News & Updates

Notices - Sunday 3rd September

Creche: 11.00am in the upper hall for children up to age 3.
Volunteers Today: Fiona, Catherine, Ruby and Alison.
Volunteers 10th September: Annette, Kathleen, Anne Mackenzie and Tina.                                             

Tweenies: 11.00am in the main hall for children aged 3-5.
Volunteers today: Johan, Alison and Lydia.
Volunteers 10th September: Liz, Evelyn and Aileen.

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


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


Monday 4th September 1.00pm - 3.00pm – Toddler Group in M.A. Hall.


Monday 4th September 7.30pm – Monthly Prayer Meeting on Zoom.


Tuesday 5th September 11.00am – Prayer and Update with Muriel.


Wednesday 6th September 7.30pm – Midweek Meeting in M.A. Hall.
From next Wednesday the first meeting of each month will be held in the hall.  The meetings will follow the pattern used before the pandemic and will be led in turn by the ministers.  After an initial introduction, the first one by Rev James Maciver, groups will share and discuss the study chosen for each evening.    

For the first six months, the study will be “Six Steps to Loving your Church”, using workbooks produced by Matthias Press and should be available for the meeting on Wednesday.

The minister’s next series of sermons on “The Gathered Church” will coordinate with the study and will be preached whenever he is conducting the Lord’s Day services, either in the morning or evening over the next couple of months.


Thursday 7th September 7.30pm – Gaelic Prayer Meeting in the Seminary led by Rev James Maciver.


Thursday 7th September – Explorers
6.00pm - 7.00pm: P1- P3
7.00pm - 8.15pm: P4 - P7

Friday 8th September 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 chat. 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.

Saturday 9th September 7.30pm – English Prayer Meeting in the Seminary


Services next Lord’s Day 10th September

English 11.00am (Church) – Rev Calum M. Smith

Gaelic 11.00am (Seminary) – Rev James Maciver

English 6.30pm (Church) – Rev James Maciver

We give thanks to God for blessings received during the communion services last week. We are delighted to welcome the following to communicant membership in the congregation:

By profession of faith: Ann Maciver (June 2023) and Mrs Marie Murray.

By certificate: Mrs Christine Murray, Miss Kerri Smith, Mr Alexander Morrison, Mr D J Macleod and Mrs Maryann Macleod.


55+ Fellowship

It is almost time to restart the 55+ Fellowship for 2023/24.  Everyone is reminded that we meet in the M.A. Hall between 2.30pm and 4,00pm, usually on the 3rd Friday of each month.  We have a speaker and someone leading the singing.  Tea/coffee and some lovely food including delicious baking will be served.

If you have not been before you are most welcome to attend, and we trust that all those who have been before will continue to come along.

The first meeting of the new “session” will be on Friday 29th September at 2.30pm to 4.00pm and NOT on Friday 15th September as previously advertised.  This is due a wedding service being held in the church on Friday 15th September.

On 29th September we hope to have our elder Davie Chisholm as our speaker and to have our elder Torquil Macleod leading the singing.

Please come along - you will all be made very welcome.


CDs and DVDs
CDs and DVDs of all the services are available on request. They can be made loaned free of charge to any who are housebound, or purchased for £2.00 each. Please contact Erica by phoning 01851 705028, or you can leave your request in the collection plate at the doors of the church and Seminary.

Pastoral care of young people leaving home.
Over the next few weeks, several young people associated with our congregation will be leaving home to study or work on the mainland.  This will be a challenging time for them and we want them to be assured of our continued pastoral interest in them.

It would be appreciated if parents, or grandparents/guardians, would provide us with their names and addresses so that we can contact them.

We also wish any who are commencing work or courses of study locally every encouragement and God’s blessing as they follow their chosen career.

It would be appreciated if you could email the required information to the office at [email protected] by Friday 29th September.


Women for Mission
Stornoway WfM begins this year’s meetings with the AGM on Tuesday 12th September at 7.30pm. A good attendance would be appreciated.


Food Hygiene Training
Could anyone who wishes to complete this course, either for the first time or as a refresher, please contact ChrissAnne Mackenzie on 07733 054810 or email

[email protected].



Kinloch Free Church – Schedule of Communion Services



7th September



Rev Donald M Macleod

There will be a fellowship in the manse after the service – all are invited


8th September




Question Meeting

Gaelic (Hall)


Rev James Maciver

Rev James Maciver

Rev Mark Macleod


9th September

12 noon



Prayer Meeting

Rev Donald M Macleod

Led by the Elders

Lord’s Day

10th September





Rev Mark Macleod

Rev Donald M Macleod

The evening service will be followed by a short prayer meeting led by the elders. This will be followed with a fellowship at the manse at which visiting ministers will give a word of testimony. All welcome.

Mon. 11th September



Rev Mark Macleod

A short prayer meeting is held in the vestry an hour before the morning services on Friday, Saturday, Lord’s Day and Monday.