COLONSAY CHURCHES - Welcome and List of Services


Don't forget to check for NEWS ..and please email byrne[AT] if you would like to join Zoom worship on Sundays at 10.30

We very much regret that Covid-19 has closed our church building, but are most grateful to Dr. Alastair Scouller who leads us in our virtual gatherings each week; we appreciate the chance to congregate and the turnout is very healthy - thank you, Alastair.

COVID-19 UPDATE: Our church building has been closed in recent months, although it will be re-opened for private worship in accordance with guidelines as of 20th September. Only a very few people will be able to attend, but for details please contact byrne[at] . As far as regular worship is concerned, we intend to restrict ourselves for now to the very successful Zoom services conducted by Dr Alastair Scouller. It is our hope that our manse we will back in use for 2021 and that we will once again welcome our visiting ministers and preachers. We intend to make arrangements so that services will continue to be shared by wifi, and even if the church has to be closed again it will be possible to lead worship from the manse..

For clarification: we had to close our manse in late March, pending clarification as to the dangers of Covid-19, and it is currently in use as emergency housing until early December. It will then return to normal use and we intend to have regular worship in 2021, with visiting ministers and preachers, according to the "new norm". We are actively developing a simple system that will be very "low-tech" but which will be flexible enough to meet changing circumstances and which will include all members of our congregation, even those who maintain self-isolation. We have "rolled forward" the rota for 2020, to be reached via link at the foot of this page, and we will contact everyone again in October or November, so as to firm up on plans.

You are very welcome to this website, which reflects Christianity as it exists in Colonsay today and which is not restricted to any one denomination. The site includes information and news about the living faith in Colonsay, but we hope that it will also grow to include plenty of information about the history and development of Christianity locally. In particular, we hope that this site will help to forge and maintain a bond between the island and its diaspora, the descendants of those very many people who left its shore to found a new and successful life elsewhere.

Colonsay is remarkably ecumenical and local congregations of the Baptist Church and the Church of Scotland habitually participate in joint worship, which is held each Sunday at 11.30 in the parish church at Scalasaig. Until autumn 2016 we alternated between the two church buildings, but the Baptist Church building is now reserved for special occasions, and is still available for weddings and funerals.

Please note that everyone is welcome, and please do not hesitate to bring your children - the congregation will normally include persons from a variety of traditions, including the Anglican, Episcopalian, Methodist and Roman Catholic faiths. The schedule is given below - everything else can be reached from the links above. Services are also flagged-up upon the notice-boards at the shop and Old Waiting-room. For any further details, please phone 01951 200320

N. B. If any week below is BLANK it means that there may be no service, but any change will be posted on the church door and at the Post Office/Shop notice board. We are always glad to hear from ministers who might be interested in joining our circulation list for vacant dates. Please contact 01951 200320 or email .

Very important note (if you happen to be making a donation by cheque): The Bank of Scotland will not credit any cheque to our account unless it is made out to this precise payee: Colonsay & Oronsay Church of Scotland

Covid-19 coronavirus: services have been cancelled as indicated below and subject to further decision at a later date; unfortunately the church itself has had to be CLOSED even for private prayer or contemplation. The ruined chapels at Kilchattan and An Gleann are both consecrated places that remain available for private visits, following the Covid-19 guidelines. Feel free to contact the church at any time - these are testing times and members of the congregation are ready to give support if needed - contact the Session Clerk (as above) in the first instance.


Date Venue Church of Scotland Notable Days
Jan 05 Scalasaig Dr Alastair Scouller Twelfth Night
Jan 12 Scalasaig ~ Baptism of the Lord
Jan 19 Scalasaig Dr Alastair Scouller World Religion Day
Jan 26 Scalasaig Dr Alastair Scouller  
Feb 02 Scalasaig ~ Presentation of the Lord
Feb 09 Scalasaig ~ Septuagesima Sunday
Feb 16 Scalasaig Dr Alastair Scouller Sexagesima Sunday
Feb 23 Scalasaig ~ Quinquagesima Sunday
Mar 01 Scalasaig Geoffrey Hinder Quadragesima Sunday
Mar 08 Scalasaig Crawford Langley 2nd Sunday in Lent
Mar 15 Scalasaig ~ 3rd Sunday in Lent
Mar 22 Scalasaig Cancelled  
Mar 29 Scalasaig Cancelled  
Apr 05 Scalasaig Cancelled  
EASTER Scalasaig Cancelled  
Apr 19 Scalasaig Cancelled  
Apr 26 Scalasaig Cancelled  
May 03 Scalasaig Cancelled  
May 10 Scalasaig Cancelled  
May 17 Scalasaig Cancelled  
May 24 Scalasaig Cancelled  
May 31 Scalasaig Cancelled  
Jun 07 Scalasaig Cancelled  
Jun 14 Scalasaig Cancelled  
Jun 21 Scalasaig Cancelled  
Jun 28 Scalasaig Cancelled  
Jul 05 Scalasaig Cancelled Church closed
Jul 12 Scalasaig Cancelled Church closed
Jul 19 Scalasaig Cancelled Church closed
Jul 26 Scalasaig Cancelled Church closed
Aug 02 Scalasaig Cancelled Church closed
Aug 09 Scalasaig Cancelled Church closed
Aug 16 Scalasaig Cancelled Church closed
Aug 23 Scalasaig Cancelled Church closed
Aug 30 Scalasaig Cancelled Church closed
Sep 06 Scalasaig Cancelled Church closed
Sep 13 Scalasaig Cancelled Church closed
Sep 20 Scalasaig Cancelled Worship by Zoom
Sep 27 Scalasaig Cancelled Worship by Zoom
Oct 04 Scalasaig Cancelled Worship by Zoom
Oct 11 Scalasaig Cancelled Worship by Zoom
Oct 18 Scalasaig Cancelled Worship by Zoom
Oct 25 Scalasaig Cancelled Worship by Zoom
Nov 01 Scalasaig    
Nov 08 Scalasaig Cancelled Remembrance
Nov 15 Scalasaig Cancelled  
Nov 22 Scalasaig   Worship by Zoom
Nov 29 Scalasaig   Worship by Zoom
Dec 06 Scalasaig   Worship by Zoom
Dec 13 Scalasaig Cancelled 3rd Sunday Advent
Dec 20 Scalasaig Dr Alastair Scouller Human Solidarity Day
Dec 24 Scalasaig Dr Alastair Scouller Watch Night
Dec 27 Scalasaig Dr Alastair Scouller Holy Family

Provisional details for 2021 may be found here, very provisionally ...

The Church of Scotland parish of Colonsay and Oronsay (No. 211300) is a registered Scottish Charity No: SC031271


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