Buccleuch Free Church Kids Complete Charity Duathlon

Four young children from Buccleuch Free Church have performed a 5km duathlon, raising £297 for the LoveOliver charity which funds research into childhood cancer. On Saturday 18 November, In bright sunshine and a bitter November wind, Dara Faulkner, Catriona Hammer, and Euan Lytle (all aged 7), with Euan’s nine-year-old brother Calum, raised the mo...

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National Day of Prayer - Thankfulness

This article by Rona Matheson, Chair of the Women for Mission Group, is the third in a four-part series to coincide with the National Day of Prayer on the 30th November.  On this day of prayer, how can we encourage one another? The Bible instructs us to be thankful in all situations. Are you burdened or troubled, looking on our nation and th...

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Answered Prayer

As we look forward to the National Day of Prayer, Angus John Maclean, an elder in Carloway Free Church, recalls how God answered his prayers during his conversion. “There are so many ways in which God has answered my prayers, but one particular moment comes to mind during my conversion. At that time I was desperately seeking the Lord and I was v...

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National Day of Prayer - Confession

This article by Free Church of Scotland Moderator Rev. Derek Lamont is the second in a four-part series to coincide with the National Day of Prayer on the 30th November.  They say a week in politics is a long time - well it certainly has been recently for some of our political leaders as they have been, unwillingly, forced to recognise the b...

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Free Church Youth Conference

Booking will open this Saturday for the 2018 Free Church Youth Conference. The conference has steadily become a highlight of the Free Church Youth calendar, so early reservations are advised. The conference will take place at Lendrick Muir from 16th - 18th March 2018. Rev. Iver Martin, Principal of Edinburgh Theological Seminary, will be the...

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National Day of Prayer - Answered Prayer

In the run-up to this year's National Day of Prayer on the 30th November, we thought we'd share some stories of answered prayer from a few different people within the denomination. This first one is by Elaine MacRury. I can hardly imagine facing each day without prayer. For me, it is so important to bring my cares and concerns and also to ask...

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National Day of Prayer - Adoration

This article by popular blogger Catriona Murray, is the first in a four-part series to coincide with the National Day of Prayer on the 30th November - St Andrew's Day. For more information and resources please follow this link - NDOP 2017 Psalm 100 perfectly sets the tone for how we are to begin our prayers – ‘enter his gates with thanksgiving...

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National Day of Prayer

The Free Church of Scotland is encouraging all of its congregations as well as the wider Christian family to come together in prayer during this year's National Day of Prayer (NDOP) on the 30th November - St Andrew's Day. Events will be taking place across the country throughout the day. Each congregation is being urged to engage with the...

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Supporting The Suffering Church

Free Church minister, Rev. Malcolm MacLeod, currently serves as the director of Steadfast Global, a Scottish mission organisation serving persecuted Christians. Malcolm shares some insight into the experiences of the local Iraqi church and their current situation. Scottish mission to the Suffering Church, Steadfast Global, should have had a team...

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Covenant Church Induction

Newly established Covenant Church, Newmilns inducted their first minister at the weekend. The congregation was admitted to The Free Church of Scotland by the General Assembly in 2015 and recently called Rev. Benjamin Wilks to serve as their new minister. Over 140 people assembled for the occasion in Morton Hall, Newmilns. The service was...

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Free Church Ministers to Speak At Wittenberg Reformation Conference

Three Free Church of Scotland ministers have been invited to speak at an international conference arranged by The World Reformed Fellowship in Wittenberg, Germany this week as part of the Reformation 500 commemorations. Rev. Fergus Macdonald, Rev. Iver Martin and Rev. David Robertson will individually address the international delegation on...

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ETS Reformation 500 Lecture

To mark the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther's 95 Theses which sparked off the Reformation in 1517, Edinburgh Theological Seminary has arranged a special lecture which will take place in Presbytery Hall at 2:00 pm on Thursday 2nd November 2017. The guest speaker on this occasion will be Dr Lee Gatiss who is director of the Church Society and...

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Moderator Visits Work of Compassion in Kenya

Vision Trip ‘If we all kept the step outside our front door clean, the world would be a cleaner place’ That was the answer from a former sponsored child, who is now working to improve the lives of people in his neighbourhood and community when he was asked to answer the cynic’s question "what difference can it make sponsoring one child?" In so an...

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Induction of British Army Padre to Leith Free Church

Ex-British Army Padre, Rev. Colin F. Macleod, will be inducted to his new charge in Leith Free Church on the 28th October at 2 pm. In 2005 he became the first Free Church of Scotland minister to join the Royal Army Chaplains Department since World War II. There he served with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, The Scots Guards and The Royal...

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Induction At Smithton Free Church

Rev. Innes Macsween accepted the Call to Smithton Free Church earlier this month as their new Assistant Minister. A date has now been set for his induction which will be on Saturday 21st October at 2 pm in Smithton Church. Born on the Isle of Lewis, Mr Macsween has been part of the Free Church family for many years having attended Cross Free...

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Celebrating 25 Years of Ministry

Rev. Donald G. MacDonald was surprised with a presentation to mark his 25 years in Free Church ministry. Family and friends from Portree and Bracadale Free Church and farther afield gathered to give thanks for 25 years of faithful service to God and to the communities to which Mr MacDonald has been called. Taken totally by surprise, Mr MacDonald...

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First Induction For Covenant Church, Newmilns

The ordination and induction of Rev. Benjamin Wilks to Covenant Church, Newmilns, will take place on Saturday 14th October at 2:30 pm. The congregation, which was formed in October 2013 and became a congregation of the Free Church of Scotland in 2015, voted to call Mr Wilks at a meeting with the Presbytery of Glasgow and Argyll on 15th September....

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Big Free Rally 2017

On Saturday 30th September, nearly 250 young people from all over Scotland arrived at Smithton, full of anticipation for this year’s Big Free Rally.  The place filled up with loud chatter about camps enjoyed over the summer and with excitement for the day ahead.  And they were not disappointed! Innes and Murray were excellent hosts, creating fun a...

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2018 Moderator Designate

The Commission of Assembly of the Free Church of Scotland met on Wednesday 4th October when Rev. Angus MacRae, minister of Dingwall and Strathpeffer Free Church in Ross-shire was announced as the Moderator Designate of the 2018 General Assembly. He succeeds Rev. Derek Lamont, of St Columba’s Free Church in Edinburgh, who was appointed Moderator in...

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2017 Commission of Assembly

The Free Church of Scotland was pleased to welcome two new ministers as well as announcing the 2018 Moderator Designate during Wednesday night's Commission of Assembly. The Commission wholeheartedly endorsed the applications of Rev. Jonathan de Groot, formerly of the Church of Scotland and Rev. Dr Roger M. Crooks, formerly of the Presbyterian...

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Smithon Free Church - Vacancies

Smithton Free Church is looking for two committed Christians to join their ministry team. They are a thriving evangelical church based on the outskirts of Inverness in the Highlands and part of the Free Church of Scotland. One is a full-time post as a Children’s & Schools Co-ordinator and the other a Bereavement Support Co-Ordinator. Please f...

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Smithton Free Church - Vacancies

Smithton Free Church is looking for two committed Christians to join their ministry team. They are a thriving evangelical church based on the outskirts of Inverness in the Highlands and part of the Free Church of Scotland. One is a full-time post as a Children’s & Schools Co-ordinator and the other a Bereavement Support Co-Ordinator. Please f...

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New Building For Fortrose Free Church

Fortrose Free Church hopes to erect a brand new building with facilities suitable for a modern congregation. The current building has been used for over a century but due to structural engineering problems the building is slowly sinking and the necessary repairs – thought to run into hundreds of thousands of pounds – would not make financial sen...

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Induction To Esk Valley Church Plant

Rev. Tom Muir will be inducted as the Church Planter of Esk Valley on Wednesday 27th September at 7:30 PM in St Columba's Free Church, Edinburgh. Rev. Muir had been the assistant minister of St Columba's since 2014 but has always had a view to pastor a church plant in the Midlothian area with support from the St Columba's congregation. Rev. Muir...

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Thanksgiving Service for Church Plants

St Columba's Free Church in Edinburgh will hold a thanksgiving service on Sunday 24th September at 5 pm. The service will celebrate the work of Cornerstone and Esk Valley church plants as well as the commissioning of Rev. Ali Sewell to a church plant in Haddington. Rev. Sewell, who is an Edinburgh Theological Seminary graduate, was licenced to...

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Lochbroom and Coigach Celebrate Induction

A large crowd gathered in Ullapool on Friday night, as the congregation celebrated the induction of Rev. Neil Lachie Macdonald as minister of the Lochbroom and Coigach congregation. The Wester Ross church had been vacant for ten months following Rev. Alasdair Macleod’s translation to Smithton Free Church, having served in Lochbroom & Coigach f...

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Record Numbers Attend ETS Saturday Course

Edinburgh Theological Seminary (ETS) witnessed record numbers during the weekend as their increasingly popular Saturday Course launched for the new semester. Over 70 people attended the first set of lectures at ETS college with considerably more watching online. The two-year part-time course offers people the chance to gain a Certificate in T...

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£5000 Donation For Tearfund's South Asia Flood Appeal

The Free Church of Scotland has made a donation of £5000 towards Tearfund's South Asia Flood Appeal. Huge areas of India, Nepal and Bangladesh have suffered catastrophic flooding affecting 41 million people. Over 1200 people have died in the disaster so far and nearly three-quarters of a million homes have been destroyed. Rev. Dr Bob Akroyd...

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New Assistant Minister For Smithton

Smithton Free Church has secured a new Assistant Minister after Rev. Innes MacSween accepted the call to serve the congregation. Lewis born Rev. MacSween has been part of the Free Church family for many years having attended Cross Free Church as a youngster and regularly attending Free Church Camps. It was during one of these camps that he became...

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The Western Isles Celebrates Three Inductions

The month of August saw the Western Isles celebrate three new inductions into Free Church congregations. Rev. David MacDonald was appointed as Assistant Minister at Back Free Church, Rev. Paul Murray was inducted as minister of Kinloch Free Church and Rev. Mark Macleod was inducted as the new pastor of Harris Free Church. All three men, who are...

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