the view of hoy from orphir and stenness




      Orphir and Stenness Kirk     

   Welcome to the website for the Church of Scotland parish of ORPHIR and STENNESS. These were linked congregations but are now united and linked with the parishes of Hoy and Walls and Flotta



This website is intended to provide details of the many activities taking place as well as being a source of information for those who would like to know more about us.


Sunday worship is at 11.15am in Orphir.

The life of the Church

In 1964, the parishes of Stenness and Orphir were linked. The linked congregation was known as Orphir linked with Stenness and from January, 2000 was an aid receiving charge.  Orphir and Stenness have now united and voted to link with Hoy and Walls and Flotta in calling a new minister for the linked parishes.

Orphir and Stenness now has a model constitution with a Kirk Session comprising Elders from both Stenness and Orphir and a Congregational Board with members appointed at the Annual Stated Meeting each year, and who advise on all matters concerning church administration. We are a registered Scottish Charity, No SCO16221 and all members of the Session are Trustees.

Orphir and Stennes has  adopted the Church Hymnary CH4 and also uses Junior Praise. We have a talented and enthusiastic choir.

Since our last minister left we in the church have been largely responsible for leading our own worship, and this has been greeted with warmth and enthusiasm by the congregation. To facilitate this a Presbytery course on Leading Worship was run for the parish with some 18 members attending.

Holy Communion is celebrated three times a year. Special services are held for Thinking Day for Brownies, Guild dedication day, World Day of Prayer, Harvest Thanksgiving, Remembrance Sunday and Christmas Eve.

Orphir and Stenness is a Fairtrade congregation and Fairtrade goods are available for purchase. Orphir and Stenness members take short services at St Peter’s Home, a Residential Home in Stromness on the first Sunday of each month. The congregation meets informally in the church hall after Sunday service for fellowship over tea/coffee, juice and biscuits.

On Thursday each week we have a coffee morning in the Church Hall between 10 am and 12 noon. Fairtrade goods are for sale along with copies of The Orcadian newspaper.

The Church congregation holds other fund raising events during the year. 

May you receive a blessing with us.



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