On Friday 25th June, the Western Isles Presbytery of the Free Church of Scotland met with the congregation of Carloway for the induction of Rev. Thomas Davis.
With appropriate restrictions in place, 75 people met in person in the Carloway Church with a further 300 joining the service online.
Thomas rejoins Carloway having previously served as minister between 2014 and 2018 and more recently serving as assistant minister at St Columba’s Free Church in Edinburgh.
Rev. David Macleod of North Harris preached a sermon based on Proverbs 3:5-6 while Presbytery Clerk Rev. Hugh Ferrier read the narrative of events that led to this occasion.
Rev. Iain Thomson of Garrabost addressed the new minister and Rev. Murdo Campbell, Barvas, spoke to the congregation of Carloway.
There then followed a series of presentations. Donald Macleod welcomed Thomas on behalf of the Carloway congregation and Cathy Mary Macmillan presented Thomas’ wife Una with flowers.
Aaron Ingram, Aoife Ingram & Noah Macarthur presented gifts to the Davis children Tom, John and Annie. Donnie Macaulay thanked Rev. Murdo Campbell for his service as Interim-moderator for the last three years and Sharon Macarthur presented Alison Campbell with flowers.
Mark Macarthur, Danny Macarthur and Christopher Macarthur presented David, Finlay and Daniel Campbell with gifts. Rev. Murdo Campbell and Thomas then addressed the congregation.
The service concluded with the singing of the final verses of Psalm 24 and the benediction. Owing to the favourable weather, those attending in person were able to chat to one another on the church grounds after the service.
A recording of the service is available to view on Carloway Free Church’s YouTube Channel.