CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR
Dates for your Diaries
The next few days are going to be a busy time for all of us, in the run-up to Christmas time. It has been and will continue to be busy for many in the Church as well.
Gift Bags A big thank you to everyone from the ACTS Group who helped to put together and deliver the Christmas gift bags over this weekend. This was a big job, and so many thanks to everyone involved. We hope and pray that these gifts will prove to be a blessing to all.
Dates for your Diary
Gaelic Carol Service from Amhuinnsuidhe Castle Seirbheis Nollaige à Caisteal Amhuinnsuidhe sna Hearadh 2017This Sunday evening ( 13th December) there is another opportunity to hear the Gaelic Carol service recorded by the BBC in the magnificent drawing room of Amhuinnsuidhe castle just before Christmas in 2017. The service is led by Rev Donald John Morrison, with readings from members of the congregation and singing from the Sir E Scott school junior choir, with their conductor Iain Maciver. The service will be broadcast on BBC Radio Nan Gaidheal on Sunday evening 13th December at 9 PM. For more information, please follow this link https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p05rqn3w/p05rqklh
Christmas Family Service The 11 AM service on Sunday 20th December will be a Family Service to which everyone is warmly invited. The service will be ‘live” from the Church, but also live-streamed via Zoom. We hope that some readings and prayers will be taking place in the Church, but also that all will be able to share in this special Act of Worship. We will publish more details of this service during the coming week.
Christmas Eve Carol service The Christmas Eve Carol Service will be streamed live from Tarbert Church on Thursday 24th December at 7 PM. The service will be ‘live” from the Church, but also live-streamed via Zoom. We hope that some readings, prayers and singing will be taking place in the Church, but also that many others will be able to join us on-line for this service. Despite the challenges of this year, it is good to come together to worship, and the Christmas Eve Carol Service is always a good opportunity for us to give thanks to God for the blessing of Jesus coming into the world.
Gaelic service The next Gaelic service on Zoom will be on Sunday evening 27th December at 6 PM. Last month’s Gaelic service was a blessing to many, and we hope that many others will be able to join us for this Gaelic service which will be our last act of worship in 2020.
Cal na h’Iolaire Iolaire memorial service. There will be a Memorial service at the Harris War memorial on New Year’s Day to mark the Iolaire tragedy at 11.15 AM.
New Year’s Day Service There will be a New Year’s Day service immediately after this hopefully in the Church at 12 Noon. New Year is an excellent opportunity for us to start the New Year afresh by coming together for worship. For that reason, we hope to be able to meet in -person in a limited way and observing all protocols. The service will as always be live-streamed.
New and different Links to Zoom will be sent out for the Carol Service on Christmas Eve, the Gaelic service on 27th December and the service on New Year’s Day. For other services, the link will stay the same as before.
If in the future we are granted permission by the Presbytery of Uist to hold in-person services in the Church in Tarbert again, the Kirk Session has agreed that initially at least these openings will be for services of special significance, rather than weekly worship. Weekly worship will continue to be live-streamed from the Church, as has been the case for most of this year. When in-person services resume, live streaming by Zoom and YouTube Live and ‘Zoom Phone’ will continue to be offered to all who are unable to join in worship.