New minister for South Uist

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The ordination and induction of Rev Lachie Macdonald to South Uist and Benbecula Free Church will take place on Friday 20 September 2013.

On Tuesday (20 August) night the Western Isles Presbytery met to finalise the plans. Mr Macdonald had already successfully passed his ordination trials for the Free Church ministry at the July meeting.

The 33-year-old was licensed at a special service at Smithton-Culloden Free Church in Inverness in June.

It will be his first congregation, having just completed his studies at the Free Church College in Edinburgh.

The induction takes place at the Southend Community Hall in Daliburgh, South Uist, and Rev Ewen Mathieson will preach.

Scalpay minister Rev Andrew Coghill will address the newly inducted minister on the night, and Knock’s James MacIver will give a word to the congregation.

Rev Lachie Macdonald said: “We are very excited to move into the manse, get unpacked and get settled.

“We are looking forward to getting to know the congregation better and get involved in the local community.

“Whilst excited about the move we also recognise the challenging task which is laid before us and submit ourselves in prayer, and ask for the prayers of the church, that the Lord would lead and guide us in all that we engage in.

“There is a lot of work to be done for the cause of the gospel in Uist and we eagerly await the induction in order that we can get into that work.

“We are thankful for the support of our family and friends during this time of transition and are especially thankful for the warm and enthusiastic welcome we have received from the congregation of South Uist and Benbecula.”

The South Uist and Benbecula congregation has received financial support from the wider church through the Home Missions Board since it was formed as a church plant in 1997, and that support will now continue for five years, helping to meet ministry costs, before it comes to an end.

The congregation became vacant in 2009 when previous minister Rev Iain MacAskill accepted a call to Rosskeen.