Normal services at High Church despite decision by many to break away

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Services will place as normal in Stornoway High Church of Scotland, Matheson Road, this Sunday, April 27th, despite some members of the congregation leaving the church.

Both English Services, at 11.00am and 6.30pm, will be taken by Rev Tommy Macneil of Martin’s Memorial Church.

The morning Gaelic Service, at 11.00am, will be taken by Rev Ian Murdo Macdonald of Cross, Ness and the evening Gaelic Service, at 6.30pm, will be taken by Mr Joe Macphee of Stornoway Free Church.

Children’s Church will operate during the morning service and Creche facilities will be available in the Manse next door.

A split has taken place at the church due to the Church of Scotland’s proposed position on gay ministers.

It is expected that those who have taken the decision to leave the church will begin to meet separately and may for a new Free Church of Scotland congregation.

Rev Iver Martin, minister of Stornoway Free Church, said: “Nobody is rejoicing over the circumstances that have led to these departures. We have all felt the burden of the current situation, which is a sad one.

“The Free Church of Scotland is neither triumphalistic nor opportunistic in this respect.

“However when a group of people feel they have no option but to leave their denomination in favour of one which is bound to the scriptures, we would like to provide a spiritual home for any such people.

“Those of us in the Free Church continue to pray that the Church of Scotland will return to its biblical moorings – but if the national church leaders continue to head in the opposite direction it puts many of their people in a very difficult position.”