Elizabeth McGowan

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Christian Charities Linked to Ukraine

The  links below are to Christian charities with well established connections in Eastern Europe.

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Blythswood Eastern Europe Appeal


SATURDAY 12th MARCH 9.30am - 1.00pm

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Notices - Sunday 23rd January

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


Volunteers today: Fiona, Catherine, Ruby.

Volunteers 30th January: Annette, Kathleen, Anne Mackenzie.


Tweenies: 11.00 in the main hall for children aged 3-4.


Volunteers today: Liz, Alison, Joanne.

Volunteers 30th January: Chrissanne, Kay, Aileen, Kirsty.


Sunday School: 11.00 in main hall for children in P1-S2.


Youth Fellowship meets tonight 7.45pm in M. A. Hall.


Monday 24th January 7.00pm – Kirk Session meets in the upper hall.

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Service Details 23rd January 2022

11.00am English Service (Church) conducted by Rev James Maciver who will preach on God's Fear not...Fear not from Isaiah 43:1-4

11.00am Gaelic Service (Seminary) conducted by Rev James Macdonald who will preach on Gairm Shamueil from 1 Samuel 3

6.30pm English Service (Church conducted by Rev James Maciver who will preach on What being in Christ is worth from Philippians 3: 8-11

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Notices - Sunday 12th September

Sunday School: 11.00-11.50 in downstairs hall for children of P1 to S2.

 Tweenies: 11:00-11.50 in downstairs hall for children aged 3-5.

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


All children welcome in the hall – No need to book in advance, and Government Covid guidelines are adhered to.

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Service Details - Sunday 12th September

11.00am English Service: Mr Scott Macleod in the Church and live on YouTube (Channel name - Stornoway Free Church)

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Sunday School Starts Again

Just a quick reminder that Sunday school re-starts this weekend and that the link to the video will be sent out by email as usual on Saturday 24th October. 


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Sunday school will be starting again online on Sunday 27th September.

This will initially be for two weeks until the October holidays and then continuing weekly after that. The structure will be a bit different this time, but we hope it will be as enjoyable as the online lessons during lock-down.

First of all, we intend to start using the ‘Go-Teach’ materials again which is the scheme that the teachers follow during “normal” times.

Your child’s individual workbooks can be collected from the MA MacLeod Memorial Hall, on either Saturday 19th September from 11:00am to 12:00 noon or on Monday 21st September from 4pm to 5pm. 


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Gaelic Service - Friday 11th September

Rev James Maciver will preach in Gaelic tonight on Psalm 139.

The service will be available at 7.30pm on our sermons page, on Facebook Live and YouTube

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Update on Church Offering Envelopes

Facility for depositing freewill offering envelopes

When the Covid-19 pandemic forced us to close our buildings for public worship in March of this year, few of us imagined that the period of lockdown would continue for as long as it has.  For a congregation the size of ours, it may still be some weeks before we can gather to worship God together.

Although our buildings remain closed the work and wider mission of our church continues, albeit in a very different way.  Services of worship are broadcast every Lord’s Day; we come together for prayer every week through audio/visual technology and we’ve maintained online facilities for the youngsters in our congregation.  We also continue to support the wider work and witness of our church in its support for many missionary endeavours and as it reaches out with the gospel in our cities, our towns and in many rural communities. 

We are extremely thankful for the generosity of all those who have contributed to the funds of the congregation by Standing Order, cheque donations or BACS transfer.  We are also keenly aware that the protracted period of lockdown has denied those who prefer to contribute by weekly freewill offering envelopes an opportunity to do so.  For those who wish to contribute in this way, a facility for doing so will be made available as per the following:

  1.  On Wednesday 26th August and on Saturday 29th August the church hall on Kenneth Street will be open between 2.00 and 4.00pm to receive freewill offering envelopes.
  2.  If you who wish to take advantage of this opportunity you should come along during these times, or arrange for a family member or a friend to deliver the envelopes on your behalf.
  3. You can also contact your district elder or deacon and arrange a time for one of them to collect the envelopes from your home. 
  4. On arrival at the hall, a one way system will be in operation and you will enter by the main door and leave using the exit door at the far end of the hall.
  5. Wearing of face coverings is now mandatory and should be worn while you are inside the hall. 
  6. Office bearers will be on hand to guide you towards the area for depositing the envelopes. 
  7.  Hand sanitisers will be available at both doors and it’s important that you maintain the recommended 2 metre social distancing on your arrival and while you are inside the hall.  

You will be enriched in every way for all your generosity, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God.  2 Corinthians 9:11


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