News & Updates

Notices - Sunday 4th December

All children in Sunday School and Bible Class to go straight into the hall today at 11.00. They will be brought through to the church by their teachers later in the service to witness the communion being dispensed.

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


Creche: 11.00am in the upper hall for children up to age 2.
Volunteers today: Annette, Kathleen, Anne Mackenzie and Tina.
Volunteers 11th December: Elaine, Christine Smith, Chris and Annmarie.


Tweenies: 11.00am in the main hall for pre-school children aged 2-5.

Volunteers today: Angela, Kay and Lydia.
Volunteers 11th December: Liz, Gillian, Christina and Joni.                  


Monday 5th December 1.00pm-3.00pm
Toddler Group.


Monday 5th December 7.30pm
Monthly Prayer Meeting on Zoom.


Tuesday 6th December 11.00am
Prayer time with Muriel on Zoom.


Wednesday 7th December 7.30pm
Prayer Meeting
in the Seminary and on Zoom led by Rev Kenneth I. Macleod.                                                


Thursday 8th  December 7.30pm
Gaelic Prayer Meeting
in the Seminary led by Rev James Maciver.


Thursday 8th December – Explorers in the M.A. Hall.
6.00 pm-7.00pm – P1-P3
7.00pm-8.15pm – P4-P7


Saturday 10th December 12.00-2.00pm M.A. Hall
Stornoway WfM are holding a Christmas Bake, Pudding and Craft Fayre along with soup and a roll lunch.

We are looking for donations of items like baking, fruit puddings, meringues, jams, marmalade, chutneys and crafts of any kind. All baking should be bagged or boxed with labels stating ingredients please. No items with fresh cream as per current regulations. 

We are also looking for donations of soups, and volunteers to help on the day. 

Please contact Donna on 07810 386774 or [email protected]

All proceeds are for WFM projects 2022/23.                                            


Saturday 10th December 7.30pm
English Prayer Meeting
in the Seminary.


Services next Sunday – 11th December
11.00am - English Service (Church) Rev Calum M. Smith.
11.00am -  Gaelic Service  (Seminary) Rev James Maciver.
6.30pm - English Service (Church) Rev James Maciver.



Freewill Offering Envelopes
The 2023 Freewill Offering Envelopes have been distributed to Office Bearers and you should be receiving them soon.  You may notice that the envelope number sequencing has changed this year.  The reason for this is that it was decided to reorganise the numbers in order to reduce the number of envelopes ordered by the church, and so reduce the cost.  

The reason for the change of envelope colour is that the company supplying us with ‘Donation Envelopes’ had difficulty ordering the usual colours as a result of COVID.  I hope you are not inconvenienced in any way by these changes.

Duncan Norman Macleod


55+ Fellowship
The December meeting of the Fellowship will be held on December 16th at 12 o’clock midday and will be in the form of a soup and pudding lunch.  The speaker that day will be Rev Gordon Macleod of the Stornoway High Church and the singing will be led by James Murray.

We hope you will be able to attend.  If you need transport please contact Duncan Norman on 860 418 or 07787 973802 and transport will be arranged for you.


Thank you from Dwelling Places
Many, many thanks for your very generous donation of £1055.00. We at Dwelling Places cannot do our vital work without your support, and that of many others.

Best wishes

Mike McCafferty

Finance Administrator of Dwelling Places UK


Benevolent Fund.  At the Thanksgiving Service on Wednesday 23rd November, many of those present contributed to the congregation’s Benevolent Fund.  For those who could not be present but would like to contribute, you can put your donation in an envelope clearly marked ‘Benevolent Fund’ and leave it in any of the collection plates at the church or the Seminary. If paying by cheque, please make it payable to ‘Stornoway Free Church’.

Foodbank donation from the Benevolent Fund.
   In recent weeks, a contribution of £1,200 was made from the fund to the Eilean Siar Food Bank to help with the enormous challenges of providing food to the rising number in our island communities who struggle to feed their families.  We sincerely thank all the Foodbank volunteers for their dedication and hard work and commend them to the prayers of the congregation.