News & Updates

Notices - Sunday 21st May

Creche: 11.00am in the upper hall for children up to age 3.
Volunteers Today: Annette, Kathleen, Anne Mackenzie and Tina.
Volunteers 28th May: Elaine, Christine Smith, Chris and Annmarie.                                               

Tweenies: 11.00am in the main hall for children aged 3-5.
Volunteers today: Johan, Kay, Aileen and Kirsty.
Volunteers 28th May: Liz, Gillian, Christina and Joni.


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


YF does not meet tonight. We will meet next week (28th) in the M.A. Hall.


Everyone is welcome to a time of fellowship in the M. A. Hall following the morning service.
Christine Smith and Anne will be serving today.


Monday 22nd May 1.00pm-3.00pm Toddler Group meets in M.A. Hall.


Tuesday 23rd May 7.30pm – Hope, Peace & Purpose meeting in M.A. Hall.
Find out how the Prodigal found Hope, Peace and Purpose in Tim Keller’s book, the Prodigal God

Meetings are held in a relaxed environment and suitable for all who are looking for the hope, peace and purpose that is offered in the Christian life.

There is no need to book, just turn up and bring some friends if you can.

To find out more, please contact Cala (07818 076163) or Roddy (07900 807375).


Wednesday 24th May 7.30pm – English Prayer Meeting in the Seminary and on Zoom led by Rev Calum M. Smith.


Thursday 25th May 7.30pm – Gaelic Prayer Meeting in the Seminary led by Rev James Maciver.


Thursday 25th May – Explorers in the M.A. Hall.


Friday 26th May 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 (and make new ones). 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.

We want to encourage all to come along and feel at home with us as we try to show the love of Jesus to those we live and work amongst. We would also really like our own folk to feel part of, and become involved in this important work. To this end there is a volunteer sign-up sheet for you to sign at the doors of the church and Seminary. You are welcome to volunteer as often as you wish.

Saturday 27th May 7.30pm – English Prayer Meeting in Seminary.

Sunday 28th May 9.00am – Ladies Prayer Meeting on Zoom.

Services next Sunday 28th May
11.00am – English Service (Church) Rev Calum M. Smith.
11.00am – Gaelic Service (Seminary) Rev James Maciver.
6.30pm – English Service (Church) Rev Calum M. Smith.


Safeguarding/PVG (Protecting Vulnerable Groups) Scheme.
Safeguarding training will be available online on the Free Church website, the next ones being on Monday 29th May and Tuesday 20th June. Should you require more information, or have any questions, please contact Ian Maciver at;

[email protected] or Calum Smith at: [email protected].


Record Subscriptions. 
Subscribers to the Record will know that it hasn’t had a formal editor since May of last year.  Sarah Robinson, the denomination’s Communications Manager, has been appointed as interim editor.  Since January 2022, 12 copies have been issued, 7 monthly and 5 bi-monthly, which means that subscriptions are now due.  As bi-monthly copies will be issued until a new editor is appointed, it’s been decided to just ask for subscriptions for the three issues due between June and November, which will be £6.00. 

If you want to continue receiving the Record, please put £6.00 in an envelope clearly marked Record along with your name and address.  If you want to begin receiving the Record, please put £6.00 in an envelope clearly marked ‘Record - New Subscriber’.  All envelopes should be placed in the collection plates at either the church or the Seminary.

Sunday School Snippet.
Church is the best, so come to church. I like church because it is kind and it is about the Holy Bible and you get free things like Easter eggs and you get lovely things about God and it is about light and eternal life.

Seth and Angus Pr4


Western Isles WFM Annual Event on Friday 2nd of June.
The Caberfeidh Hotel the hotel will be open from 4pm. We ask that those who are booked for the dinner be seated by 5.15pm.

We are asking for donations of baking, jams, marmalade, chutneys, crafts, and plants to sell. Please note all baking, jams etc should be packaged and labelled ready to sell and please avoid using nuts and fresh cream. 

All proceeds will go towards WFM project 2023/24. 


The Lord’s Supper will be held in the congregation on Sunday 4th June 2023, at the morning service in the church, God willing. There will be no Gaelic service that day.

A preparatory service will be held on Saturday 3rd June, at 7.00pm, in the church. A congregational fellowship will be held in the M.A. Hall after the Sunday evening service. All three services will be conducted by Rev James Maciver.

The Kirk Session has decided that we will resume the use of communion tokens, which will be given out to all intending communicants on the Saturday evening after the service. The use of the tokens makes it easier for those on door duty to identify communicants and also gives an indication of how many communicants to expect.

 Anyone desiring to take communion for the first time is encouraged to make this known to either of the ministers, or their district elder, any time from today (21st May) onwards.

The Kirk Session will meet on Wednesday 31st May, after the Prayer Meeting, and on Saturday 3rd June, immediately after the service, and will be delighted to meet with those who wish to take communion for the first time. This is not an ordeal! Our concern is to help and encourage people in their understanding of what taking communion is about.

“As a presumptuous rudeness is a provocation to the master of the feast, so a distrustful shyness is displeasing to him; which looks as if we questioned either the sincerity of the invitation, or the sufficiency of the provision” (Matthew Henry).


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