Shapinsay Church of Scotland

Welcome to the Shapinsay Church of Scotland page, a member of the Presbytery of Orkney.


Sunday 19th December 12 noon Fourth Sunday in Advent – Rev Gordon Jones 

Christmas Eve Friday 24th December 6.30 pm lessons and carols – Rev Julia Meason 

Christmas Day Saturday 25th December 11 am Christmas Day family service – Rev Julia Meason 

All are welcome!

We have been worshipping in our building since 1892. The building was modernised in 2012 and now provides a warm, welcoming and flexible space for the whole community to enjoy. We believe that Jesus is the Lord of all life; we aim to share the good news about him, build up the church and serve the community as we see ourselves as a church which is here for everyone in the local community.

Our most important activity is of course worship. We have a faithful core of regular worshippers and we welcome others to join us at any time. Although we are a Church of Scotland Congregation, we welcome all to join our worship.

We are linked with the Kirkwall East Church – we share our minister and currently online worship and Zoom discussion group. Together we are also partnered with Bindula Parish – Bindula, Nahache and Ntundama congregations – in the Presbytery of Thyolo in Malawi.

Our vision is to be Christ-centred and rooted in the community. By our Gospel-based worship and faithful prayer the Spirit will transform us as well as others through and with us. We will honour the past and embrace challenge, while remaining relevant, friendly, warm, approachable and inclusive.

Shapinsay services begin at 12 noon. Below is a run through of the current arrangements.

We have a one-way system – we come in through the side door and leave through the main door.

Offering is collected at the sanctuary door as we come in. The service is also shorter (40 minutes) with singing and the Lord’s Prayer, but no flowers meantime.

The wearing of face masks in church is now mandatory, even while singing – unless exempt. 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 are available.

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

All hymnbooks and Bibles are removed so please bring your own for your perusal. If you would like to borrow one from the church, do get in touch with the minister (, 874789).

Kirkwall East stream their services live which you can access in any one of four ways:

* Through Kirkwall East linked with Shapinsay Facebook page where our joint services are published every Sunday in the afternoon (accessible at any time afterwards too)

* Through the YouTube channel: or search for Kirkwall East Church or Shapinsay Church—services become available live at 11.15 am on Sunday morning and on catch up afterwards

* 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). Those services will be available on Sunday afternoons.

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

For more information, check our website or Facebook page.