Shapinsay Kirk

Welcome to the Shapinsay Church of Scotland website!


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.

Shapinsay has returned to in-person worship at the kirk from the 20th of June 2021. Services begin at 12 noon. Below is a run through of the current arrangements.

We can have a total of up to 25 individuals from up to 17 households in the church —that includes the worship leader.

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).

We will continue with our e-services which will be accessible in the same way as at present. 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:

2. Through the YouTube channel:

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).