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Free Church update – 29 April 2016

Pray for Scottish Parliament elections
Please be much in prayer for the forthcoming Scottish Parliament elections on Thursday 5 May, particularly that God will raise up Christian politicians who will stand for Biblical truth (Proverbs 14:34). Moderator of the General Assembly Rev David Robertson has written to all of the party leaders with a list of questions on topical issues, and their responses will be published on the Free Church website ( on Monday 2 May.

Church planters from India visiting congregations
Two church planters from India will be speaking at various Free Church congregations over the coming weeks. Rev Samit Mishra and Rev Pradeep Kumar will be visiting churches in Inverness, the Isle of Skye and around the Glasgow area. A final schedule will be posted on in due course. The Presbyterian Free Church in India is growing, and used money raised by the Western Isles Mission Support Group for church planting in Kahani – a previous mission station that was closed down in 1969.

Part-time community worker sought for Ayrshire congregation
An Ayrshire congregation is seeking to attract a part-time community worker for outreach activities, helping to disciple believers as well as promoting the work of the church in the local area. The appointment will be supported by Kilwinning Free Church and Erskine Independent Evangelical Church, who jointly share worship in the Ayrshire town. Further details are available on The deadline for applications is 3 June 2016.

New palliative care unit in Romania opens thanks to big-hearted Scots
An extension to a palliative care unit in a Romanian town, partly made up of disused materials from the old Nicolson Institute in Stornoway, opened this week. Lachie Macleod MBE, founder of the Something for Romania (SFR) charity, flew out to Eastern Europe to witness the momentous occasion. The extension was built for Fundatia Crerstina Diakonia, who provide homecare and free palliative care for serious and terminally ill patients.

Road to Recovery Inverness celebrates a decade of full-time support
Road to Recovery at the Madras Street Mission in Inverness recently marked the 10th anniversary of having dedicated support work for people with addictions. The regular Thursday night group meetings have been running for a lot longer, but it was in April 2006 that Ian Polworth came on board full-time to work one-to-one with addicts. We give thanks that God has used the Madras Street Mission to change lives through the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Edinburgh Theological Seminary exams
The end of term exams at Edinburgh Theological Seminary begin on Friday 29 April and conclude on Tuesday 10 May. Please pray for the students during this period.

Deadline for WFM bus bookings
The Women for Mission (WfM) annual meeting is in Glasgow on Saturday 14 May. The deadline for those booking on the bus from Dingwall or Inverness is 30 April. Contact Janet Murchison 01456 450 837.

Glendale anniversary service
Glendale Free Church is holding a 140th anniversary service on Wednesday 4 May at 7.30pm.  Invitations have gone out to the local community, as well as to friends across the Church with Glendale connections.

Church census – Sunday 8 May
A reminder that the Scottish Church Census and the Free Church’s own statistical survey both take place on Sunday 8 May. More details will follow in next week’s update.