Sunday 15th March, 2020

Welcome to our services today.

Tea & Coffee are served in the hall after the morning service and you are very welcome to come and join us . (See note below re Coronavirus update.)

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: Emma, Rona and Julie M (Topic: Series 4 Week 3)

Tain Crèche duty: Lorna MacIver and Marlene Lobban 

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

Youth Fellowship: The YF meet tonight at the Hilton Manse at 7.30pm.  (see note below re Coronavirus Update)

March door duty at Tain: Duncan Maclean and Sean MacNeil

Creche duty for next Sunday. (22nd March):

Hilton Isla, Carrie and Linda (Topic: Series 2 Week 8)

Tain:  Clara Robertson and Murdina Skinner 



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

Tain: 11.30am  Rev. A. Macleod   6.00pm Mr David Ferguson



Free Lunch:  The Free Lunch is in the hall in Hilton from 12noon – 1.30pm. Feel free to come along and bring a friend.(see note below re Coronavirus update)

Christianity Explored:  Christianity Explored meets at 2pm in the hall in Hilton and at 7:30pm in the hall in Tain. 


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

Northern Presbytery: Northern Presbytery meets in Brora Free church at 7.30pm.


Tain Lunch Club: Tain Lunch Club meet at mid-day. Team 3 on duty. (see note below re Coronavirus update)

Congregational Mid-week Meeting: The congregational mid-week meetings for Bible study and prayer will take place in Hilton at 7.30pm.


Casan Beaga: Casan Beaga (Parent and Toddlers) meets in the hall at 10am.   Snack Duty: CJ Wood & Lindsay Rodgers (please see March 16th Update re Corona virus)

Kirk Session: The Kirk Session will meet at 7pm in Hilton church hall.


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

SUNDAY SERVICES for 22nd March :

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

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


Coronavirus Update:

March 16th, 2020:

This morning it was decided that Casan Beaga should cancel for this week and until further notice.

March 15th, 2020

Covid-19: Our church will follow Government and NHS advice to promote public safety. For now, we will continue to meet as normal at Sunday and Wednesday services, taking all appropriate measures to restrict the risk of spreading viral infection.

We have made the following decision which will apply for the foreseeable future:

Our welcome teams will modify their contact with the public by not shaking hands at the door.

We have decided to CANCEL the joint Communion in Hilton, next Lord’s Day (22nd March). Normal services will take place as usual.

We will cease from serving tea and coffee after the services. The Wednesday Lunch Club and Monday’s Free Lunch are both cancelled meantime.

Youth Fellowship is also CANCELLED tomorrow (Sunday 15th March).

Please do not come to meetings and events if you are unwell with a temperature, a cough or cold symptoms. We are all advised to observe good hygiene practices, regularly washing our hands with care.

We hope to have more up to date information in the coming days so you can check the Tain and Fearn Free Church website Home page and on our Facebook pages. All our sermons will continue to be posted onto our YouTube channel.

It is important we do not give in to fear, but join our community and nation in seeking to minimise contact between people in order to slow the spread of this virus. We must constantly rely on the Lord in EVERY situation.

So, remember the words of Isaiah 41:10 – Fear not for I am with you, be not dismayed for I am your God. I will help you, I will strengthen you and I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Let’s worship our Sovereign Lord together tomorrow and bring Him all our concerns and burdens.

We will keep this situation under review.

Lord’s Prayer: We have introduced the Lord’s Prayer into each service at the end of the Children’s Talk.   The words are on the back of the bulletin, so that everyone in the congregation can recite it together.

New Church Pledges: In addition to the monthly collections for the New Church Fund, we are seeking pledges from those willing to gift a sum of money to the project to enable us to reach the half-way mark.   The sum currently pledged is £59,400. We will be submitting a loan application to the General Trustees of the church this month and we value prayer for that. It is expected that there will be a lot of other applications, and it would strengthen our case if the total pledged were to increase further.   If you are able to pledge a gift of money, please speak to the Clerk to the Deacons’ Court, Mr Bill Ferrier as soon as possible on 01862 810 457 or email bill.camore@gmail.com

Christianity Explored: Christianity Explored currently runs each Monday in Hilton church hall at 2pm, and in Tain church hall at 7:30pm. Each session lasts for an hour and 15 minutes. Christianity Explored is helpful if you want to know more about what it means to be a Christian. You will not be asked to contribute to discussion, but you can do so, and there is an opportunity to ask any questions you may have.

Highland Food Bank: The Highland Food Bank would be grateful for donations of tins of ham, Weetabix or Cornflakes (small), tins of corned beef, tins of potatoes and small washing up liquids. If you are able to donate any of these there are boxes at the door from today until the end of April.

Bible Study: The next Bible Study is on Tuesday 24th March at 7.30pm at James & Murdina’s. The passage for study, is Ex. 32:1-14.

Men’s Training Event: The next men’s training sessions will be on March 28th, April 25th and May 30th. They will each begin at 9:30am and last for three hours.


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