Casey Construction are continuing to make good progress with the work.
Thanks, everyone for your continued gifts and donations. Inspections have shown that considerable extra work is needed to repair the floor joists and add new floor supports as well as additional repairs to the main church frontage. If you would like to contribute, please contact us using the details on the contact page.
Casey Construction are making good progress with the work in the inside. Scaffold and a platform to access the ceiling have been erected and the wall framing is being fitted.
The pit to take the new baptistry is almost ready and insulation is being fitted in the new timber framing.
During the works, opening out the old walls and floors, a number of problem areas have been found so floor joist ends and supports will need to be replaced. 130 years with no damp course has left its mark.
The wall at the stair and above the windows and porch have been found to be particularly damp so an investigation was made of the west facing gable.
Sadly there are so many open joints in the stone that the gable is going to have to be repointed.
The Cross and globe at the top of the gable have been found to be loose, so a new fixing pin will need to be fitted.
We didn’t anticipate these additional repairs, so your continued support and contributions are very much appreciated. If you would like to pledge a regular amount or make a donation, please email me at the address in the contact page. Gift Aid would also maximise your gift if you are a tax-payer. Details are on the form we will send.
Our thanks too, to Mr Casey and his staff for the excellent job they are doing on the renovation work.
Thanks to all the volunteers who cleared the building on Saturday 9th February. There were many more than the number here! It didn’t take long to empty the works areas.
By the end of the first week’s work, tradesmen from Casey Construction Ltd. had removed the old platform and external walls were being stripped back to the stonework.
Somewhere within these walls there is a time capsule placed by the United Presbyterian Church minister Rev Soutar during the building’s construction in 1888. The country was celebrating the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria at the time. You can read an extract of the history of the building here.
The building will need some additional repair works carried out, so thanks everyone for your continued contributions. We’ll keep you up to date as the work progresses. (For church service times and temporary venues we’ll update the home page each week.)
Sunday 16th December
6:15 pm Carols by candlelight
Sunday 23rd December
11:15 am Family Service
6:15 pm Blue Christmas – when Christmas hurts. A service especially for people who find Christmas a sad or difficult time.
Monday 24th December
7:00 pm Pyjama Christmas – kids come in your PJs!
11:30 pm Watchnight Service – quiet and reflective
Monday 31st – Hogmanay
7:30 pm Family Ceilidh followed by
11:15 pm Watchnight Service
To download a printable A4 poster for the events click here.
Arriving from the Faroe Islands – 4th to 13th May 2018
Everyone is welcome on board and to the activities.
For full details download the PDF leaflet by clicking here or click on the image below.
“As ”Juvel II” visits some of the harbours in Orkney, you are invited on board to have a guided tour of the ship and share in our refreshments, including Faroese cake 😉 You will meet the captain, the cook, the mu- sicians, and the rest of the group. All ages are welcome, including children with their parents and to them we offer painting, games and stories.”
Juvel II will be in Orkney: Kirkwall: May 4th – 6th, Lyness: May 7th – 8th, and Stromness: May 9th – 13th.
“On board we offer Songs of Praise, Youth evenings, a Men’s Evening, where they will enjoy the fellowship, sing and hear someone share a testimony. It’s relaxed, welcoming and topical and – of course – followed by refreshments!”
A Christian Bookshop and the charities, Cafe Bless and Go Go Olive, will be onboard on Saturday the 12th from 2 pm to 4 pm.
The goals of Atlantic Mission are:
– to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ, in our own and our neighbouring countries.
– to encourage the local church, and help them to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Our Orkney friends and supporters: please come along to Asha in Marengoland in St Margaret’s Hope on Sunday 15th April at 3:00pm for tea and kids activities plus a small sale.
Raising money for the gils of Asha in Bangladesh. More information at the Asha Facebook Page.
Holy week events organised by Kirkwall Council of Churches
Lunchtime Reflections in St Magnus Cathedral: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 1:15pm: 15-20 minutes of reflection as we focus on Jesus’ journey to the cross.
Good Friday: Walk of Witness 12pm-3pm:
St. Olaf’s (12:00pm), East Kirk (12:25pm), Peedie Kirk (12:50pm), Baptist Church (1:15pm), Catholic Church (1:40pm), Salvation Army (2:05pm), St. Magnus Cathedral (2:30pm), followed by ‘Café Church’ at the Christian Growth Centre (3:15pm). There will be a short service (10-15 minutes) at each church. You are welcome to join us for all or part of the journey.
For a PDF poster of the Kirkwall Council of Churches events click on the link: Holy Week Poster
Good Friday at 7:00pm: The Salvation Army and Kirkwall Baptist Church Joint Good Friday Service at The Salvation Army Hall.
Easter Sunday at 11:15am: Easter Family Service. Rev. Tim Proudlove.
Easter Sunday at 6:15pm: Service led by Youth Spring Camp Team, with Ally Heath.