Two Free Church inductions in a week for Westside congregations

Two Free Church of Scotland congregations on the Westside of the Isle of Lewis are set to welcome their new ministers over the next seven days.

On Friday 22 August Barvas Free Church will host the induction of 26-year-old Rev Murdo Campbell and the following week (Wednesday 27 August) Carloway Free Church will welcome 31-year-old Rev Thomas Davis as their new minister.

Both induction services take place in the respective churches at 7pm, all welcome.

Father-of-two Rev Murdo Campbell, who is originally from Stornoway, spent six weeks with the Barvas congregation last summer as he trained to be a Free Church minister at the Edinburgh Theological Seminary.

He has now moved into the Barvas manse along with his wife Alison, 24, and two young sons David and Finlay.

Rev Murdo Campbell said: “We feel that it is a great privilege to be given the opportunity to serve The Lord and the people of Barvas.

“We are looking forward to being part of the gospel ministry which has been in Barvas for many, many years and working with the congregation to continue to build Christ’s Kingdom in this community.”

The 26-year-old added: “It’s certainly an exciting time for the Westside of Lewis, with Callum Macleod in Shawbost having recently recovered from his illness and Thomas Davis soon to be inducted in Carloway.

“We just hope and pray that there will be much blessing throughout the Westside as the Seed is sown.”

New Carloway minister Rev Thomas Davis is no stranger to the Isle of Lewis either, having previously lived in both Stornoway and Back.

Mr Davis has already moved into the manse in Carloway, and has settled into life on the Westside with his wife Una and their three children Tom, 8, John, 6, and Annie Rose, 3.

He is expected to preach for the first time as Carloway Free Church minister on Sunday 31 August.