News & Updates

Notices - Sunday 13th October

Monday 14th October
Deacons’ Court will meet at 7pm in the Session Room, Kenneth Street.

Friday 18th October
The next meeting of the 55+ Fellowship will take place at 2.30pm in the MA Hall.  The speaker will be Mr Robert France of the High Free Congregation and the singing will be led by Mr David Gray (Crossbost).  A warm invitation is extended to all those over 55 to come along for friendly fellowship and some refreshments.   Anyone wishing transportation, please contact Duncan Norman on 01851 860 418 or 07787 973802. We look forward to seeing you.

Dumisani Theological Institute 40th Anniversary:
On Friday 18th October at 7.30pm, there will be special meeting in the Rev M A Macleod Memorial Hall, Kenneth Street, to mark the 40th anniversary of the Dumisani Theological Institute & Bible School in Southern Africa. The speaker will be Dr Jack C Whytock, Visiting Principal at the institute and his theme will be ‘The Vital Importance of the Bible School Movement in Missions’.   A book marking the anniversary Voices of Thanksgiving will be available on the evening.   
Dumisani is the official theological training institute of the Free Church in Southern Africa.   Although the church there became independent in 1982, its origins and history is firmly rooted in the endeavors of Free Church of Scotland missionaries and it continues to have strong partnership links with the Free Church of Scotland.  The Free Church in the Western Isles has always maintained a supportive interest in the missionary movement in Southern Africa.  We trust that this interest will be reflected with a good attendance on the evening.  Tea and coffee will be served afterwards.   

Blythswood/SERA Trip to Moldova
Charlie is back now from Moldova and he would like to thank the congregation and people from the island for their prayers, support and kindness for the Mission. Charlie says: “It was a wonderful trip and God blessed us so much with the different challenges we had on the trip. Thank you to all who gave for the bibles- fifty-five bibles were given out to the Fire Fighters. All the aid from the Blythswood Stornoway Aid Lorry was distributed. A presentation of the visit will be given later next year. God bless you all and to God be the glory.”

Read the New Testament in 2019
This week’s reading -2 Corinthians 11-13 and James 1-3.

New Minister for the South Uist & Benbecula Congregation


The Ordination and Induction of Rev Thomas Penman to the South Uist and Benbecula congregation was held on Tuesday 8th October.  Please continue to pray for Mr Penman, his wife Mhairi and their daughter Deborah as they commence their ministry.  

Midweek Meetings: All at 7.30pm in the Seminary
Wednesday – English – Rev James Maciver  
Thursday – Gaelic – Rev Kenneth I Macleod
Saturday – English

Children and youth groups
No Parent & Toddler and Campaigners groups during the school holidays.


Monday 21st October
Kirk Session meets at 7pm, in the Session Room, Kenneth Street

Saturday 26th October
WFM are holding a Fundraising Lunch in the MA Hall from 12-2pm. There is a sign-up sheet at the door if you can help provide soups or puddings or if you can help on the day.  

The Ladies Walking Group will be leaving from the car park at the Lews Castle Museum at 11am for a walk in the Castle Grounds. All welcome.