TAIN WEEKLY BULLETIN Sunday 7th April 2019

Sunday 7th April 2019

Welcome to our services today in Tain.

Tea & Coffee are served after the morning service.

Please stay behind if you are able.

I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord.” 

Psalm 122:1              



Collection: There will be a collection at the close of both services today for the New Church Fund


AM –  Rev. Alasdair MacAulay

PM – Rev. Andrew MacLeod

Children’s Church: Children for Creche and Sunday School go through to the hall after the second singing.

Crèche duty today: Mairi MacAulay and Natalie Edwards

Crèche Next Sunday: Mary Mackay and Ina MacLean

Innis Mhor: There is a service in the care home today at 3pm taken by Andrew Durrand.

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

Door Duty for April: Duncan MacLean and Sean MacNeil


Craft Group: Craft Group meets in the hall from 2pm – 4:30pm.

 Road to Recovery meets in the Hall at 7.30 pm


Tain Lunch Club: Tain Lunch Club meets at midday. Team 2 will be on duty

 Meeting for Prayer and Bible Study: Meeting for prayer and Bible study will be in the hall at 7:30pm.


Casan Beaga (Parent and Toddlers) resumes on 25th April


Prayer Group The prayer group meet as usual at 11am at David and Anne’s home.

Next Sunday:

AM: Rev. Andrew MacLeod

PM: Rev. David Wilkie


New Church Fund: There is a collection at the close of both services today for the New Church Fund. In the last two months the sum of £7000 has been raised for the project through your donations and fundraising events. There is currently no indication of when the General Trustees will re-open the Loan Fund and they have now advised us to look for other possible funding sources. For that reason, we must begin to examine other options.

The estimated cost of the project is £1.1 million. We have so far raised £200,000 but we need to find funding to get us past the 50% mark before we can begin to apply to Trust Funds and grant-aiding bodies for assistance. Please make this a matter of prayer. Once the Deacons Court has its next meeting, we will report any decisions to you.

Quiz Sheet: There are Quiz Sheets to test your knowledge of Tain, through in the hall.   They are £2 a sheet to raise funds for the New Church.   There will be a prize for the first correct entry drawn in May.

2020 Calendar: Planning has begun for the 2020 Fundraising Calendar. Could you please bear it in mind if you are taking photographs that would be suitable for it. These can be sent to Rona Grigg on catrionagrigg@gmail.com

Scottish Bible Society: The Chief Executive of the Scottish Bible Society, Elaine Duncan will report on the work of that organisation at our midweek meeting on 17th April. We will be joined by other congregations and that meeting will be in the church at 7:30pm.

Fun Run: Planning has begun for another Fun Run Fundraiser this year. The proposed date is Saturday, 11th May 2019 in the grounds of Geanies House. There will be more details in due course, but if you can help on the day, please contact Isla by email on – islascaman@gmail.com or by phone on 07779 991 132 or 01862 851 839.

Congregational Directory:   We plan to issue a new Congregational Directory this year.   Forms have gone out with your bulletin today.   If you wish your details to be included, please return your form by the 28th of April.   Completed forms can be put in the collection plate or handed to those on door duty.   There will be spare copies at the door over the coming weeks.

Bible Study Group: The group will not meet again until Tuesday 7th May where a new study in the book of James will begin.

Mobile Phones: We are still collecting old mobile phones to raise funds. These can be passed on to Samuel Robertson.

WFM Annual Meeting:   A bus has been organised to take folk from the Highlands to the Women for Mission Annual Meeting on Thursday 18th May.   The bus will depart from Knockbain Free Church in North Kessock at 8:30am and will be back around 9pm.   The cost is £20.   If you wish to book a space contact Marion Gray on 07717 452 226.

Holiday Club:   We do not intend to have a holiday club this year so that the volunteers get a break.

Free-Will Envelopes: There are new sets of envelopes available for those who use this method to donate to the church. If anyone else wishes a set, please speak to the treasurer, Donald Beaton or the Assistant Treasurer, Donella Ferrier.

Sermon Recordings:  If anybody wishes a copy of any sermon  as an MP3 recording sent via e-mail – please e-mail your request to Tom Walker on tom@tain.co.uk stating which sermon you would like.

CDs can be ordered using the forms in the vestibule.

Alternatively you can listen to the morning sermons on the church  YouTube channel. Morning sermons are usually added to our YouTube channel on Sunday afternoons.  Some evening sermons are now being added.

Easy Fundraising:  We have an easyfundraising account.   If you shop online, the church can gain a donation for every purchase you make from numerous retailers, at no cost to you.   You can sign up at the following site easyfundraising.org.uk    then follow the simple instructions to join. This service is free every time for both yourself and the church.

Church Finances:  The Deacons Court would like to encourage those who contribute to the church to consider doing so by Standing Order. Anyone who sets up a new Standing Order should also let the Assistant Treasurer, Donella Ferrier know that they have done so. Donella can be contacted by email on donellaferrier@talktalk.net or by phone on 01862 810 457.

Meanwhile, the Deacons Court would also urge anyone who pays tax to consider signing a Gift Aid form. This allows the church to get an additional 25% from the government, on any donations you make.

· The bank details for Ordinary Income are as follows –

Sort Code 80-06-36.  Account Number 06001724.

· The Bank Details for the New Church Fund are –

Sort Code 80-06-36.  Account Number 10090961.


If you would like a visit from Alasdair, the minister, contact him at 01862 892 156 or email him at minister@tainandfearnfreechurch.co.uk

If you would like a visit from Andrew, the Assistant minister, contact him at 01862 832 104 or email him at mowgli16b@hotmail.com


Note: There is a loop system in the church.

We stand to sing and remain seated for prayer

Charity No. SCO13392