Carloway Free Church is based in the village of Knock Carloway on the west side of the Isle of Lewis. We work with other local churches to make the gospel message known in our community. We are here to praise God and make disciples. On this page you will find details of some of the regular services & activities that take place in the church. Many of our services and events are joint ventures with Carloway Church of Scotland. Please note that our programme of services is subject to change on a weekly basis. Please check our facebook page for the weekly notices. Everyone is very welcome to attend the services and to get involved in the many activities in the church. Those who have doubts or questions are as welcome as those with a strong faith.
We gather to worship as a church family every Sunday at 12noon & 6pm. Visitors are very welcome at our services.
During the 12noon service there is a crèche for pre-school children and there is also a Sunday School for primary school aged children.
Monthly Gaelic Service
There is usually a Gaelic Service in the church on the second Sunday of the month at 6pm. A warm invitation is extended to learners and fluent speakers of Gaelic.
Mar is trice bidh seirbheis Ghàidhlig ga chumail aig 6f air an dàrna Sàbaid dhe gach mìos. Tha fàilte air luchd-labhairt agus luchd-ionnsachaidh na Gàidhlig.
Monthly Tolsta Chaolais Service
There is usually a service held in the Tolsta Chaolais Meeting House at 3pm on the last Sunday of the month.
Other Regular Activities
Prayer Meeting & Bible Study We meet every Thursday at 7.30pm for a time of prayer and Bible study. All welcome.
Youth Fellowship YF meets most Sundays at 8pm. Anyone in secondary school is welcome to come along and join in the fun! The Youth Fellowship is run jointly with Carloway Church of Scotland and Callanish Free Church. Each week we have a different speaker, activity or DVD. Come along and bring your friends! The YF will either be in our church hall or in Callanish Church Hall.
Top Tots The Parent and Toddler group meets in the Church hall at 2pm every Wednesday during school term. If you are a parent or carer of a baby,a toddler or a pre-school child, come along to catch up with other parents and carers while the children play together.
Road to Recovery This group meets every second Tuesday at 7.30pm in Carloway Day Centre. This support group seeks to help those who are struggling with addiction. Everyone is welcome to attend and no one is under any pressure to speak if they do not want to. The gospel is at the centre of the Road to Recovery message. If you are looking for help or are seeking answers to life’s difficult questions, come along to Road to Recovery.
Women for Mission Group This group meets one Tuesday a month at 7.30pm in the Church hall. All women in the community are welcome to the meetings. Each month a different speaker will tell of mission work around the world. Tea and coffee is served after the meeting and a stall selling home baking and other items is run to raise funds for the different missionary projects supported by the group.
We meet in the big white church building just off the main road and next to the bridge in the centre of the village of Knock Carloway
Before the Disruption in 1843, Carloway was part of the congregation of Lochs and thirty miles distant from the church at Keose. In 1844 the charge at Carloway and Callernish was sanctioned. Mr Kenneth Ross continued in charge until 1858. In 1846 a church was built behind the site of the present Free church building , and a manse in 1859.
The current church was built in 1884, with sand and stones being brought from local lochs and crofts by the people. It was officially opened on Thursday of the Communions, 25th September, 1884 and held around 1000 people.
Ministers of the congregation.
Rev John Maclean 1858 – 1863
Rev John Macrae 1864 – 1871
Rev Roderick Ross 1874 – 1875
Rev Roderick Macrae 1876 – 1900
Rev Angus Macleod 1913 (died 1913)
Rev Donald Macleod 1915 – 1920
Rev John Maciver 1924 – 1946
Rev Murdo K Murray 1947 – 1963
Rev Donald Macdonald 1964 – 2002
Rev Kenneth Macleod 2004 – 2012
Rev Thomas Davis 2014 – 2018
Those wishing more detail of the history of the Carloway congregation can find in the centenary booklet The Burning Bush in Carloway by the late Rev Murdo Macaulay.