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.

Advent and Christmas 2021

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!

Our 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 (same as for the last 18 months):

* 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).