Islands Ablaze - Prayer Conference

Orkney Ablaze
The heart behind the conference

In response to a God-given desire on their hearts, the Christian Community in Orkney is in the process of planning the "Islands Ablaze" prayer conference for Spring 2008.
The conference is geared for the equipping and growth of Christians in the Orkney Isles but also welcoming neighbours from the Scottish mainland and adjacent island groups. Indeed the desire is that the conference will draw together praying Christians from near and far, and across the different Church affliliations.

Background and outline

The event has been planned under the auspices of Orkney Churches Together and builds on the 50 day prayer walk which passed through Orkney on 10th April last year. As part of this year’s event there will be a reunion for last year’s prayer walkers and a chance to see a premiere of the film which is being made by Connecting Scotland.

The programme

The conference begins on the Friday evening with an informal opening and closes on Tuesday evening.

A full programme has been put together with speakers in the morning and evening and also seminars where delegates can hear from people who have amazing stories to tell of prayers that changed their lives or changed their communities.

In the afternoons local folk can take part in workshops such as worship or dance while delegates from overseas may want to follow the tourist trail and see some of the stars in Orkney’s scenic crown.

An Orkney Ceilidh is being provided for recreation.

The venues

The conference is being held in Kirkwall Grammar School and will also have a programme for under 18’s to enable whole families to attend. The youth hostel has been booked to provide accommodation so that Isles residents can take part, and in fact the music for worship will feature Michael Harcus from Westray along with Jan Gordon and a range of local talent.

The response

Bookings are already coming in from Shetland, Sussex and all points in between (with enquiries from both Canada and Ireland checking re-fit timetables!). It is hoped that Orcadians will be sure to book as soon as they can so that local places can be guaranteed rather than having to turn people away at the event.

Special 'early bird' rates

A lower price is being charged for delegates who book before 31st January and all under 18’s are free of charge. Booking forms and brochures are available at the Mustard Seed or on the internet from the website.

For full details and booking form click on either of the images on this page.

Orkney Ablaze

Islands Ablaze can be e-mailed at:  And copies of promotional literature and/or interviews can be provided on request.



Islands Ablaze is being organized by a local committee and is supported by the ministers who meet as Orkney Churches Together under the chairmanship of Rev Tom Clark, of Orphir and Stenness Parish Church.

Connecting Scotland is the organisation which pioneered the 50 Day Easter to Pentecost Prayer Walk from the northern tip of Shetland to the Solway Firth culminating in a Rally of over 1000 prayer walkers in Edinburgh in May 2007.  You can <click here> to read a report of the Orkney involvement and activities. A follow-on meeting was held in Lairg at the end of August that year.

Fiona Cowan, 23/11/2007