Our congregational outing/ Sunday School outing was awesome as usual, with all kids and adults having a great time in Back Community Hut and Gress beach. Thanks to all who came and made the day so much fun!
Spring Communions 2017
The Spring Communions will start on Thursday 9th March, and run until Monday 13th. We look forward to this time and are fortunate to welcome the Rev Iain Greenshields, minister of Dunfermline St Margaret’s. The services and times of fellowship are detailed below.
Everyone is very warmly invited to all these services.
The Kirk Session will be opened on Thursday night with the sole purpose of meeting with anyone who desires to profess their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and become communicant members of the Congregation. If anyone would like to discuss this matter privately and informally before the Communions, please get in touch with any of the elders.
Thursday 9th March 7pm – Rev Iain Greenshields
Friday 10th March 12pm midday – Rev Iain Greenshields
Friday 10th March 7pm – Rev Iain Greenshields
This service is followed by an informal fellowship in the church hall, to which everyone is most welcome. Donations of baking for the fellowship would be much appreciated.
Saturday 11th March – 12pm midday Rev Iain Greenshields
After this service communion tokens will be given to those hoping to go to the Sacrament of the Lord’s supper on Sunday morning. There will also be an informal light lunch of soup and sandwiches after the service to which all are warmly invited.
Saturday 11th March – 6pm prayer meeting led by the elders.
Sunday 12th March – 12pm midday Communion Service led by Rev Iain Greenshields. During this service the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper will be celebrated.
No Sunday school this week
Sunday 12th March – 6.30pm Rev Iain Greenshields.
After this service there will be a retiring offering to help with communion expenses.
Monday 13th 7pm Thanksgiving Service, led by Rev Iain Greenshields.
Thursday 6th to Monday 10th October
We look forward to this time and are blessed to have the Revs William Heenan, Iain Murdo Campbell and Murdo Smith with us.
Everyone is very warmly invited to all the services and fellowships.
The Kirk Session will be opened for business on Thursday night before the first service. The Session will meet thereafter after all the services, with the sole purpose of meeting with anyone who desires to profess their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and become communicant members of the Congregation. If anyone would like to discuss this matter privately and informally before the Communions, please get in touch with any of the elders.
Thursday 6th 7pm Rev William Heenan
Friday 7th 12pm midday Rev Iain Murdo Campbell
Friday 7th 7pm Rev Iain Murdo Campbell
This service is followed by an informal fellowship in the church hall, to which everyone is most welcome to come along… Please stay behind and join us if you can… donations of baking for the fellowship would be very welcome.
Saturday 8th 12pm midday Rev Iain Murdo Campbell
After this service communion tokens will be given to those hoping to go to the Sacrament of the Lord’s supper on Sunday morning. There will also be an informal fellowship meal afterwards in the church hall, a light lunch of soup and sandwiches to which all are warmly invited.
Saturday 8th 6pm Prayer meeting led by the Elders.
Sunday 9th 12pm midday Communion Service led by Rev William Heenan. During this service the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper will be celebrated.
Sunday 9th 3.30 – 4.30pm All age praise, prayer and fellowship over a cup of tea. We would encourage all ages to come along to this praise afternoon!
Sunday 9th 6.30pm Rev William Heenan.
After this service there will be a retiring offering to help with communion expenses.
Monday 10th 7pm Thanksgiving Service, led by Rev Murdo Smith.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose – Romans 8:28
I couldn’t have seen myself being here in recent years but it goes to show Gods goodness and constant guiding of us!
For those of you who don’t know I have started a Ministry Apprentice Programme (MAP) at Chalmers Church in Edinburgh. Chalmers is an independent church in the City Centre of Edinburgh with a view to training up future gospel workers for the church in Scotland.
The programme runs for two years with 4 main components; Leadership, Practical, Ministry and Study. The first 3 parts of training are through responsibility of running and assisting in parts of the ministry in the church.
Studying is taught internally through seminars and also externally at Cornhill Scotland. Cornhill Training Course will take place on Mondays and Tuesdays in Glasgow during term time and will run for the two years of the programme.
One week in and we have hit the ground running, with induction days and meeting the members of staff and the other three members of the MAP that I’ll be working and learning alongside. The church is about 300 strong which sounds a bit daunting but through different groups you manage to meet a lot of people quite quickly. My main areas of ministry for the first year of the programme is with
Having done some work with Youth I’m looking forward to that as it is more my ‘comfort zone’ but equally excited to do Bible Studies with people around my age where we will be looking at the book of Ephesians together.
A lot of my time will be in preparing and leading these different meetings, alongside 9am seminars (this part of it makes me slightly miss youth work hours…) and meeting with people from the church.
Iain Cheeks Morrison.
A copy of this letter can be downloaded in pdf format by clicking this link Prayer Letter
Foot-fall youth group is over for this year, and it’s been a great four weeks of outdoor activities, games and learning. Our last session was held at Eoropie beach, under dark and brooding skies, but the clouds thankfully held onto their stores of rain!
After setting up the base-camp tent on the machair overlooking the beach, we had a few games of capture the flag, the faster team winning 3 times in a row. Carol then led us in making some artwork further along the beach, which reflected the verses for the day, Proverbs 4:26-27.
We made a path out of beach pebbles, and wrote this bible reference into it, as a semi-permanent artwork for others to find and discover.
Back at the tent, Iain Cheeks talked to us about the importance of ‘pondering the path of your feet’, and how the bible is not a set of rules, but true guidelines for life.
Finally we enjoyed roasting some marshmallows on a fire John Angus lit for us.
All the leaders would like to thank everyone who was involved for making foot-fall such a success, all the teenagers who came along were awesome, and made each session great fun. All the glory goes to Jesus, because all of this was only possible through Him.
Check out more photos from each session on our Flickr page.
On Friday 8th July, 14 teenagers and 4 adult leaders (2 from Martin’s Memorial Church, Stornoway and 2 from from Cross Ness Church of Scotland), met at the cemetery in Habost for an afternoon of challenges, games and talks. Foot-fall is a new youth initiative being run by Cross Ness Church of Scotland, with the aim of getting teenagers and young adults outside to explore their local area, take part in team challenges, learn about bushcraft and local wildlife and history, and most important of all, experience what life can be like when we keep our eyes fixed on Jesus.
We started off with a quick look at the WW2 look-out post on the machair next to the cemetery, and learnt about the Iron Age souterrain (or earth-house) which lies underneath this. A quick game with a volleyball then helped us learn each others names.
Then it was time to carry all our equipment down the track and onto the machair next to Swainbost river, where the teenagers were set a challenge to erect the huge canvas tent. Halfway up and they started to struggle, but were only helped out when Angus, from Martin’s, pointed out that the tent was actually inside out! A quick take-down and sorting out and the tent went up in no time at all, with all the wooden tent pegs hammered into the turf with some stones from the shore.
Everyone was then split into 4 teams, and given the task of finding 4 different objects which had been hidden in four locations around the machair. Each object and its location had to be memorised by each team, then the answers given once everyone had returned to the basecamp. Four clues were given to each team to help them along the way.
After about 20 minutes, everyone had all the information they needed, and back in the basecamp tent, a member from each team was asked what the objects were, and where they had been located. The objects were 4 flags, each having a different symbol printed on it: a water symbol, a campfire symbol, a fish, and a pair of feet. 4 willing volunteers went back to the locations to retrieve these flags (they got an extra piece of chocolate for their efforts).
Once they’d returned, Chris explained the meaning of the symbols, and how they represented everything that ‘foot-fall’ was about. Foot-fall is centred around the words of Proverbs 4:23-27, which reads:
It’s so important that we keep our hearts in check, that we spend conscious effort everyday looking after them (or guarding them as it says in the NIV translation). Everything we experience in life, everything we hear, and see, everything we take into our bodies from the world around us, influences and shapes our hearts. And from our hearts comes our character, the person we are. Our hearts shape who we are as people, as individuals. From the heart flow the springs of life – that’s where life starts (The Message). So, the first symbol printed on one of the flags is water, to represent the springs of life!
The second symbol is a campfire. In the next session of foot-fall we’ll be taking an expedition out into the moor, and learning how to light a campfire safely, with a flint and steel. The campfire symbol relates to v24 in the passage above, ‘Put away from you crooked speech, and put devious talk far from you’. James writes in the New Testament:
Our tongues are powerful tools! They can curse and hurt people, but also bless and encourage those around us. But they represent what is happening in our heart, and so are tied to it, which is why we must guard our hearts.
In v25 of Proverbs 4 we are told to, ‘Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you.’ Hebrews 12:2 tells us what to keep our eyes fixed on as we look directly ahead:
That’s why the third symbol is the Greek Christian symbol of the fish (or ICHTUS), which means, ‘Jesus Christ, Son of God, Saviour’.
Finally, we have the symbol of a pair of feet walking. Ponder the path of your feet, think about which direction you are heading in, consider the path that you are walking on in life. Who do you ant to be? How do you want to live? Where do you want to find yourself years down the line? The path of blessing and hope and assurance is the one laid out for us by God, it may not be the easiest path to follow, but it is definitely the best one to be on. It offers and gives life in all its fullness, and avoids the way of death.
The rest of our time was spent playing capture the flag, with two of the flags attached to hazel poles and stuck in the ground at either end of the machair area where we had set up camp. It was a draw in the end – but will be continued on the moor next week!
Finally, after some juice, crisps and trail mix, Iain Cheeks gave a talk about ‘the heart’, which was the central theme of today’s session. He explained that everything we desire in life that the world offers can never satisfy us fully, and that we should place our hope in Jesus, because He alone provides our hearts with true satisfaction.
Thanks to everyone who came, it was great to see the guys from Martin’s, thanks so much for your support. Thanks also to everyone’s prayers and contributions in many different ways – thanks again to Urras Oighreachd Ghabhsainn for helping with funding.
Above all, thanks to God – all the honour and glory goes to Him.
The ‘Polar Explorers’ Cross Ness Church of Scotland Holiday Club took place last week at Lionel School with up to 47 young people and 20 helpers taking part. Over the week the club looked at five different people from the book of Acts in the Bible, Peter, Stephen, Philip, Paul and Timothy. Everyone learned that we have never made too many mistakes, we’re never too ordinary, never too near or far, never too bad and never too young to be part of God’s great expedition. This was the ninth annual holiday club and we were greatly blessed.
Each day started with a time to set up and pray in preparation for the day ahead. The club then began with an introduction by John who shared his experiences of being a famous explorer and introduced each day’s bible character. Some energetic songs and fast-paced actions followed! Then it was over to Spors Nis for games then back to the school gym where John and the puppets Pearl and Dean illustrated each bible story as best they could, despite Pearl and Dean being rather forgetful and not always paying attention.
Then it was time for juice and biscuits down in the canteen, and a well-deserved cuppa and some tasty baking for the team. After this we met the Polar Explorers drama team, Captain Scott, Helen Helter Skelter, Claire Grills and Prince Larry (and all his servants). The team was sent by HQ, to find and help Professor Yvonne Von Bon whose radio had stopped working. Despite Helen having made lots of mistakes in the past, Prince Larry never having done anything like this before, and Claire being rather, shall we say, bossy, the team managed to rescue the professor, who was a lead scientist despite being so young. Captain Scott was unmasked as an imposter when his false moustache fell off (several times!!). He was really Paul McSmall who had been too proud and envious to go on the adventure, but was redeemed over the course of the expedition. Then it was time for work sheets and the daily crafts before closing with more songs, usually the old favourites, ‘Jump up and down’ or ‘God’s Love is Big’ and the memory verse for the week. After summing up and a prayer it was time for home until the next day! At the end of the week it was great to welcome parents, grandparents and friends along to the closing celebration on the Friday night, when they were given a taster of all that had gone on at the club.
The holiday club team would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who supported the club this year. It was as always a major exercise that would not have been possible without the prayer support and practical help of many. We are thankful for all the preparation and hard work of all those involved, and to Lionel School and to Janny Mairead’s help over and above. Since our first club in 2008 we have always aimed to make the holiday club free of charge to all young people. This does involve a fair degree of cost and to that end we would like to record our grateful thanks for the financial support from CofS women’s group, The Chit Chat group, to the Galson Estate Trust Community Fund and everyone who helped at and donated to the very successful Soup and Pudding fund raiser held in the Comunn Eachdraidh in May. Many, many thanks to you all.
We give thanks above all to God for all that happened at the club this year, for the joy that abounded and for keeping all the children safe. We as a Club dedicate the week’s activity to Him alone, and ascribe to Him all the glory and praise.
Enjoy the rest of your summer holidays!
Cross Ness Church of Scotland is running a new Christian outdoor activities club called ‘Foot-fall’ this summer. The club is aimed at teenagers (S1 upwards) and will take place on four Fridays in July (8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th). Activities will include shelter building, putting up a canvas tent, safe campfire lighting, cooking over a fire (breadmaking and baking), rock-fishing, beach games, walks and exploring different areas of Ness (on the moor, beach, coast and machair).
The first session will be set on the machair – if anyone wants to come along, please let Chris know on 810112 to register. Registration forms need to be filled in and signed by parents or guardians. All S1 pupils upwards are welcome to join us for the fun!