An oil lamp has been taken from St Moluag's church in Eoropie, Ness, it was reported at the weekend.
A post on the Western Isles Noticeboard Facebook community page explains the lamp vanished "during the last few days".
The church may date from as early as the 1100s. By the mid 1800s the church stood as a roofless ruin. An appeal was launched by the Scottish Episcopal Church to fund its restoration in 1910, and the funds were assembled and the work complete by 1912. The Scottish Episcopal Church continues to hold services there.
The post encourages whoever took the lamp to simply return it . "If you just nicked it hoping to rub it and get three wishes from the genie....please put it back, or at the back of St Peter’s Church [in Francis Street, Stornoway], no questions asked."