Lochbroom and Coigach Celebrate Induction

A large crowd gathered in Ullapool on Friday night, as the congregation celebrated the induction of Rev. Neil Lachie Macdonald as minister of the Lochbroom and Coigach congregation. The Wester Ross church had been vacant for ten months following Rev. Alasdair Macleod’s translation to Smithton Free Church, having served in Lochbroom & Coigach for over twelve years.Friends and family from throughout the country joined the congregation to mark the beginning of this new chapter, in the life of the West Highland congregation. Rev. Marcos Florit, Lochcarron, led the induction service and preached a suitable sermon, drawing lessons and encouragement from the book of Joshua. Rev. Roddie Rankin, Kyle and Plockton, addressed the new minister, the congregation was then addressed by Rev. Donnie G. Macdonald, Portree. Following the service of induction, Rev. John MacLean, Interim Moderator, welcomed Lachie to the congregation and presided over presentations to Lachie, his wife CJ, and their children, Isabella and Lachlan Alex. Following the formal service in the church, the congregation met at the local village hall for refreshments and fellowship, along with speeches from Rev. Lachie, Mike Townsend, South Uist & Benbecula elder, Rev. Andrew Longwe, Cumbernauld, and Rev. Calum Iain Macleod, Back, who also brought greetings on behalf of the Western Isles Presbytery. Rev. David Meredith, Mission Director, concluded a memorable evening with prayer. Speaking of the induction, Lachie thanked the congregation for their warm welcome and commented on how he and the family are looking forward to undertaking this new phase of service in Lochbroom and Coigach, in the continuing work of proclaiming the good news of the gospel.

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