THERE was standing room only in Tarbert Community Centre last night, as the newly formed North Harris Free Church celebrated the induction of its new minister.

Rev David Macleod accepted the call from North Harris last month, having previously served as minister in Lochcarron Church of Scotland.

Rev Macleod (40), is married to Mairi and they have three young girls – Anna (9), Grace (6), and Lois (3).

Rev Calum Iain Macleod (Lochs), Moderator of the Western Isles Presbytery, preached at the induction, taking his message from the first chapter of Joshua.

As God had been with Moses, so too had He pledged his commitment to Joshua, the new leader of the children of Israel.

Rev Macleod focussed specifically on verse 17: “Just as we fully obeyed Moses, so we will obey you. Only may the Lord your God be with you as he was with Moses.”

The narrative of steps was then read out by Rev Malcolm Macleod, Shawbost, before the new minister signed his call and accepted the right hand of fellowship from members of presbytery.

Addressing the new minister, Rev Kenny I. Macleod urged him to ‘study as if his life depended on it’.

Quoting Spurgeon, he added: “Before you can give it, you have to get it.”

Interim moderator Rev Dr Iain D. Campbell then addressed the congregation, acknowledging that they did not have a church building, ‘but that is OK’.

“We are living in the glorious age of the new covenant,” said Rev Campbell. 

“We don’t need a temple because Christ is your temple and by the ministry of Holy Spirit and through the word of God you will be able to see the beauty of God. 

“As you gather in Christ’s name week by week under the ministry of the pastor that God has set over you, and as he opens to you the treasure of God’s word and lifts up the excellency of Jesus Christ, preaching a full and glorious atonement based on all that Christ is and does, your temple will be where you worship in His name.

“Through the word you will be able to see the beauty of Christ, and that will be all you need to go out and serve Him in the world.”

Following the formalities, those present enjoyed a sumptuous spread laid on by the ladies of the Bays Community Centre, before embarking on more informal fellowship and worship together.