News & Updates

Notices - Sunday 8th May

Creche: 11.00am in upper hall for children up to age 2.
Volunteers today: Christine Anne, Maighread, Donna Mackinnon.
Volunteers 15th May: Fiona, Catherine, Ruby.


Tweenies: 11.00 in the main hall for children aged 3-4.
Volunteers today: ChrissAnne, Alison, Joanne, Kate.
Volunteers 15th May: Liz, Kay, Aileen, Kirsty.


Sunday School meets in main hall for children in P1-S2.


YF meets tonight in M. A. Hall at 7.45pm.
Rev Hugh Ferrier is the speaker.


Monday 9th May 7.00pm – Deacons’ Court meet on Zoom only.


Wednesday 11th May 7.30pm – English Prayer Meeting in the Seminary and on Zoom led by Rev James Maciver.   


Thursday 12th May 7.30pm - Gaelic Prayer Meeting in the Seminary led by Mr Joe Macphee.


Friday 13th May 1.00pm - Ladies Bible Study on Zoom.
For more information contact Sandra Kennedy 07825 178629.


Saturday 14th May 7.30pm – English Prayer Meeting in the Seminary.


Services next Sunday – 15th May
11.00am English Service (Church): Rev James Maciver
11.00am Gaelic Service (Seminary): Mr Murdo Martin
6.30pm English Service (Church): Rev James Maciver



Baptism: God willing the sacrament of baptism will be administered in the congregation at the morning service on 22nd May 2022. There will be no Gaelic service that morning.

The Kirk Session will meet on Monday 16th May in the M. A. Hall at 7.00pm to meet with any parents wishing baptism for their children. Any parents not able to meet the Session on that date are asked to inform the minister so that an alternative arrangement can be made.

We were sorry to learn of the passing of the following and pray that God will comfort the mourning families:

John Murdo Murray, Newvalley. We extend our sincere condolences to his widow Christine, son Alasdair, and his wife Jade; daughter Anne and her husband John; daughter Lilian and her husband Bob. Also the grandchildren, Breagh, Indigo, Summer, Jenny, Holly, Lucas and Ellie and also John Murdo’s sister Sina.

Alex J. Kennedy, Newvalley. We extend our sincere condolences to his daughter Dolina and husband Donnie; daughter Morag and her husband Bill; son Alex John and his wife Kathleen; son Christopher and his wife Mairi. Also the grandchildren, Mark, Ruth, Paul, Sarah and Andrew and the great grandchildren, Taylor, Felix, Isaac, Logan and Kirsty.

Slavic Gospel Association.  On Wednesday of last week, Rev Derek Maxwell of SGA gave a moving, humbling and challenging address about their outreach work in Central Asia, their effective Radio Ministry and their ongoing support for churches in Ukraine which are maintaining a gospel and humanitarian ministry in really harrowing circumstances. 

For those who were not able to contribute on Wednesday but would still like to do so, please put your contribution in an envelope clearly marked ‘SGA’ and leave it any of the collection plates at the church or the Seminary. If contributing by cheque, please make it payable to Stornoway Free Church and the treasurer will make sure it’s correctly allocated.


Blythswood Care Appeal

The Blythswood Ukraine Crisis Appeal will remain open, and contributions can be made by calling 01349 830777 or at any time online at:

Alternatively, you can put your contribution in an envelope clearly marked ‘Ukraine Appeal’ and place it in the collection plates at the church or the Seminary.  If paying by cheque please make it payable to ‘Stornoway Free Church’.                

Edinburgh Theological Seminary Awards and Thanksgiving Ceremony

Everyone is warmly invited to the ETS Awards and Thanksgiving Ceremony which will take place on Friday 13 May at 7.30pm in St Columba’s Free Church of Scotland, Johnston Terrace, Edinburgh, EH12PW.

The ceremony acknowledges the tremendous commitment of our full-time and part-time students on a range of our courses.

As well as awards and prizes to current students and speeches by the present and outgoing students, Principal Iver Martin will address those who are leaving to serve within both the Free Church of Scotland and in the wider Christian church.

This year’s ceremony will also publicly mark the retirement of Prof. John Angus Macleod as Lecturer and Course Organiser in Greek and New Testament Studies.

The ceremony has become one of the highlights in the ETS calendar where a good number of Seminary friends join with staff and students to celebrate the students’ hard work, encourage the work of the Seminary, and unite in thanksgiving. There is room for everyone, and we would love to see you there.

If you are unable to attend in-person, a livestream link will be available on the ETS website.


WFM Ladies evening event on Friday 20th May in the Caberfeidh Hotel. If anyone would like to attend we have extended the deadline for bookings to Friday 13th May. Contact Donna Maciver on 07810386774 or 702279 or Katie Ann Macleod, Crossbost on 860345 for more details.

We welcome donations of baking, jams, marmalade, chutney, rhubarb, crafts and plants. No Bric-a-Brac and no baking with fresh cream.

For all items sold we ask for donations and all money raised will go towards the WFM project.

For those attending the hotel will be open from 4pm and we ask folks to be seated before 5.30pm. 


Saturday 21st May WFM AGM is being held from Perth Free Church starting at 2pm. The Stornoway WFM invite you to join them for  'Afternoon Tea' in the M. A. Hall at 1pm - 3.30pm and to watch the proceedings together and enjoy a time of fellowship.