News & Updates

Notices - Sunday 15th May

Creche: 11.00am in upper hall for children up to age 2.
Volunteers today: Fiona, Catherine, Ruby.
Volunteers 22nd May: Annette, Kathleen, Anne Mackenzie.


Tweenies: 11.00 in the main hall for children aged 3-4.
Volunteers today: Liz, Kay, Aileen, Kirsty.
Volunteers 22nd May: Elizabeth, Anna, Lily, Christina.


Sunday School meets in main hall for children in P1-S2.


Monday 16th May 7.00pm – Kirk Session meets in M. A Hall.

The Session will meet with parents wishing Baptism for their children.


Wednesday 18th May 7.30pm – English Missionary Meeting in the Seminary and on Zoom. We welcome Manuel Lopez Franco representing European Missionary Fellowship, who is a pastor in Almunecar, Spain.  


Thursday 19th May 7.30pm - Gaelic Prayer Meeting in the Seminary led by Rev James Macdonald.


Friday 20th May 1.00pm - Ladies Bible Study on Zoom.

For more information contact Sandra Kennedy 07825 178629.


Saturday 21st May 7.30pm – English Prayer Meeting in the Seminary.


Services next Sunday – 22nd May

11.00am English Service and Baptism (Church): Rev James Maciver

No Gaelic Service

6.30pm English Service (Church): Rev James Maciver


Friday 20th May - WfM Ladies evening event in the Cabarfeidh Hotel.

We welcome donations of baking, jams, marmalade, chutney, rhubarb, crafts and plants. No Bric-a-Brac and no baking with fresh cream.

For all items sold we ask for donations which will go towards the WfM projects. For those attending the hotel will be open from 4pm and we ask folks to be seated before 5.30pm. 


Saturday 21st May 1.00pm-3.30pm - WfM AGM is being held from Perth Free Church starting at 2pm. The Stornoway WfM invite you to join them for 'Afternoon Tea' in the M. A. Hall at 1pm - 3.30pm and to watch the proceedings together and enjoy a time of fellowship. All donations will be distributed between this year’s projects.

Sunday School Snippet.  In Sunday School we learn about God and Jesus and the Lord. We learn about the prayer. I like Sunday School.

In Sunday School we learn stuff and do drawing and cutting out and do jigsaws.


George, Summer and Xander Pr.1


Scottish Bible Society – Audio Recording of 2017 Gaelic New Testament

The Scottish Bible Society is arranging an audio recording of the 2017 Gaelic New Testament.

The Society will be recording in two different locations over an 8 week period.  They will be recording in Inverness in July and recording in Lewis in August. They are very keen to connect with folk in the Gaelic speaking community on the island who would like to be involved.

A preparatory meeting will take place on Friday 27th May at 7.30pm in the Free Church Seminary, Francis St, Stornoway. All who are interested in being involved are invited to attend, particularly those who could read a portion of the 2017 Gaelic New Testament, and also for proof “listeners” who would listen every day to the recordings to check them.  

They are also asking for folk who would be willing to host Frank and Sean Dvorak (a husband and wife team who are doing the recording), providing accommodation and meals.

The project will also require a Project Manager during the month of August to help with practicalities. The Manager would be directly involved in the recordings, so would need to be a fluent Gaelic speaker. The Manager would also help out with admin such as scheduling and contacting readers, and co-ordinating hospitality (transport, food and drink, accommodation).

The Project Manager will be a paid position. Anyone interested in helping with the project but who cannot attend the meeting can contact Adrian Armstrong at the Scottish Bible Society to let him know on Tel Number – 0131 347 9827, or by email to [email protected].


2022 Free Church General Assembly

The General Assembly of the Free Church of Scotland will commence on Monday 23rd May at 6.30pm at St Columba’s Free Church, Edinburgh. 

Principal Iver Martin, the former minister of our congregation, is the Moderator-Designate.  Please remember him in your prayers as he prepares to take up the role and as he serves the church in this capacity over the next year.

Public viewings of the General Assembly are due to be live-streamed on the Free Church website - 


Finance Administrator (with a particular focus on Gift Aid and payroll)

The Free Church of Scotland is looking to appoint a capable Finance Administrator to join our team of committed staff in the Church Offices to help with the efficient finance administration for the denomination. Our current Finance Administrator is taking up a new job closer to home.

The successful applicant will be part of a small Finance Team. The role will have a particular focus on Gift Aid and payroll and will involve regular contact with other staff, ministers, treasurers and suppliers. The post holder will be highly organised and self-motivated and have a desire to manage Church finances well.

A Job Description and Application Form can be obtained from the Free Church website or from Fiona Mackenzie, Executive Assistant to the CEO, by email to [email protected] The closing date for applications is Monday 6th June at 9am.

Interviews are expected to be held in Edinburgh on Tuesday 14th June.

Slavic Gospel Association.  

For those who were not able to contribute to the work of SGA but would still like to do so, please put your contribution in an envelope clearly marked ‘SGA’ and leave it any of the collection plates at the church or the Seminary. If contributing by cheque, please make it payable to Stornoway Free Church and the treasurer will make sure it’s correctly allocated.

Blythswood Care Appeal

The Blythswood Ukraine Crisis Appeal will remain open, and contributions can be made by calling 01349 830777 or at any time online at:

Alternatively, you can put your contribution in an envelope clearly marked ‘Ukraine Appeal’ and place it in the collection plates at the church or the Seminary.  If paying by cheque please make it payable to ‘Stornoway Free Church’.