Dornoch Free Church set to reopen after renovation work

November 26, 2014

Dornoch Free Church of Scotland will host a thanksgiving service this Sunday morning (30 November) after successfully completing the first stage of renovation works at the church.

For the past 20 months the congregation have been worshipping in the local high school, as their own building on Church Street underwent phase one of a £400,000 project to transform it into a multi-purpose facility for the community.

Thus far, a large multi-purpose area, foyer, kitchen, toilets and a meeting room have been created on the ground floor of the building.

On Sunday, Rosskeen minister Rev Iain MacAskill will help lead worship along with Dornoch minister Rev Duncan Macleod.

The 11.30am service marks their permanent return to the building, and visitors are warmly invited to attend.  

The thanksgiving element will be in connection with this year`s harvest and also for all God`s goodness to the congregation generally and in relation to the completion of phase one of the work.

There will also be a fellowship meeting after Sunday’s evening service (6pm). 

The Dornoch congregation hopes to have an open day at the church next month. 

Renovation works at Dornoch Free Church hit the headlines after finding a mummified ‘Disruption cat’ underneath the church floorboards last year. 

Dornoch Free Church of Scotland 'Disruption cat'

The mystery moggy was uncovered a few feet in front of the old pulpit by Glasgow City Free Church minister Rev Dr Colin Dow, who was helping out with the project during his holidays. 

Because the building was originally built in 1844, and has been structurally untouched ever since, experts believed the cat could well date back to the Disruption.

The cat is now on exhibition at the local Dornoch museum. 

The congregation is now fundraising for the second phase of the work, which, funding permitting, will deliver a first floor auditorium for over 300 people, and retain many of the historic features of the church such as the pews and ceiling. 

Those wishing to support the project can get in touch with Dornoch treasurer Mark Robinson at Fair Havens, Skelbo Street, Dornoch, IV25 3QQ.  Please make cheques payable to ‘Dornoch Free Church’.