Church Moderator's visit

22nd June 2005

The Right Rev David Lacy – the first Moderator to visit Lismore for 25 years – told a gathering in the Hall from Lismore and Appin that he thought the church was in good heart. "We are worshipping and we are witnessing", he said, "and this is stupendous". The Moderator and Mrs Joan Lacy were welcomed to Lismore by the Rev John Murdoch of Lismore and Appin Parish and Rev George Cringles, depute Presbytery Clerk. They started in the Parish Church where they met the Kirk Session and were shown around what was left of the 15th century cathedral by tour guide Donald Black who also gave them a talk on the history. Lunch in the hall was friendly and informal and afterwards the children performed some Scottish Country dances, Katy Wright’s group played the recorder and the choir sang. Over tea and coffee the Moderator and Mrs Lacy mingled freely coming away with the impression that the island community and the parish were indeed in good heart. Before leaving Lismore they visited the school and on their way to the Port Appin ferry they saw Alistair and Valerie Livingston at Bachuil where they were shown the ancient staff of Saint Moluag, one of the founders of Christianity in Scotland who, in the 5th century, put Lismore firmly at the centre of Christianity.

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