Thurso West Church of Scotland

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11.15 am Sunday - Service with Sunday School ex school holidays

Other Services

  & Activities



Thurso West is a friendly and caring church where all are welcome to join us in traditional but innovative worship. 

We are looking for a minister to lead us in our worship.

We need:

  • a parish minister to lead, inspire and nurture us on our continuing journey of faith and mission
  • someone with the ability to stimulate and encourage growth within our congregation and take us forward in the 21st century
  • if you are that minister, Thurso West, with its receptive and willing congregation is looking for you
  • a vacancy will arise in January 2019 as our present European Partner Minister has to return to the Czech Republic

Our people are our church, and we would like to tell you about us and Thurso West. You can then decide if you wish to take up the challenge of leading/joining us in Fellowship.

Like every other church we face problems - an ageing congregation; numbers falling year on year; a gap in our age profile of the younger generation. But we are open to change, willing to work

with our minister to try to reverse these trends.


We have a dedicated worship group; a congregation in good heart and looking forward enthusiastically to the future under a new Ministry.

More details are available in the Thurso West Parish Profile or from the Clerk to the Nominating Committee, Mr Brian Johnston, 1 Hoy Terrace, Thurso, KW14 7PH (email

Tel 01847 895446 or 07768 214675

Informal enquiries may also be made to the Interim Moderator, Rev David Macartney, New Manse, Reay, KW14 7RE (email

Tel 01847 811734

​Caithness Presbytery website may be found at

Scottish Charity No. SCO007248



Worship Group

Choir practice in Church Hall - 7.00 p.m. Mondays except July and August.

​The Choir and the Worship Group are responsible for services in the town's care homes:

​Bayview on 10 February, 14 April, 9 June, 11 August, 13 October, 8 December

​Pentland View on 13 January, 10 March, 12 May, 30 June, 14 July, 8 September, 10 November


Guild meetings are held at 2.30 p.m. in the Church Hall  on the first and third Thursdays of each month between September and March. 

The Theme for 2018-19 is 'Seeking the Way'

Thursday 20 December - Christmas Celebration

Thursday 17 January - Farming in Caithness

Thursday 7 February - Jane Coll, Northern Saints' Trail

Friday 8 February - Coffee Morning in British Legion

Thursday 21 February - Liz Bamber, Girl Guides

Thursday 7 March - AGM and Thurso West Church choir

Thursday 21 March - Closing Lunch

Social Committee

The committee organise many different events throughout the year. A series of Summer Coffee Evenings will be held during July and August.  

A 'soup and cheese' lunch will be held regularly after the morning service.

Community  Events

​Gala week Churches Discovery Tour; Inter Church Advent and Easter Services; Primary School services

Music in Thurso

Concert season runs from September through to March.

Friday 19 October 2018 - The Maxwell String Quartet

Friday 23 November 2018 - All Sorts Vocal Quartet

Friday 14 December 2018 - The Korca Ensemble (Clarinet, Violin and Piano)

Tuesday 15 January 2019 - Babayaga (Saxophone and Harp)

Wednesday 6 February 2019 - Sinopia String Quartet

Friday 22 March 2019 - The Edinburgh Piano Duo


Christian Aid

​Donations are collected during Christian Aid week.

Rotary Club  Thurso

Annual Speechmaking event in September.

Practice Interviews are held in November for university applicants and February/March for apprenticeships.

Forthcoming events

Christmas Felting Weekend - we invite any young person over 10 years (to be accompanied by an adult), topic will be the Nativity Story.  Saturday 15 December 10am to 2pm and Sunday 16 December 2pm to 6pm. Please contact Rev Ida in advance if possible.

Christmas Services: Sunday 23 December, usual service at 11.15am

Monday 24 December at 7.30pm - Christmas Eve service including a play called The Quarrel of the Lights, a magical play/meditation for the whole family.

Tuesday 25 December - short morning service at 11.15am for Christmas Day

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