News & Updates

Notices - Sunday 16th June

Creche: 11.00am in the upper hall for children up to age 3.
Volunteers Today: Annette, Kathleen, Anne Mackenzie, and Tina.
Volunteers 23rd June: Elaine, Christine, Chris, Annmarie, and Helena.                               

Tweenies for children aged 3-5 will meet in the main hall.
Volunteers today: Johan, Kay and Eilidh.
Volunteers 23rd June: ChrisAnne, Anna and Aileen.

Sunday School and Bible Class
This morning, we would like all the Sunday School and Bible Class children to sit together with their teachers at the front of the church for the beginning of the service. We will all go through to the hall at the usual time.

We look forward to our prize giving in the hall after the morning service with everyone from crèche, Tweenies, Sunday School, and Bible Class.

Everyone is welcome to the M. A. Hall after the morning service for the Sunday School prizegiving.
Rev James Maciver will be presenting the prizes. Tea and Coffee will be served by Mary Ferguson.

YF meets tonight in the M. A. Hall after the evening service. All P7 children are also warmly invited tonight.
Scott and Fiona will be the speakers.

Monday 17th June 1.00pm-3.00pm – Toddler Group meets in M.A. Hall.

Monday 17th June at 7.00pm – Kirk Session meets in the Kenneth Street session room.

Tuesday 18th June – Youth Club meets at Gress beach at 7.30pm.

Wednesday 19th June at 7.30pm
– English Prayer Meeting meets in the Seminary and on Zoom and will be led by Rev Calum M. Smith.

There will be no Explorers this week as it has now finished for the summer holidays. We wish our Pr7s all the best as they move up to The Nicolson and we hope to see the rest of you back in September. Have a wonderful holiday.

Thursday 20th June at 7.30pm – Gaelic Prayer Meeting
meets in the Seminary and will be led by Mr Joe Macphee.

Friday 21st June from 12.00pm to 2.00pm – 55+ Fellowship.
We hope to have our retiring minister, Rev James Maciver, speaking. He will be joined by his brother-in-law, Calum Martin, who will lead the singing.  

If you have not been before, a huge welcome awaits all those who have reached the “55” milestone.

If you need transport, please contact Duncan on one of the following numbers:  01851 860 410 or 07787 973802.

22nd June at 7.30pmEnglish Prayer Meeting in the Seminary.


Lord’s Day 23rd June at 9.00am – Ladies Prayer Meeting on Zoom.


Services next Lord’s Day – 23rd June
11.00am – Gaelic Service (Seminary) conducted by Rev D.A. Macdonald
11.00am – English Service (Church) conducted by Rev Calum M. Smith
6.30pm – English Service (Church) conducted by Mr Scott Macleod

We were deeply sorry to hear of Mr Callum Ian Macmillan’s sudden passing. We extend our sincere condolences to his widow Christine, son John, son Andrew and his wife Katie with their daughter Isabella. We also remember Christine’s sisters Etta and Agnes along with their families, all cousins, and other relatives.

We pray that God will comfort them all at this time of loss and sorrow.


Service of thanksgiving and reception to mark the retirement of our minister, Rev James Maciver.
On Friday 28th June, a short service of thanksgiving will be held in the Kenneth Street church at 7.00pm which will be conducted by Rev Kenneth I. Macleod.  This will be followed with a reception in the M.A. Hall where refreshments will be served, speeches delivered, and presentations made.

The congregation’s catering teams have kindly agreed to take care of the arrangements for the evening. 

Between now and the evening of Wednesday 26th June, an opportunity is given to the congregation to contribute towards a presentation.  Contributions should be placed in an envelope clearly marked ‘Presentation’ and left in the plates at the church or the Seminary. 

As a mark of the esteem in which we hold James and Donna and our sincere gratitude for their ministry among us for the last eight years, it is hoped that as many as possible will attend the service and reception on Friday 28th June.


Lewis Christian Conference – St Columba’s Church, Lewis Street

Speaker – Jonathan Lamb, Minister for Keswick Ministries

Theme – Trouble and Triumph: Focussing on 2 Corinthians 4 and 5

Thursday 20th June


The priorities of Christian Service

Friday 21st June


The paradox of Christian experience

Friday 21st June


After Hours Youth Event

Saturday 22nd June


The Foundations of Christian Hope

Lord’s Day


Service at St Columba’s Church

Lord’s Day


Service at Back Free Church


Record Subscriptions
The Record continues to have an interim editor and will continue to be issued bi-monthly until the 2025 General Assembly. 

If you want to continue receiving bi-monthly issues of the Record from June 2024 till May 2025, please put your subscription of £12.00 in an envelope clearly marked Record along with your name and address.

If you would like to become a new subscriber, please put £12.00 in an envelope clearly marked ‘Record – New Subscriber’ along with your name and address. If paying by cheque, please make it payable to Stornoway Free Church.   All envelopes should be placed in the collection plates at either the church or the Seminary.


Blythswood Appeal – Saturday 22nd June – 9.30am to 12.00 noon
A lorry trailer will be at the Nicolson Institute bus park on Smith Avenue.

Donations of the following in good condition are welcome: Clothes, bedding, shoes, toiletries, and new bandages – Donation bags should be marked with the contents therein.

Donations can be made to Blythswood on the day or by bank transfer:

Sort Code:  80-91-26

Account Number: 1041 3664

For more information contact:

Charlie: 07717816476

Nana: 07818861637

Website Filming
The communications committee would like to make the congregation aware that we will be filming some footage for our new church website in the next two weeks on a Sunday. There will be some aerial footage taken from a high altitude above the church on Kenneth street around 10:50am lasting about 5 minutes or so. It will be unobtrusive, but we wanted to make you aware. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns. Contact Murdo Murray, Iain 'Dan' Morrison.