Stornoway’s oldest church to remain within Church of Scotland

The Kirk Session of Stornoway’s St Columba’s Church are urging people to remain within the Church of Scotland and to work and pray together for the restoration and reformation of the national Church.

In a statement today (Monday) in the midst of the debate about the ordination of gay ministers, Kirk Session of St Columba’s (Old Parish) Church of Scotland said: “The Kirk Session reaffirms its commitment to the authority of the Word of God as the only guide of life and faith.  St Columba’s remains a loving congregation and a safe place, open to people of all orientations.  However, the Kirk Session opposes the Ordination and Induction of practicing homosexuals to the Ministry of Word and Sacrament which it views as contrary to the Word of God revealed in Scripture.”

They add: “Session recognises that delay of a final General Assembly decision in this matter to 2015 is a God given opportunity for the people of God to re-commit themselves to the Word of God and, to that end, the Session will be taking measures to introduce a special time of prayer and devotion in this matter.  Session is encouraged by the formation of the Church of Scotland Evangelical Network which seeks to restore and rebuild the Church from within and commends this Network to the prayers of the congregation.  Session further affirms the recent unequivocal statement issued by Lewis Presbytery of the Church of Scotland.

“Session is saddened at any division caused within the Church and within congregations by this matter but respects the right of individual congregations to review their relationship with the Church of Scotland.  Session urges its people to support and pray for other congregations, regardless of their stance, as they seek to develop their own response to recent developments.  However, as far as St Columba’s is concerned, the Kirk Session urges its people to remain with the congregation and to work and pray together within the Church of Scotland for the restoration and reformation of the national Church.”