The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, the Rt Rev John Chalmers, has preached to more than 200 people at Stornoway High Church during his visit to Lewis.
The Moderator said: “We could not have experienced any warmer a welcome than we have experienced here in Stornoway.
“We have learned much about the community and our visit has provided a much needed opportunity to affirm the work being done by the Church of Scotland throughout the Islands.”
Speaking of the service at Stornoway High Church yesterday, Mr Chalmers added: “It was wonderful to preach to such a well attended service in which I was able to share my enthusiasm for all that the Church of Scotland is doing across Scotland and encourage folk in their journey of faith.
“The motto of the town of Stornoway is ‘God’s providence is our inheritance’ and I enjoyed assuring the people of the High Kirk that, in keeping with their town motto, God will not let them down.”
Mr Chalmers and his wife Liz are on a busy eight day visit to Lewis, visiting a range of projects and Church initiatives.
The Clerk to Lewis Presbytery John Cunningham, said it’s been a great privilege to host the Moderator and Mrs Chalmers: “The Moderator has visited a number of organisations and individuals and has enjoyed hearing how peoples’ Christian faith has enriched their lives and helped them deal with the challenges which life presents from day to day.
“Through the visit, the Moderator has gained a unique insight into every facet of island life.
“On the Friday, he was joined by three senior representatives of the central Councils to engage in constructive dialogue with members of Lewis Presbytery, discussing, among other things, the Church’s handling of Religious Observance in Schools and the contentious issue of Civil Partnerships and the Ministry.”
Speaking of the service on Sunday, Mr Cunningham added: “The Moderator preached to over 200 people in Stornoway High Church, presenting the lively congregation with a framed ‘Dove of Peace’, manufactured by impoverished Bethlehem tradesmen from broken glass collected from bombed sites on the West Bank.
“We value the support the Moderator has shown for Lewis Presbytery and will continue to hold him in our prayers as he discharges the weighty responsibilities of his Moderatorial Year.”
The Moderator and his wife will continue with further engagements in Lewis this week, including visits to CrossReach facilities, until they depart for Tarbert on Wednesday evening.