New minister licensed at Stornoway Free Church (Continuing)

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At a service in Stornoway Free Church (Continuing) on 26th August, attended by well over a hundred people, Mr Calum Smith, student for the

ministry, was Licensed by the Free Presbytery of the Outer Hebrides.

Mr Smith, who is 48, comes from Stornoway and worked as a postman.

After four years of study at the Free Church Seminary he underwent Trials for Licence which were sustained by the Presbytery.

The Moderator of Presbytery, Rev. Kenneth Macdonald, Scalpay, conducted worship.In his sermon Mr Macdonald stressed that the preaching of the Word is central to the work of the ministry and he spoke challengingly of the preacher’s duty, message and expectation. He said that we must never preach what we do not practise ourselves.

Mr Macdonald put to Mr Smith the questions appointed by Act of Assembly and after Mr Smith had given satisfactory answers and signed the Formula Mr Macdonald, on behalf of the Presbytery, solemnly licensed Mr Smith to preach the Gospel.

Presenting the new minister with a document certifying the award of Licence Mr Macdonald addressed Mr Smith in suitable terms and led the Presbytery in prayer. The members of Presbytery then gave Mr Smith the right hand of fellowship.

Mr Smith is now eligible for a Call to a vacant congregation.