Back lady celebrates 100th birthday

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There were celebrations on Saturday (21 December) at an Isle of Lewis care home where family and friends gathered to celebrate the 100th birthday of Katie Ann Macleod.

Katie Ann was converted and became a member at Back Free Church before the Second World War.

Minister Rev Calum Iain Macleod was among those assembled at the Dun Eisdeann care home in Stornoway to mark the special occasion.

Rev Calum Iain Macleod said: “What a wonderful privilege to gather with Katie Ann, her relatives, friends, fellow residents and staff.

“Katie Ann professed her faith in Jesus Christ at Back in 1938 and she shared with us the passage of Scripture that spoke to her some 75 years ago - Romans 5:6-8.”

He added: “Katie Ann is a bright Christian lady with a razor sharp memory.

“She always likes to be kept informed about happenings and developments in our congregation and denomination.

“We warmly congratulate Katie Ann on reaching such a marvellous milestone and wish her the Lord’s richest blessing.

“Special thanks to all staff at Dun Eisdeann for their warm and generous hospitality.”

Following a short celebratory service of thanksgiving, gifts were presented to Katie Ann on behalf of the Back congregation.

Everyone then sang a hearty rendering of happy birthday before Katie Ann cut her birthday cake – which had Psalm 86:12 inscribed upon it. Refreshments were served and a lovely time of fellowship and banter was had by all.