TAIN WEEKLY BULLETIN Sunday 1st January 2017

Sunday 1st January 2017

Welcome to our services today. 



“You crown the year with your bounty”

Psalm 65:11                   


 Tea & Coffee are served in the hall after the morning service.

 Please stay behind if you are able.



                      11.30 am: Rev. A. MacAulay 

                      6.00 pm:  Rev. John van Eyk

            Sunday School and Crèche –  There is a crèche today and any younger primary children can also go through to the hall if they wish after the second singing.

           Crèche duty today:  : Catherine Walker and Mary Mackay.           

            Crèche Next Sunday:    : Clara Robertson and Alice Fraser       

             Property Upkeep Fund: There is a collection at the close of both services today for the Property Upkeep Fund.                                                    

            Evening Prayer Group:  This meets at 5.35 pm in the Hall.   

            January Door Duty: James Skinner and Marcus MacIver.

            Camps Brochure: The Free Church Camps Brochure for 2017 is now out and is available through in the hall.

             Missionary Prayer Notes: The Prayer Notes for January are at the door. 


                          Craft Group.  There is no meeting this week.

                          Road to Recovery  Road to Recovery will resume on 17th January.  


                      Tain lunch Club The next lunch will not take place till Jan 11th.

                      Joint Prayer Meeting & Bible Study   The midweek meeting will be in the APC at 7:30 pm.  This year we’ll be     studying – Different Descriptions of the Christian in the New Testament.  Rev. John van Eyk will preach.                         


                     Casan Beaga.The Parent and Toddler Group  will not meet now until after the school holidays.  (12th January)    

Next Sunday 

                        AM  Rev. Ronnie Morrison

                        PM Rev. Donald MacIver

Tain Communion: There will be a communion in Tain on Sunday 15th Jan.   The Saturday night preparatory service and the Sunday night service will be taken by Mr Iain Morrison (ETS Student). The communion service on Sunday morning will be taken by the minister.   If anyone connected with the congregation wishes to profess their faith and take communion for the first time, they should speak to the minister or one of the elders. 

Assistant MinisterThe Elders and Deacons have recently agreed that we will apply to the General Assembly in May, for permission to get an assistant minister in 2017.   This will require a significant increase in the sum we send to central funds in Edinburgh.   We expect to have sent £60,000 by the end of 2016, but we will be required to send £70,000 in future, to qualify for an assistant.     

The office-bearers believe that an assistant minister is now necessary, given the growth in the congregation and they commend this need to your prayers.  They are also very aware of how generously the congregation are already giving, but would encourage you to consider making any increase you can in your donations to ensure that we can finance this.

The church envelope system can be used for regular giving, or alternatively, you can set up a monthly standing order – Account number: 06001724    Sort code: 80-06-36

Those who pay tax are also urged to complete a Gift Aid Form which enables the congregation to gain an extra 25% on any donations you make, at no cost to the giver.   Almost £20,000 of our income in this current year has come from Gift Aid.   If you wish additional information, speak to Mr Donald Beaton or Mrs Donella Ferrier.   Their contact details are in the congregational directory and on our website.  

New Church Fund:  A total of £7600 was donated for the New Church Fund in December.  We are delighted that the target for the year has been exceeded.  We began 2016 with £45,000 and aimed to reach £100,000.  The current total is £109,000.  Your donations are very much appreciated.

Jewellery & Phones Collection:  There are boxes at both doors for unwanted jewellery, gold, silver or platinum as well as disused silver cutlery, watches or clocks.   Mobile phones are also welcomed, but please erase any data and remove the sim card.  Do not include phone chargers

The Record:  Payment for the church magazine, The Record, is now due and is £18.  Put your payment in an envelope with your name and “Record” written on it, and leave it in the plate at the door.


Thank-you for attending our service today. 

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If you would like a visit from the minister, please call 892 156      or email minister@tainandfearnfreechurch.co.uk

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Note: There is a loop system in the church.

We stand to sing and remain seated for prayer

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