News & Updates

Notices - Sunday 19th January

There will be a Congregational Fellowship in the hall, after the evening service. Alasdair Macleod (Garyvard) will be speaking about Bible camps in Hungary. All welcome.

Tuesday 21st January:
-Youth Club, S2+ meets in the hall from 7.30pm-9.30pm.
-Christianity Discussion Group meets in the Cabarfeidh Hotel from 7.30pm.  

Friday 24th January
The WFM will meet at 7.30pm in the MA hall. The evening will consist of a ‘wedding dress through the decades exhibition’ night and it is open to all ladies of all ages. Some ‘local models’ have been recruited to model some of the dresses. We have dresses from the 1930s through to the present day. In addition, some ladies will share some interesting facts relating to their wedding day, plus other surprises! There will be a collection taken on the night for the WFM project. Could those who have agreed to provide their dress please bring them to the hall on Thursday afternoon from 1pm – 3pm, or else drop them off at the Francis Street manse by Thursday evening? Those providing dresses are also asked if they could please provide either a photograph and/or a wedding album.
Saturday 25th January- The Ladies Walking Group will meet at the car park, Lews Castle Museum at 11am for a walk in the Castle Grounds. All welcome.

The Islands Study Conference runs from 7th to 9th February in Tarbert. Leaflets with details are available at the church door or online at

Praying for One Another 2020
This initiative from Generation ensures that throughout the course of a year every congregation in the Free Church is specifically prayed for by the wider church. This week, please pray for the congregations at Arran & Merkinch Inverness.

Free Church Youth Conference
This year’s Youth Conference runs from 13th-15th March at Lendrick Muir SU Centre, Kinross. For more information or to book, visit

Care for the Caregiver
Is a stand-alone session from the Trauma Healing programme ‘Healing the Wounds of Trauma: How the Church Can Help’. Mairianne Campbell and Joanna George (St Peter’s Episcopal Church) are trained facilitators for this course and would like to extend an invitation to anyone who has had a burden of care for traumatised people or have ever felt overwhelmed by their caring role.  Through confidential small-group conversation and consideration of Scripture, the group will learn about how God cares for us and how important self-care is in order to remain able to help others. The session will take place in St Peter’s Church, Francis St at 10am on Saturday 25th January, finishing with lunch provided at 1pm. There is no cost but booking is essential.  For more information or to book, please contact Mairianne on 703860 or email .

Street Pastors
Stornoway Street Pastors will be taking on new Street Pastors this year. If you are interested in becoming a Street Pastor or would like more information, then please email the Coordinator, Isabel Macleod in order to obtain an application form: All application forms must be submitted by 28th February 2020. Training will begin in Spring.

Being Human
Rev James Maciver will be delivering a series of 10 theological lectures on “being human”, based on the Bible’s teaching, with an application to current views and debate. Topics covered include human origin (creation); the “image of God”; gender; our relation to the environment; flawed humans; God becoming human; being human in a new creation; holy humans; and glorified humans. The course is suitable for all levels of biblical and theological knowledge and will be delivered at Lews Castle College on Tuesdays, 7 -8pm, starting on Tuesday 25th February. Cost for the course will be £45. To reserve a place, contact Lews Castle College on 770000 or email

2020 Record Subscriptions
The subscriptions for the 2020 issues of the Record are now due.  It would be appreciated if those who collect the Record each month would place their subscription of £24 in an envelope clearly marked 'Record'.  Please make sure that the envelope also includes your name and address so that subscriptions can be correctly allocated.

Bethesda Special Collection
A Special Collection will be taken for Bethesda at all services on Sunday 2nd February.

Midweek Meetings: All at 7.30pm in the Seminary
Wednesday – English – Prof Emeritus D. Macleod    
Thursday – Gaelic – Rev James Maciver        
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


Sunday 26th January
YF meets after the evening service.

Monday 27th January
Kirk Session meets at 7pm in the church Session Room.

Tuesday 28th January
Craft Group meets in the hall from 7.30pm. All welcome.

Friday 31st January
Western Isles Free Church Mission Support Group will be hosting a supper evening at 7.00pm in the Rev MA Macleod Memorial Hall. Donations will go to Muriel Macleod (Cambodia) and Catriona Macdonald (Peru). To book a place or a table please contact Duncan Maclean on or 01851 702618 or 07733 077972.