This year the annual Islands Study Conference assembled at their well-loved venue in the Harris Hotel, Tarbert, Isle of Harris.
The conference speakers were Rev. Dr Malcolm Maclean from Greyfriars Free Church, Inverness, who took for his study ‘The Trinity in the Christian life’ and the Rev. Calum Iain Macleod from Back Free Church, Isle of Lewis, whose address to the audience was ‘Living the Christian Life in a 21st Century World’.
It was a weekend of true Christian fellowship and, in the teaching, one was aware of an almost tangible sense of the presence of the Holy Spirit warming our hearts to the realities of our existence in God.
The conference drew friends from many parts, as well as those who joined for fellowship from the local congregations of Scalpay and Leverburgh. The Sunday services were hosted by Rev. David Macleod with his congregation at North Harris Free Church, which, for some, was another new experience worshipping in a converted Inn. Both speakers took the services, expanding further on their chosen subjects.
The Mission Focus on Sunday afternoon was centred around the provision and support of children’s camps in Nispireni, Moldova. The address was given by Mrs Anne Macaulay from Back, who held our attention giving us an insight into the practicalities which makes the camps the great success they have proved to be in sending the good news of the Gospel.
The Islands Study Conference still exists to bless and encourage all those who, with great expectations, gather in the name of Jesus. We sincerely pray for its continuance in God’s providence.
Next year’s conference will take place from 8th-10th February (note the earlier date). One confirmed speaker is Rev. Roger Simpson (Archbishop of York’s Evangelist for the Northern Province and Associate Minister at St. Michael le Belfrey Church, York).
Recordings of this year’s conference are available on CD. Sets including the 4 lectures and 2 sermons are priced £10. Those can be purchased by emailing [email protected]