Sunday 9th 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:

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

Hilton Crèche duty:  Julie S, Carrie and Linda (Topic: Series 3 week 7)

Tain Crèche duty:  Catherine Walker & June Grant

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 Hilton Manse at 7:30pm.

February door duty at Tain: James Skinner and Marcus MacIver

Creche duty for next Sunday. (16th February):

Hilton: Emma, Murray and Mary (Topic: series 3 Week 8)

Tain:  Fiona Garvie and Ina MacLean



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

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



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

Christianity Explored:  Christianity Explored meets at 2pm in the hall in Hilton and at 7:30pm in the hall in Tain. (see note below)


Craft Club: Craft Group meets in Tain hall 2pm to 4.30pm

Group Bible Study: The Group Bible study will meet tonight at 7.30pm in James and Murdina Skinner’s home. The passage for study will be Rev. 3: 7 -13.

Kirk Session: Kirk Session meets in the Tain manse at 7pm.

Deacon’s Court: The Deacon’s Court will meet at the Tain manse after the Kirk Session.

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


Tain Lunch Club: Tain Lunch Club meet at mid-day. Team 2 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: Margaret Calder & Mary MacKenzie.


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

SUNDAY SERVICES for 16th February :

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

Tain 11.30am:  Rev A. MacAulay  6.00pm:  Rev Donald MacIver


New Church Collection:  The sum raised for the last two months was £3,971.00   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

Christianity Explored: Christianity Explored will begin tomorrow (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 four 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


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