Shapinsay Kirk

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Welcome to the Shapinsay Kirk Website. Here you will find out information about the Kirk, its history, the work we do within the community and how to get involved.


Advent and Christmas 2020

Advent this year will be very different. There will be weekly joint Kirkwall Council of Churches services prepared by ministers, priests and church leaders from the 8 churches in Kirkwall. They are all available through the regular channels (see below) or through the Kirkwall Council of Churches Facebook page. 

On the 7th December at 6 pm we would like to invite you to a short loss service on Zoom to help families and friends to come together to remember and celebrate the lives of loved ones. For details of how to join by Zoom link or phone, please contact our minister, Rev Julia Meason, 874789, You may wish to have a candle ready to light at home during the service in order to remember your loved one.

This Christmas Eve we are offering a Zoom service of (abridged) lessons and carols on the 24th at 7 pm. For details on how to join us, please contact Julia. If you are joining us by phone, have your hymnbook ready and you can join in with the singing!

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

Þ 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:

Þ Through the YouTube channel:

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

Þ 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).

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

As you will know, we are still limited to a maximum of 22 in our church for any acts of public worship so from the 20th September we will begin with arrangements of opening our church for private prayer only on the first and third Sunday of every month. We will try to re-start other services as soon as it is safe and practical to do so. When our church is open, we would respectfully ask everyone to act responsibly and safely at
all times. This means ensuring:
 that you are not exhibiting any Covid19 symptoms
 that you have not been in contact with anyone who has recently tested positive for the virus (and you should therefore be self isolating!)
 that you are not putting yourself at risk if you have any underlying health conditions or general frailty.
We are constantly reviewing the situation, taking on board the latest Scottish Government advice as well as advice from the Church of Scotland and our own Presbytery.

every first and third Sunday of the month  3:00 pm – 4:00 pm


  • 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.
  • Please enter via the side door ONLY and exit via the main entrance door. Stewards will take your contact details for track and trace purposes and signs will direct you down the corridor and into the designated seats. When leaving church please exit via the main door and follow the signs. Please give way to others who may be exiting at the same time. There will be 9 people allowed in at any one time for a maximum of 15 minutes. 
  • Seating areas will be clearly marked to ensure the required social distancing. Family members living in the same household may, of course, sit together. All children should be accompanied by an adult.
  • All hymnbooks and Bibles will be removed so please bring your own for your perusal.