News & Updates

Notices - Sunday 1st October

Creche: 11.00am in the upper hall for children up to age 3.
Volunteers Today: Fiona, Catherine, Ruby and Alison Maciver.
Volunteers 8th October: Annette, Kathleen, Anne Mackenzie and Tina.                                             

Tweenies: 11.00am in the main hall for children aged 3-5.
Volunteers today: Johan, Angela and Aileen.
Volunteers 8th October: ChrissAnne and Kay.


Sunday School and Bible Class arrive in church at 11.00 with family, then leave through the side door nearest the hall after the children’s address.


Everyone is welcome to the M. A. Hall after the morning service for a time of fellowship. Tea and Coffee will be served by Eoghain and Dawn.


Monday 2nd October 1.00pm - 3.00pm – Toddler Group in M.A. Hall.


Monday 2nd October 7.30pm – Monthly Prayer Meeting on Zoom.


Tuesday 3rd October 11.00am – Prayer and Update with Muriel on Zoom.


Wednesday 4th October 7.30pm – Bible Study in M.A. Hall led by Rev Calum M. Smith, continuing with the topic ‘Six Steps to Loving Your Church’.


Thursday 5th October 7.30pm – Gaelic Prayer Meeting in the Seminary led by Mr Iain Mackinnon.

Thursday 5th October – Explorers meet in M.A. Hall:
6.00pm - 7.00pm: P1- P3
7.00pm - 8.15pm: P4 - P7

Friday 6th October 12.00pm-3.00pm – Fridays at the Free
The M.A. Hall will be open for soups, teas and coffees to give people an opportunity to meet with friends.

There will be a kids play area available as well as items from ‘Dove’s Corner’ Baby Bank free of charge.

Anyone needing transport please call Calum on 07717 495424

Saturday 7th October – Ladies Walking Group.
Meet at Castle Museum Car Park.


Saturday 7th October 7.30pm – English Prayer Meeting in the Seminary.


Services next Lord’s Day 8th October

English Service 11.00am (Church) – Rev Calum M. Smith
Gaelic Service 11.00am (Seminary) – Rev Donald A. Macdonald
English 6.30pm (Church) – Rev Calum M. Smith

v James Maciver is on Annual Leave till Thursday 12th October.



Youth Fellowship Tonight

YF is heading to Back Free Church tonight for their evening service and after church fellowship. We will meet at 5:15pm to travel down to Back and return for 9:15pm approx. This is open to all S1-S6. Could all parents fill in the consent form for YF for 2023/24 please. Scan the code to fill in the form. Thank you!



Sunday School Registration: Please note that it is important that the registration form is completed every year for each child, so that we have the most up-to-date information for all children attending Sunday School.

As Sunday School has now started again, parents who have children attending Sunday school should contact Ian Murdo Macleod this week to let him know, so that he can arrange to put the registration process in place and have it completed as soon as possible. Ian's contact details are:

Email: [email protected]

Mobile: 07887722269

Alternatively, you can scan the QR code which will take you directly to the registration form.



Presbytery Youth Camp - Save The Date! - 24th - 27th November

Scaladale for S3 to S6 - More details to follow.


Christmas Club – Save The Date! – Saturday 16th December 1.30 - 4.00

Similar to last year, we hope to run a Christmas Club in the M.A. Hall for all children in P1 – P7. Through talks, songs, crafts and games, the children will learn why Jesus came into the world. Booking details will be sent out at the beginning of next term.

Rev Macritchie Library

As this facility has not been functioning as a library for quite some time, the remaining books are offered to anyone who would like to take some. If you are interested, please contact Lizzie.


WfM Ultimate Recipes Cookbook.

Anyone wishing a copy please contact Johan.


Schedule of Communion Services: 5th -  8th October 2023

Callanish Free Church Communion Services

Thursday 5th October

7.30 pm.


Rev Malcolm Macleod (Shawbost)

Friday 6th October

7.30 pm.



Rev Dr Malcolm Maclean

(Greyfriars Inverness)

Saturday 7th October

12.00 pm.

6.00 pm.

Bi – Lingual Prayer Meeting - Elders

Lord’s Day 8th October

11.00 am.




Rev Dr Malcolm Maclean

6.30 pm.

There will be a short Prayer Meeting after the Evening Service


Cross Free Church Communion Services

Friday 6th October

7.30 pm.


Rev Alasdair Macleod (Smithton Inverness)

Saturday 7th October

12.00 pm.

6.00 pm.

Bi – Lingual Prayer Meeting in Hall - Elders

Lord’s Day 8th October

11.00 am.


Rev Alasdair Macleod -

6.00 pm.

There will be a Fellowship Meeting after the Evening Service


Blythswood Christmas Shoebox Appeal 2023

Lewis and Harris


Bring joy at Christmas! Each shoebox is an expression of your care and kindness towards a stranger in need.

Filled with small, practical items, the individually wrapped boxes have been distributed in schools, hospitals, orphanages and care homes, and to households in very low income communities.

Thank you for your kindness and generosity. 


Blythswood Shoebox Leaflets are available for collection from the Blythswood Shop, Ness and Balallan, Nicolson’s Newsagents, some schools, and churches. They are also available online.


The Appeal Centre will be at Woodys, Rigs Road in Stornoway, in one of the units at the back and will be open on the following days to receive shoeboxes:

  • Thursday 26th October4pm – 6.30 pm
  • Friday 27th October,4pm - 6.30 pm
  • Saturday 28th October,10 am – 12 noon

The APPEAL will CLOSE on Saturday 28th OCTOBER at 12.00 noon.

Please adhere to the above times.


Further information can be sought from Blythswood Care on Facebook or from the Lewis and Harris Blythswood Support Group, contacts below:


Jackie Keddie – 07908 207267        

Mairianne Campbell – 07876 202073

Nana Maclean – 07818 861637      

Charlie Nicolson – 07717 816476

Catherine Maciver – 01851 703187

Anne Blyth – 07733 441017

D.J. Macleod – 07730 377137

James Muir – 07527 501005

Sam Murray – 07484 106715