The vision of the Church of Scotland is to be a church which seeks to inspire the people of Scotland and beyond with the Good News of Jesus Christ through enthusiastic, worshipping, witnessing, nurturing and serving communities.

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Welcome to the web site of the Church of Scotland Presbytery of Lochaber.
We are part of the Church of Scotland
We are a very small Presbytery of only eight charges based in Lochaber in the West Highlands of Scotland. Our Presbytery is centred around Fort William, which is dominated by Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the British Isles. Tourism is the main activity in our area with skiing in winter, walking and cycling all year round.
"The role of presbytery in the national church is to:
· Encourage worship, ministry and mission in the presbytery area;
· Strengthen and support local congregations and their ministries;
· Provide oversight of congregations, ministers and elders.”
Report of the Panel on Review and Reform to the 2010 General Assembly.

Induction of the Rev Richard Baxter to the Charge  of Fort William Duncansburgh MacIntosh linked with Kilmonivaig

Induction of the Rev Richard Baxter

Service of Induction for The Rev Richard Baxter

Duncansburgh MacIntosh Church was packed on Friday Evening (15th April) for the Presbytery of Lochaber Service of Induction for the Rev Richard Baxter to the charge of Fort William Duncansburgh MacIntosh linked with Kilmonivaig. Richard, native to Northern Ireland, had previously been the minister of St Kenneth’s, Kennoway Windygates & Balgonie in Fife for eighteen years.

Presbytery welcomed many of his former congregation, and local ministerial colleagues, to the service. Also present were representatives from most local church congregations. The service was conducted by the Presbytery Moderator, the Rev Edgar Ogston, with the preacher the Rev Tabea Baader, who is the minister at Fort Augustus and Glengarry. The “Charges”, which is advice to the minister, were given by the Rev Ann Winning who is the retired minister from Morvern.

An enormous spread was laid on by the congregations for the reception afterwards, which included a cake specially made for the occasion. Entertainment was given by youngsters from both congregations including the Boys Brigade, the Church Male Voice Choir, the Church Praise Band and Robert Robertson. Presentation gifts were given to both Richard and his wife Sheryl.

Richard says: “Sheryl and I are really looking forward to leading these two lovely congregations and to being a very active part of the Lochaber Community.”

Rev Sandy Stoddart inducted to Glencoe & Duror

Induction Service of the Rev Sandy Stoddart

Rev Sandy Stoddart was inducted to the Charge of Glencoe St. Munda’s with Duror at a service on Friday 1st April at St Munda's in Ballachulish.

Many members and friends from both congregations attended as well as representatives from Lochaber Presbytery. Visitors from further afield were also welcomed. The Service was conducted by the Presbytery Moderator, the Rev Edgar Ogston, and an inspirational sermon was given by Rev Morag Muirhead of Fort William Duncansburgh MacIntosh.

A social get together was later held in Duror village hall when over eighty members and friends enjoyed a marvellous meal and a great community get together. Rev Sandy and Moira were presented with gifts from both congregations. A presentation to Mrs Ella Gill, the Presbytery Clerk, was also made. Ella has been our Interim Moderator for a number of years and we wanted to thank her for her diligent work with us.

We welcome Sandy and Moira to Lochaber and look forward to working with them.

Mrs Ella Gill has been elected as Moderator of the Presbytery of Lochaber for the 2016 /17 session. Ella has been the Presbytery Clerk since 2008 and is standing down from that position in June 2016.

We wish Ella every Blessing for this important task.