WHO ARE WE?
We are the local congregation of the Free Church of Scotland which came out of the Established Church in 1843 because of the interference of the State in the spiritual affairs of the church. In 1843 Rev. Simon Fraser became the first F C minister of Fortrose.
The present building went up in 1910—at a cost of £562! Amalgamation with Killearnan took place in 1950 and saw the successive ministries of Revs. R. J. Murray, Hugh G. MacKay and Hector Cameron.
In 1990, Fortrose and Killearnan became separate congregations and were given the right to call their own ministers. The first minister in Fortrose, Rev. Calum MacLennan, was inducted in April 1991 and the present minister, Rev. Sandy Sutherland, in August 2002.
The government of the Free Church of Scotland is Presbyterian and the congregation is within the Presbytery of Inverness, Lochaber and Ross. The Kirk Session is responsible for the spiritual oversight of the congregation. The administration of the finances and property of the congregation is the responsibility of the Deacons’ Court which is elected bythe members of the congregation under the supervision of the Kirk Session.
WHAT DO WE BELIEVE?
We believe that the Bible is the Word of God, and it is to be our only guide in what we believe, in what we do and how we are to worship God.
We believe that the main message of the Bible is God’s love for the world. The Bible tells us about this in John’s Gospel chapter 3 verses 16 and 17:
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”
We believe in God Almighty the Maker of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ His only begotten Son, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, who suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead and buried and the third day rose from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and sits on the right hand of God the Father Almighty from where He shall come to judge the living and the dead. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy universal church, the Communion of the Saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the Life everlasting.
WHAT IS OUR CHURCH LIKE?
Our church services are very simple with a healthy blend of joy and reverence. The people who attend are just like everyone else: some have found faith in Jesus Christ, others are still asking questions. Some have been brought up within a church context, others have no church background at all. Whoever you are, we will give you a warm welcome.
Sunday: 10 am & 6.00 pm(Town Hall during decantment period)
Sunday School: 10am (Town Hall / manse during decantment period)
Mid Week Service: Tuesday at 7.30 pm(Manse during decantment period)
FELLOWSHIPS AND OTHER ACTIVITIES
Congregational Fellowship is held on the fourth Sunday of the month. Other meetings such as the Ladies’ Bible Study, Craft Group, and Missionary Meetings, etc., are held as intimated.
Scottish Charity Number: SC038119