News & Updates

Notices - Sunday 26th December

Creche: 11.00 in upstairs hall for children up to age 2.

Volunteers today: Fiona, Catherine, Ruby.
Volunteers 2nd January: Annette, Kathleen, Anne Mackenzie.


Holiday Tweenies: 11.00 in the main hall for children aged 3-7.


Sunday School on holiday until 9th January 2022.


Wednesday 29th December 7.30pm – English Prayer Meeting in the

Seminary and on Zoom led by Rev James Maciver.


Thursday 30th December 7.30pm - Gaelic Prayer Meeting in the Seminary led by Mr Murdo Martin.

Saturday 1st January 11.00am – New Year’s Day Service

Conducted by Rev James Maciver in Kenneth Street Church and live on YouTube (Channel name - Stornoway Free Church)

This service will be in English with one Gaelic singing.  

Please note that the collection taken at the service will be to support the congregation’s Campaigner groups. 

For this year, the service is being held at 11.00am rather than the usual time of 12 noon as the minister has been invited to lead the Iolaire Remembrance Service at 1.00pm, at the Iolaire Memorial.  All are welcome to attend the service, but please wrap up well if you do!  Please look out over the coming days for news about the service on the CnES website.

No Saturday Evening Prayer Meeting on 1st January


Services next Sunday – 2nd January

11.00am English Service (Church):  Rev Kenneth I. Macleod

11.00am Gaelic Service (Seminary): Rev James Maciver

6.30pm English Service (Church): Rev James Maciver

Communion Service Postponed

At its meeting last week, the Kirk Session decided, regretfully, to postpone the communion service due on Sunday 9th January because of the increasing spread of the Omicron variant of the Covid virus.  We were looking forward eagerly to having the Lord’s Supper again after such a long time without it, and while it is disappointing to postpone it, the Session is hoping that we can hold it on 20th February 2022, which is the usual date for our communion.  Please pray that this will be possible.  God strengthens his people through the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper, so we are eager to partake of it again as soon as we can.


Thank you from Mission Aviation Fellowship

The MAF Scotland Team thank all at Stornoway Free Church for continuing prayer and financial support. May the peace of God be with you this Christmas and throughout the year ahead.


Thank you from Asia Link

Thank you for every penny given and every prayer prayed. We are privileged to work alongside wonderful partners in Asia, but neither we nor they could accomplish anything without your support and the provision of our gracious Lord.


Steadfast Global - Request for assistance with Advocacy Campaign

Steadfast Global has launched a petition calling on the Home Secretary to grant settlement in Scotland to Sawan Masih & his family who are currently living at an undisclosed location in Pakistan following his acquittal from blasphemy charges in October 2020. Sawan spent seven years in prison as a result of this false allegation and immediately following his release he became the target of death threats.

For more information about Sawan and to sign the petition please use the following link -


Steadfast Global is a Scotland based evangelical Christian mission committed to raising awareness of incidents of persecution and the curtailment of religious freedom of Christians around the world.

Their mission statement is simple: ‘Steadfastly serving God; Steadfastly serving persecuted Christians.’     More information about their work can be found on -  



Praying for One Another in the Free Church

This week please remember:

St Columba’s Edinburgh - Minister: Derek Lamont and Cory Brock (Asst)

Pray for Rev Brock, his wife and five children as they move here from Mississippi, especially as their grandparents are sad at them moving so far away. Give thanks for events leading up to Christmas: – Sparkle Sisters charity enhances the lives of vulnerable women and our carol service. Pray for the lost who attended.


North Tolsta - Interim Moderator:  Iain Thomson  

Pray that the Lord would give guidance and wisdom in leading the congregation to unite in choosing the man of God’s choice to be their minister. Pray that the congregation would be blessed with a spirit of prayer for the conversion of souls.


Changes to Praying For One Another in 2022

In previous years, there have been two sets of prayer points circulated around the denomination each month:  Praying for One Another (prayer points from local congregations) and Global Mission Prayer Notes (prayer points from our global partners). In 2022, the two sets of prayer points will be combined but still using the name Praying for One Another.

Here are the changes to PFOA for 2022:

  • Weekly emails every Monday giving one prayer point for each day that week
  • Prayer points from both local congregations and global mission partners (and sometimes points from Presbyteries and relevant events in the denomination)
  • For those who would prefer a paper copy they will be available each month at the church and Seminary doors

Anyone in the congregation can sign up to these prayer points by contacting Mairi Macpherson at