There was a real sense of anticipation among the congregation of Garrabost Free Church in January as the Western Isles Presbytery met to induct Revd Iain Thomson to the pastoral charge of the congregation.
Due to lockdown restrictions, only 50 people were physically present in the church building, but a further two hundred people joined via Zoom to watch the service of induction.
The Garrabost Free Church congregation was formed in October 2017 when the previous congregations of Knock and Point were re-united by the Western Isles presbytery into a single charge.
The service was led by Revd David Macleod, minister of North Harris Free Church, who is the present Moderator of the Western Isles Presbytery. He preached from Psalms 114 and 115, focusing on God’s power and God’s glory.
Following the sermon, the Moderator engaged in prayer and inducted Mr Thomson to the pastoral charge of the congregation.
Revd Malcolm Macleod (Shawbost) addressed the new minister while Revd Andrew Coghill addressed the congregation.
Revd Thomson is a native of Point and had served the Free Church congregation of East Kilbride since February 2001. He is married to Connie, and they have three adult children and eight grandchildren.
Iain said, ‘I feel highly honoured to have been called back to the people where I grew up. I received my first spiritual milk here and Connie and I received many blessings through the people of this district. We are both looking forward to settling back home and ministering to the people.’