It was a special day on Sunday as the congregation of Portree and Bracadale Free Church met in their new building at Shepherd’s Way.
After a mammoth fundraising venture and hard work to build the new church, the doors are now open. It is set to be known as the Shepherd’s Way Church building in recognition of the location of the church and to point people to Jesus, the Good Shepherd.
Rev Donnie G Macdonald said: “Today has been quite humbling. We are so thankful to God for providing the resources needed for this fantastic new facility. Although the doors are now open, we still have more fundraising to do, but we are confident that what is needed will come in. Now the hard work of using the building in service to Christ begins.”
The congregation has not had its own church building for the past two decades, so it has been meeting in a local primary school. Around 100 people meet on Sunday mornings with up to 70 people joining online. This new build, on a housing estate, is intended to be a real hub for the community.
The congregation and community were invited to the services on Sunday. A post on the church’s social media said: “The building is cosy and ready for everyone. Whether you usually come to church, or want to come for the first time, or are just curious to see what’s going on, you are all very welcome. There is plenty space…Look forward to seeing you all there!”
Around 170 people attended the first services in the new church building. The services were also livestreamed and are available to view on the church’s Facebook page.
The following message by the church is also very apt: ‘A message for everyone. A church for anyone. A place for you.’
Donnie said: “It is fantastic to have a place we can call home where we can meet for worship, but we also want to use the building to serve the community we love. It is our prayer that many more would find a home with us at Shepherd’s Way.”
The church meets at Shepherd’s Way, Portree, Isle of Skye on Sunday mornings at 11am and 6pm.
An official opening is set to take place on Saturday 3rd February by Rev Dr Bob Akroyd, Free Church of Scotland Moderator.