Presbytery Precis

February Conference

Saturday 10th February
10am for 10.30am (finish 3.30/ 4pm) at Duncansburgh MacIntosh Church Halls.
Presbytery Conference: Looking to the future shape of ministry and the church in Lochaber. Officebearers, Members and friends of all the congregations are encouraged to attend. Please let Ella Gill know if you will be attending. Lunch will be provided at a small charge.
Programme for the day can be downloaded

Thanks to all who have already indicated they will be present - if you hope to be there please email - this will be helpful to have an idea of numbers for lunch.

Beware - Scam Emails

There have been recent incidents around the church of scam emails which although the looked as though they were from Church Presbytery email addresses have not been. Please be suspicious of any request for bank details and take the time to telephone your minister or whoever the email purports to be from. A simple check is to click REPLY and note the real email address in the TO: field - then cancel the email. Be aware - Be safe

Emmasdale, Zambia

News from Emmasdale, Zambia, Nsangu says, “Thank you so much for your thoughts and prayers during the challenging times we had during the Cholera outbreak. The situation is now improving with some institutions like some schools, markets and others beginning to reopen. The numbers of new cases being recorded have also reduced tremendously. Our Christmas season and celebrations were joyful and we are hopeful as we end the New Year. The month of December was however a bitter sweet month; we finished putting up the roof for the Church Building at Emmasdale Congregation while the roof was completely blown off at Mafuwa Congregation during a thunderstorm.”

Emmasdale Congregation, United Church of Zambia is on FaceBook

Mfuwa Water Project

At the December meeting, Presbytery committed to raising the £4500 required for the Mfuwa Water Project. Any surplus funds will be allocated to the Mfuwa School Project. Funds raised can be forwarded to the Presbytery Treasurer.

Together We Pray

Together we pray is a year long initiative running to May 2018.

Events and Resources

Fiona Ogg, Convenor of the Education Working Group maintains the list of Conferences and Resources. The Event and Resources info is on the Highland Presbyteries web at

Year of Young People

2018 has been designated the Year of Young People. Resources are available at:

Resources for Officebearers

Very helpful resources from Mission and Discipleship Council, on the History, Governance and Practice of the Kirk Lots of useful, interesting and practical advice - commended to all elders and officebearers.

Presbytery Mission Fund

£177.63 was added to the Mission Fund from the retiring offering at the Induction at Fort Augustus. Congregations are reminded that applications for support from the Mission Fund can be made to the Mission Working Group Convenor, Rev Malcolm Kinnear.

Inspection of Records

The Annual Inspection of Records will take place on the Morning of the March Presbytery meeting. More details nearer the time.

General Assembly 2018

The General Assembly of the Church of Scotland opens on May 19th and among 850 or so commissioners will be 3 ministers and three elders from Lochaber Presbytery (names to be confirmed at February meeting) Assembly information is on the CofS Website

Pulpit Supply rates and mileage for 2018

From 1 January 2018, the standard pulpit supply fee shall increase to £60 and in Charges where there are additional diets of worship the supply fee shall be £30 for each additional service.  The mileage rate shall increase to 45p per mile.

Highland Presbyteries

Lochaber along with other 'Highland Presbyteries' are looking to ways to work more collaboratively and efficiently. Information and Resources are at:

Lochaber Presbytery

Lochaber Presbytery Website:

Social Media

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Rev Donald McCorkindale

2 The Meadows, Strontian, PH36 4HZ

01967 402234 m: 07554 176 580

Clerk, Lochaber Presbytery for diary dates
Scottish Charity number SCO10199. A component part of the Church of Scotland: Charity Number SCO11353