News & Updates

Notices - Sunday 15th September

Sunday School is looking to recruit new teachers- ideally one as soon as possible and another two by the end of the year. There are options of different age groups you could teach and the syllabus is very easy to follow. If you think this is something you might prayerfully consider, you would be most welcome to shadow a class for a few weeks to see how it goes. You need to be a communicant member of Stornoway Free Church and attain a PVG Disclosure check. For further information, please speak to Ian Murdo Macleod, elder, Mairianne in the church office or any of the Sunday School teachers.

Friday 20th September
The 55+ Fellowship meets from 2.30pm to 4pm in the MA Hall. The speaker will be Donna Barden and the singer Ali Macdonald. If you are over 55 you are most welcome to join us for fellowship, food and friendly chat. Please feel free to bring a friend with you.
If you need transport, please contact Duncan Norman on 860418 or 07787 973802.

Audio Ministry
CDs are still available to order for all Communion Services. DVDs are available to order for the English services only on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th August. CDs and DVDs cost £2.00 each plus P+P where applicable.  Please contact Erica Macleod on 01851 705028 (Home) or 703860 (Church) if you would like to order any CDs or DVDs.

Please note we also have a sermons podcast. Just search for Stornoway Sermons on your podcast app and click subscribe to receive the latest English and Gaelic sermons from Stornoway Free Church direct to your phone or tablet as soon as they become available.

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

Children and youth groups
Parent & Toddler meets on Tuesday (1.00–3.00pm) and Thursday (9.45-11.45am)

Campaigners:     All groups meet on Monday in the hall as follows:
C Club 5pm-6pm (age 4-P2)
Kidz Zone 6pm-7.15pm (age P3-P5);
Crosstrax (age P6-S1) 7.15pm-8.30pm


Challenger Bus
The Challenger Bus (People with a Mission Ministries) will be at Laxdale School from Monday 23rd to Thursday 26th September. Primary age children are warmly invited to come along to the bus from 5.45 - 7.30pm each evening for fun games, crafts, songs and Bible stories. Admission is free. Parents are invited to attend the awards ceremony on Thursday 26th at 7.30pm. If you would like more information, please contact Alasdair (Moley) Macleod – or Mairianne Campbell – 01851 703860. Please remember this work in your prayers.

Special Collection
There will be a special collection taken at the close of all services on Sunday 22nd September to give the congregation an opportunity to contribute towards defraying the costs associated with the forthcoming week of evangelism by the Challenger Bus.

Campaigners Cancelled -Monday 23rd September
Due to the Challenger Bus Mission, all Campaigner groups will be cancelled on Monday 23rd September to allow the children to attend the Challenger Bus at Laxdale School. Thank you for understanding.

Tuesday 24th September
The Craft Group meets from 7.30pm in the MA Hall. All ladies welcome, including beginners.

Saturday 28th September:
-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.

-Save the Children will be holding a Soup and Pudding Fundraising Lunch from 12-2pm in the MA Hall.

Saturday 28th September- Big Free Rally 2019, Smithton Free Church
Please join us for the Big Free Rally! There will be opportunities for chat and discussion, singing, games and challenges. The main speaker this year is Robin Gray, who'll be speaking on:

"Looking After God's Creation" - in the light of today's focus on recycling, renewables and "saving the planet", where do we stand as Christians on these issues?

"I am a New Creation" - God offers to make each one of us a "new creation" if we believe in Him and trust in Jesus, but what does it mean to become and to live as a "new creation"?

Please email to book your seat on the bus.

Presbytery Camps
Booking forms are now available for the Presbytery Junior Camp held in Scaladale during the October holidays.  This camp is open to young people in Primary 7 to Secondary 2 and is set to run from Friday 11th to Monday 14th October. Cost is £35.  Book early to avoid disappointment. For more information please contact Mairianne Campbell – Please remember this work in your prayers. Thank you.

Church Officer on Leave
Donnie will be on holiday from 17th to the 26th
September. During his absence, any enquiries regarding church officer duties should be referred to Murdo I Macleod on 705028 or 07775584002.

Read the New Testament in 2019
For those participating in the Free Church’s Generation Bible Read Through Project, this week’s reading-1 Corinthians 6-10

Pop Up Shop Fundraiser
Blythswood Care and SERA are organising a pop-up bric-a-brac shop in Murdo Maclean’s old shop on Cromwell Street as a fundraiser in aid of the Stornoway to Moldova lorry trip and SERA trip at the end of this month. Donations can be dropped off at the shop between 5.30pm to 7pm on Monday 16th September. The shop will be open as follows:

Thursday 19th September- 2.30pm-4.30pm
Friday 20th September- 12pm-5pm
Saturday 21st September- 11am-4.30pm