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.
Presbytery and Parish join to welcome their new Moderator
Acharacle Parish Church hosted members of Lochaber Presbytery as well as members of their community on Tuesday afternoon in a service of communion. People from all over the Presbytery area joined members of the congregation and parishes of Acharacle and Ardnamurchan in the church for the service which was conducted by the retiring Moderator Rev Edgar Ogston and Rev Fiona Ogg. Sixty people joined in the celebratory service to mark the end of the Presbytery year and the installation of the new Moderator for 2016-17 Mrs Ella Gill.
Mr Ogston spoke to the congregation of about the misconception that falling membership and attendance in parish churches meant that the church was dead. Far from it, expressions of church were thriving in all communities and it was only the traditional view of Sunday attendance in church which was depleted. This theme was taken up later by Mrs Gill in her address to Presbytery. The General Assembly of the Church of Scotland met in May in Edinburgh. During this week of meetings, the Moderator of the General Assembly, Rt Reverend Dr Russel Barr, suggested that local Presbyteries should adopt the theme of the General Assembly for their forthcoming year. The theme this year is ‘People of the Way’. This was the description of the followers of Jesus before they were known as Christians. These were ordinary folk from all walks of life following the teachings of Jesus.
Mrs Gill likened the loss of membership and the well-publicised reduction in ministers in the church to that of pruning a rose bush. Something which had been full of flowers might look as if it had been killed with severe pruning. However, just as after pruning a rose bush, new growth is stimulated. New shoots appear all over the stems of the plant. So, with the church, new growth is appearing, not just where the stem has been cut, but all over.
These new shoots are the lunch clubs, coffee mornings, support for neighbours and strangers – in other words, ordinary folk following and putting into practice the teachings of Jesus. The modern day People of the Way.
Over the summer, churches host events such as summer camps, picnics and representatives of the churches were asked to report their activities at the next meeting of Presbytery. The service was followed by refreshments in the Community Centre.