TAIN WEEKLY BULLETIN Sunday 25th December 2016

Sunday 25th December 2016

Welcome to our services today. 



“Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews?”                    

Matt. 2:2.

 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. Douglas MacKeddie

            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:  : Mairi MacAulay and Rae Ross. 

           Crèche Next Sunday:   Catherine Walker and Mary Mackay.   

              Innis Mhor – There is no service in the nursing home today.                                                       

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

           January Prayer notes. The January Prayer Notes are available at the door.

            December Door Duty:  Duncan MacLean and John Garvie.


                               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.

                      Prayer Meeting & Bible Study   The midweek meeting as usual in our hall at 7:30 pm. 

                        All donations in the plate at the midweek meeting will be put towards the New Church Fund from now on.


                     Casan Beaga. The Parent and Toddler Group  will not meet now until after the school holidays.                                

Next Sunday 

                        AM – Rev. A. MacAulay  

                        PM – Rev. John van Eyk

Property Upkeep Fund: There will be an opportunity to contribute to the Property Upkeep Fund at the close of both services next Sunday

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

Lunch Club Funding:   We are delighted that funding has been secured which will enable the Tain Lunch Club to continue throughout 2017.   A grant of £2000 was awarded by Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland.

New Church Fund:    A total of £7600 was donated so far this month for the New Church Fund.   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.

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.  

The Record:  Payment for the church magazine, The Record, is now due and is £18.   Put your payment in a envelope with your name and “Record” written on it, and leave it in the plate at the door.   Anyone wishing to order one for the first time, or wishing to cancel their order should speak to Neil or Kathleen MacInnes.

Fundraising Calendar:  if you have still to pay for calendars, please ensure you do so in the next couple of weeks.  There are a small number of calendars left, priced at £5.  Put your payment in an envelope in the collection plate with your name and “Calendars” written on it.  Cheques should be made payable to Tain and Fearn F.C. New Church Fund.  

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


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

CDs and mp3 files of our Sunday Services are available.  Please use the forms in the vestibule if you wish to order any.

Note: There is a loop system in the church.

We stand to sing and remain seated for prayer

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