chhapara Mission School, March 2014

    Inverness and North Mission support for – Chhapara Mission School, India Update – March 2014 On Saturday 15th February about 60 mission supporters gathered to have lunch and to enjoy fellowship. We listened to David Forbes from Farr, by Inverness, giving us the inside story of keeping a check on...

  • God’s promises

    Dear Friends, How disappointing is it when promises are broken? Last week Jessie and I spent a couple of days in Edinburgh helping our two sons, Matthew and David, move into their newly purchased flat. They put in a lot of work to ensure a smooth move from their old...

  • Walled Garden

    Dear Friends, In our recent office bearers’ prayer meeting, Colin had selected Psalm 19 to read to us to help focus our thoughts on the Lord. It also happens to be a Psalm very dear to my own heart. I know many of us have favourite psalms but for myself...

  • New Year

    Dear Friends, As 2014 came upon us I was once again faced with that recurring question that I have to address every New Year; what do I say to people when I meet them for the first time in a new year? Happy New Year? A prosperous new year? A...

  • 2012 October International Mission Update

    October International Mission Update