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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ETS Welcomes New Lecturer

Edinburgh Theological Seminary (ETS) is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Alistair Wilson as the lecturer in Mission and New Testament. Alistair has a PhD in New Testament studies from the University of Aberdeen. After graduating from the University of Edinburgh and the Free Church College (now Edinburgh Theological Seminary), Alistair...

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2017 Ladies Day

Portree Free Church will host this year's Ladies Day on the 23rd September.Women from across the Presbytery usually attend as well as some from different denominations to enjoy a day of worship, learning and fellowship. The event itself first met in 2005 and is now held every two years. Started by a small Women For Mission committee, it consisted...

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Growth Amidst Decline

Earlier this year the Brierly Report was published which outlined the census figures for Scottish church attendance. The fourth report of its kind, the census has shown that there has been an overall decline in national church numbers since 1984. A new book by Peter Brierly entitled 'Growth Amidst Decline', delves into those stark figures...

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ETS Annual Opening Service

Edinburgh Theological Seminary (ETS) will hold an opening service to mark the beginning of a new academic semester on Monday 4th September at 7:30 pm in St Columba's Free Church, Edinburgh. The service will be chaired by the Principal, Rev. Iver Martin, with Rev. Robin Sydserff, minister of Chalmers Church, Edinburgh, due to give the opening...

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37th Annual Ayr Bible Convention

Next week will see the beginning of the 37th annual Ayr Bible Convention which runs from the 5th September - 8th September in Ayr Free Church. Many people come from across Ayrshire and beyond for a week of Bible teaching and preaching for this cross-denominational event. There are two keynote speakers at this year's convention, Rev. Dan Peters...

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The 2017 Big Free Rally

On Saturday the 30th September the annual Big Free Rally will take place at Smithton Free Church in Inverness. Hundreds of young people ranging from nine years upwards are expected to descend upon Smithton from all across the country. In addition to being an opportunity for Free Church Youth Campers and Leaders to catch up with friends from the...

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New Minister for Dundee Church Plant

The ordination and induction of Andrew Robertson will take place at St Peter’s Free Church, Dundee on the 1st September at 7:30 pm. Rev. David Court is due to preach and preside over the service. Andrew, the son of former Free Church Moderator Rev. David Robertson, is a graduate of Edinburgh Theological Seminary and will be leading a new church p...

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Reformation Commemorations

Badenoch Free Church of Scotland is organising four lectures for September commemorating 500 years since the Reformation. The lecture series entitled "The Spiritual Revolution of the Reformation", will be given by Rev. Clive Every-Clayton author of “Martin Luther – His Cheminement, His Conversion, His Convictions”. The lectures will begin at 7 pm...

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Cornerstone Appoint New Pastoral Worker

Cornerstone, a Free Church of Scotland church plant in Edinburgh, recently appointed AnnaLauren Packer as their new Pastoral Worker. Starting in mid-August, AnnaLauren will be helping to strengthen ties with the local Morningside community and build on the work that has already been done. Cornerstone minister Rev. Neil MacMillan explained the...

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Bon Accord Building Refurb Complete

Following a ten-month refurbishment project and an investment of well over a million pounds, Bon Accord Free Church have successfully returned to their church building. Rev. David MacPherson said, "We are delighted to be back in our building on Rosemount Viaduct in the centre of Aberdeen. I guess I might be a little biased but all those involved...

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BASE Youth Camp 2017

Dowanvale Free Church's Sarah Hamilton reports on the new Free Church Youth Camp which was held for the first time in Pitlochry this summer.   The new camp, that had discipleship training at its core, went down a treat for all campers and leaders alike, as the gospel was presented in a way that both challenged and excited our souls. As the...

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Positively Presbyterian 2017

This year, The Positively Presbyterian Conference is due to take place from 21st – 23rd August at Lendrick Muir Conference Centre. The conference brings together a range of ministers, church workers elders and deacons from around the world for teaching, fellowship and worship. The main speaker is Rev. Owen Griffiths, minister of Carmel Church in...

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New Ministries in the Western Isles

Three newly licensed ministers are set to be ordained and inducted to congregations in the Western Isles this month. The dates for the events were agreed at a meeting of the Western Isles Presbytery and are as follows: Friday 11 August - Rev. David Macdonald as Assistant Minister of Back Free Church Tuesday 15 August - Rev. Paul Murray as pastor...

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Oswestry Junior Camp 1 - Report

On Thursday 6th July, 27 campers, 11 leaders, 4 cooks and a bus driver, all arrived safely for the start of Oswestry Junior 1 camp at the Quinta Centre in Weston Rhyn after a mammoth bus journey. The week kicked off with outdoor activities and ice-breakers out on the field and we were blessed to have such good weather right through the week. With...

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Kincraig Girls Camp - Report

31 girls arrived in Kincraig full of excitement for the week ahead. Old friendships were renewed and new friendships were made. The rain on the first day did not dampen our spirits and we got on with getting to know each other through different games and activities. Saturday also saw the first of our surprise challenges where one person from each...

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Vacancy - Admin Assistant

  ADMIN ASSISTANT Edinburgh An exciting opportunity has arisen to join a small and friendly staff team in the Free Church offices in central Edinburgh. The post holder will play a key role as the first point of contact for visitors and contribute to the smooth running of the office.  This is a full-time post and responsibilities will i...

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New Book To Help Building Fund

A newly released book entitled 'One Good Owner' shares the journey of Stirling Free Church member Murdo Murchison from a youngster in the highlands to his successful career in the second-hand car trade through to the devastating diagnosis of terminal cancer. In the book, Murdo shares how his personal Christian faith has sustained and supported...

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Three Newly Licensed Ministers Called To Western Isles

Three newly licensed Free Church ministers were called by Western Isles congregations last week. During a meeting of the Presbytery on 10th July, presided by Rev. Murdo Campbell of Barvas Free Church, Rev. David MacDonald accepted the congregations call to Back Free Church as the Assistant Minister. Due to family commitments, Rev. MacDonald was...

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2017 Leadership Bootcamp Report

Neil MacMillan opened up Bootcamp with the words “Prepare to suffer”, which looking back wasn’t as dramatic a warning as we thought! With the 6 am morning runs (not forgetting the added Crossfit), intense morning teaching and a three-hour activity session in the afternoon, we were tired. Encouraged by the teaching, but tired. Added in were clean...

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Dumfries Free Church Welcomes Rev. Trevor Kane

In an evening that was marked with much encouragement, joy and hope, the Dumfries congregation gathered on Friday 30th June with friends from the town and further afield to hold the service of ordination and induction of Rev Trevor Kane to the charge. The service was conducted by the moderator of Glasgow and Argyll Presbytery, Rev Ivor MacDonald,...

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ETS Student Placement Experiences

Each year Edinburgh Theological Seminary (ETS) students take part in a 6-week summer placement as part of their training for future full-time ministry within the Free Church of Scotland. As one of those students, Calum Cameron travelled to Carloway Free Church on the idyllic Isle of Lewis, here he shares some of his thoughts about the time he...

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Westminster Theological Seminary Honour Former Moderator

Former Free Church Moderator, Rev. Dr John Nicholls, has been recognised by Westminster Theological Seminary (WTS), Philadephia with an honorary Doctor of Divinity. The award stated that “At recent meetings of our Faculty and Board, we unanimously voted to honour your long and faithful career of honouring God’s Word, Christ’s Gospel, and our Refor...

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