In 1964, the parishes of Stenness and Orphir were linked. The linked congregation was known as 'Orphir linked with Stenness' and from January 2000 was an aid receiving charge. Orphir and Stenness have now united and voted to link with Hoy and Walls and Flotta in calling a new minister for the linked parishes.
In January 2018 Orphir and Stenness became a unitary constitution. Our Elders are drawn from both Stenness and Orphir. We are a registered Scottish Charity, No SCO16221 and all members of the Session are Trustees.
Orphir and Stenness has adopted the Church Hymnary CH4 and also uses Junior Praise. We have a talented and enthusiastic choir known as the 'Kirk Belles'.
Since our last minister left, we in the church have been largely responsible for leading our own worship, and this has been greeted with warmth and enthusiasm by the congregation. To facilitate this a Presbytery course on Leading Worship was run for the parish with some 18 members attending.
Holy Communion is celebrated three times a year. Special services are held for Thinking Day for Brownies, Guild dedication day, World Day of Prayer, Harvest Thanksgiving, Remembrance Sunday and Christmas Eve.
Orphir and Stenness is a Fairtrade congregation and Fairtrade goods are available for purchase. Orphir and Stenness members take short services at St Peter’s Home, a Residential Home in Stromness on the first Sunday of each month.
The congregation meets informally in the church hall after Sunday service for fellowship over tea/coffee, juice and biscuits.
On Thursday each week we have a coffee morning known as Community Cafe in the Church Hall between 10 am and 12 noon. Fairtrade goods are for sale along with copies of The Orcadian newspaper.
The Church congregation holds other fund raising events during the year.
Photos provided by Senga Millar 2018