TAIN WEEKLY BULLETIN Sunday 24th November 2019

Sunday 24th November 2019

Welcome to our services today in Tain.

Tea & Coffee are served after the morning service and you are welcome to join us in the hall.

I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord.”  Psalm 122:1              


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

Crèche duty today: Rae Ross and June Grant

Crèche Next Sunday: Catherine Walker and Irene Lawson.

Innis Mhor: The service today at 3pm is taken by Rev Alasdair MacAulay.

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

Door Duty for November: James Skinner and Samuel Robertson.

Services today:

11.30am –  Rev. Andrew Macleod

6.00pm  –  Rev. Alasdair MacAulay



Craft Group: The Craft Group meets in the hall from 2pm – 4:30pm and all ladies are welcome.

Bible Study Group: Bible Study Group meets tonight at 7.30pm at David and Anne’s, 10 Duthac Wynd. The passage for study is Revelation 2:8-11

Road to Recovery: Road to Recovery  is at 7pm in the church hall.

Northern Presbytery: The Northern Presbytery meets in Brora Free Church at 7:30pm


Tain Lunch Club: Tain Lunch Club meets at mid-day in the church hall. Team 4 on duty.

National Day of Prayer: Meeting for Prayer in the hall at 9am and then later at 7:30pm. (See note below)


Casan Beaga: Casan Beaga (Parent and Toddlers) meets in the Hall at 10 am. (Snacks duty – Alice Fraser and Linda Bousfield.)


Prayer Group: Prayer Group meet as usual at David and Anne’s home at 11am.


Fundraising Stall: Fundraising Stall on Tain High Street from 4pm – 7pm.

Next Sunday:

New Church Fund: There will be a collection at the close of both services for the New Church Fund. (see note below)

11.30am:   Rev. Alasdair MacAulay 

6.00pm:  Rev. Andrew MacLeod


New Church Fund: There will be a collection at the close of both services next Sunday for the New Church Fund. We will provide an update then on what has been donated during the last two-month period and on the sum that has been pledged, since we first asked for pledges a few weeks ago.

National Day of Prayer: This Wednesday is the Free Church National Day of Prayer. We will have a meeting for prayer at 9am as well as the usual meeting at 7:30pm which will be devoted to prayer. There are booklets at the door with prayer topics to help inform your prayers.

Communicant Roll: The name of Hugh MacKenzie, Hilton, has been added to the role of communicant members, by certificate. This is in addition to the two names added at the Hilton communion by profession of faith; Will Ross and Jean MacDonald.

2020 Calendars: The Fundraising calendars for 2020 are available in the hall priced at £5. Notelets are also available. Please put your payment in the blue moneybox.

Fundraising Stall: We have a stall this Saturday at Tain Christmas Market on the High Street. We will be selling soup & bread and will also have a sale of baking. The stall will be open from 4pm to 7pm outside the old RBS building. We still need volunteers to man the stall for part of that time. If you are providing baking, it would be helpful if it could be delivered to the RBS building from 2pm. If you need it to be picked up, contact Fiona on 0774 7793354, or email fs.robertson@btinternet.com

Christian Focus Catalogue:   If you are thinking about buying Christian books to give as gifts this Christmas, there are copies of the Christian Focus catalogue available at the door.   There is a discount token inside.

New Church Pledges: We are currently seeking pledges to ascertain whether in conjunction with a loan from the Trustees, we can raise enough money to reach the half-way point, enabling us to then apply for grants elsewhere. By pledges, we mean a promise to gift money for this purpose. If enough is pledged, to enable the project to move forward, we will take up the pledges. Anyone wishing to pledge should speak to the clerk of the Deacons Court, Mr Bill Ferrier, on 01862 810 457 or by email on bill.camore@gmail.com – Pledges will be confidential, with only Bill being aware of the names of those pledging . If in future the pledges are taken up, the treasurers would also be made aware at that time.

WFM: The WFM will meet in Tain Free Church on Tuesday, December 3rd at 2:30pm. The speaker will be Mary Macleod who will speak about her work with the Invergordon Cruise Ships. Tea and coffee will be served and there will also be a sales table. All ladies are warmly invited.

Highland Foodbank – (Harvest 2019): “We would like to thank the members and friends of Tain and Fearn Free Church for your help with donations during the month of October. Your donations will enable us to meet the ongoing need in communities across the Highlands.”

Cheques:   All cheques must now be made payable to – Tain and Fearn Free Church of Scotland.

Please do not put “Building Fund” on the cheque as the bank has changed its rules and will now return it.   If you wish a cheque to go towards the Building Fund – please make that clear on the envelope.

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.

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.

Free-Will Envelopes: There are envelopes available for those who would like to use this method to donate to the church. Please speak to the treasurer, Donald Beaton or the Assistant Treasurer, Donella Ferrier.

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