Sunday 2nd February, 2020

Welcome to our services today.

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

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

Notes for this morning:

New Church Collection: There is a collection at the close of both services today for the New Church Fund. (See note below)

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

Hilton Crèche duty: Kate, Rona and Julie M    (Topic: Series 3 week 6)

Tain Crèche duty:  Rae Ross and Murdina Skinner

Innis Mhor: There is a service in the nursing home today at 3pm taken by Rev. Gordon Mair.

Sunday Evening Prayer Meeting in Tain: Meeting for prayer before the evening service is in the hall at 5.35pm.

Youth Fellowship: The YF meets in the Tain Manse at 7:30pm.

February door duty at Tain: James Skinner and Marcus MacIver

Creche duty for next Sunday. (9th February):

HiltonJulie S, Carrie and Linda (Topic: series 3 Week 7)

Tain: Catherine Walker & June Grant



Hilton: 10.00am Rev. A. Macleod  6.00 pm Rev. A. MacAulay

Tain: 11.30am  Rev. A. Macleod    6.00pm Rev. A. Macleod



Free Lunch:  Free Lunch in the hall in Hilton from 12noon – 1.30pm. Feel free to come along and bring a friend.


WFM: The WFM will host a panel evening in Hilton Hall this evening  (February 4th) at 7:30pm. (See note below.)

Road to Recovery: Road to Recovery at 7pm in Tain Hall.


Tain Lunch Club: Tain Lunch Club meet at mid-day. Please note the change! It’s Team 1 who are on duty.

Mid-week meetings: Mid-week meetings at both  Tain and Hilton  for Prayer and Bible Study at 7.30pm. in the respective halls.


Casan Beaga: Casan Beaga (Parent and Toddlers) meets in the hall at 10am.   Snack Duty: CJ Wood and Janet Macleod


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

SUNDAY SERVICES for 9th February :

Hilton 10.00am: Rev. A. MacLeod 6.00 pm: Rev A Macleod

Tain 11.30am:  Rev A. Macleod  6.00pm:  Rev A. MacAulay


New Elders: Our newly elected elders are being inducted this morning. Hugh MacKenzie, Rod MacKenzie and Willie MacKenzie are being inducted in Hilton; Hector Campbell and John Garvie, in Tain.

New Church Collection: There is a collection at the close of both services today for the New Church Fund.   The sum raised for the last two months is not yet available.   The total pledged to date is £46,000.   We have now received the application forms for the Trustees Loan Fund. It asks a question about pledges from the congregation and it would help strengthen our case for a loan if there was an increase in the sum pledged. If you are able to pledge a gift of money, please speak to the Clerk to the Deacons’ Court, Mr Bill Ferrier on 01862 810 457 or email bill.camore@gmail.com

Women for Mission: The WFM will host a panel evening in Hilton Hall on Tuesday, February 4th at 7:30pm. The panel members will be Fiona Garvie, Sean McNeil and Bill Ferrier. If you have questions for the panel, or if you require transport please speak to Donella Ferrier or Mary Paterson.

Christianity Explored: Christianity Explored will begin a week tomorrow on Monday 10th February. It will run in Hilton Church hall on Monday afternoons at 2pm, and in Tain church hall on Monday evenings at 7:30pm.  The course will run for 7 weeks and each weekly session lasts for an hour and 15 minutes. Christianity Explored is helpful if you are wanting to know more about what it means to be a Christian.   You will not be expected to contribute to discussion, but you can do so if you wish, and there will be opportunity to ask any questions you may have. Please feel free to invite friends along.

The course is not for those who are already communicant members of the church, unless you are bringing someone along.   However, if you are a member and you feel the course would be helpful for you, please let one of the ministers know.

Men’s Training Event: We have arranged a series of training workshops for office-bearers and men who may yet take office in the church. They will be run by Rev. Prof. John Angus Macleod who is vice-principal of Edinburgh Theological Seminary and will cover the work of elders and deacons. There will be 4 training sessions which each last for 3 hours and they will take place at monthly intervals. The first one is on Saturday 22nd February in Hilton church hall.   The others will be on March 28th, April 25th and May 30th.

Praise Night: There will be a Praise Night in the Seaboard Hall on Friday 21st February to raise funds for Blysthwood Care. The event at 7pm is being organised by Maureen Ross and Fiona Robertson.   Volunteers to provide baking and/or help with the teas on the night would be very much appreciated. Please contact Fiona if you can help – 07747 793 354 or fs.robertson@btinternet.com

Bible Study: The next Bible study will meet on Tuesday 11th February at 7.30pm in James and Murdina Skinner’s home.

The passage for study will be Rev. 3: 7 -13


1- There is a loop system in the church and we stand to sing and remain seated for prayer

2- Any notices for the bulletin must be received by 6pm on the Thursday and should be sent to Susan Clyne.


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

Charity No. SCO13392