There was a real sense of anticipation and excitement among the congregation of Garrabost Free Church on Friday 22nd January when the Western Isles Presbytery met (some physically and some virtually) to induct Rev. Iain Thomson to the pastoral charge of the congregation.
Due to the tier three restrictions, then in place, only 50 people were permitted to be physically present in the church building with almost two hundred of the congregation, friends and colleagues joining in by 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. Rev. Andrew Coghill, minister of Scalpay Free Church served the congregation throughout its vacancy.
The service was led by the Rev. 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 focussing 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. Rev. Malcolm Macleod (Shawbost) addressed the new minister while the Rev. Andrew Coghill, newly relieved of his 3 ½ year term as Interim-moderator, addressed the congregation.
Presentations were made to both Mr and Mrs Thomson and Mr and Mrs Coghill from the congregation before the service concluded with a pre-recording of Psalm 72.
Rev. Iain Thomson is a native of Point and had served the Free Church congregation of East Kilbride since February 2001. He is married to Connie, 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 blessing through the people of this district. We are both looking forward to settling back home and ministering to the people”