With Scotland gripped by an unprecedented winter chill from the east, the congregation of Dingwall and Strathpeffer met on the evening of Friday 2nd March to celebrate Rev. Angus MacRae’s 25 years in ministry and his nomination as 2018 Moderator Designate of the General Assembly of the Free Church of Scotland.
In a packed Maclean Suite, overlooking the hallowed turf of Ross County’s stadium in Dingwall the extended family and friends of Mr MacRae were treated to an excellent meal followed by an informal evening of entertainment.
The gathered crowd were treated to an audio-visual display illustrating the life and times of the Moderator Designate. The young folk’s Puppet Group then presented, to rousing applause, a highly amusing 'Angus MacRae – This is Your Life' performance, sharing hitherto well-hidden anecdotes and escapades from their minister’s early years.
A gift from the congregation was presented by elder Mr Ron McMaster with the minister’s wife Ann and mother Sina receiving bouquets of flowers from Mrs Mary MacKenzie and Mrs Jessie Sinclair.
Thanking the congregation for their gift and good wishes, Mr MacRae spoke of his 25 years of ministry initially in the Ayrshire congregation of Kilwinning and Saltcoats then moving to Dingwall and Strathpeffer in 2001. As a most enjoyable evening drew to a close, Mr MacRae requested the congregation’s continued prayerful support as he faced the challenges of the coming year.