Moderator Prepares To Visit 'Heid The Ba' Pastor

‘You come to Nepal and baptise ma wean’ ‘Bring some haggis and keep the heid while you are here’ That is the kind of thing Rev. Suraj Kasula says when we Skype. He laughs, throws his baby daughter Hadassah up in the air, his wife Rohani waves in the background, and then the conversation continues. He loves saying Scottish phrases in a Scottish acce...

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A New Chapter In Books

The Free Church Bookshop will close its doors for the final time this month as the Church moves towards the provision of a new online book service. The decision to close the bookstore and move towards an online presence to increase the reach and impact of the Free Church book service was made during the last General Assembly. The closure will...

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Fortrose Free Church New Build

Fortrose Free Church has begun their long-awaited building project with the laying of its foundation. The new building, due for completion by this autumn, is expected to cost around £750,000, most of which has already been raised by the congregation themselves. To help reach their target, the congregation held an Open Day in December with...

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A Message For A New Year

What a relief New Year must be to secular folk after the ordeal of Christmas. For some of the movers and shakers in our culture, Christmas is just too embarrassing, too religious and needs replacing with a tame Winter festival. Cheerio Christianity with your rules and ancient texts. Hello, Hogmanay! Just take me to the nearest New Year...

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The Free Church Doesn't Celebrate Christmas ... Or So It Goes

Rev. Derek Lamont (Moderator of The Free Church of Scotland)  "The Free Church doesn't celebrate Christmas", or so it goes. It is a mongrel winter festival of mixed roots that Christians have hijacked to celebrate the birth of Jesus. I will leave the semantics and arguments to others. The New Testament says very little about these things. But...

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Colegio San Andres Celebrates With Former Head Teacher

St Andrew´s Day was celebrated early this year in Colegio San Andres in honour of a visit by the former head teacher, John MacPherson. A special Scottish programme was put on by pupils to welcome Mr MacPherson who served as a teacher, head of primary and then head teacher during two stints at the school from 1959 - 1977 and 1988 - 1992. The...

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New Office Bearers For Free Church North

Five new elders and five new deacons were ordained into the Free North church on Sunday 17th December. Minister, Rev. Colin L. Macleod, who has been in the Free North since April 2012, led the elders and deacons through the traditional list of questions which they publically answer. The elders elected were Mr Brian Cameron, Mr Martin Maclean, Mr...

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The Record - December Edition

In The Record this month: Free Church Youth Camps Free Church Youth Camps have been running successfully since 1960. Current Camps Administrator LAURA MACAULAY describes how you can get involved and support the youth of the Church. Bringing Up Children In A Christian Home REV. JOE BARNARD discusses some ideas on how to maintain a spiritual...

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Tain and Fearn Welcome Rev. Andrew Macleod

The congregation of Tain and Fearn moved into a new phase recently when the Rev. Andrew Macleod was ordained and inducted as assistant to their minister, Rev. Alasdair MacAulay. The congregations of Tain and Fearn were united by the General Assembly in 2009 under the ministry of Rev. Ronnie Morrison, the minister of Tain. After he retired in...

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ETS - Student Exams

Edinburgh Theological Seminary (ETS) students have completed their classes for this year and are currently sitting their end of semester exams. The academic year at the seminary is divided into two halves; the first semester runs from September to December, while the second semester runs from January to May.  Classes began back in September, and...

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Into The Light

Buccleuch Free Church's Alex MacDonald has released his new album entitled ‘Into the Light’, the title track of which was inspired by blogger Murdo Murchison. Murdo was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumour last year and started to write a blog about that and his past life. Alex says, "It was so easy to write that song. Murdo has a great turn of...

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New Minister for Campbeltown Free Church

On Saturday the 2nd December, the Presbytery of Glasgow and Argyll inducted Rev. Dr Roger Crooks as minister of Campbeltown Free Church. Dr Crooks was formerly a minister in the Presbyterian Church in Ireland, ministering in the congregation of Belvoir, in South Belfast. Rev. Ivor MacDonald, the Presbytery Moderator, led the service, welcoming...

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Youth And Schools Worker

An opportunity has arisen in South Skye and South West Ross for a full-time Youth and Schools worker.  The role, which builds on 16 years of work done by the previous worker, presents an exciting opportunity to be involved in the lives of children and young people right through their years at school.  It is also a role which has proved to be of g...

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National Day of Prayer - Supplication

In the lead up to The National Day of Prayer this Thursday, Rev. Mark MacLeod encourages us to pray earnestly. What’s the point in praying? Does it even do anything? Is God even listening to me? We are a people who get very easily discouraged, particularly when it comes to prayer. It doesn’t take much for us to take heed of the devil’s disco...

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Answered Prayer - Tsai-Ni Chiang

Before coming to Scotland, I was very excited about starting a new life in a completely new place, but I would be lying if I told you I did not have any concern or worry at all. I worried about living alone for the first time, not knowing anyone, not making friends, not able to understand the Scottish accent, and not being able to take good care...

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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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