Parish of North West Lochaber

Church of Scotland


About the parish

The Parish of North West Lochaber was formed on the 1st March 2008 with the union of the Parishes of Arisaig and the Small Isles linked with Mallaig: St Columba's and Knoydart.


Since the Union the Parish is continuing to explore what it means to minister to an area that covers 350 square miles of Scotland including four islands (the Small Isles of Muck, Eigg, Rum and Canna) and a part of mainland Scotland (Knoydart) which is only accessible by the sea.


Though the Parish is diverse in nature, as a Kirk Session, we are trying to develop patterns of ministry which reflect the character and nature of each of the communities within the Parish while taking seriously our responsibility to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ.


The importance of sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ is paramount through the biblical teaching of the Word each week and the correct administration of the Sacraments of Baptism and the Lord's Supper.  The Parish also engages with both the young and old in innovative ways that involve hearing about Jesus Christ  but also in providing activities that build fellowship amongst the Church family and its engagement with the needs of the community.  The importance of growing together as the whole people of God and the deepening of our personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ and in the power of His Holy Spirit are central to the hopes and prayers of the Kirk Session.


The Parish of North West Lochaber is a part of the Presbytery of Lochaber and a congregation of the Church of Scotland.