Rev Andrew R Allan Inducted to Partick FCC
Rev Andrew Allan was inducted as minister of Partick Free Church (Continuing) in Glasgow on Saturday 3 May, after a vacancy in the congregation of nearly four years. The service, which was held in Balshagray Victoria Park Church of Scotland, was conducted by Rev William Macleod of Knightswood, who himself was minister of Partick from 1976 to 1993.
The induction brings to an end a very difficult time in the congregation’s history. The church lost its minister in 2010, when Rev Murdo A N Macleod accepted a call to Snizort, on Skye. Thereafter, the congregation was sued by the residual Free Church congregation in Partick, and lost its church building and manse, with some elderly members of the congregation thus forced to leave a building where they had worshipped for their whole lives. One of these members, the senior elder Donald Mackay, died shortly afterwards, and remains sorely missed from the Sabbath services.
However, the large attendance and enthusiastic singing at the induction pointed to the beginning of a new chapter, as the congregation welcomed Mr and Mrs Allan, and their daughter Katie. Mr Allan previously pastored the small Highland congregation of Poolewe & Aultbea, in Wester Ross, and has become respected throughout the denomination for his clear and robust preaching of the Word. He also takes a close interest in the progress of Gospel work in China, and has recently helped to found the UK branch of Hudson Taylor Ministries, which he serves as General Secretary, to support mission work in that country.
Mr Macleod preached to the large gathering from Zechariah 4, with particular reference to the words of verse 6: “Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts”. He acknowledged the many factors that lead evangelical Christians to discouragement in present circumstances, but reminded the congregation of the unchanging character and attributes of our God, and urged expectant prayer that the Spirit would work mightily in the present generation. Following his sermon, the Southern Presbytery formally inducted Mr Allan into his new charge.
Partick FCC meets for worship at the Community Church, 1 Norby Road, Broomhill, on Sabbaths at 1.00pm and 6.30pm, and on Wednesday at 7.30pm.