The 18-month pastoral vacancy at Ayr Free Church of Scotland (Continuing) was filled last November as Rev. Graeme Craig was inducted.
Held at New Prestwick Baptist Church, the occasion began with public worship conducted by Rev. David S. Fraser, Moderator of the Southern Presbytery of the FCS(C).
Mr Fraser preached from 2 Kings 2:14, highlighting many lessons from the life of the prophet Elisha.
Following the Motion to associate ministers from other Presbyteries and the reading of the Narrative of Proceedings by Presbytery Clerk, Mr Maurice Grant, the normal induction procedure was followed. Rev. Fraser prayed and then extended the right hand of fellowship to Mr Craig.
Afterwards, Rev. William B. Scott addressed Mr Craig, reading from Colossians 4:12-18 and highlighting the exhortation to ‘take heed’.
Rev. Andrew R. Allan addressed the congregation from Psalm 118:23, reminding them that their new pastor was a gift from the Lord Jesus Christ, the head of the church.
Following the conclusion of worship, Mr and Mrs Craig were invited to come forward and greet the congregation as they entered an adjacent hall for a reception.
Gifts were presented to the couple as well as their children, and Rev. Allan relayed greetings from other congregations, colleagues and friends not in attendance.
Mr Craig expressed his appreciation for the gifts and the warm welcome received.
A presentation was made to Rev. Allan by Ayr’s Treasurer, Mr Stuart Mackay. He thanked him for his work during the vacancy.
Mr Craig called upon Rev. John Macleod to say grace, after which the sizeable gathering partook of a sumptuous spread prepared by the congregation.
Rev. Craig then asked four men to speak to the occasion. He called upon Rev. Murdo A. N. Macleod, a ministerial colleague from Snizort, Isle of Skye; Mr Sammy Cameron, an elder from Mr Craig’s former congregation in Stornoway; Rev. Maurice J. Roberts, a former minister in Ayr; and Mr Murray Mackay, who until recently was a deacon in the Stornoway congregation.
All spoke warmly of Rev. Craig’s diligence, stability and dependability as a pastor and of his suitability to his new post.
To draw the evening to a close, Rev. Craig expressed thanks to those granting us use of the building for the induction, to those who prepared the reception, and for all for attending.
The evening concluded with singing from Psalm 89 and Mr Craig closing in prayer.
Rev. Andrew R. Allan