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A warm welcome to

the East Church!

We are a Church of Scotland eco-congregation. We are linked with Shapinsay Church of Scotland and partnered with Bindula Parish – Bindula, Nahache and Ntundama congregations – in the Presbytery of Thyolo in Malawi. Our priorities are worship and outreach.


Kirkwall East has returned to in-person worship! We meet every week at 11:15 am. Below is a run through of the current arrangements.

We can have a total of 114 people from up to 74 households in the Upper Room—that includes up to two musicians and up to two worship leaders.

If you do wish to attend a Sunday morning service, you need to book with Loraine Littlejohn ([email protected], 873118). After the first time, you will be asked, upon arrival on Sunday morning, whether you are intending to come back the following week—this will be you booked.

We have a one-way system – we come in through the front door and leave through the fire escape (unless you need to use the lift).

Offering will be collected on plates resting on small tables as we leave. The service will also be shorter (40 minutes) with musical interludes. Singing is allowed with face coverings. 

The wearing of face masks in church is now mandatory. Please bring your own masks with you when visiting church.

You will be required to sanitise your hands as you enter and exit church. Hand sanitisers will be available.

Stewards will ask for your contact details for test and trace purposes. 

Hymnbooks and Bibles are not in use so please bring your own, if you wish.  Words for hyms and responses will be projected onto the wall.

As some members of our congregation, as well as Shapinsay and Stronsay members, will not be returning to in-person worship yet, we will continue with our e-services which will be accessible in exactly the same way as at present (see below). The in-person worship will be an adaptation of the e-service for that Sunday - so I am assuming you are either doing one or the other.

You can access our e-services in any one of  four ways:

1. Through Kirkwall East linked with Shapinsay Facebook page where our joint services (between Kirkwall East, Shapinsay and Moncur Memorial Church Stronsay) are published every Sunday: https://www.facebook.com/kirkwalleastlinkedwithshapinsay

2. Through the YouTube channel:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7Yg_uFSQsU7UWDC2SSnyCA

Or search for Kirkwall East Church, Shapinsay Church or Moncur Memorial Church.

3. By dialling 01856 404667 from your phone and listening to the audio recording of the service. You will be charged as you would normally be for a local phone call (and that of course depends on your contract).

4. By getting a script of the service by e-mail (do contact the minister if you would like that).

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