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And a very special welcome to our new Minister
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 10.45am 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. It is with great joy that we now welcome the Rev. Alison Burnside who was unanimously accepted following her calling as sole nominee to be minister for the linked parishes.
Orphir and Stenness now has a unitary constitution with a Kirk Session comprising Elders from both Stenness and Orphir and a Church Council made up from the Session and Committee 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.
Since the retiral of the last minister the churches have been largely responsible for leading their own worship, and this has been greeted with warmth and enthusiasm by the congregations. 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 has a Guild which meets regularly. 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.
The Church congregation holds fund raising events during the year.
May you receive a blessing with us.