News & Updates

Notices - Sunday 26th November

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

Holiday Tweenies: 11.00am in the hall for children aged 3-7.
Volunteers today: Johan, Kay and Lydia.
Volunteers 3rd December: ChrissAnne, Gillian and Donna.


No Sunday School today due to school holiday.
P1 & P2 are invited to Holiday Tweenies instead.

Next week - the children are asked to go directly to the hall for 11.00am since it is a communion service. The children will be taken into the church before the end of the service.


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


Monday Toddler Group will not meet this week due to school holiday.


Tuesday 28th November 7.30pm - Christianity Explored in Upper M.A. Hall.
This is a relaxed and informal setting suitable for everyone.  No prior knowledge of the Christian faith is required. If you know someone who could benefit from these discussions, please bring them along. 

All will be most welcome. Please come along if you haven’t been before or missed any of the previous weeks.

Parking is available at the hall or church car park. Don’t be put off if you see a lot of cars. It is open for use by others.

You can contact Roddy (07900 807375) or Cala (07818 076163) if you have any questions meantime.


Tuesday 28th November at 7.30pm in the M.A. Hall – Ladies Craft Group.
All ladies welcome. No skills required!


Wednesday 29th November – National Day of Prayer and Thanksgiving

8.00am to 8.45am
– English Prayer Meeting in the Seminary and on Zoom led by Mr Alasdair Macleod. Zoom details are the same as for the midweek evening prayer meeting.

1.15pm to 2.00pm – Ladies Prayer meeting in person in the Kenneth Street Session room.

7.30pm to 8.45pmPrayer Meeting with a Focus on Thanksgiving in the Seminary and on Zoom led by Mr Scott Macleod.

Everyone is invited to join a central prayer time on Microsoft Teams led by Free Church Moderator Prof Rev Bob Akroyd from 12.30pm – 1.00pm. There will be a time of devotion followed by the opportunity to pray about a number of items. Please contact [email protected] to request the details for the Teams call.


Benevolent Fund Collection.
A special collection for the congregation’s Benevolent Fund will be taken at each of the meetings on Wednesday.

Thursday 30th November at 7.30pm – Gaelic Prayer Meeting
in the Seminary.


Thursday 30th November - Explorers meet in the M.A. Hall.
6.00pm - 7.00pm: P1 - P3
7.00pm - 8.15pm: P4 - P7

Saturday 2nd December at 11.00am – Ladies Walking Group.

Saturday 2nd December at 7.00pm – English pre-communion Service
in Kenneth Street Church conducted by Rev Calum M. Smith and 

live on YouTube (Channel name - Stornoway Free Church)


Services next Lord’s Day – 3rd December
English Communion Service at 11.00am (Church) – Rev Calum M. Smith

No Gaelic Service due to the Communion service in Kenneth Street Church

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

 The Kirk Session will meet after the Saturday service and will be delighted to meet with any who wish to take communion for the first time. Any who wish baptism for their children are also invited to come to the service and meet with the elders afterwards.

For your encouragement, think of the following words from The Communicant’s Companion, by Matthew Henry – “Let us come to the Lord’s Supper with rejoicing and thanksgiving. These two must go together; for whatever is the matter of our rejoicing, must be the matter of our thanksgiving. Holy joy is the heart of our thankful praise, and thankful praise is the language of holy joy. Both these are very seasonable when we are coming to this ordinance, which is instituted both for the honour of the Redeemer, and for the comfort of the redeemed.”

We were sorry to hear of the sudden passing of Alistair Mackenzie, Urquhart Gardens. We extend our condolences and prayerful remembrance to his wife Christine, and their sons, Neil, with his wife Fiona, and David, with his wife Roberta, along with the grandchildren Fraser, Lewis, Catriona and Stuart and the extended family.   May the Lord comfort them at this time of loss.

Presbytery Youth Camp – 24th to 27th November
Please remember the camp this weekend in your prayers.  

Record Subscriptions
The Record continues to have an interim editor and is still issued bi-monthly which is likely to continue until it’s reviewed at the 2024 General Assembly. 

If you would like to continue receiving bi-monthly issues of the Record from December until May 2024 please put £6.00 in an envelope clearly marked Record along with your name and address.

If you would like to begin receiving the Record, please put £6.00 in an envelope clearly marked ‘Record - New Subscriber’ along with your name and address. 

Envelopes should be placed in the collection plates at either the church or the Seminary.


Christmas Club 16th December 1.30-4.00pm – Meeting for Volunteers
A meeting for all volunteers will be held on Friday 1st December at 7.30pm in in the upper hall. Demonstrations will be given of the activities planned for the day to ensure we are all well prepared. We are very grateful to our teenagers for being so willing to support and encourage us!

On the day, family members and friends are invited to stay for tea, coffee and Christmas treats when they collect the children. Donations of baking will be gratefully received and any surplus items can be used at the Family Service on Sunday 17th December. If you can help in any way, please speak to Fiona on 07825 000250 or to Johan on 07887 483992.


Friday 2nd December 2.00pm-3.45pm and Saturday 3rd 11.00am-3.30pm

Glasgow City Mission Appeal at Stornoway Library Community Room

For this year, the request is for vouchers and E-vouchers for Boots, Superdrug, Co-op, Tesco, Argos, Matalan, Costa Coffee, Starbucks, TK Maxx and Primark. Financial donations can also be made.

Saturday 2nd December - Fundraising Lunch for Bethesda
Bethesda will be hosting a fundraising lunch in the M.A. Hall from 12.00pm to 2.00pm. All are welcome. Donations of baking will be gratefully accepted at the hall from 10.00am onwards.


Saturday 9th December – SY WfM are holding a Christmas fundraising lunch with baking and craft stall. There is a sign-up sheet at the main door for anyone who is able to help in any way. We would be grateful for donations of jams, marmalades, chutney, and homemade crafts and cards.


Binding Brokenness:

A small group for Bible-based trauma healing

Our small group will help you to deal with hurt, loss, grief and trauma, and begin the journey towards healing.

We use the time-tested model of the Trauma Healing Institute, which is endorsed by the Scottish Bible Society.

The introductory lesson takes place on Tuesday 12th December 2023, 7.00-9:00pm in a Stornoway venue.

The course continues in 2024 - weekly on Tuesdays,

7.00-9.00pm from 9th January to 13th February 2024.

Booking is essential.


To book or find out more contact the group facilitators:

Mairianne Campbell: 07876 202073

Joanna George: [email protected]

or simply fill in your details online: