News & Updates

Notices - Sunday 22nd January 2023

Creche: 11.00am in the upper hall for children up to age 2.

Volunteers Today: Fiona, Catherine, Ruby and Alison Maciver.

Volunteers 29th January: Annette, Kathleen, Anne Mackenzie and Tina.                                                      

Tweenies: 11.00am in the main hall for pre-children aged 2-5.

Volunteers today: Liz, Gillian, Christina and Joni.                                                                Volunteers 29th January: ChrissAnne, Alison and Lydia.

Sunday School and Bible Class arrive in church at 11.00 with family, then go into M.A. Hall after children’s address.

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

 Youth Fellowship tonight in the M.A. Hall after the evening service.

 Monday 23rd January 1.00pm-3.00pm - Toddler Group in MA. Hall.

 Monday 23rd January 7.00pm – Kirk Session meets in the Kenneth Street Session Room.

 Wednesday 25th January 7.30pm – English Prayer Meeting in the Seminary and on Zoom led by Rev Calum M. Smith.                                                

 Thursday 26th January 7.30pm – Gaelic Prayer Meeting in the Seminary led by Rev James Maciver.

Thursday 19th January - Explorers meet in M.A. Hall.                                               

 6.00pm-7.00pm: P1-P3.

7.00pm-8.15pm: P4-P7.    

 Saturday 21st January 7.30pm – English Prayer Meeting in the Seminary.

 Services next Sunday – 29th January                                    

11.00am – English Service (Church) Rev James Maciver.

11.00am – Gaelic Service (Seminary) Rev Kenneth Ferguson.

6.30pm – English Service (Church) Rev Calum M. Smith.  

 Sunday School Snippet

This morning we were reading from Acts chapters 6, 7 & 8.  We were learning about the life of Stephen.  Stephen loved to talk about Jesus.  He talked about God’s grace. Stephen asked God to forgive the people who were throwing stones. Our memory verse is: “I can do everything through him who gives me strength.”

Lydia, Kayla & Jacob Pr.6


Safeguarding / PVG (Protecting Vulnerable Groups) Scheme

The MA Hall will be open from 12-3pm on Saturday 28th January for anyone who would like to complete a PVG application.  Membership of the scheme is essential for those working with children and vulnerable adults and includes many of the groups currently running in our church. It is designed to protect you and the children or adults with whom you are working.

If you require a PVG, or are already a member of the PVG scheme, with the Free Church or another organisation, but are unsure whether you are protected for both groups (children and vulnerable adults), please come along. Assistance will be provided by Iain MacIver (Safeguarding Officer) and Rev Calum Smith to ensure that the process is as seamless as possible. Any expense incurred in joining the scheme is covered centrally by the Free Church of Scotland.

Our first open day is primarily aimed at those working with children (age 0-18) and anyone who is on the Ladies’ Visiting Team. Further dates will be provided in due course.

In addition to completing a PVG application, it is also essential that everyone involved with children or vulnerable adults complete an online Safeguarding course by 31st March. The course dates are:

Tuesday 21st February

Wednesday 22nd March

You can sign up on the Free Church of Scotland website at: Safeguarding – Free Church of Scotland

 Should you require more information, or are unable to attend the session next Saturday, please contact Iain at: [email protected] or Calum at [email protected]

Annual Special Collection for Bethesda.

A special collection will be taken for Bethesda at all services next Sunday, 29th January.  Collection points will be available at all exits.  Contributions can also be made by cheque which should be made payable to Stornoway Free Church and placed in an envelope clearly marked ‘Bethesda’.   

 Muriel Gillies Support Fund

Many of you will know that the home of Muriel Gillies in Cromore, South Lochs, was completely destroyed by fire on Wednesday 18th January.  Although we are thankful that Muriel escaped unhurt, she has still suffered the devastating loss of her home and belongings.


In order to help Muriel during this difficult time, Pairc Free Church have partnered with various community groups to set up a support fund which will be open until Friday 3rd February.


If you would like to contribute to this fund, you can leave a donation in a sealed envelope clearly marked ‘Gillies’ in the collection plates at the church or Seminary, or you can contribute by Bank Transfer to:

Pairc Free Church

Sort Code: 83 27 12

Account Number: 1600 2215

Reference: Gillies


 Blythswood Care Job Vacancy:

Central Belt & South Scotland Fundraising Manager (£29,000 to £31,419)

A great and exciting opportunity to join Blythswood Care as our Central Belt & South Scotland Fundraising Manager. Best known for our annual Shoe Box Appeal, Blythswood’s work continues in Scotland and overseas throughout the year, with the mission to see lives transformed through Christian Care.

If you, or someone you know, would be interested in this great opportunity, we would love to hear from you!

Please call 01349 830777 or email [email protected] or visit our website