A former Church of Scotland minister has joined a thriving Easter Ross congregation and will be helping strengthen links with the local community, as well as disciple new members.
Rev. Roddy MacRae, who previously ministered in Glenelg in Wester Ross, is assisting ministerial duties in Rosskeen Free Church, which has seen a 40 per cent increase in membership over the past five years.
For the next five months, Mr MacRae and his family will be based in the Helmsdale Free Church manse, where he will also be taking Sunday services.
His duties at Rosskeen include setting up a sporting outreach project, helping youth work activities and leading small group Bible studies. He said, ‘Most of my time will be in Rosskeen, helping out with things such as mentoring, group and individual discipleship, road to recovery, youth work, football coaching in schools, and helping Iain MacAskill with his role as chaplain at Ross County, and preaching from time to time’.
Rosskeen minister Rev. Iain MacAskill said, ‘We recognise that mentoring and discipleship are integral to developing all our members, and Mr MacRae will help with this. We have established a good link with all nine schools in the area and we feel we want to build on this by establishing a sports ministry in the area’.
The bulk of the preaching at Rosskeen Free Church will be taken by Mr MacAskill and assistant minister Rev. Calum MacMillan, though Mr MacRae will help with after-church Bible studies.