Wider Free church News update (18th July)

Hi folks,Please find below this week’s update.With best wishes,Gordon.

Gordon Bell
Communications Officer
The Free Church of Scotland

Free Church update – 18 July 2014

Rev David Kirk set for Kilmallie and Ardnamurchan 
Rev David Kirk has accepted a call to become assistant minister of Kilmallie and Ardnamurchan Free Church in Lochaber. The 45-year-old will join minister Rev Chris ‘Kiki’ MacRae at the end of August, in what is his first appointment in the Free Church of Scotland ministry. Mr Kirk has been Session Clerk at South Uist and Benbecula for the past decade, and during this period he has also been studying at Highland Theological College. His induction, subject to Presbytery approval, is expected to take place on Friday 22 August at 7pm in Kilmallie. All welcome!

Free Church makes £5,000 donation to Tearfund Syria appeal
The Free Church of Scotland has made a £5,000 donation to help provide aid to civilians caught up in the Syrian conflict. Tearfund have Christian partners on the ground bringing vital food supplies to thousands of Syrians who have been displaced by the fighting over the past three years. The donation came from the Free Church’s Disaster and Relief Fund – which congregations are encouraged to top-up. It is estimated that nine million ordinary Syrians are in need because of the country’s civil war.

Overnight prayer event for Alison Macdonald
Tonight (Friday 18 July) the Rosskeen Free Church congregation is hosting an overnight prayer event for missing Alison Macdonald. Beginning at 8pm and concluding at 12 noon the following day, people are being encouraged to either gather at the Capstone Centre in Alness or pray at home. The prayer event is a continuation of a small prayer group which was focusing on praying for Alison. With recent media coverage and an upsurge in interest in her story, it is hoped that more people could join together in prayer over an extended period and lift the whole situation to the Lord. Alison, the daughter of Rev Kenny and Reta Macdonald, was 19 when she went missing while backpacking with a friend in India in 1981.

Seminary students completing summer placements with congregations
We give thanks that a number of Edinburgh Theological Seminary students have had productive summer placements with different Free Church congregations. Chris Davidson has been with Kilmallie in Lochaber, Kenny Robertson has been with Dowanvale in Glasgow, and Allan Shearer spent six weeks with the Rosskeen congregation in Easter Ross. Andrew Longwe, who will be licensed later this year, will be doing a placement with the Paisley congregation in August. We pray that all students and staff would have a restful break before the new term begins.

Donald Jack funeral at Leith
The funeral of the late Donald Jack takes place today (Friday 18 July) at Leith Free Church in Edinburgh at 1.30pm, thereafter to Warriston Cemetery for 3pm. Mr Jack was a faithful servant in Leith for decades as well as being a General Trustee for many years.

North Tolsta holiday club
We give thanks for the ‘On your marks’ holiday club which is taking place in North Tolsta, Isle of Lewis, this week. We pray that the Lord will use it to build links with those in the community who do not attend worship services.  

Free Church Youth Camps update
The first lot of Free Church camps are now finished and we are thankful for the Gospel seed that has been sown thus far. Please continue to pray for the new camps going out – including Comrie girls camp from 19-26 July. Updates from the Kincraig and Whithaugh camps have already appeared on the Free Church website, with more expected soon:www.freechurch.org 

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