News & Updates

Notices - Sunday 28th May

Creche: 11.00am in the upper hall for children up to age 3.
Volunteers Today: Elaine, Christine Smith, Chris and Annmarie.
Volunteers 4th June: Christine Ann, Maighread and Donna Mackinnon.                                               

Tweenies: 11.00am in the main hall for children aged 3-5.

Volunteers today: Liz, Gillian, Christina and Joni.
Volunteers 4th June: Elizabeth, Alison and Lydia.


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.


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


YF meets tonight in the M.A. Hall following the evening service.
D.R. Morrison will be speaking.


Monday 29th May 1.00pm-3.00pm Toddler Group meets in M.A. Hall.


Tuesday 30th May 7.30pm – Craft group meet in M.A. Hall
All ladies welcome. No skills required.


Youth Club’s trip to the beach is postponed until next Tuesday 4th June.


Wednesday 31st May 7.30pm – English Prayer Meeting in the Seminary and on Zoom led by Rev James Maciver followed by a meeting of the Kirk Session.

The Kirk Session will be delighted to meet with those who wish to take communion for the first time. 

Thursday 1st June 7.30pm – Gaelic Prayer Meeting
in the Seminary led by Mr Murdo Martin.


Thursday 1st June
Explorers in the M.A. Hall.


Saturday 3rd June 7.00pm – English Preparatory Service in the church conducted by Rev James Maciver. Communion tokens, which will be given out to all intending communicants after the service, followed by a meeting of the Kirk Session.


Services next Sunday 4th June
11.00am – English Communion Service (Church) Rev James Maciver.
There will be no Gaelic Service in the Seminary.

6.30pm –
English Service (Church) Rev James Maciver followed by a congregational fellowship in the M.A. Hall.


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].


Sunday School Snippet.
For today’s SS Snippet, we are hearing from one of our teachers.

As I think back to happy childhood days, growing up in Stornoway Free Church and attending Sunday School was such a blessing. Time with Sunday School teachers who shared their faith and love of the Lord was so precious. Bible verses and Catechisms were memorised but not always understood until the Lord opened our eyes and our hearts. To anyone who has taken the role of Sunday School teacher in the past we are so thankful for you.

In an age when everything feels rushed and hurried, Sunday morning can often bring worries about not planning our lesson carefully enough and not spending enough time praying over what we will say to the precious children we have the  privilege of teaching.  We, as Sunday School teachers appreciate the prayers of our church family.

As parents, we are thankful for the prayers and love of a church family.

We pray our children come to know Jesus as their own personal Saviour and become the Sunday School teachers of future generations.

This is the first memory verse I remember learning.  Psalm 8:3


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. 


Women for Mission
The Women for Mission (National Committee) would like to thank everyone who kindly donated to their ‘Hope for the Hurting’ projects. In excess of £48,500 was raised and will be divided equally between Damaris House, Lakhnadon Christian Hospital and Safe Families Scotland. To date, in excess of £31,500 has been raised for the ‘Refuge & Strength’ 2022/23 projects. The final date for donations for the projects will be 30 June 2023. More information about the new projects will be issued in due course.


WfM Cookery Book update
Over £12,000 has been raised from the sales of books, with £3,000 of this having already been sent to the two emergency appeals for Afghanistan and Syria.


Thank you from Mrs Dolly Norma Mackay
Dolly Norma would like to thank all those who prayed, visited, sent cards and enquired about her health when she was in hospital. Also grateful thanks to the staff of High Dependency Ward, Medical 1 Ward and the physiotherapy Department who got me back on my feet. Most of all, I want to thank God for answering people’s prayers to enable me to get back home again, where I am continuing my recovery.


Thank you from Nicolas and Laura-Jayne Davies
We are humbled by the support we received at our fundraising lunch for Ronald McDonald House. Thank you all very much. Over £4000.00 was raised.


Sunday 4th June – Big YF in North Harris Free Church.
Robbie Sweet from Next Ministries will speak. We hope to attend the evening service in North Harris at 6.00pm. Consent forms are required – if you have not been sent one, please request link from [email protected].


Advance Notice - Saturday 24th June - Congregational Outing
This will be held at the Coll Centre from 12.30pm – 4.00pm and will be a great opportunity to meet each other informally. Hot and cold drinks and food from a BBQ will be served.  The children will have access to a Bouncy Castle. Volunteers are required to assist with some of the tasks and donations of baking are welcome. If you can help, speak to Scott Macleod.


Annual LDOS/DayOne Rally
The Lewis Branch of the Lord’s Day Observance Society (DayOne) will hold its annual Rally in the Stornoway Town Hall on Friday 9th June at 7.30pm. The speaker will be Rev Kenneth Stewart, minister of the Stornoway congregation of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of Scotland, and the title for his lecture is The Sabbath for Man. All are encouraged to attend and to continue to support the work of promoting the Lord’s Day in our islands.


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