Based in Somerled Square in the centre of Portree, Portree Parish Church has been welcoming visitors since 1854. Built initially as a Free Church, the building became a United Free Church in 1900 before becoming part of the Church of Scotland in 1929.
We aim to be a welcoming, inclusive community and to respond to local needs in a variety of ways. Our hall is also functional space for hire in the centre of the village and used by many groups including the local food bank.
We look forward to welcoming you.
Sunday morning services update
5 May 2021
The Scottish Government has announced that from 26 April the 50 persons cap on attendance at services of worship is removed, although social distancing is still required.
During the week following the publishing of our plan to introduce a booking system for attendance at Sunday worship, the Covid-19 regulations were changed once more, with the use of the balcony in the church now permitted.
This change means we can now accommodate a further 9 people upstairs. In addition, we are now seating 4 of the Elders in the chancel area thereby freeing up more space in the main sanctuary area.
In total this allows us a maximum seated capacity of 68 and for that reason Kirk Session has agreed that the booking system is no longer required.
We would however remind those coming to Sunday worship to arrive early in order that appropriate social distancing can be maintained at the church door and to follow the directions of the stewarding Elders on entry to, and on leaving the church after the service.
The requirement for the church to be cleaned and sanitised following each service means that only one service can be held each Sunday – there will, until further notice, be no evening worship.
The format for morning worship will be the same as that which operated from October to December last year i.e.
- All worshippers to wear face coverings.
- Socially distanced seating arrangements (2 metres apart) must be followed.
- No singing of praise is permitted.
- Worshippers will be directed to and from their seats by the Elders in attendance.
Sandor our minister will continue to post Sunday worship on the website and printed copies are available for anyone who does not have internet access. Please phone the minister or any of the elders if you would like a copy or know of anyone who would.
Like many other churches, the Church of Scotland was instructed that all gatherings for worship should cease from Wednesday 17 March 2020 until further notice. From Sunday 4 October we resumed a Sunday morning service at 11am subject to the arrangements detailed above, and Sunday worship continued to be posted on the website for those unable to attend. Due to national guidance services in the church stopped again on 20 December 2020. We are now pleased to be able to restart Sunday morning services from 28 March 2021, and details can be found on the News & Intimations page.
The Minister remains available by telephone on 01478 611 868 for information, prayers, comfort or any possible help needed.
Online daily worship is available on the SANCTUARY FIRST website.
Please contact the minister should funeral arrangements be required.
Above all, in this time of crisis, remember :
GOD IS OUR REFUGE AND OUR STRENGTH
AND EVER PRESENT HELP IN TROUBLE
So, BE STILL AND KNOW THAT HE IS GOD (Psalm 46)
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News and Intimations
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We believe that our worship should be God-glorifying. relevant and Christ-centred, leading people of all ages to be brought to a saving faith in Jesus Christ; that unity and prayer are essential to the life and witness of our Church; and that all should receive a warm and caring welcome to our Church; and help and comfort given to those in need.
“Let love and faithfulness never leave you ;
bind them round your neck,
write them on the tablet of your heart.
Then you will win favour and a good name
in the sight of God and man”