Thurso Church

The church in Thurso was planted in the 1970′s as the result of the vision of Rev. Donald Mackenzie of Castletown, who wanted to see a Free Church established in the town once more. Our building is therefore relatively modern and we are very thankful to have good facilities.

Our first Minister was Rev. Kenneth W.R. Cameron who served in Thurso until 1990, when he took up mission work in South Africa. He was succeeded by Rev. David Wilkie who ministered in Thurso for a number of years before leaving to pastor the Free Church congregation in Ayr.

In 2000, Rev. Kenny Macleod accepted a call to the congregation where he served until his death in 2012. During this period Thurso and Reay Free Church was linked to the congregations of Tongue, Farr, Strathy and Halladale, to form Thurso and North Coast Free Church.

In November 2012, Rev. Hugh Ferrier was appointed to the North Team Ministry with special responsibility for Thurso and the North Coast.

The life of our congregation is expressed principally through our worship services, morning and evening on Sundays and midweek at the Wednesday Bible Study and Prayer Meeting. We aim to provide a welcoming environment for children who have their own Sunday school during the morning service (ages 3 – 14) and crèche facilities are also available in the vestry. The congregation runs a weekly after school club for primary children (Friday Fun Club) and the Youth Group meet once a month in term time.

We also have a monthly Reminiscences meeting for the older generation, which is a great opportunity to chat and enjoy afternoon tea together.

After every morning service in Thurso, there is a time for fellowship when we meet for tea, coffee and juice in the Church Hall. Over the past few years we have taken many opportunities to socialise together, whether at the Summer barbeque, New Year’s Eve ceilidh, Sunday school outing or annual fundraising coffee morning.

We have also been very encouraged to have been able to run several Christianity and Discipleship Explored Courses. 

As we organise meetings, it is our hope as a congregation to continue to offer activities which will help us to grow both spiritually and personally.