Serving Our Community

Here you can learn more about ways in which we are involved with our community

Food collection

Since February 2015 we’ve been a collection point for food in Shapinsay. We’re really delighted to report that we do very well as a community – the basket fills up real quick! Thank you for your generosity and thoughtfulness!

The next time you’re in, please consider donating items such as: cereals, jam, tinned tomatoes or pasta sauces. Any non-perishable food stuffs and/or toiletries would be much appreciated. The green food collection basket is in the lobby of the church but if you don’t go, then please feel free to contact any elder. Thank you for helping us to support the poorest and neediest in the Orkney community!


The Shapinsay congregation is proud to announce that in the summer of 2016 we’ve become an eco-congregation. We do a number of things – we have installed the air-to-air heating for example.


We’ve got a good team in the Shapinsay kirk. The Session has 9 members: Caroline Bird, Jimmy Eunson, Sheila Garson (treasurer), Jim Hepburn, Marjory Kent (co-opted member), Dorothy Laird, Rev Julia Meason (minister), Kenny Meason (Session Clerk) and Ian Tait. The Session meetings are also attended by members of the Path of Renewal core group.

We get great support from the mums and other helpers leading Sunday Club. They are an important part of the team too!

The elders have all got their districts they visit regularly and the minister calls past as required. If you’d like a visit, please contact any one of us. We’d love to see you!

Walking together

We are all on a journey. To help develop the spiritual dimension of it, we have weekly worship services in our kirk and occasional Bible studies (please see the News section for dates and times). You are more than welcome to come to those.

In addition to that we lead weekly health walks in Shapinsay. They are a supportive and welcoming way for you to start to enjoy the many benefits of being physically active. A Health Walk is led by a trained volunteer on a risk assessed route, is less than an hour long and has a short warm up at the start, followed by a brisk walk and then a short cool down at the end. We aim for every Tuesday. Our walks start at the Boathouse (at 2 pm) and follow the path to the post office box, up to Balfour Mains, to the Millbank, down to the main road and back to the Boathouse. We hope you can join us then!

We’re also working on a prayer walk booklet. If you’d like to get involved with this project, do speak to Julia or Lynne.