THE Right Reverend Lorna Hood has become the first Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland to issue an Easter message on social media.

The Church said the Easter message video is on You Tube from today.

Mrs Hood is using her message to highlight the need for more young people to answer the call to ministry in the Church.

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In the three minute video, Mrs Hood talks of her own experience as a trainee minister in Canada where she was both a pastor and a preacher.

Mrs Hood also speaks of the number of young men who trained as Church of Scotland ministers after the Second World War, and who went on to become leaders of the Church.

She also said that more opportunities are open to women joining the ministry.

The video has been posted to You Tube and is available via the Church of Scotland website, Facebook and Twitter.

Mrs Hood was also the first Moderator to use Twitter and at one point tweeted about her bag being stolen in Spain.

The Church of Scotland currently has around 820 ministers, and like other churches is anticipating an increase in the number of vacancies which will need to be filled in coming years.

The Church's youngest minister, 25-year-old Reverend Michael Mair, took charge of his first parish at St David's Broomhouse in Edinburgh following his ordination in January.

He backed Mrs Hood's online Easter appeal and said: "It's been an incredible few months since starting.

"It's an amazing privilege to walk with people through all the highs and lows that life can throw at us."