Islanders asked to hand write the Bible to mark anniversary

The People's Bible arrives at Pittenweem, Fife and will be in Stornoway next month.'Picture by Claire Kendall.

The People's Bible arrives at Pittenweem, Fife and will be in Stornoway next month.'Picture by Claire Kendall.

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HAND-writing the whole Bible sounds like a mammoth task but a special project coming to Stornoway next month aims to make that happen.

The People’s Bible Project is a national tour which asks people to hand-write a few verses from the Bible using a special digital pen.

It’s a joint venture between the Bible Society in England and Wales and the Scottish Bible Society and aims to reconnect the British public with the Bible on the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible.

The finished Bible will be available in both paper and online versions and everyone can contribute by turning up at An Lanntair on Friday August 12 sometime between 10am and 5pm to play a part.

The anniversary of the King James Bible will also be marked in Martin’s Memorial where a special Thanksgiving Service is being organised by the Lewis Church of Scotland Presbytery.

It will take place on Thursday August 11 at 7.30pm in Martin’s Memorial Church.

Rev Tommy MacNeil from Martin’s said: “The Rev Prof. Andrew McGowan will share from God’s Word and we’ll have presentations from The Scottish Bible Society. A wonderful opportunity for God’s people to gather together in worship and praise as we give thanks to God for the KJV and the impact it has made and continues to make on Scottish society.”

He added: “Whilst being organised by the Church of Scotland Presbytery this service is open to all people of any church or no church. A collection will be taken in support of the work of The SBS. Refreshments will follow after the service. All are very welcome.”

The Presbytery of Lewis sincerely thank Rev Prof Andrew McGowan, The Scottish Bible Society, and An Lanntair for their partnership in these events.