Date for Scalpay minister induction

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The induction of Rev Andrew Coghill to Scalpay Free Church is expected to take place on Wednesday March 27th at 7pm.

A special service welcoming Mr Coghill will be hosted in the Tarbert Church of Scotland building – as the usual place of worship in Scalpay is too small for the occasion.

Moderator of the Western Isles Presbytery Rev Ruairidh Maclean will preach the sermon, Rev Malcolm Macdonald from Callanish Free Church will address the congregation and Rev Malcolm Macleod from Shawbost will address the newly inducted minister.

Mr Coghill said: “We are very much looking forward to living and working amongst the people of Scalpay.

“It was a great privilege to be called to serve there, and as a family we are all quite excited about this move.

“We were very much blessed during our 18 months staying in Point, and owe the people there a great debt of gratitude, but now we look forward to making new friends and facing new challenges in this work to which the Lord has called us.”

It will be the 48-year-old’s first congregation in the Free Church, having previously ministered in Leurbost for almost 20 years with the Church of Scotland.

The Scalpay-elect minister added: “The Church now is quite wide and diverse compared to a couple of decades ago, and each situation and community is different.

“I always believe that the Lord chooses horses for courses, so it’s a great blessing to know that since He has chosen this course for us, He will already have His plans for what He wants to do.

“That to me is both encouraging and exciting, and I’m really looking forward to the work.”

Mr Coghill was brought up in Aberdeen and went to Cults Academy on the outskirts of the city.

He is married to Deborah, and they have four children.