Sunday 16th February, 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 .

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, Murray and Mary (Topic: Series 3 Week 8)

Tain Crèche duty: Catherine Walker and Ina MacLean

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

Youth Fellowship: The YF tonight has been cancelled.

February door duty at Tain: James Skinner and Marcus MacIver

Creche duty for next Sunday. (23rd February):

Hilton: Isla, Rona and Donna (Topic: Series 3 Week 9)

Tain:  Fiona Robertson and Alice Fraser



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

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



Free Lunch:  The Free Lunch is off today due to the school’s mid-term break.

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


Road to Recovery: Road to Recovery at 7pm in Tain church hall.


Tain Lunch Club: Tain Lunch Club meet at mid-day. Team 3 on duty.

Joint Mid-week Meeting: Our joint mid-week meeting will be in Tain at 7.30pm. in the hall. (see note below)


Casan Beaga: Casan Beaga (Parent and Toddlers) meets in the hall at 10am.   Snack Duty: Clara Robertson & Irene Lawson.


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

The Funeral Service: The Funeral Service of Dolene Ross, Balvaraid, is at 12 midday.

Blythswood Praise Night: Blythswood Praise Night in the Seaboard Hall at 7pm. (see note below)


Men’s Training Event: Men’s Training Event in Hilton hall at 9.30am. (see note below)

SUNDAY SERVICES for 23rd February :

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

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


Moldova Midweek: This Wednesday is our joint congregational meeting for prayer, and it takes place in Tain at 7:30pm where Andrew will give a presentation on the work he has been involved in previously in Moldova, and his upcoming mission there this summer.

Lord’s Prayer: The elders have agreed to introduce the Lord’s Prayer into each service at the end of the Children’s Talk, as most children never learn this prayer now. The words are printed on the back of the hard copies of the bulletin given out at the church door on Sunday morning. This will allow everyone in the congregation to recite it together. We expect to start this in a fortnight.

New Church Fund: The fund currently stands at around £230,000. In addition to that, the sum pledged has risen to £57,500. We will be submitting a loan application to the General Trustees next 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.

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 and they will take place at monthly intervals. The first one is this  Saturday (22nd February) at 9.30am  in Hilton church hall and it will last for 1 hour 30 minutes.   The others will last for three hours each and will be on March 28th, April 25th and May 30th.

Praise Night: There will be a Praise Night in the Seaboard Hall this 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 is scheduled for Tuesday 25th February at 7.30pm in the home of James and Murdina The passage for study is Revelation 3:14-22.

PAT Testing: The annual testing of all electrical equipment used in Tain church, will take place in Tain hall on Monday 2nd March at 1:30pm. All portable electrical items should be available in the hall for that time.


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